Kbal Chhay waterfall is located in Khan Prey Nup, about 16 kilometers north of the downtown Sihanoukville. To reach the site from Sihanoukville, take National Road 4 toward Phnom Penh.
About 7 kilometers outside of town, there is a sign announcing the site. Turn left and go 9 kilometers along a trail. It is about 30 minutes away from Sihanoukville town.
The water at Kbal Chhay comes from many sources along the mountain range, although only three of these sources are visible. The waterfall, which is 14 meters high, is at the point where those three sources jointed. It was discovered in 1960.
And three years later, it was developed into a reservoir to supply clean water to the city of Sihanoukville. The reservoir construction, however, was interrupted due to civil war, and the site became a hide-out for the Khmer Rouge.
In 1997, Kbal Chhay was marked for development, and a year later Kok An Company was awarded a contract to construct a road and develop the site for tourism.
One of the must visit tourist attractions in Sihanoukville is Kbal Chhay Waterfalls in Sihanoukville which is known for its fascinating natural beauty.
These falls can be best viewed during the wet season from July to October. During this period the Waterfalls is the most attractive with white froth of water cascading down.
During the dry season the Waterfalls remains almost non-existent with water just managing to trickle down.
It is actually a collection of 3meters to 5 meters high waterfalls which originates from different sources along the mountain ranges. However, only three out of the collection can be sighted.
Kbal Chhay Waterfalls is not only for tourist attraction but also a popular picnic spot where the local people can spend their weekend amongst the greenery and serene natural ambience.
There are a lot of foods and drink stands for your refreshments and you can hire the cottage for your picnic launch with a family or friends. It is one of the weekend picnic resorts of Sihanoukville people.