Things to See and Do
Koh Kong province is ripe for
eco-tourism but is still, in many ways, a comparatively new,
unspoiled and very lightly touristed destination. The area offers
primarily natural wonders - the coastal mangrove forests, the
heavily jungled Cardamom Mountain range and rugged rivers, and
secluded coastal and island beaches to the south.
Some of the more popular activities include excursions to the nearby
waterfalls and mangrove forests, boat trips to Koh Kong Island, and
jungle treks and camping as well as kayaking picturesque rivers in
the in the Cardamoms. If you are feeling like something more
relaxed, perhaps a day lounging at the rustic crab shacks on nearby
Koh Yor Beach or for something more sophisticated, maybe try your
hand at the tables at the Koh Kong Casino Resort near the Thai
Arranging tours, excursions, local transportation and motorcycle
rental through one of the local tour operators is by far the easiest
way to explore Koh Kong, and the prices are about the same as DIY.
Trekking, boating, waterfall trips and the like are most easily
arranged through a local tour operator such as those listed below.
Nearby Koh Yor Beach (Bak Klong Beach)
is a long, narrow, secluded, white sand beach with a just few little
oceanside seafood shacks lining the shore, about 25 minutes from
town. It’s a nice place to relax beachside for the afternoon
nibbling fresh barbequed seafood at one of the shacks. And if you
are interested in something of a cultural experience, check at the
fishing Village of Bak Klong at the end of the beach. There are a
couple of small pagodas, an interesting local market and nothing in
the way of tourist facilities. To get to Koh Yor from town, cross
the toll bridge west, turn left at the Buddha monument and continue
south on the recently paved road about 6km to the ocean.
Mangrove swamp lines much of the Cambodian coastline - a
delicate ecosystem in which mangrove vegetation grows
amongst the brackish, slow moving intertidal waters near
shore. The Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary 7km from town has
a 1km long raised walkway through the mangroves allowing a
close look at the complex root system and local wildlife.
Koh Kong sits at the edge of the Cardamom Mountain range,
most of it blanketed in dense tropical jungle, providing
some excellent, relatively nearby jungle trekking
opportunities. See unspoiled jungle, local wildlife, rugged
rivers and waterfalls. Local tour operators offer half-day,
full day and multi-day jungle treks, some combing kayaking
or village visits with the trekking tour.
Koh Kong is rich with waterfalls and rapids. The rugged
rivers that run down from the Cardamom Mountains harbor
spectacular jungled falls, some near to town, others farther
upstream. Many of the falls are but a trickle in the dry
season and best visited in the wet season. The Ta Tai
Waterfalls are the nearest big falls to town, requiring a 30
minute ride to the Tai Tai River 18km east of town and
another 30 minute boat ride up river. The falls are wide and
two-leveled with a drop of about 6m, set in a jungle gorge.
Other falls such as the Koh Por Falls, Tuo Kokir Rapids and
impressive jungle gorge Kbal Chhay Falls sit father upriver
within daytrip distance.
Koh Kong Island
Nearby Koh Kong Island sits in
the Gulf of Thailand about a 2-hour boat ride from Koh Kong City.
Koh Koh Island is the largest Cambodian island, over 22km long, with
classic tropical jungled interior, secluded sandy beaches and
lagoons, and very few inhabitants. Tour operators run regular day
trips to the island for $20-$25, including the boat trip,
snorkeling, swimming and lunch at the island, and often a stop at
the mangrove forest on the way back. If you would like to stay a bit
longer Koh Kong Island Resort and Koh Kong White Sand
Beach both offer beach bungalows on the island.
Tour and Dive Operators
Koh Kong Island Boat Trip
Full day boat trip through the mangrove
forests and to the tropical Koh Kong Island. for beach, BBQ lunch,
kayaking and snorkeling. Overnight stay on the island also
Established 2006. Located on Tai-Tai
River, offering boating, kayaking and trekking and tours to the
islands, waterfalls, and mangrove forest. Rainy season kayaking. Call for pick-up from
Tel: 088-7770576 097-9253000.
Paddy’s Bamboo Tour Koh Kong
Jungle trekking and Koh Kong Island trips, day trips and overnight
camping. Bus tickets, taxi and boat services, motorcycle and bicycle
rental. Cardamom Mountain homestay.
Tel: 015-533223, 097-6483841
Koh Kong Eco Adventure Tours
Full service tour provider. Jungle trek,
camping, island mangrove tour, waterfalls, kayaking, much more. All
transportation and tourist info. Moto rental.
On the riverfront
Mr. Ritthy: 012-707719, 097-5552789