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Koh Kong Province

This is a quaint and interesting border province that has long had a reputation as a ‘Wild West’ frontier town. Located at the southwestern tip of the country near the mouth of the Kah Bpow River in Smach Mean Chey district on the Gulf of Thailand, the city is only 10 kilometers from the Thai border. From here, tourists now have access to the border of Thailand by a newly constructed bridge reputed to be the longest in Cambodia. The 1900 meter long Thai-Cambodian border-bridge was completed at a cost of US$7.2 million dollars. With the bridge and the upgrading of the road to the national highway plus the building of several casinos near the border, the town has developed into a more popular tourist destination. Besides the casinos, there is a zoo and many pristine islands, mountains, jungles, rivers, waterfalls and mangrove forest which offer the tourist tons in terms of eco-tourism.

Places of Interest:

Peam Krasop Mangrove Forest

Ecotourism in Southeast Asia is generally a wet, humid affair, but the rewards of visiting are worth the muggy climate. Take the Peam Krasop eco-tourism sanctuary in Cambodia's south-western Koh Kong Province - visitors venture into an extensive mangrove forest, deep into an ecosystem you'll never find anywhere else.

Visitors get to walk on an elevated platform through a path cut through the Cambodian mangrove forest. Where the path ends, a suspension bridge crosses the wetlands to an elevated platform that takes visitors above the forest canopy.

From high above the canopy, visitors can appreciate the sheer scale of the sanctuary - more than 23,000 hectares in area, the mangrove forests around Peam Krasop provide a safe harbor for saltwater crocodiles and Irrawaddy dolphins. The forest also serves as a stopover for migrating birds like the Asiatic dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus) and the spotted greenshank (Tringa guttifer), of which the latter is an endangered species.

The scale of the forest belies the endangered state of mangrove wetlands in Cambodia - only 60,000 hectares of mangrove forest remain in the country, with the most pristine examples in Koh Kong province. Even these mangroves are threatened by villagers who cut down mangroves for charcoal.

Local communities are currently contributing to the salvation of the mangroves; under the auspices of the Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, the people of Koh Kong province are now managing the ecosystem to their benefit, rehabilitating ten hectares of degraded mangrove cover, with more to come in the years ahead.

Cham Yeam Resort
Cham Yeam resort is located in Mondul Seima district, about 10 kilometers northwest of Koh Kong provincial town, near the Cambodian-Thai international border. Cham Yeam is a semi-natural site developed 1997 by Neak Oknha Li Yong Phat. He named it Koh Kong International Resort. Today it attracts many tourist, especially Thais.

Cham Yeam Resort is one of the most beautiful resorts in Cambodia because it has five-star hotels, guest houses, serval casinos and an international zoo, Koh Kong Safari World. Cham Yeam Beach features beautiful coconut trees.

The Cham Yeam border checkpoint is open from 8am until 5pm and from 10pm to 11pm to accommodate the import and export of goods.

Khun Chhang Khun Phen
Khun Chhang Khun Phen stupa sits on a rock in the middle of the sea tributary, about 1 kilometer from the provincial town. The stupa is 4 meters high and made of concrete. Because the site is small – only 40 square meters, including the stupa-it can accommodated only 10 to 15 visitors at a time. The stupa is about 1 kilometer from the provincial town. Oh Kong residents worship there and often visit the site on national holidays and traditional festivals.

Khun Chhang Khun Phen is related to a Khmer legend. Once upon a time, there was villager’s daughter named Thim, who was loved by a man named Khun Chhang. Khun Chhang was bold-headed and not very handsome, but his family was rich.

Thim, however, did not love Khun Chhang, they became engaged and Khun Chhang married her. She later betrayed  her husband to love a commander named Khun Phen. When Khun Chhang learned of his wife’s affair, he complained to the King. The King  decided to cut Thim’s body into two parts. After Thim died, Khun Chhang buried her at the same place where she was killed. Because he wanted her to be reincarnated, Khun Chhang put up a soul flag pole on the east bank of the stream, facing where Thim was buried. The he built a stupa in memory of their love. Later, the west bank of the stream was named Chedey village, and the east bank was named Dangtung village.

Ta Tai Waterfall
Ta Tai waterfall is a semi-natural site located in Ta Tai village, Ta Tai commune, Smach Meanchey district, about 20 kilometers east of Koh Kong provincial town along National Road 48. There are 84 families living in this area. They earn their living by fishing and hunting.

The waterfall has two stages. The first stage is 5 to 6 meters high, the second stage is 12 to 15 meters high. Ta Tai waterfall was developed as a model site in Koh Kong to attract local and foreign tourists.

Ta Tai waterfall is also known as Ta Eysei waterfall. According to legend, a man named Ta Tai and his son went to the waterfall to fish because the waterfall was the joining point between fresh water and salt water. There was a storm and the resulting floods carried away Ta Tai’s son. Four or five days later, however, the boy was found at the same spot from where he disappeared. When Ta Tai questioned his son, the boy said: There is someone who took me to a secret place, where he turned into a vampire and wanted to kill me. But suddenly Ta Eysei appeared to save me and took me back. After hearing the story, Ta Tai and his wife believed that their son was saved by Ta Eysei or Neak Sachang. Ever since then, the waterfall has been called Ta Eysei waterfall or Ta Tai waterfall.

Koh Moul or Koh Kong Krav
Koh Moul, the biggest island in Cambodia, is 22 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide. The island is located in Koh Kong district, about 24 kilometers south of Koh Kong provincial town. Koh Moul is 350 meters above sea level. The island has many hills and is rich in natural scenery.

Koh Kong Krav has more than 10  waterfalls that range from 6 to 25 meters in height. Koh Mool features six beautiful beaches, known as Deum Doung Beach 1 to 6, that range from 3000 to 5000 meters long. All have beautiful white sand and limpid water. The waters surrounding the island are full of black and white dolphins that appear along the beach from  9 to 10:30 in the morning and 5 to 7:30 in the evening.

Kbay Chhay or Koh Por
Kbal Chhay waterfall is located in Mondul Seima district, about 16 kilometers north of Koh Kong provincial town. Kbal Chhay or Koh Por is a natural site along a high mountain range and forest. To reach Koh Por, visitors travel along a stream amid beautiful scenery.

Kbay Chhay gets its water from the Pursat stream. The waterfall is 10 meters high and 8 meters wide during the rainy season. In dry season there is less water, so locals and tourists visit the site and relax under the big rocks that resemble a cave.

Koh Sdech
Koh Sdech is located in Kirisakor district, about 81 kilometrs south of Koh Kong provincial town. It attracts visitors from Sihanoukville and Sre Ambil district.

Koh Sdech features a long beach, and the sea is filled with a variety of fish. The site is excellent for snorkeling or scuba diving, as the water is clear, and and array of coral can be seen growing at the bottom of the sea.

According to legeng, there once was a king who commanded an army on the island. Because there was no fresh waer, the king searched everywhere to find some. At last he found a rock near the sea. Thinking the rock might contrain water, the king drew his sword and split open the rock, releasing an endless flow of water that local people still use today.

Koh Kong Safari World
Koh Kong Safari World sites over 64 acres and houses more than 800 individual animals from almost 100 species offering an exceptional experience and unsurpassed extraordinary memories of the nature, making it a great place for a walk to see wild life.

Koh Kong Safari World is mixed up spectacular views of the greeneries and sea to present the natives of Australia, Africa, Asia and the tropics including Kangaroo, Giraffe, deer, bear, and many others.

Your tiredness and stress are completely taken away by our amazing animal shows. Your true amusement park is coming into your mind to weigh your option of next travel destination.

We open daily from 9:00 am in the morning until 17:00 with an entrance fee for the whole day. We also provide two-way caterpillar train services between hotel and Safari World.