A great natural swimming spot
O’Russey Kandal is set in a tranquil green forest in Stung Treng Province. The eco-tourism site is a great location to relax in nature. O’Russey Kandal offers a beautiful place for visitors to picnic besides picturesque waterfalls and pools to cool off in.
The site is managed by a local community of member’s. Eleven staff who established the O’Russey Kandal community conservation and development project who were helped by the environmental NGO Mlup Baitong
From Madam Sok Leang – the Manager of O’Russey Kandal community at the natural area in Stung Treng :
“I have lived in this village my whole life; I was born here 56 years ago. As part of my life and work I used to be an education practitioner in a health centre, it was not easy to educate people in the local rural area, but I did it as well as I could. When the community started work on this site, I was elected by the local O’Russey Kandal commune, as Manager of O’Russey Kandal Community. There were four things that I was interested in
- people have a safe place to visit.
- protect the forest,
- create jobs for people
The last thing is that part of profit from ticket sales helps the conservation and development of the forest and community.
There is less rubbish in the surrounding Orcharlane waterfall (Orchard Nature Resort) O’Russey Kandal Community than other places in Stung Treng, as the local Community work together to make sure to keep the area clean and safe. However, the biggest impact the project has is on employment. Money from ticket sales helps the community work on cleaning the area, and help with the conservation of the local forest and stream. By visiting O’Russey Kandal Community you can also choose to support nature in our area. There are not many people who visit this place, but it is the perfect excursion from Stung Treng, so please tell people about our project, so they come to visit.”
O’Russey Kandal Community allows visitors to explore the wild and tranquil Cambodian forest. The area of O’Russey Kandal Community is quite big, but inside the canopy of the green forest there is a long beautiful stream surrounded by rocks, large and small. When you enter the forest, the first thing you notice is the smell.The damp earth combined with old fallen leaves. The air in the forest smells good – like damp moss, rain, wet tree trunks and flowers. This projects goals are: · Protect and conserve the local forest and wildlife and promote Eco-tourism · Increase opportunities for local O’Russey Kandal people through sustainable tourism · Protect the natural forest and environment of the stream. As part of project, the O’Russey Kandal Community invites tourists to explore and experience the green forest. To visit this project, just buy a ticket ($1) from the booth on the way into O’Russey Kandal Community you will also be supporting these community goals, and partly through your respect and the learning experience at the natural forest, which in turn helps protect and promote the Ecotourism.
The O’Russey Kandal is quite big area to the south of the Stung Treng provincial town along National Road Number 7. Swimming stream of Orcharlane You will feel so great when you are near the stream! You never tire of looking at the long stream and we suspect that this is true for you as well. It is almost certain to arrest our attention, give you pleasure and lift our spirits. There are very good reasons why visitors go out of their way to look at waterfalls and to “play” in, under and around them. There is something more to the almost magical appeal of stream. That “something” comprises countless invisible particles that are created by the motion of the falling water. Food/Drinks The stream of Orcharlane is teaming with little shops selling Khmer meals, and cold drinks. There is also a new coffee shop (Khmer style) quite far from stream, Look for red chairs, chopsticks/spoons and sauce bottles on the table if you are unsure if they serve food. Camping ( bring own camp) The stream of Orcharlane will also provide the benefit of a meditative experience of being outside. Fresh air, luscious green plants, and a peaceful escape from the loud city noises are just a few of the things you can look forward to. After the trees release oxygen, which makes you feel happy, when you breathe your body experiences less strain, You will clear your mind and focus on what you’re experiencing in the current time, at the current moment. Here are all of the health benefits of camping you can expect to experience, and even more proof that camping is the best activity ever!
The O’Russey Kandal allows visitors to explore the beautiful stream in the forest. Experience life in the wildly tranquil green jungle, and support the local community through visiting for a day or an overnight stay at O’Russey Kandal Commune. You can picnic, swim, and even camp overnight.
Swimming at Orcharlane waterfall
Entry fee is $1 per person, you can swim, or picnic there. You can play the whole day if you wish. Please take care on the rocks though, they can be slippery at times.
There are changing rooms and Khmer style toilets onsite.
The shop provides Khmer and fast-food as well as drinks. You can also bring your own food if you wish.
Camping ( bring your own tent)
The site allows you to stay overnight in your own tent for one or more nights. They provide changing rooms and a rest room. Make the most of your camping experience and enjoy some free time before falling asleep in the comfort and safety of an overnight stay. In the morning you can take in some extra swimming before you leave.
Note: we hope all the visitors enjoy their play-time, but don’t forget to clean up after yourself, and please, no plastic waste!
From Stung Treng town it is about 44km to O’Russey Kandal Community and is a fifty-five minute drive along National Road 7. Across from Ou Pong Morn Garden you will see the signpost for Ou Ruessei Kandal Community in front of the pagoda.
The local Khmer community sometimes refer to O’Russey Kandal community as (tuk thleak Orcharlane )
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O’russey is a very nice for families for one day. You could trek in the forest and find out the variety of trees and birds. After your visit, you can come back and have a bath in the river. It is a real pleasure !
O’Russey Kandal is a good destination if you are around Stung treng Town. I could rent a motobike and go for the day to O'Russey. It was nice to sim in the stream and look around into the forest. For the way back, I took the smallroad near the Mekong river and it is very beautiful. When I was there,in April, the level of water was low, so I could be nicer during the rainy season. I didn't know at this time, but you can as well set up a tent and sleep around the stream. For the next visitors, you might take your hammock or tent, it is good place to camp !
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