Koh Kong Province
- Tourist Attractions
Koh Kong is located in Southern Cambodia, bordering to the North with Pursat, to the East and South to the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, and to the West with Kampot and Sihanoukville. It is one of the biggest provinces in the whole country with a long undeveloped coastline and a mountainous, forested and largely inaccessible interior, which embraces part of the Cardamom Mountains, the biggest coherent rainforest of Southeast Asia. Koh Kong is a major border crossing with Thailand for overland shipment of products. Smaller ships from Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia port here. Koh Kong is about 4 hours by road to SihanoukVille, Cambodia's largest beach resort, and 5 hours to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
The area of the province is 11160 square kilometers (MAFF www.maff.gov.kh). The topography of the province is variable, from the coastal region on the south and western borders, to extensive upland forested areas covering much of the province. The province consists mainly of a huge mountain range, the Cardamom Mountains. Covered with lush deep rainforest, it is, almost unpopulated except by some small tribes.
There are many creeks and rivers running to the sea, Stoeng Kaoh Pa and Stoeng Me Toek are the largest. Typical Cambodian plain wet areas covering rice fields and other agricultural plantations are not found here except from some river areas near the sea. The highest point in the province is about 4000 feet in elevation.
The country has a tropical climate - warm and humid. In the monsoon season, abundant rain allows for the cultivation of a wide variety of crops, but roads may be impassable in some areas due to muddy condition.
General information about the provincial climate:
-Cool season: November- March (17-27c)
-Hot season: March-May (29c -38c)
-Rainy season: May -October (27-35c, with humidity up to 90%.)
Koh Kong is a major eco-tourism destination in South-East Asia. Largely uninhabited, the Cardamom Mountain park area, and rivers, islands, and jungle are popular eco-destinations. Koreans, Israelis, Thais, Chinese, and Westerners choose this area. Their top choice is the Riverside destinations. Mainland coastline, unpopulated islands, and lots of tributaries fill up more than 90% of the province.
Industry in Koh Kong province includes fishing, salt production, sand dredging, and is notable for its agriculture. Koh Kong city is the economic center for these and other industries. A major agricultural project is planned by investors from Kuwait. Thai's are attracted to Koh Kong’s casinos. An industrial / export processing area is under development.
Koh Kong's infrastructure is generally poor, but improvements are underway. A major road between Singapore and China has just been completed. This road mainly links Thailand to the rest of Southern Cambodian and Phnom Penh, the Capital of Cambodia. The airport completely renovated. Large water, sewer, and electrical generating plants are being built. Road construction outside of Koh Kong city, mainly in the National Park, is slowly progressing. The Koh Kong Bridge is a major gateway to Koh Kong. Many, mostly Asian companies are already planning, investing, and working here, relying on cheap labor and tax breaks, and good (or not) enforcement of labor laws.
Koh Kong are visited by thousands of travelers from all over the world. Tourist attractions in Koh Kong includes various places of interest such as resorts, waterfalls, beaches.
Cham Yeam Resort is close to the border areas of Thailand and Cambodia. An internationally reputed resort the Cham Yeam Resort is considered as one of a favorite tourist destinations in Koh Kong. Located in Mondul Seima district, about 10 kilometers northwest of Koh Kong provincial town, Cham Yeam Resort is one of the most beautiful resorts in Cambodia because it has five-star hotels, guest houses, several casinos and international zoo, and Beach with beautiful coconut trees.
The Kbal Chhay Prek Koh Waterfall is one of the favorite tourist attractions in Koh Kong. Travelers like to go to visit the Kbal Chhay Prek Koh Waterfall, Koh Kong as it has some of the most spectacular scenic views of the adjoining areas. The tourist can enjoy some time of absolute peace and tranquility as the Kbal Chhay Prek Koh Waterfall. Koh Kong is placed away from the commotion of the provincial town. The cool waters of the waterfalls with the vegetation surrounding the Kbal Chhay Prek Koh Waterfall is a perfect picnic spot.It is situated in the Mundol Seyma District of the provinceof Koh Kong. The Kbal Chhay Prek Koh Waterfall is about 13 miles from the heart of the province of Koh Kong. The Kbal Chhay Prek Koh Waterfall is the nature and wildlife reserves where vistors might get to see some of the rare species of flora and fauna.
Chi Phat is located in Koh Kong province, which is in the Southwest of Cambodia. Chi Phat is mainland South East Asia’s largest remaining tract of rainforest situated directly in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains. With mountains, mangroves and low land swamps on the one hand and many cultural artifacts such as burial jars and wooden coffins on the other hand, Chi Phat and its surrounding area has a variety of attractions to offer both to local and international tourists. Tourists can take a walk through the forest trails and meet warm and friendly village people.
Khun Chhalgn Khun Phen is one of destinations frequently visited by tourists from different parts of the world. Excursions to the major attractions lying scattered in and around the areas are within reaches. Khun Chang Khun Phen are legendary characters in Khmer literature. 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. Then he built a stupa in memory of their love. Later, the west bank of the stream was named Chetdey (a stupa) village, and the east bank was named Dangtung (a flage pole) village. 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.
The Prek Chik O' srey Sranash, Koh Kong is one of the attractions in Koh Kong which travelers love to visit because of its idyllic location. The stunning locales which surround the Prek Chik O' srey Sranash in Koh Kong draw many travelers. It is placed conveniently a distance of 3 or 4 miles from the heart of the provincial town. The lush green forests of the adjoining areas of the Prek Chik O' srey Sranash in Koh Kong is a natural habitat for the multitude of flora and fauna of Cambodia. One can see some of the nature and wildlife reserves while visiting the Prek Chik O' srey Sranash in Koh Kong.
Amidst nature, tourists will indulge an ideal ambiance and a stuning waterfall sourrounded by lush green landscape at Veal Achaut Waterfall. The cool waters of the waterfalls and the rich flora and fauna in its adjoining areas attract the tourists from across the globe. The idyllic environment makes the Veal Achaut Waterfall in Koh Kong a perfect place for excursions. VealAchaut Waterfall also serves as nature and wildlife reserves as many animals have made it their natural habitat.
One of the best places to visit is the Lam Da Beach, Koh Kong as you can spend some time amidst sea, sand and serenity. The long stretch of the golden beach shining in the warm rays of the sum makes it a favorite tourist sports for young and old alike. The global travelers can find traces of almost every natural element if they come to the province of Koh Kong.
Discover Koh Kong is Researched by Lowell Cole and Ben Bao, illustrated by Ben Bao.