On our planet, there are not too many places where you can walk through virgin rainforest, surrounded by the cacophony of chirping cicadas and birds singing. Where the top-tier of the jungle harboring a traveler from the midday heat, but at the same time, fraught with many secrets and even more dangers. These are just few words that can attract this traveler, ready to get off the main tourist routes and go to a real eco-voyage in Koh Kong (Koh Kong Province).

Krong Koh Kong (Krong Koh Kong or Krong Khemara Phoumin) – adm. Center Koh Kong province, a small border town situated at the foot of the cardamom hills on the river, which flows into the Gulf of Thailand, 14 km from the border with Thailand, 230 km from Sihanoukville and 290 km from Phnom Penh. Is Admiral. center of the homonymous province. Earlier on the map indicate how Khemarakphuminvil (ahem. Krong khemara phumin).

In the past, the city was known smugglers, prostitutes and gambling. And now, here come the Thais often to play games of chance which are prohibited in their country. The city is still interesting as a local center of trade, both legal and illegal. But we must admit that Koh Kong is not the most popular city among tourists. However, an increasing number of travelers are delayed for a few days while traveling between Cambodia and Thailand. The main reason for these changes is the fact that every year the growing popularity of eco-tourism, and in Koh Kong for good conditions – the largest in the Southeast Asian mangrove forests (23,750 hectares), virgin jungle, cardamom mountains, islands, beaches …

The town is slowly growing – new guest houses and hotels, there are post office, internet, wi-fi, there are ATMs and some restaurants have started taking credit cards (usually run from $ 50) are constructed.

Currency exchange is one of the most common ways to make money in the city, so the exchange of problems will not arise. In the course of the Thai baht, US dollars and Cambodian Riel.

Eco-tourism in Koh Kong Province

Koh Kong Province - one of the most sparsely populated provinces of the south-west Cambodia. And perhaps because of this, the province is one of the most picturesque places in the Kingdom. From the first minutes of the trip, departing further and further from civilization, you plunge into the world of real Cambodia, with its picturesque villages surrounded by rice paddies, palm and durianovymi plantations, roadside cafes, where you can sample authentic rural Khmer dishes under the cheerful hubbub grimy and carefree local children . Before reaching the Thai border from all sides surround you jungle, mangrove forests, mountains and deep rivers, waterfalls shedding. These places are, of course, have great potential for rapidly developing eco-tourism, which is increasingly attracting the attention of tourists who want to see the country on the other hand and touch her untouched natural resources.

Transport and border crossing

Koh Kong Province is gaining popularity as a destination for eco-tourism and as a transit point on the way to Cambodia from East Thailand (Trat) or vice versa. Good transport links to the rest of the country Koh Kong received when in 2007 was finished the reconstruction of the National road number 48 from Koh Kong to Sraeambelya (on the road from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville) and built four bridges in 2008 - Tatai Bridge, Tropeang Rung Bridge, Andong Tuk Bridge, Sre Ambel Bridge. Border Crossing Hat Lek (Had Lek) is located 14 km west from the town of Koh Kong. This is the most popular beach in the transition zone between the city of Trat in Thailand and Koh Kong in Cambodia. From Bangkok to Trat express bus is 5-6 hours longer than usual for an hour, but a little cheaper. From Trat Trat minivans go straight - Hat Lek (the journey takes about 50 minutes) The border opens at 6:00 and closes at 22:00. After the transition, you take the bus or use the services of a taxi, tuk-Tooker or mototaksistov to cross the toll bridge Koh Kong (for Moto - 1400 riel, for passenger cars - 5800 riel) and reach the city. Just to get to Koh Kong by bus / minivan from Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. To date in 2016, the city has three transport companies - Virak Buntam, Rith Mony and Olympic Express. The road to / from Sihanoukville (230km) will take you about 5 hours and from / to Phnom Penh (290 km) - about 6.5 hours. Almost all flights from Koh Kong go in the morning. Buses depart from the main bus station, Krong Koh Kong. Tickets can be purchased at the bus station, or in any travel agency or at the reception of the guesthouse. Prices for bus tickets may differ by a few dollars, depending on the carrier and the bus type (large or micro). A convenient option for traveling a large company, it may be a taxi.