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Ream National Park

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Without leaving the mainland, Ream National Park is our favourite part of Sihanoukville.





The national park, though somewhat gnawed away at the edges, retains a core of well-preserved forest, extensive mangroves and winding creeks rich in flora and fauna while you’ll still find pristine white sand beaches lined with casuarinas and palms rather than pizzerias and pub quizzes. Much of Cambodia’s coastline used to be like this until relatively recently.

Ream has a tree or two. Photo taken in or around Ream National Park, Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Ream has a tree or two. Photo: Mark Ord

Just 17 km from central Sihanoukville, Ream National Park is easily accessed by town for day tours—either organised or under your own steam—while the exceptional Monkey Maya provides a great base if you want to explore the area in more depth. The park was formally inaugurated in 1993 (the first national park in peace-time Cambodia) and incorporates 210 square kilometres of salt-water mangroves, fresh-water wetlands, coastal rainforest, beaches, coral reefs and seagrass beds as well as the nearby islands of Koh Thmei and Koh Seh.

Even the park authorities are rather vague about what animal species are actually found within the park boundaries with certain reports unconfirmed and others perhaps previously true but no longer valid. Rhesus and crab-eating macaques are certainly around, as are several deer subspecies, but we find both leopard and sun-bear claims—while not impossible—somewhat implausible. Otters are found in the creeks and both Irrawaddy and bottle-nosed dolphins are regularly sighted in the estuary though we’re not sure of the status of dugongs which, at least until recently, inhabited the seagrass beds around ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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