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O’Da Rapids – The hidden Cambodia Tourist Destination

O’Da Rapids is a river picnic area that the locals
head out to on weekends to have a swim and kick back for a while about
52 km from town. accessible for the locals on a fairly good gravel road
for much of the way. Pursat, Cambodia
O’Da Rapids is a river picnic area that the locals head out to on
weekends to have a swim and kick back for a while about 52 km from
town. There are Thais and Khmers working on building a logging road to
extract timber from the area, which is why the river is now accessible
for the locals on a fairly good gravel road for much of the way. The
location is not really something to write home about, but the ride out
gives you a chance to see life in the pursat countryside. To get there,
turn left (if coming from Phnom Penh) at the small Caltex station (same
as going to the hill temple). Down the road, 27 km from the turn, you
come to the town of Leach, follow the curve of the right. At 0.7 km
past that, turn left you will then see a mountain ahead. At 52.5 km
past the Caltex turn, you arrive at a gate with entry fees listed,
although there was nobody there to collect when I visited. The fees are
listed in Khmer script, from 500 riel to 5,000 riel, depending upon
whether you had a motorcycle; car of just came with others. Go beyond
the gate to find the river and picnic areas.

Scenic Drive to Wat Bpahk-Dtrow A nice drive through rural farm
country, followed by rolling forested hills, is what you get on the way
to this hill temple area. With large boulders and trees lining the
temple area, it’s a favorite spot for the locals on Sundays and
holidays. There are footpaths leading to the different temples and
monuments throughout the area. There are food and drink stands near the
parking area. To get there just head east from the river bridge on
National Hwy5 (towards Phnom Penh) and turn right at the small Caltex
gas station-you go under a brick and metal mesh gateway. Just follow
this road for about twenty of twenty- five minutes (around 14 km) and
you will see the hilltop temple in the distance on the left. Turn left
at the blue white pillars.


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