Koh Phnov, which means “island of Malabar orange”, is located on the Mekong River in O’Svay commune. This island village was selected as an eco-tourism community because of its natural beauty during the dry season.
Mr. Kong Vuthy, Chief of O’Svay Communities Eco-Tourism said that Koh Phnov is unique during the dry season. It is surrounded by white sand beaches along the Mekong River while the eastern and western side of the island provides many rapids of clear water flowing over waterfalls.
“Along each small channel and its rapids, there is a green mango forest that is a paradise for many species of water birds, such as the metallic-green pigeon, the black cormorant, parrot, etc. For some time we have seen a group of vultures coming here for every dry season.” Vuthy said. Koh Phnov has approximately 95 families, 90 percent of whom are farmers and fishermen. This island is over 3 km long and about 1.5 km wide.