(Written by Theavy, edited by www.ecoadventurecambodia.com)
Sat 19 March 2011
Koh Kong: “Phnom Trangiol” or the Bald Mountain: Thick forests with big trees used to cover this area but during the Pol Pot regime, they were cut down for farming. In the time of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea (1979-1992) following the Khmer Rouge Regime when civil war wracked the country, this place was used as a barracks for soldiers, leaving the compounds full of mines. The land mines have since been cleared by de-miners from CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Commission) contracted by Wildlife Alliance. Phnom Ta’Ngol’s panoramic view is excellent for sunrise or sunset.
This is the original script:
Phnom Tra Ngor (Bald Mountain)
Here was a thick forest with big trees. But during the Pol Pot regime, it was destroyed for farming. Then, in the time of Vietnamese administration, the place was used as a Soldiers’ barrack, so all the compounds around here were full of mines. But the land mines here were cleared by de-miners from CMAC (Cambodian Mine Action Commission), which hired by reforestation project of Wildlife Alliance. The majority of tourists usually come here to see sunrise or sunset. It is also suitable to camp overnight stay with drinking refreshment. The villagers always come camping here during mid night after having drunk at parties. We can walk here from Chi Phat village and it takes us only 40 minutes. What attract visitors is that near here there are pineapples growing on the rock – unbelievable.