Oddar Meanchey is one of the smallest provinces of Cambodia and is situated in the northwest on the border with Thailand. Its name means "victory" and the provincial capital is called Samraong.
The waterfall is located about 35 kilometers northeast of the small provincial capital. The waterfall has two names: Champei Waterfall or Laang Ta Thong waterfall.
There is also a huge rock, which measures about 500 square meters. On both sides of the falls is a valley which contain the most beautiful flowers and rare orchids.
About 500 meters from the waterfall Champey is a meditation center, where many monks come to meditate. It is known as Ruot Champei and it has a number of statues that describe the whole process of life from birth to death. But there are also statues of other religious people and wildlife.
The Office of Tourism in the capital organizes all kind of excursions to attractions in Oddar Meanchey. Among others to the Tonle Sap Lake, O'Angkrong the Sneung temple Tropiang Baray, the Por Temple, Kuy Plantation, Beung Mustache, Tumnub Thmei and Toul Kruoy, which is a "killing field" of the Khmer Rouge regime and tour to a former Khmer Rouge prison.
In the mansoon
The capital Samraong is located in a very remote part of the country. It is now trying to emerge from the war-torn past. It is said that there is little to see and there are no good roads. But for someone with good taste for adventure this part of the country is a challenge.
Most foreigners in Song Lang are doing development work. They try to do something about the poor living conditions and the abundance of unexploded munitions in the area. The best time to visit Oddar Meanchey is during the slightly cooler, dry season from November to March.
In the rainy season
From a travel blog:
"With a delay of only 40 minutes, I traveled last Sunday (11maart) to Samraong to spend here the week; I arranged practical matters and I had also the first acquaintances with my future colleagues and employer(s). The trip went smoothly; 5 hours with the Kampong Cham bus to Siem Reap. Here was Louise (VSO placement in Angor Chum - Siem Reap Province, has been a year sit up and Nursing Advisor and going for another year, now she goes 2 weeks home = Ireland to see everybody - nice girl, enthusiastic and committed) they went to pick me up from the bus station, because everything went pretty smooth and his tuk-tuk drove to Smiley's guesthouse, where we had a delicious coffee drink shake and I was picked up by a taxi after 3 hours. A taxi…
There are not many buses going to Samraong. If you want to take the bus you can best make sure you direct one. From Kampong Cham is not possible to take a direct bus, therefore Wendy had arranged a taxi for me. The taxi (just a car as we all know) normally contains six paying customers and their luggage. Can you imagine that this can be sometimes simply very crowded. To avoid that and I would have an uncomfortable and / or unsafe passage, Wendy had booked two places for me. Therefore I had a quite spacious front in the car with my backpack just in the trunk - more than fine! Normally there are two hours for the trip from Siem Reap to Song Lang, we took a little longer because we had to pick up other people."
In total, under his rule of the Khmer Rouge half to two million Cambodians were killed. That is one fifth of the Cambodian population.