REAKSMEY PHOUM PIR KIRI BOEUNG KTANHAK
Explore Cambodian remote villages and local eco-systems
” Reaksmey Phoum Piri Kiri Boeung Kranhak Ecotourism Site is a place to visit if you are looking for locations unspoiled by tourism. Ecotourism is just starting in this area, so things are basic, but in exchange you receive a genuine welcome by the local community. By the end of your stay you will feel as if you have made life-long friends.”Recommendation from the CamConsious Team
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The Community‐Based Ecotourism Site- Reasmey Phum Piri Kiri Boeung Kranhak was established in 2014 and officially recognized by the Kampong Thom Provincial Governor on October 2, 2015. It lies within two officially‐designated community forests and consists of a beautiful natural lake surrounded by forest on the eastern shore, and covers an area of 193 hectares.
It is important to know that this site is relatively new and has had only a limited number of travellers. There is very limited English, but in exchange guests get a “real” Cambodian experience.
- Traditional wooden house with bed, mattress, mosquito net, sheets, blankets, pillows – depending on the number of visitors you might get a room or whole house
- Squatting toilet and shower is available at some houses, but often the showering space will be outside.
- Electricity 24/7
- Parking: car, van, motorcycle is available
- There is a possibility of camping in the local area
LOCAL AREA & ACTIVITIES
Cambodians typically come to the lake with their families during national or local holidays and enjoy relaxing picnics along the shore or swimming and boating. International visitors are more likely to seek an authentic Cambodian homestay experience, combined with bird watching and forest walks to see wildlife, unique plant species and historically important cultural sites.
GETTING THERE & TRANSPORT
Kampong Thom city is on the main road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. There are a large number of busses and VIP minivans travelling on this road daily. Just ask the driver to drop you off at Kampong Thom (be aware on Google maps it is miss-spelled as Kampong Thma) in front of Arunras hotel. There you can find public transport to the site or private taxi to take you there. The name of the village you are going to is Tbong Teuk and Kanti Village, Meanrith Commune, Sandan District. At Kampong Thom, you can find some people who speak English well enough to help you to find suitable local transport – the cost of public transport should be between $1.5-3.
NOT TO BE MISSED
We love the lake! There is plenty to do:
- Boat tour activity – Wooden boats on the lake can be arranged and allow for close views of lush forest, birdlife and traditional fishing techniques. Try to get up early at sunrise, to watch flocks of birds coming to the lake… it is a magical experience. Make sure that you book this activity a day before if you would like to see the sunrise at the lake.
- Swimming – Yes, you can swim in the lake, there is a small platform you can use to bring your picnic or just spend a few hours reading a book.
- Bird watching – Enjoy watching approximately 40 bird species, including attractive water birds such as the woolly‐necked stork, painted stork and river lapwing.
- Watching traditional fishing – Early morning and late afternoons you can also enjoy watching local people catching fish in rice paddy fields nearby the lake.
1 – 2 DAYS STAY
If you are staying for several days there is plenty to do.
- Forest walks – Trailheads for forest walks can either be reached by boat or motorcycle and are the best way to experience the forest, birds, tree and other wildlife.
- Rice harvesting – Traditional rice harvesting during December‐ January is an interesting agricultural activity that visitors can observe.
You can also combine you visit to this site with a visit to Isanborei Community tourism site which is on the way from Kampong Thom to the Reaksmey Phoum Piri Kiri Boeung Kranhak Ecotourism Site.
LOCAL AREA MAP
Reaksmey Phoum Piri Kiri Boeung Kranhak Ecotourism Site
Ecotourism Site – here
Isanborei Community tourism and historic site
Community based tourism Site – here and Sambor Prei Kuk. A unique pre-Angkorian attraction located only 30 km north of the provincial town of Kampong Thom. The main attractions of Sambor Prei Kuk are the temple ruins of Isanapura (Isanborei), located in an area of 1 x 5 kilometers. The temples that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 1992, attract an estimated 20,000 Cambodian and 5,000 international tourists each year.
Baray Community based tourism project
Community based tourism project – here