My trip to ChamBok
First time experience
If you mention the name “ChamBok”, I believe not so many people in
Cambodia know this place. Actually, Chambok is located near “Kirirom”
which is one of the most famous waterfall sites of the country. Both
places share the entrance. Follow the road until the fork: the left
road goes to Kirirom while the right one leads to Chambok.
The road to the site is in good condition, but relatively small. However,
you won’t encounter such turbulence alongside the way. You can enjoy
the view of the landscape on each sides of the road.
Our trip was organized by the students of class M2.4 of IFL
(Institution of Foreign Language, one of RUPP departments). This was
their second trip which was initiated for celebrating end-of-term of
their school. There were 25 attendances: 12 girls.
(Missing someone? Irik took the picture)
We arrived at the entrance post at 9am. The entry price ticket is 1,000
riels for Cambodian people while foreigner is charged 3$ (F.Child 1$).
We commenced our “pilgrimage” after sorting all things out: store the
accessories on ox cart, assigning personal and team carriage and share
After we reached our first milestone, the ox cart unloaded the stuff
for us to carry on. We have to re-organize by managing the mean of
transporting the merchandises such as the oven, the ice-container, food
etc. The road to Chambok waterfall was reportedly 3 Kilometres, which
would cost us 1 hour and a half. Indeed, it took us more than two hours
to arrive at our picnic spot.
carriage was alternately the food and ice container. We worked as a
team to move those things to our destination. We help relieved the load
and change duty in order to save energy. The girls were not lazy at
all, and in fact they were helpful and athletic.
as we travel alongside the beautiful, silent and harmonic path, we did
not feel so exhausted at all. After each minutes of resting, we quickly
regain energy. IT IS 3 KILOMETRES WALKING, and our merchandises were
<- Devil’s eyes: the ice-container weighted 10 Kilograms and we had
to carry it for 2 Kilometres long. Despite this madness, it was my
obsession and determination to carry it.
The whole group were not separated at all. They sometimes waited for
others to catch up and continue. We kept moving forward, in the hope to
see the remote waterfall site and under the light of experiencing the
taste of life, even passing many formidable moments and paths.
Finally, we made it
The sound of water flowing boasted our spirit, refreshed our gradually
exhausted mind and replenished our inner strength. We reached our
destination. We set up our private zone for picnic and unloaded and
unpacked all the merchandises. And I earned my rest. Chambok was a real
heaven. We were surrounded by cold, fresh and clean water. The water is
not for entertaining only; it is the soul of the local people. There is
a prohibition for people not to use Shampoo while bathing. Let
continues our story: it was time for BBQ. After a long, exhausted
journey, red-hot, butter-imbued beef and some seafood were our precious
rested for 2 hours before climbing the road to the final destination of
the trip. It was another difficult road but the willingness, curiosity
and determination have been subjected as our self-incentive.
noticed that we were not the only one there. There were nearly 100
people visited the site that day. It is a regular number for this
place, as it is still not well-known among people. Ah… it’s time to
bath. Well! During the bathing, I didn’t take any photos. After that,
we returned to our spot and enjoy a few moment before retreat home.
guitarist: me with Genesis, my adopted son. As we consumed some of our
merchandises, the loading was lighter. The returning trip was easier.
However, some people still have to responsible for some important
merchandises, and they could not escape.
What would you do after
this kind of journey? Sleep of course: While some played cards: We
ultimately arrived at Phnom Penh at 6pm.
We separated and went home with experience and unforgettable memory.
My opinion on this trip: That was a nice trip, a trip of my life.
Firstly, the people are all friendly. They are cheerful and helpful, possessing
team-work spirit and nationalism. Eventhough I am not their classmates,
I felt like one of them. Secondly, the site is the prime reason. The
beauty, environment and aspect of Chambok are very relaxing, serene and
tranquil. The ambient is unique yet unexplainable. Silence is the theme
of the site. I recommend this place for any adventurous travelers: you
will experience total “Heavenization.” Finally, visiting a waterfall
deep in the forest is a rare occasion. The point of the journey lays
crucially in the walking trip to the waterfall. Mostly, I have been to
many waterfall sites, but by means of modern transportation. This time,
we travel by our own feet. Experiencing natural beauty is one of the
elixir of life. We are part of nature and exposing ourselves to nature
is one method of re-combine our soul with the finest and wealthiest
origin of human sources. I wish you have a good time when visiting this