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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Phnom Ey Sey Pak Ta Mak

Phnom Ey Sey Pak Ta Mak or Phnom Svay
Locates at two-kilometer distance, West of Ban Lung town. at the eastern mountain foot, there is a pagoda named Ey San Ratanak Ream where worshipped by Buddhists who live at Ban Lung town. At the mountaintop, there is a big statue of Buddha who already had achieved nirvana; the statue located on the throne under the concrete roof, and it was built in 1994 for the worshipping of the Buddhists. The mountaintop riches in cool and fresh air in dry season and also can be viewed the long scene of the nearby, especially the whole Ban Lung town. These make tourists do not want to leave it.

Norng Kabat Forest

This place has a pond. the visitors can go there to see the animals and birds which comes to at the pond .Beside this the tourists can go visit the ethnic villages, ethnic culture (tradition belief, festival, dancing, music).

The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri is one of the splendid tourist attractions in Ratanakiri, which attracts tens of thousands of travelers throughout the year. The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri is located about 23 kilometers to the north of Banlung in Ratanakiri. The Norng Kabat Forest in Ratanakiri houses a beautiful pond, which is frequented by many birds and animals. Visitors who come to the Ratanakiri Norng Kabat Forest can also enjoy the wonderful opportunity of watching the beautiful animals and birds that frequent the pond.

The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri has become the popular destination of the bird watchers. Animal lovers also throng the Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri. The foreign travelers can find many renowned tourist destinations in the vicinity of the Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri. The Norng Kabat Forest, Ratanakiri also offers the international travelers the unique opportunity of visiting the ethnic villages of the town. A visit to the ethnic villages of Ratanakiri will acquaint tourists with the culture and custom of the local people.

The ethnic villages of Ratanakiri experience an influx of local as foreign tourists. By undertaking a tour of these ethnic villages the international tourists can get a clear understanding of the traditions and beliefs practiced by the indigenous people. You can also know about the festivals celebrated by the ethnic people by traveling these ethnic villages. The traditional dance and music performances of the ethnic villagers are a major draw for the international visitors.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lumkut Lake

Name: Lumkut Lake
How to go: 53 km (2h) From Provincial Town.
Location: Samut Village, Seda commune, Lumphat District, Ratanakiri Province
Description: Nature & Wildlife Preserves 
If you have your Cambodia tours in Ban Lung with a guide, he or she might have you believe that Lumkut is the new Boeng Yeak Loam. Though it is a larger crater lake and hemmed in by dense forest on all sides, it is not accessible as Yeak Loam and the old pier has already rotted into water, making swimming a challenge. However, it's a beautiful spot and is worth avisit during your Cambodia holiday.

Ka Tieng Waterfall

We went to see 3 waterfalls in total, visiting Ka Tieng, Ka chanh and Cha Ong. To get to Ka Tieng. we had to go through a small river with the bike, which was pretty nerve racking, but worth the effort. On to Kinchaan, where we met some local guys keen to show off their cliff jumping skills, although i was happy to remain dry after my last cliff jumping experience ended in hospitalisation, with a torn medial knee ligament. I was happier to get wet at Chaa Ong, where Julia and I took a dip in the powerful spray dropping around 10 metres. We headed back to Ban Lung at sunset, impressed by the waterfalls and happy i had coped on the motorbike.Ka Tieng waterfall is located in Labang I commune, Lum Phat district, about 7 kilometers southeast of Ban Loung provincial town. Ka Tieng is below Ka Chanh waterfall and about 3 kilometers from it.

Closeby to yesterdays posted waterfall of Ka Chanh is the Katieng (or Ka Tieng) waterfall in Ratanakiri province, Cambodia. So close that both can be visited within an hour of Ratanakiri?s provincial capital of Banlung. Again take the road out of town west for 2 km then roughly 3,5 km to the south just beyond a school is a dirt track veering off to your right. Keep following this track past cashew nut plantations (with the possibility of taking an elephant) until the road descends over a rutted track. In all from the turn it?s about 1,5 km. From the food stalls it is pretty obvious that you have arrived though the road proper fords the stream and continues onwards. A small entrance fee is required. Above the 10 m high fall is a large park like area. Off to the left is a trail that leads to a staircase to the huge pool below well worth a great swim.

Ka Tieng waterfall is in the middle of lush forest at the Lbang I commune, Lumpart district, 7 kilometers south-west of Banlung Town. The name of Ka Tieng is originally got from Kreung hill tribe in Ka Kieng village. The waterfall is about 10 meters high, which is flows and falls throughout the year. Visitors will feel release with the huge clear waterfall and a beautiful natural landscape around the area. Around the waterfall, there is forest full of big and small trees projecting the cool shadow suitable for resting, viewing the water falling down and having picnic here.

The Katieng Waterfall, Ratanakiri is one of the less visited waterfalls in the area. You can enjoy some wonderful time if you combine your visit to this waterfall with an elephant ride. Elephant rides are available from the elephant village of Phume Kateung, north of the falls. You can also see the Katieng Waterfall, Ratanakiri from flights, if you are lucky. When the plane is landing or taking off, watch out for the falls. Elephant rides to this falls are available for an hour and a half. These can be organized by the lodges you are staying in.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mountain Meru in the Jungle

[By Fred Sterm] Angkor Wat: Mountain Meru in the Jungle: Native rumors that a huge temple, engulfed by the jungle, was hidden near the ancient city of Angkor originated centuries ago, but few gave credence to this story.
So astonishment and delight must have been present in equal measure when the French naturalist and explorer, Henri Mouhot (1826-1861) first saw the twelfth-century Cambodian temple: Angkor Wat.
“At the sight of this temple, one feels one’s spirit crushed, one’s imagination surpassed. You look, admire and respect. One is silent. For where are the words to praise a work of art that has no equal anywhere in the world? What genius this Michelangelo of the East had, that he was able to conceive such a work.” Such were Mouhot’s words in 1860. He became the first Westerner to see the temple, coming across it while on a zoological expedition.

Ka Chanh Waterfall

Ratanakiri, Ka Chanh waterfall is located in Ka Chanh commune, Ban Loung district, about 6 kilometers southeast of Ban Loung provincial town. The waterfall is 12 meters high and is fed year round by the Kan Teung canal. From the waterfall the water flows into Sre Pork River in Lum Phat district. The waterfall was given its name by the Kreung ethnic minority in Ka Chanh village. There are a number of scenic rubber plantations along the canal leading to the waterfall. The base of the waterfall, which is a lovely place for picnics, can be reached by climbing down a 72-step wooden staircase. Elephant rides to the site are also available.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Friday, October 29, 2010

Water Festival (Bon Om Took)

Bon Om Took (Khmer: ពិធី​បុណ្យ​អុំ​ទូក), the Khmer Water Festival, is a Cambodian festival celebrated in November. Every town and province joins in with the celebration but the place to be for Bon Om Took is Phnom Penh. For three days, workers from every province join with the city's residents to celebrate by night and day.

The river comes alive with fireworks and flotillas of brightly-lit boats and the moon rises over the capital.

The History of Angkor (in a nutshell)

Angkor’ literally means ‘Capital City’ or ‘Holy City’. ‘Khmer’ refers to the dominant ethnic group in modern and ancient Cambodia. In its modern usage, ‘Angkor’ has come to refer to the capital city of the Khmer Empire that existed in the area of Cambodia between the 9th and 12th centuries CE, as well as to the empire itself. The temple ruins in the area of Siem Reap are the remnants of the Angkorian capitals, and represent the pinnacle of the ancient Khmer architecture, art and civilization.


Three temples Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko 11 Kilometers (6.8 miles) southeast of the Siem Reap Market, comprise the Roluos group of monuments (see map below) they are close together and extend over an area of three kilometers ( 1.9 miles ) east of the Great Lake.

The Roluos group, dating from the late ninth century, is the earliest site of the 600 years Angkor Period that is open to visitors.

The three temples belonging to this important group have similar characteristics of architecture, decoration, materials and construction methods, which combine to reveal the beginning of the Classic Period of Khmer art.

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