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..

Mondulkiri - Ocean of Trees

Mondulkiri - Ocean of Trees

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..

6 Comments

  1. Sreisaat

    August 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Lui, for some reason kapag nagko-comment ako sa blog mo e baliktad ang labas ng mge words… right to left, imbes na left to right! *lol*  Anyways, na-engganyo ako sa mga pictures niyo! It’s one place in Cambodia that I haven’t been too. Sana soon na 🙂

  2. Lui

    August 29, 2009 at 10:14 am

    hi z, oo nga weird but i dunno how to fix it.. anyway that makes commenting here unique. hehe its like driving backwards..

    i just got back from koh kong and i find it beautiful too though in a different level from Mondulkiri. Ibang klase talaga yung Mondulkiri it really got to me. I can’t wait to get back. Maybe coz its cool and quiet and I prefer places like that than overly touristed areas.

    its like a cross between Baguio and Tagaytay with about 95% of crowds removed. Hayyy! Ratanakiri and Pursat is next on my list 🙂

    .-= Lui´s last blog .. =-.

  3. GraySpirit

    August 30, 2009 at 12:37 am

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  4. Lui

    August 30, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Grayspirit, many thanks for the recommendation. You have a great site – a very useful resource.

    Will Add you up too..

  5. Sreisaat

    August 31, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Lui — now I can write comments the “normal way” na. Yehey! Hmmm, browser compatibility problem siguro. Now, as I write this, I’m using Opera at okay naman. So next time, I’ll use Opera instead of Mozilla or Google Chrome when browsing your blog.

    I’ve been to Koh Kong long time ago, before there were nice roads. I fell in love with the place! It had the kind of wild feel to it, like when I first set foot in Kep. We even went to an area where Wildlife Conservation Society is working to preserve the Royal Turtle and had an amazing time putting tracking chips on them and releasing them, ala National Geographic ba! Pero ngayon nag-iba na at sobrang daming turista na.
    .-= Sreisaat´s last blog ..Litratong Pinoy #34: Almusal (breakfast) =-.

  6. Lui

    August 31, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    z, you’re right. some areas are very touristy but it was still worth visiting. we went to tatai falls, visited the mangrove forests, went to a beach, crossed the thai border for some serious fruit shopping, then went to safari world.. every place i appreacited except for the safari world but i endured it coz Chinks and hubby’s nieces and nephews loved it.. More on that soon.

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