UDONG – THE CRUMBLING CAPITAL
Oudong is the final resting place of several Cambodian kings. The ruins of the temples and stupas dot the twin humps of Oudong’s small mountain which can be reached after a short (but strenuous) climb up of cement stairs. The views from the summit are beautiful. Immediately northwest of the mountain, the sprawling Cambodia Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre is worth a visit.
Freshly caught prawns, grilled river fish, fried vegetables and fresh drinks. With all of this enjoyed from some shady bamboo and thatch riverside huts, Kien Svay is truly a picnicker’s Paradise. The site is wildly popular with city folk at weekends but during the week, it is almost empty. Hut proprietors prepare a plethora of delicious dishes while women paddle the river in wooden boats. A short boat ride up and down the river is also a worthwhile distraction.
KIRIROM NATIONAL PARK
About halfway between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, the rolling hills and forests of Kirirom National Park provides great satisfaction for those craving a taste of nature. If you are keen on something active, take the four hour round trip through the pine forests to the top of Phnom Dat Chivit A sheer cliff results in uninterrupted views of the dense jungle below.