Ampe Phnom Resort – Kampong Speu Province
Kampong Speu, a province located west of Phnom Penh which is famous for its palm sugar (skor thnort). Because Kampong Speu growing the most farm tree in Cambodia of about 311,000 trees in the whole province. Most of the areas in Kampong Speu are dry land and less stream of water. The farmer in this province can grow rice only one time per year in the raining season, and completely depend on rain. That’s why producing palm sugar is also a major business for living of people in Kampong Speu during dry season. Phnom Aoral, the highest mountain in Cambodia (1813 meters) also located in Kampong Speu.
To arrive Kampong Speu from Phnom Penh, need only one hour drive, on the nation road 4. The provincial is quite crowded everyday, it’s the trading center of the province.
Kampong Speu has several natural tourist sites, which are popular for people from Phnom Penh getting away in the weekend and during national holiday. Kirirom National Park is a big park with mountains and evergreen forest, natural waterfall. Especially a beautiful view of pine trees growing on the hill at both sides of climbing mountain road.
Ampe Phnom (អំពេភ្នំ) is another popular tourist site for locals. It located about 5km down the provincial. It’s a truly natural and quiet site, ideal for relaxing and refresh.
Ampe Phnom has a stream which is the interest of young visitors. In the dry season, the stream reveal its white sand bay and people go swimming in the hot sunny day. However, in raining season, the stream increase its water, and it’s not safe to swim. Along the bank, there are many leaf-roof cottages built for visitors to sit, having lunch and enjoy the view of the stream.
There is a suspension bridge (spean yol) allow visitors to cross the stream to reach Ampe Phnom Pagoda, a place of worship for Buddhist visitors, which was built since 1953. The pagoda has unique ceiling of flowers painting of the main sanctuary, which most pagodas are painted with Buddha related story. The floor also covered with ancient tiles of the 1950s. Around the pagoda are big tree with shade and there are many monkey living up there. Visitors are reminded not to carry foods in hand, because monkeys could come and take it from your hand.