This huge area of hills, vegetable and fruit plantations was one of the last Khmer Rouge strongholds until 1998. Today it is the poorest area of Kampot province and home to 3 companies holding farming concessions on around 35,000 hectares.
Koh Sla Dyke was a forced labour project under the Pol Pot regime. In 2003 the dyke breached and caused extensive floodings. Today it is still known as ‘the broken dyke’ (Tomnop Daich).
The Koh Sla area provides an adventurous exploration trip for motors (125cc/250cc). Road conditions can vary between good and bumpy/muddy. Tuk tuks won’t take you here.
From Kampot Durian, head north on Nat Road #3 for 18km. Turn left under an archway, off the main road. From here directions are rather vague. If you stick to the main trail, you should arrive at a T-crossing after 22km, turn left and after 11km is Wat Koh Sla (nothing special there). Another T-crossing there, turn right and 32km straight to get back to #3.
In case you would get lost, ask a local ‘’Phlaw Thom, Lake Bai?’’ this means ‘’National Road, Number 3?’’
It is possible to do loops of over 100km in this area or to connect up to National Road #4, close to Kirirom National Park! Safe ride …