Yak Lom Lake

Yak Lom Lake


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The primary attraction around town is Yak Lom Lake, a volcanic crater filled with freshwater and surrounded by an easily navigated trail that can be walked in less than an hour.

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Believed to be around 4,000 years old, the lake is just under 50 metres deep, and its near perfect circle is about 800 metres in diameter. Aside from the trail around the lake, another 850-metre path takes you up into the forested hill beside the lake.

Time to cool off. : Nicky Sullivan.
Time to cool off. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

The forest here is thick with birdlife. If you take the trail around the lake, there are plenty of wooden docks fro diving off for a cooling swim. The lake is especially lovely in the late afternoon as the sun sinks behind the rim, throwing everything on the other side into beautiful relief.

Yak Lom Lake is very popular with local families who come to picnic by its side. A couple of stalls at the top and the bottom of the stairway to the lake sell snacks and drinks.

Contact details for Yak Lom Lake

Coordinates (for GPS): 107º0'57.38" E, 13º43'58.92" N
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Admission: $1.50

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Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.

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