KOH KONG (KONG ISLAND)
Koh Kong is a quaint border province that has long had a reputation as a 'Wild West' frontier location. Situated at the southwestern tip of the country near the mouth of the Kah Bpow River, the city is only 10 kilometers from the Thai border and 280 kilometers from the capital. Koh Kong has a long coastline and a large forested interior that embraces part of the Cardamom Mountains and a section of Kirirom National Park. Its tourist attractions include a theme park, beaches, waterfalls and a rich mangrove forest.
There are many offshore islands nearby Koh Kong, the most interesting of which is Koh Kong Khoa, a practically uninhabited jungle paradise with seven magnificent white sandy beaches. This island is only about a forty five minute water taxi ride from shore.
Koh Kong has enjoyed quite a few tourism development projects that have turned the province into a great tour destination. The province is linked to Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk Province via Sre Ambel by National Route 4. This newly built road provides visitors yet another option to access the province by road. A drive on this road is highly recommended to those who love nature; the road winds through some of Cambodia's least developed and unspoiled regions - the Cardamom Mountains. Amidst thick forest, streams and charming waterfalls, the adventure rewards with scenic sites for stopovers and great photography.
Mangroves are spread along the coast from Kep to Koh Kong, and they cover an area of over 50,000 hectares in Koh Kong. Mangroves are specialized tropical trees that live on the edge where rainforests meet oceans. These ‘rainforests by the sea’ are rich breeding grounds for shrimps, prawns, crabs, shellfish, snails and fishes, especially the beautiful Mud skippers that seem to enjoy the surface more than being in water. They are also nesting sites for many shore birds, lizards, sea turtles, and many other exotic animal species.
Highlights of Koh Kong
Cham Yeam Resort- located about 10 km northwest of Koh Kong provincial town near the Cambodian-Thai border, it is a semi-natural site and one of the most beautiful resorts in Cambodia with several casinos and an international zoo, Koh Kong Safari World. It features beautiful coconut trees.
Khun Chhang Khun Phen Stupa- it sits on a rock in the middle of the sea tributary, about 1km from the provincial town. The site of its concrete stupa with 4m high has only 40 square meters and can only accommodate 10-15 visitors at a time.
Ta Tai Waterfall- a semi-natural site is located in Ta Tai village about 20km east of the provincial town. It has two stages: first stage is 5-6m high and second stage is 12-15m high.
Koh Moul or Koh Kong Krau- the biggest island in Cambodia with 22km long and 7km wide is located about 24km south of the town and 350m above sea level. It has many hills and is rich in natural scenery.
Koh Sdech- located about 81km south of the town, it features a long beach and the sea is filled with a variety of fish. It is excellent for snorkeling or scuba diving, as the water is clear and an array of coral can be seen growing at the bottom of the sea.