Photo: Calm at the 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.





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. Photo taken in or around Yak Lom Lake, Banlung, Cambodia by 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 ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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