Koh Kong

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Koh Kong is the most south­west­ern prov­ince of Cam­bo­dia. 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. Its tourist at­trac­tions in­clude abun­dant wildlife; big wa­ter­falls and casi­nos on the bor­der to Thai­land, while an Ex­port Pro­cess­ing Zone and new port fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing de­vel­oped for in­ter­na­tional trade.

The prov­ince is a pop­u­lar gate­way to Cam­bo­dia from Hat Lek in south­ern Thai­land, in part of the rea­son­ably di­rect ac­cess to the beach town of Si­hanoukville. While this was pre­vi­ously a gru­elling jour­ney by boat and pickup on rough bumpy roads us­ing small fer­ries at river cross­ings, the Thai do­na­tion of new road in­fra­struc­ture is im­prov­ing ac­cess greatly.

The name means “Krong Is­land Prov­ince”. Its cap­i­tal is Krong Koh Kong, which is lo­cated in the West of the prov­ince right next to the Thai bor­der. The city is sur­rounded with a large forested area con­nected to the main­land by bridges and fer­ries. It’s gen­er­ally a quiet town, but there are many rea­sons to stay in Koh Kong for more than one night such as the nearby is­lands, rivers, tours into the na­ture and the buzzing nightlife.

The peo­ple of Koh Kong speak mainly Kh­mer, and most speak some Thai as well. You can also find many Chi­nese and Viet­namese speak­ers as well as a lot of bro­ken English. Your stay here will be eco­nom­i­cal as lodg­ing, food and trans­porta­tion is rel­a­tively cheap here. Please make this place a stop on your trav­els through S.E. Asia and you won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

A rather shaky sus­pen­sion bridge

Tatai Re­sort

One of the many beau­ti­ful beaches

Peam Kras­sop Man­grove For­est and Eco-tourism Sanc­tu­ary

Sun­set on the coast

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