O’ Traw Sek Resort, inside the Kirirom National Park in Kampong Speu Province.

This small sign doesn’t look promising but…  this I tell you, once you enter and climb up the national park, the temperature gets colder.

If my memory serves me right, “o” or “ou”means “stream” in Khmer language; “traw sek” means cucumber.  Put them together and we have Cucumber Stream Resort. But, of course, I may be wrong. I don’t know why it is called as such. No cucumber patch anywhere but there is a stream that winds through boulders of rocks forming small pools and mini-water falls.

Very inviting, isn’t it? I imagined hurling myself into the icy water, lol.

The water is icy! To those who aren’t up for a dip, there are huts to have refreshments or have your meal. The place is so peaceful, you can only hear the sounds of the gurgling stream and jungle insects. This piece of heaven is only over an hour away from Phnom Penh. No wonder this resort is a popular weekend getaway amongst the locals.

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  1. well, cucumbers are cooling….

  2. No matter the name, it is a very beautiful setting.

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