Mangrove Forest

An ecological wonder

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Seven or eight kilometres outside of Koh Kong city is an enormous mangrove forest where visitors can observe the delicate ecosystem that locals have turned into a thriving ecotourism project.

Part of the nearly 25,000-hectare Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, the Boeng Kayak area has a kilometre-long mangrove walk, with elevated cement and wooden platforms snaking through the mangrove forest.

Koh Kong province's mangrove forests have been deteriorating since 1979, when the Khmer Rouge were overthrown. At that time, Koh Kong was sparsely populated, and many of the newly displaced Cambodian population chose to make Koh Kong home. This increased population and need for fishing and charcoal production has put enormous pressure on the mangroves and their ecosystem.

Entrance fees (5,000 riel for foreigners, 3,000 for Cambodians) go towards supporting the project, which aims to provide local villagers with alternatives to ecologically damaging choices.

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Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Off NH 48, Koh Kong Province
Last updated: 12th February, 2012

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