Thursday, December 11, 2008

Eco-friendly?

Expect changes at Bou Sra waterfall in Mondulkiri - this is the March 2008 version
Construction began this week to turn the area around the Bou Sra waterfall in Mondulkiri into an ecotourism magnet for visitors, though talk of constructing motels, restaurants, souvenir shops, cable-cars and cottages don't sound altogether eco-friendly to me. A local company intends to spend up to $6 million on the project and they have emphasized that they won't cut down the forest for development, but will preserve the 100-hectare site as an ecological and charming attraction. We shall see. The project is expected to take up to five years to complete and locals are hoping they will gain in terms of jobs and trickle down benefits, though the project has already begun and no-one appears to have been engaged as yet. The idea of cable-cars at such locations isn't new. I've heard talk of them being installed at both Preah Vihear and Bokor but I hope they'll be more tourist-friendly than the one I found on my visit to Phnom Theat Srei in Kompong Cham in February.
Cable-car for one at Phnom Theat Srei in Kompong Cham province

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andy, what kind of cable car is that you're in? Looks so outdated! They need to build one like the ones in Europe, the USA, Japan, etc...the modern kind. Thank you.

December 12, 2008 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Yes it is very outdated by comparison to the cable-cars you see around the world but it was very much a 'home made' cable car for ferrying supplies to a pagoda on a hill in Kompong Cham province, as there was no road to the top and over 300 steps. As the guy who operated the cable-car wasn't there, the monks rightly didn't allow me to use it for safety reasons, though I did pose in it for this photo. I think if cable-cars do eventually come to Preah Vihear, Bokor and Bou Sra then they will be the modern versions.
Andy

December 12, 2008 at 9:11 AM  

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