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Things to see and do

  • Gem mining
    3 stars

    While, possibly, all the good ones are gone from Pailin, a handful of panhandlers still search among the riverbeds after each rainy season to see what gems the rains have deposited beneath. ... read more

  • Trekking
    4 stars

    Green hills, thick with forests made lush by the humid environment and rich soils, a strong agricultural tradition, the delicious — if highly improbable — possibility that you might just trip over a priceless gem to take home from your travels, and a remo ... read more

  • Wat Phnom Yat
    2.5 stars

    Perched on a hill looking across the city and beyond, Wat Phnom Yat is a striking temple with an unusual design for Cambodia, as it was built by Burmese migrants who were drawn here by the early gem trade. ... read more

  • Trip to Samlot
    3.5 stars

    An excursion from Pailin to Samlot takes you through beautiful scenery, including pepper and coffee plantations plus waterfalls, and normally a trip to a sunflower plantation and some hill trekking as well. ... read more

  • Otavao Waterfall
    3 stars

    If you're going to spend the day in Pailin, Otavao Waterfall is the area's top attraction. It's an easy trek to the top with several different sets of stairs along the way that lead down to the falls. An unnamed restaurant is at the top and offers Khmer food and cold drinks. It's a great place ... read more

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