On Sunday, we took a 3 hours bus to visit a small village called Chambok outside of a Kirirom national park.
The village was 20 km off the main road, so we had to hop on two motos to get there. It was a fun ride :)
We arrived in the late afternoon and walked around the edge of the park until dinner.
On Monday, we decided to go for a longer hike up to a waterfall. They offered guiding services that were pretty expensive $15-20 a day. The trail seemed very well marked during our walk the day before so we decided to head off ourselves.
Things started to get more intense after the first river crossing. At times the trail was overgrown by grass, but generally, we were able to follow it rather easily.
We got to a place that we thought would be the end of the trail, but there was supposed to be a big waterfall there. They hadn’t given us a map, which was unfortunate, so we waded up and down the river to see if we could find the waterfall.
We didn’t have much success finding the waterfall, so decided to head back.
The sun was still pretty high in the sky, so we decided to head up the shorter, better marked trail to see the big waterfall. We figured we would have better luck with this one.
The waterfall was by far the most powerful falls I’ve ever been to. It was really fun to feel the water droplets splash against your face.
We saw a beetle on the way back.
In the evening, some children from the village performed a traditional dance for us.
The next morning we were greeted by a puppy!
In the afternoon, we biked to a swimming pond. I snapped a few videos along the way there and back.
On Thursday, we headed back to Phnom Penh. The rest of Thursday and Friday were pretty low-key.
On Sunday, a few friends invited me to go with them to Cambodian kickboxing match. In Cambodia, the sport is called Kuh Khmer and is the most popular sport in the country.
The opening match wasn’t particularly eventful, though they did play the macarena during the time between rounds, which I found funny.
They had entertainment between the rounds.
This is a part of the second match.
The entrance of the final and best match.
It was definitely at times hard to watch. I don’t wholeheartedly agree with the violence of it, but still enjoyed watching the matches. In the videos of the third match, it was fun to hear how vocal the crowd got.