Chhay Roka – a hidden wonder

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The Chhay Roka waterfall is estimated to be 40m high and 25m wide, with a swimming pool 2m deep. Tourists can organise hiking and camping trips to the area’s many waterfall, as well as wildlife spotting trips. Pha Lina

Chhay Roka – a hidden wonder

Chhay Roka Waterfall, with its beautiful wild flower strewn waterfall and its natural swimming pool, is fast becoming a popular spot for both local and foreign tourists, and its isolated location down small, winding paths means that motorbikes are the transport of choice for those who venture to this glorious location.

Located near Veal Veng district’s O’Som commune, situated in Pursat province, Chhay Roka Waterfall is a natural wonder estimated to be 40m high and 25m wide, with its swimming pool 2m deep.

“Visitors can hire motorbike from nearby villagers or a homestay guesthouse. They reach the area by passing though banana plantations and forested areas."

“It only takes one hour, but drivers can easily lose their way if they do not have experience, so we recommend a guide,” said homestay owner and local guide Noun Lim.

Lim is head of Osoam Community Centre and runs a homestay guesthouse situated on the villages’ famously cold lake.

He also acts as a local guide, helping tourists organise hiking and camping trips to the area’s many waterfalls, as well as wildlife spotting trips to Samkos Mountain (‘Ghost Mountain’).

“Most of our visitors are foreigners who wish to camp at waterfalls over night . . . tourists also enjoy trekking to see wild elephants, bison and bovine in the Ghost Mountain too,” Lim said.

Tourists who wish to visit this untouched waterfall must head along National Road 55, turning left at Veal Veng district’s Promouy Market until they reach O’Som commune. Sport-utility vehicles are recommended even during dry season.

For more information about staying at this magical destination and homestay, contact Noun Lim via 016 30 90 75 /089 89 98 95.

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