The crater lake of Boeng Yeak Lom
Trip Start May 01, 2010
90Trip End Apr 30, 2011
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Tree Top Ecolodge
After this stressful start, we were very pleased when we arrived at the Tree Top Ecolodge, a small resort style place with big wooden bungalows overlooking a jungly valley, and very reasonably priced. The main reason for coming to Ban Lung, other than its setting in a remote part of Cambodia, was Boeng Yeak Lom, a large blue crater lake surrounded by tall trees. The ethnic minorities of the area consider the lake sacred and believe that there are mythical creatures living in its depths. When we arrived at the lake we were not at all disappointed. The water was a beautiful shade of blue and looked very inviting. Dotted around one side of the lake are large wooden jettys with steps down into the water. We chose the furthest one from the entrance and spent the whole day here swimming and reading. In fact we liked it so much that we spent the whole of the next day there too!
After our not so promising start to the people of Cambodia, we can easily say that everyone else we have met has been lovely with smiles and 'hellos' very forthcoming. Tomorrow we head south to Kratie, another good location to go dolphin watching.