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Idyllic Pursat, perfect for a ‘hidden’ holiday

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Scenic Pursat is yet to become a major tourist destination. Pha Lina

Idyllic Pursat, perfect for a ‘hidden’ holiday

A new destination in the Kingdom is catching the eye of tourists in Pursat.

Travelling across the mountains and through the forests of the western province, many are heading toward Thmadar Touch waterfall, just off of National Road 55. The site is a jewel near the border with Thailand.

Sitting 153km from the provincial capital, and 50km from the centre of Veal Vong district, the waterfall still has a rustic feel to it, though this may soon change with the advent of development. However, it is still relatively hidden, so one may have to stop and ask a villager for directions.

The waterfall itself is made up of broad flat layers like a giant staircase and serves as the perfect backdrop for many photos and selfies.

In many places the water is shallow as it flows over the rocks, making it the perfect place to sit, relax and cool off in the crystal clear pools.

Thmadar Touch is made up of two areas. The first is suitable for frolicking, while the lower level has a 10-metre waterfall and is just perfect for a swim.

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Scenic Pursat is yet to become a major tourist destination. Pha Lina

Bo Choy, the chief of the area’s Ministry of Environment, told The Post that Thmadar Touch flows throughout the year, but is much deeper during the rainy season.

He says that since the road is easy to travel, tourists come almost every day. Soon, his working group plans to put clear markers on the road to identify the route.

Sam Khim, the director of Pursat’s Department of Tourism, said his employees would also help in making it easier to reach the falls.

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