Tuesday, December 16, 2008
There's nothing better for Khmer vacationers to enjoy than a waterfall, aside from a series of waterfalls! And that's exactly what you will find at Kbal Chhay, some 17kms outside of Sihanoukville and a very popular resort, especially at weekends. Two peaceful rivers, one of which is the Prek Tuk Sap, converge into one over a series of waterfall cascades that were pretty strong when I visited them a few weeks ago. And the penchant by the locals for going into the water fully-clothed, showed no signs of abaiting at Kbal Chhay either. Even a monk went in, keeping his orange robe around his waist but mucking in with family and friends to ensure he got a good soaking. The area was used in a popular Khmer movie in 2000 called The Giant Snake and this adds to the attraction for the locals, who use the multitude of food stands at the site for picnics, card-games and illicit romances. One statistic I would like to know is how many waterfalls are situated in Cambodia, and have I been to most of them? I know the answers are many and no, but it feels like I have!