May I know if anyone has ever visited/expored the CCPF area before? I understand that it is relatively close to Pursat.
I read that there is a guesthouse at Thma Bang and you can stay there overnight and probably arrange for a guide and stay at the ranger station?
If yes, I would appreciate your advice.
Thanks in advance!
#1 orionarrow has been a member since 30/12/2008. Posts: 11
In case anyone is interested, I met up with Ouk Kimsan in Phnom Penh. He works for the Forestry Adminstration together with Conservation International. His contact is firstname.lastname@example.org or 855 12 256 777. Calling him is better since he does not always have email access.
From Pursat, I went to O Som. Stayed at the guesthouse there for 3 nights. Visited the waterfall at O Som and then onto Veal Veng.
The whole place is very laid back but it's rather rural so prepare yourself if you're expecting modern amenities.
The ranger cost me about 100,000 riel or USD25. The taxi cost about USD12.50 one way. The guesthouse plus food cost me USD17 for 4 days/3 nights.
The ranger speaks little English but he was friendly and tried his best. Apparently he speaks Russian better.
#2 orionarrow has been a member since 30/12/2008. Posts: 11
Thanks for the report back -- much appreciated. Would you say the trip is worth it? Aside from the waterfall at O Som, once you're at Veal Veng what kind of "activities" could one look to organise up there?
The trip was more of an experience than anything. There are lots of flora and fauna around that area which may interest people. At Veal Veng, there is also the crocodile sanctuary.
I would say my trip is something that I would not do back home. Visitors to the area must be prepared that it is a rather rural place & it would take several years before it is more touristy and developed. When I was there, there were some Chinese people who were there to build the dam as well as the telephone cable connection. O Som does not have any telephone reception.
There is apparently another route in the Central Cardamons instead of heading to O Som. I guess Ouk Kimsan would be able to shed more light on this. He speaks good English.
Hope this is of help.
#4 orionarrow has been a member since 30/12/2008. Posts: 11