Kampong Speu is a picturesque resort town, its name literally translating to ‘starfruit harbor’ in Khmer language. A 90-minute drive away from Phnom Penh, this serves as an ideal day trip or a weekend getaway with its laid back, relaxed vibe. Famous for palm sugar and wine production, lush fruit orchards, paddy fields, riverine forests, and wooded hills make up the rural scenery. Explore the natural surroundings to your heart’s content – you could cool off in the many waterfalls, and witness the Cambodian take on meditative fly-fishing in these perennial rivers. Nearby, a quaint rocking bridge over the Preaek Thnot river serves as link between two little villages worth exploring. A unique biodiversity hotspot in Asia, Kampong Speu, along with a handful of other national parks in the region, is home to several species of indigenous and endangered wildlife and birds. Multi-day treks across the Cardamom Mountains offer the best experiences for adventure seekers, as does Cambodia’s highest mountain, Phnom Aural, located in this region.