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Kampong Speu Province

Kampong Speu, west of Phnom Penh and almost on the capital's doorstep, is a province that’s often overlooked, but an ideal place to get off the beaten track. Speu is the Khmer word for “starfruit”, but Kampong Speu is actually famous for its palm sugar, which is considered the best in the Kingdom. The province also produces plenty of teuk t'not chu, or palm wine.
Mount Aoral (Phnom Aoral) is tallest mountain located in this landlocked province bordered by Kandal, Koh Kong, Pursat, Kampot, Takeo and Kampong Chhnang. It is at 1813 meters above sea level.

Places of Interest:

Ampe Phnom
Ampe Phnom is a natural and cultural site located in Tang Tonle and Ampe Phnom villages, Soportep and Svay Kravan communes, Chbarmon district, about 48 kilometers southwest of Phnom Penh. The site features a stream, walking paths and big shade trees. A wobbly, wood-and-cable suspension bridge across the stream links Tang Tonle and Ampe Phnom villages.

On the Ampe Phnom side of the stream sits an old pagoda where Cambodians worship during festivals. Visitors can swim in the stream, traverse the suspension bridge or simply relax in one of the many cottages above the stream. Food and beverges are available for sale, and the surrounding woods are full of monkeys.

Preah Soramrith Kosamak Kirirom National Park
Preah Soramrit Kasamak Kirirom National Park is on Kirirom Mountain, in Damrei 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 birdlife 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.

Krirom Hillside Resort
Near the foot of the mountain is the Kirirom Hilllside 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.

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.

Phnom Prey Khmer
Phnom prey Khmer is located in Kram Por village, Kram Por commune, Phnom Sruoch district, about 22 kilometers southwest of Kampong Speu provincial town. It is a natural site composed of small, rolling hills that are accessible by car. On the hilltops are kiosks where visitors can relax. Until recently, this site was largely unkown to tourists.

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 and red rock. Local villagers, who are members of the Kuoy minority hill trie, 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.