Exploring Southern Cambodia

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Nov
2021

Exploring Southern Cambodia

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A heady combination of beaches, islands, and national parks makes Southern Cambodia a delight to explore. Koh Kong, near the Thai border, is beginning to establish itself as an ecotourism center, with picturesque waterfalls, forests, and mangrove preserves. In the south, bustling Sihanoukville has some of Southeast Asia’s most gorgeous beaches and pristine offshore islands. Kampot, which lies to the east of Sihanoukville, is an important town with a delightful river setting and an atmospheric French quarter, and serves as an ideal base for trips to Bokor National Park. Tiny Kep, a former French resort, still retains a quiet rustic feel, while Takeo province is home to the ancient temple of Phnom Da, which is accessible only by boat from Angkor Borei.

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Towns and Cities

Kampot
Kep
Koh Kong
Neak Luong
Sihanoukville
Svay Rieng
Takeo

Places of Worship

Phnom Chhnork

Phnom Sorsia

Historical Sites

Angkor Borei

Islands and Beaches

Koh Kong Island
Koh Tonsay

National Parks and Preserves

Bokor National Park
Botum Sakor National Park
Cardamom Mountains
Kep National Park
Kirirom National Park

Peam Krasaop Nature Reserve
Ream National Park

Areas of Natural Beauty

Kbal Chhay Cascades
Tatai Waterfalls
Tek Chhouu Falls

GETTING AROUND

The road system in Southern Cambodia has improved greatly. All the main routes are  well paved and generally in good condition, although all are single-lane highways.  The bus network is reasonably efficient and since distances are not great, journeys are not too tiring. Shared taxis supplement buses, particularly on the Sihanoukville – Kampot route. These usually stop to allow travelers to take pictures enroute. Car-rental agencies are common in  Sihanoukville and motorcycle rental companies operate in most towns. Boats are available to offshore islands and riverside towns, and to explore parks and temple ruins such as Phnom Da.

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