Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Viewing green forest from Phnom Bai Chow in Mondulkiri

Viewing green forest from Phnom Bai Chow in Mondulkiri

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Visitors can gaze at the valley’s ‘sea of greenery’ from the Phnom Bai Chow resort lookout. Pha Lina

Viewing green forest from Phnom Bai Chow in Mondulkiri

Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, which covers 2,225sq km of forest, was designated as a protected area by royal decree in 1993. It is a diverse area of rainforests, mountainous pastures, sparse forests and wet grass fields.

Looking down at the forest from an overlook allows visitors to take in the majestic sights and see the valley as a sea of greenery.

Located along National Road 76, from Mondulkiri to Ratanakkiri province, the sanctuary is some 10km from Sen Monorom town.

The overlook at Phnom Bai Chow mountain is just six months old and has quickly grown into a place for travellers to take photos and view the Kingdom’s untouched beauty.

Len stands at the gates of this wonderful spot taking tickets and giving change. Despite having only one arm, this war veteran zips through his motions and welcomes tourists to the overlook with a smile.

Standing in his old uniform, he explains that he lost his arm during factional fighting in 1997.

Recounting visitor numbers from memory he says: “Sometimes we receive 50,000 riel ($12.25) per day. Yesterday we got 100,000 riel. But I do not take the money and put it in my pocket.”

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Visitors can gaze at the valley’s ‘sea of greenery’ from the Phnom Bai Chow resort lookout. Pha Lina

Len, who was hired by the resort’s owner, said many tourists had visited the site this month. He expected next month’s Pchum Ben festival to be a popular time for travellers.

In addition to the lookout, Phnom Bai Chow resort hosts a restaurant to provide food for guests who wish to stop for a meal.

There’s plenty to do within the sanctuary as well. Len noted that those looking for more adventures could travel 1km down to the forest and pose with traditional huts.

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Visitors can gaze at the valley’s ‘sea of greenery’ from the Phnom Bai Chow resort lookout. Pha Lina

MOST VIEWED

  • Hundreds of children in hospital with dengue

    A serious dengue fever epidemic is affecting Cambodia, with nearly 600 children hospitalised in the five Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals on Monday alone, a statement posted on the Kantha Bopha Foundation’s official Facebook page said on Wednesday. Because Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals provide

  • Banh: The Khmer Rouge worse than sanctions and pressure

    Minister of National Defence Tea Banh said on Thursday that having sanctions and external pressure placed on Cambodia was not worse than life under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. Tea Banh, who is also deputy prime minister, was speaking to military and ruling party officials

  • Gov’t to probe Chinese exports to US via Sihanoukville

    The government is investigating allegations that Chinese companies are using Chinese-owned special economic zones in Cambodia to export goods to the US and avoid tariffs, said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Seang Thay. The move comes after US embassy spokesman Arend Zwartjes said the US had

  • Using tech innovation to tackle Cambodia’s rampant road deaths

    Cutting corners, rampant phone use, speeding and driving through red lights – these are just some of the reasons why driving in Phnom Penh can often feel like a city-wide game of dodgems. The high death toll on the nation’s roads – combined with several high-profile