Botum Sakor National Park



Botum Sakor National Park

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Occupying the bulbous peninsula between Koh Kong and Sihanoukville, the Botum  Sakor National Park encompasses 707 sq miles (1,832 sq  km) of coastal land and low- lying rain forests, grasslands,  and mangroves. The park is home to the elephant, fishing cat, sun bear, leopard, and pileated gibbon. Leopards and elephants are rarely spot ted but there is still plenty to see, particularly reptiles and amphibians such as tree frogs, and birds such as the white- bellied sea eagle. The park  has been a bone of contention between developers and  environmentalists, with the former eyeing the fine sandy beaches on the western peninsula. Environmentalists counter that these plans are contrary to Botum’s status as a national park and hence disastrous for its wildlife. Despite this, large areas of mangroves have been logged.

There is limited road access to the park, but hikes and boat trips can be organized from the park headquarters, 2 miles (3 km) west of Anduong Tuek. These boat trips pass through mangrove forests teeming with mud crabs and kingfishers.

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