Mondulkiri’s Phnom Bai Chuw – “Ocean of Trees”
Our last stop on day 2 of our Mondulkiri trip – Phnom Bai Chuw Hill. This is a really popular spot for sunset watching. We got a bit stuck below the hill coz there were ongoing drainage works so we couldn’t pass through. The driver got creative though and we used another ‘route’ meaning we passed through somebody’s backyard with a couple of stops to hoist up some clothes lines..
The road was pretty narrow, then after a couple of meters you’re suddenly on top of the hill with a really astounding view of emerald tree tops..Now I know, that’s why they call it “The Ocean of Trees”. Can you imagine being on top of a hill looking out across the ocean? Only this time it’s not water there, just a vast valley full of trees. Jaw dropping view, definitely. I was just super frustrated my camera ran out of batteries so I had to snap photos with my cellphone..:( which sadly did’nt capture much of the beauty of what I was seeing..
The breeze was getting cool and we lazed around and decided to wait for sunset.. And we weren’t disappointed. The sunset was beautiful.. A fitting end to our Mondulkiri sojourn..
I’m a bit late posting all of these Mondulkiri photos and stories and I still got a lot more interesting Mondulkiri photos. Perhaps, I don’t wanna let go of it. To say that this place would be one of my favorite places of all time would be an understatement. I don’t know but Mondulkiri simply got to me.. Maybe, its the natural beauty of it, the isolation, or perhaps the interaction with the tribes people. Whatever it is, I got so hooked and I definitely will be going back sometime soon..