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KAMPONG SPEU PROVINCE

kampong_chhnangKampong Speu is the capital of Kampong Speu Province in Cambodia. Speu is the Khmer word for starfruit, but Kampong Speu is actually famous for its palm sugar and wine. This province is a natural and cultural resort, which is located at Tang Tonle Village and Ampe Phnom Village, So Por Tep Commune and Svay Kra Van Commune, Chbar Mon District in 48-Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh, then turning left for two more kilometres.

The resort has natural rivers, especially the bigger Preaek Thnot River, which has many big trees growing along it and the mountain foot, a rocking bridge linking from Tang Tonle Village to Ampe Phnom Village. You may also see the old pagoda on a hill, what's a worshipping place for Cambodian people, who go there during traditional festivals.At Ampe Phnom, tourists can enjoy swimming, walking through the rocking bridge and resting at the collages along the riverbank.
GEOGRAPHY & CLIMATE
Kampong Speu province is located to the west of Phnom Penh. It borders Kampong Chhnang and Pursat to the North, Phnom Penh to the East, Kampot and Takeo to the South and Koh Kong to the West. The area of the province is 7017 square kilometres.
 
The topography is variable, from a large area of lowland paddy fields in the east to lowland/upland mosaics and upland forested areas in the West. Cambodia's highest mountain, the Phnom Aural with 1813m altitude is located in the very North of this province. Kampong Speu is classified as a rural province.

Climate: Cambodia has sun almost year round. The average temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius; the minimum temperature is about 16 degrees. December and January are the coolest months, whereas the hottest is April.
General information about the provincial climate:
- Rainy season: May - October (26-34c, with humidity up to 90%.)
- Cool season: November- March (16-26c)
- Hot season: March- May (25c -35c)
POPULATION
The total: 762,500 person of total population of Cambodia 14,363,519 with 370,292 male and 392,208 female. In 2006 the estimated population was 762,500 thousand persons and was consisting of around 52% female. There are 370,292 male and 392,208 female. The people of Kampong Speu live in 8 districts composed of 87 communes and 1358 villages.The population density of the province is nowadays approx. 102 persons/km2 compared to an average population density for Cambodia with 75 persons/km2.
HOW TO GET THERE ?
Bus:
As there are several bus companies going from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, you'll have the opportunity to choose freely from one of these. They pass Kampong Speu, so you just have to book a ticket to the provincial capital or you go a bit further depending on where you would like to go too. The most buses are departing from the Southwest corner of the Phsar Thmey (central market). The price shouldn't be higher than 6000-8000 Riel per ride. The buses depart almost every hour of the day, especially in the morning and midday (no buses after 4pm).
 
Share Taxi:
Most Share Taxis are leaving Phnom Penh in the morning hours, as there is still business to make, when they approach in Kampong Speu. They leave also from the Charles de Gaulle (Southwest from the central market). The prices are around US 3-4.
 
Motorcycle Touring Info:
Coming with the motorbike from Phnom Penh to Kampong Speu, you'll probably be taking the national highway No 4 in direction of Sihanoukville. As the provincial capital, also named Kampong Speu isn't that far away (approx. 48km) from Phnom Penh it's a one-hour ride with the motorbike. The street is in best condition, but the traffic, especially coming close to Phnom Penh might sometimes take your last nerve.
WHAT TO SEE ?
Ampe Phnom
Ampe Phnom is the natural and cultural resort locating at Tang Tonle Village and Ampe Phnom Village, So Por Tep Commune and Svay Kra Van Commune, Chbar Mon District in 48 Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh, then turning left more two kilometers. The site features a stream, walking paths and big shade trees. A wobby, wood-and-cable suspenseion bridge across the stream links Tang Tonle and Ampe Phnom Village.
 
On the Ampe Phnom side of the stream site an old pagoda where the Cambodians worship during festivals. Visitor can swim in the stream, traverse the suspenseion bridge or simply relax in one of the many cottages about the stream. Food and beverages are available for sale, and the surrounding woods are full of monkeys.
 
You will find Ampe Phnom in Kampong Speu in the So Por Tep Commune and Svay Kra Van Commune in the Chbar Mon District. Kampong Speu is about 48-Kilometers distance from Phnom Penh and you will find the beautiful site immediately after turning left as soon as you reach Kampong Speu. The site of Ampe Phnom,is within two kilometers from Phnom Penh.
 
Ampe Phnom, Kampong Speu is a resort that has Natural River adorned with many big trees growing along its sides. The site is beautiful and presents a picturesque view. The `mountain foot? is a rocking bridge that links from Tang Tonle Village to Ampe Phnom Village. The old pagoda is perched on a hill and is regarded as a place of worship by the Cambodian people. The traditional festivals of Cambodia are celebrated with pomposity in the temple. At Ampe Phnom tourists can spend time by swimming or walking through the rocking bridge. In addition to that you are provided with the opportunity of resting at the collages along the riverbank.

Kampong Speu attracts tourists from all over the world. The city of Cambodia shares its border with Kandal. The province enhances tourism and there are various sites that make your tour to the city unforgettable. The main attraction in Kampong Speu is Ampe Phnom. Enjoy the relaxing lunch on the cottages situated above the stream. Moreover the Ampe Phnom, Kampong Speu provides you opportunity to take pleasure from the panoramic view presented by green environment.
 
The Amper Phnom is a small mountain which is visited by many tourists round the year. If you want to spend a quiet day in a relaxed mood, then Amper Phnom is the best place. You can picnic with your friends and family members. Take a walk by the side of the river. Amper Phnom is located at a distance of about five kilometers from the town of Kampong Speu.
 
A nature reserve with a river, walking paths and big shady trees, Ampe Phnom also has a beautiful old wat perched on top of a small hill. Visitors can swim in the Prek Thnoat River, visit the old pagoda or simply relax in one of the many bamboo huts along the river. Whole deep-fried chicken and catfish are a specialty of the area. These can be bought from the many stalls along the river. But beware, as the surrounding woods are full of monkeys so keep an eye on your food and belongings.
 
Cambodia Golf and Country Club
Cambodia Golf & Country Club is one of the oldest golf courses in Cambodia. The first nine holes have wide fairways and are dotted with palmtrees and other local trees while the second nine feature numerous water features. Colonial-style cluhouse. Located 15km from provincial town and 35km from Phnom Penh city, in Kdey Lavear Village, Tropeang Korng Commune, Sormrong Torng District.
 
Chambok Ecotourism Site
Chambok ecotourism site is just next to the Kirirom National Park. Be prepared for some exercise about 4 kilometers trek, interaction with local villagers, and discovery of Cambodia's unique natural biodiversity, visitors will enjoy with other activities such as hiking, ox-cart riding, renting bicycles, picnicking, bird watching, bathing at the stream and the waterfall, and visiting a bat -cave. Furthermore, visitors can possibly have a lunch in a villager's house prepared by local women, including fruit and coconut at the waterfall.
 
The Chambok Community-based Ecotourism site lies at the border of Kirirom National Park in Kompong Speu province. It boasts a beautiful 40-meter high waterfall, which can be reached via a 3 km nature trail. The site serves as a model for best practice in communitybased ecotourism in Cambodia.
 
The Chambok site is an initiative developed in 2001 by a local environment organization Mlup Baitong, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment. the aim was to address the issues of deforestation and community livelihoods for villagers in the area, who depend on the forests to produce charcoal to make a living. Through community education programs, they were shown the benefits of protecting the forests for future generations.
 
Since then, the Chambok ecotourism project was developed to provide an alternative income to the villagers. Managed by the villagers of Chambok commune, all revenues from tourism stay in the community and help them to protect the forest and manage it in a sustainable way. Trained local guides are available to share their knowledge of the nature, history and cultural aspects of the area. The site also has a visitor centre and a restaurant where the local youth stage dance performances and Khmer food is served.
 
Chambok Eco-tourism Resort, around 70km from Phnom Penh in Kampong Spue province, is just a few kilometres away from Kirirom Hillside resort. But while Kirirom is an upscale luxury retreat, Chambok is successful and sustainable community project. Unlike many similar schemes, Chambok is run with definite and realistic aims in mind conservation that benefits local communities through tourism. Ecotourism is very important for community development, explained Chan Sokha, KCD's director. Chambok is managed by the community, but benefits from it. The project supports families and the community.
 
Situated next to Kirirom National Park, Chambok has a lot of attractions and activities to offer to both local and international tourists who are strongly interested in nature. It is well known for its three streams, including the biggest with over 40 meters of beautiful waterfall. Tourists can take guided tours to one of those streams and enjoy the views while hiking through the forest. The English speaking guides will tell a lot about both animals living in the forests and plants growing there. Beside these three waterfalls there is a unique opportunity of experimenting a bat cave and its hundreds of inhabitants.
 
Next to Chambok ecotourism site the Kirirom National Park is situated with a basic guesthouse and restaurant inside. The Kirirom Hillside resort is a hotel containing several bungalows, a restaurant, theme park and swimming pool at the border of Kirirom National Park. The small town of Treng Trayeung with its market and restaurants is close to Chambok as well.
 
Kirirom Hillside Resort
Near the foot of the mountain is the Kirirom Hillside Resort, where offer visitors a wide variety of leisure activities and facilities such as hotel, restaurants, zoo, waterfall, family shopping mart, recreations and children playground, beautiful Dino park, fishing, canoeing, horse riding, biking and rope sliding. Visitors can also play sports such as tennis and basketball at the resort. In addition, stream, sauna, spa, swimming pool and fitness center are available beside conference and banquet facilities.
 
Our dining facilities have been prepared to offer guests with a wide selection of international cuisine Western, Chinese, Thai and traditional Khmer. Good meal is a celebration of life and at Kirirom Hillside Resort restaurants, you will embark on a culinary journey that will take you to new gustatory heights.
 
Located at Phnom Sruoch district in the province of Kampong Speu, Kirirom National Park is established on a seven hundred meters hill covering an area of over thirty five thousand hectares in the Elephant Mountains. The name 'Kirirom' meaning Mountain of Joy was given to it by the King of Cambodia. Kirirom National Park, a high altitude plateau, is known for its unique high elevation pine forest, which forms the headwaters for numerous streams feeding Kampong Speu Town. This park is part of the 'Southwest Cluster Protected Areas' which include Phnom Bokor, Preah Sihanouk and Kep National Parks.
 
Attractions at this hill station of Kirirom are its spectacular scenery and its astonishing waterfalls. This park is also the home to many endangered species of animals such as pleated gibbon, sun bear and tiger . You can take a ride in the traditional ox-cart ride or trek along the walking trails among the pine trees. Since this natural resort is located one hundred and twenty kilometers to the west of Phnom Penh, visitors can hire taxis to get here. Traveling along National Road No. 4 will also get you here.
 
The Kirirom National Park, whose official name is Preah Suramarith Kossmak, is about 80,000 acres of forested land on a rare plateau in southwestern Cambodia. The elevation is about 2,200 feet, high enough to support a large pine forest quite distinct from most of the country's tropical jungle. Our last stop in the park was a newly renovated visitor's center which was small but quite impressive. The visitor's center has some really attractive displays although there are too many for such a small space. Still it was refreshing to see such high standards applied to the center.
 
Kirirom National Park 
Preah Soramrit Kosamak Kirirom National Park is on Kirirom Mountain, in Oamrei Phong village, Kirirom commune, Phnom Sruoch district, about 117 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh. The mountain is 700 meters high. A natural site, it once was Preah Kosamak town. This well conserved park, abundant in fresh air, has waterfalls and is full of tall pine trees and orchid flowers.
 
There are not many types of larger wildlife in evidence on Kirirom, but it is an ideal spot to glimpse some of the country's unique bird life and birdwatchers even come from overseas to visit. The national park is more interesting during or just after the rainy season, not that many fires on the ground and waterfalls having well water.
 
Phnom Prey Khmer Resort
Phnom Prey Khmer Resort is the natural resort locating in Kram Pothi Village, Kram Pothi Commune, Phnom Souch District in 70-Kilometer distance from Phnom Penh or 22-Kilometer distance from the provincial town by the National Road No 4. The resort has small mountains linking from one to another with the car accessible road from food to the top and from a mountain to a mountain. On the mountaintops and along the roads up, there are Kho Chos where tourists can rest and take fresh air. Until recently, this site was largely unknown to tourists.
 
Phnom Prey Khmer Resort, Kampong Speu is one such attraction of Cambodia. Phnom Prey Khmer Resort, Kampong Speu is one of the premier spots that enjoys a lot of tourists attention.
 
Phnom Prey Khmer Resort in Kampong Speu is a resort which has small mountains that are linked to each other. For easy access, the mountains have roads that serve as the means of connection. You can reach the Phnom Prey Khmer Resort, Kampong Speu by car. This enables you to get from one mountain to another. if you feel like resting on your way to the Phnom Prey Khmer Resort in Kampong Speu.
 
Te Teuk Pus Hot Spring
Te Teuk Pus Hot Spring is located in front of Phnom Te in Phnom Te village, Sangke Sap commune, Oral district, about 60 kilometers west of the provincial town. Hot springs are rare in Cambodia. Te Teuk Pus is 100 meters in diameter. The surface of the water, which comes from six sources and smells like sulfur or limestone, is 80 square meters. The water temperature is 70 degrees Celsius.
 
The entire site covers 5 hectares and is full of tall grass, Kok (a kind of reed) and red rock. Local villagers, who are members of the Kuoy minority hill tribe, believe that the hot spring is effective for curing all kinds of illnesses and skin diseases, as well as sorcery. Washing one's face with water from the spring is believed to bring good luck.
WHERE TO EAT ?
Mean Leap Restaurant:
This is a very awesome restaurant with great food and a nice environment and also exceptional services. They offer a wide range of Khmer food, but also western dishes.
 
Bay Phaem Khmer Food Restaurant:
This is a nice restaurant featuring a lot of Khmer dishes, but also additional western food can be served if wanted.
 

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