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Beat the heat - head for the Cambodian highland provinces

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Dec 02, 2017 12:44 pm

There are forecasts for cooler weather this dry season, but if you want to be sure to experience a nip in the air, head for the high country.
Two of Cambodia's 'mountain' provinces - Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri - are consistently cooler than the rest of the country, especially from December until the hot season sets in.
It's not unusual to have fresh cool evenings and early mornings with temperatures under 20C. It can get hot during the day, but you may even need to ask for an extra blanket at night if you're a bit thin-blooded. Air-con is optional.

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Bousra waterfall is located in Pich Chenda district about 43 kilometers northeast of Mondulkiri provincial town, Sen Monorom. Busra is considered by many to be the most beautiful waterfall in Mondulkiri. The waterfall is divided into three stages:

First Stage: The waterfall fall is 8 to 12 meters high and 15 meters wide in rainy season and 10 to 15 meters wide in dry season.

Second Stage: The waterfall fall is 15 to 20 meters high and 20 meters wide in rainy season and 18 to 25 meters high and 13 meters wide in dry season. The second stage is 150 meters from the first stage.

Third Stage: The speed of waterfall is faster than the second stage. This stage cannot be reached because it is in the thick forest. There are no marked paths and dangerous wildlife inhabits the area.
The double-drop waterfall is very popular with the locals who use it as a bathing and picnic spot. Its top level is around 10m in height, and the lower level drops down 25m to the gorge. It is in a scenic and pristine setting and offers great photo ops.

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Yeak Loam, also spelled Yak Lom or Yak Loum, is a lake and a popular tourist destination in the Ratanakiri province of north-eastern Cambodia. Located approximately 3 mi (4.8 km) from the provincial capital, Banlung, the beautiful lake occupies a 4,000-year-old volcanic crater.
Due to the lake’s tremendous depth (157 ft or 48 m), its water is exceptionally clean and clear. The lake is almost perfectly round and measures 0.45 mi (0.72 km) in diameter.
Large trees and rich, lush rain forest, the home of many exotic birds and parrots, surround the lake.
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Post by Gumby » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:48 pm

Sen Monorom (Mondulkiri) cooler than Banlung (Ratanakiri)

Sen Monorom elevation 730 metres

Banlung elevation 320 metres
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Post by Barang chgout » Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:36 pm

Osoam 550 meters....It's a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll.

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:08 am

Banlung, Ratanakkiri:
Yeak Laom
Arguing within this idyllic, circular volcanic lake is forbidden.
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The shores of Yeak Laom Lake form an almost perfect circle. And though the lake has a small circumference, it’s just shy of 160 feet (about 48 meters) deep. Its shape and depth are due to its volcanic origin.

It’s believed that 4,000 years ago, a volcanic eruption created a crater that, over time, filled with water. The lake was once surrounded by thick forest on all sides, but today only a thin layer remains, with most of the land having been farmed.

The waters of Yeak Laom are crystal clear, and they stand in stark contrast with the bright green in the background—if you visit during or shortly after the rainy season. Exotic birds and butterflies are common sights, and wild pigs may also come around.

Although the lake is considered sacred by the local people, swimming or playing in the water is common for both locals and tourists. Wooden docks with steps have been built to facilitate access. In 2018, bureaucratic procedures were started to register Yeak Laom and the land around it as state land to better protect the environment. Other measures to protect the lake forbid people from using detergents, gambling, or having arguments while in the lake.
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Post by SlowJoe » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:40 pm

The Chinese are buying up land around that area and seem intent on turning it into a tourist attraction.

And it is quite nippy up north, can see your breath in the morning sometimes on cold days.
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Post by Barang chgout » Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:34 am


SlowJoe wrote:The Chinese are buying up land EVERYWHERE and seem intent on turning it into a tourist attraction.

And it is quite nippy up north, can see your breath in the morning sometimes on cold days.
FTFY!

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Post by Arget » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:27 am

No no no no................. you should listen to Giggles (He He)

Prime Minister denies Chinese investment for Yeak Laom Lake
July 4, 2018
Prime Minister HE yesterday dismissed a media report that said the government will grant a lease to a Chinese firm to manage and develop the Yeak Laom Lake area in Ratanakkiri province.

Mr HE’s reaction came after he read a local newspaper report that said the government will grant a license to a Chinese company to manage the popular tourism destination in Banlung city for 75 years.

“This morning, I read an article in Rasmei Kampuchea Daily that said the government will grant Yeak Laom Lake to Chinese firm for a 75-year investment,” Mr HE said in a Facebook post. “Who creates this issue and for what?”

“As the Prime Minister, I would like to totally reject any investment on this significant natural lake,” he added.

According to an Interior Ministry letter signed in April by a secretary of state Sak Setha, the Ratanakkiri provincial administration asked the ministry to permit investment on Yeak Laom Lake.

The letter said that the investment will be in partnership with Chinese firm Dasheng Fortune Assets Management company.

In the letter, Mr Setha ordered provincial Governor Thorng Savon to hold meetings with relevant departments, local authorities and the Yeak Laom Lake community to study and assess the impact once a license was granted.

He said that he wanted the provincial authority to gather more information on the impact and tackle all issues which could arise from the investment before filing a report back to the ministry.

In another letter, the Chinese firm’s director Li Shuchun requested the license in July 2017, noting that the project would cost $7 million for the construction of a parking lot, gate, ticket office, tourist market and a helicopter pad.

The letter added that the Chinese company will build two roads circling the lake, and will also erect a barbed-wire fence surrounding the lake to prevent land grabbing and deforestation in the area.

Mr Shuchun said in the letter that the project would have no environmental impact.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak declined to comment and referred questions to Mr Setha, who could not be reached for comment. Mr Savon also could not be reached for comment.
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