Once a long time ago, a beautiful daughter was born to a powerful and feared
giant king. The princess’s beauty captivated everyone from far and near. Her
hair exuded a certain fragrance that attracted many suitors to the palace.
Before retiring in the evening, the princess had a habit of brushing her hair by
her window and many people would crowd around it just to enjoy her scent.
The giant king named her Neang Sork Kro Oub or the Fragrant-haired
Princess. He often said to her, “My beautiful Neang Sork Kro Oub, you will be
married to a heavenly suitor for your beauty and fragrance are so divine.”
One day, as a handsome young man arrived in the city of the giant king, he
was caught by the fragrance in the breeze.
“Oh, what a wonderful heavenly fragrance this is. I wish to know where it
comes from. I won’t be able to live without it,” thought the young man. “I will
follow the fragrance until I find the source of it,” the determined young man
The fragrance led him to the giant king’s palace where he met Neang Sork
Kro Oub. Fortunately, that day the giant king was away from his palace.
Once the man and the princess met, they instantly fell in love with each other.
“Oh, my love, will you marry me and be my wife,” asked the young man.
“I love you, but I fear my father would not allow us to be married. My father
wishes me to marry a heavenly suitor, but you are an ordinary man,” replied
“What shall we do then?” asked the young man.
They thought and thought but could not find a solution to their love.
“We have to escape from your father into the thick forest,” said the young
man. The princess agreed and they secretly fled.
When the giant king came back and found out that his daughter had fled
the palace with a man, he was so angry. He ordered his giant soldiers to
surround the forest and uproot the trees to search for his beloved daughter.
Yet, the giant soldiers could not find the lovers.
Then, the giant king thought the man and the princess must have gone
underground. “Now dig this entire forest to find my daughter and the thief
who stole my daughter,” ordered the giant king.
So, the giant soldiers dug and dug the ground, but in vain. They gave up
and returned to their city without a trace of the giant king’s daughter.
After they retreated, rain fell and filled the hole in the ground with water. The
place became a great lake, which the people called Yeakh Laom Lake since