Mall open, residence section still working

It looks like the mall opened a couple months ago. Even a Lucky in there.. who lives around here though?

Front Entrance

Front of building

Unfinished condo portion (could be separate project actually)

mall meets condo section

Front entrance again

New Lucky Supermarket inside

empty just constructed small shops

Side Entrance

(overly) Colourful side

Alley behind

View from behind

View from behind unfinished condo section

Dam Finished end 2013

The Stung Atay dam in southern Pursat is open as of the end of 2013 despite lack of fanfare. The previous rumours about damage or delay seem to be unfounded. The dam’s reservoir extends north along the Atay river past the classic Cardamom’s town of O’saom. Between O’saom and Pramaoy, the old road is flooded and an extra 10km is now required to take a new road which wraps around a portion of the reservoir.

I don’t know how the dam project is structured but I think there are several stages (at least 3). They are spread out from the first stage pictured above to the 3rd stage which is a few km south

View of completed dam with filled reservoir

Driving from Pramaoy to O’saom, a finger of the dam’s reservoir is seen in the background (can be crossed by ferry or 10km diversion around)

Small ferry across mentioned portion of the dam’s reservoir

Small ferry across mentioned portion of the dam’s reservoir

View of the dam across the reservoir

The dam wall

Bridge across the Atay river just after O’saom

Second stage

Second stage

Second stage

Second stage

Third Stage

Third stage

Third Stage

Third Stage

Getting Hairy

Yellow tower is changing it’s appearance with a new hairstyle. The vines on this building are really amazing. Nice eco shading I might add.

Vines growing up the sides of Yellow Tower

Slow but

Young’s commercial center has completely missed it’s opening date but progress is being made on PP’s most colourful mall.

Entry Arch

View of the front

Work on the sidewalk outside

Another view of the front

Occupancy Issue

Every once in a while I drive by at night and hardly see any lights on. Either these people are energy saving fanatics, frequent travelers or there is hardly any occupancy in any of the towers.

Not many lights on


The Kirirom III Hydrodam came online in Feb 2013 and is supposed to supply 78 million KWh of electricity a year. This is the third dam in Cambodia after Kirirom I and Kamchay. There are 3 more in the works (and equally as controversial I might add).

Finished Hydrodam

A portion of the project, apparently.


From Phnom Penh Tower

Aerial view

At the front

Finished and Quiet

The Phnom Penh independence monument is a hub of activity but don’t expect this for 10-20 years in Kep. It’s the quietest roundabout in the whole province. Ok, well there are only 3.

View from the north.

Partial Collapse

Controversial projects better not have any complications to attract any additional media attention. This isn’t the case for Stung Atay dam which partially collapsed in early Dec 2012 leaving 4 missing and presumed dead. There are likely more than this official amount since the whole reservoir emptied but news doesn’t travel intact out of the deep jungles of Pursat.

Dam Construction

On the Dam

Looking towards the dam (reservoir side)

Looking towards the dam (intake side)

Possible damage area?


Dam Entrance

Apparent areal view after dam collapse and disaster

Looking off the dam

Looking off the dam (reservoir side)

Finally to the Dam

I finally snuck past 2 guard posts and got my first look at 3rd tier dam and reservoir of the Kamchay hydropower station. Although public access is not allowed onto the dam, a hike in the nearby hills gave me a peek of the reservoir behind. This being dry season, there is not a lot of action at the dam despite the fact that the dam has been operational for much of the last year. This is related to the recent circulating rumours that the dam hasn’t been producing up to original predictions and is essentially offline in the dry season.

Front of the dam as viewed from the dirt road on the east side of the river

Front of the dam as viewed from the dirt road on the east side of the river

Empty river in front of the dam

Abandoned gravel pit and storage area on the east bank

Gravel loading tunnels for the trucks

Abandoned gravel pit (anyone going to clean this up now?)

Abandoned gravel pits on the east bank

Abandoned construction site used in the dam construction

Other crap as you approach the dam on the east bank

A peek behind the dam at the recently flooded reservoir

Closer view of the reservoir

Another peek at the reservoir

Dam from the east bank

Front view of the dam from a small bridge at the base

Empty tuk chhu river below the dam

Gated entrance to the top of the dam wall

Recent satellite photo of the dam and reservoir

Reservoir size

What the dam looked like in rainy season 2012