Koh Kong is the biggest coastal province in Cambodia. Situated at the southwestern tip of the country and bordered with Thailand, the province has a long undeveloped coastline and mountainous, forested interior which covers a part of the Cardamom Mountains – the biggest coherent rainforest of Southeast Asia – and a section of Kirirom National Park.
With a distance of just 291 kilometers away from Phnom Penh, Koh Kong used to be an isolated province until the construction of the National Road 48 – the main road that connects Koh Kong provincial town to the National Road 4 at Sre Ambel junction – was completed in 2008. The access to Koh Kong provincial town during that hard time was only available with a rough, long sea journey and helicopter. In contrast, the journey to Koh Kong now is mostly made by car, which is more comfortable and consumes much less travel hours, with the enjoyment of a spectacular scenic view along the road.
The existence of the road and the tourism development projects have transformed Koh Kong into a more popular tourist destination. Casinos on the border with Thailand, hotels, guest houses, and bungalows have been opened to host the increased arrivals of tourists in the province.
Regardless of one of the important economic gateways to Thailand and the recent opening of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the province, Koh Kong is reputed for its beaches, waterfalls, and an over 50,000-hectare-covered mangrove forest, a rainforest by the sea and the breeding grounds and nesting sites for sea creatures. Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary is Asia’s largest mangrove forest and Koh Kong beaches are reputed to be one of the best beaches in Southeast Asia.
A stay in Koh Kong will reward visitors with complete satisfaction owing to the calmness of the surrounding nature and the relatively low prices of the lodging, food and transportation. Tourists are strongly advised to include Koh Kong in their itinerary while visiting Cambodia.