In Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, Koh Kong, enjoy a leisurely picturesque stroll along an elevated mangrove walkway or indulge in the culinary delights of freshly caught crab at bargain prices.
What to experience ?
Cambodia’s most unique mangrove ecosystem consisting of 23,750 hectares of protected mangrove forest, rivers, ocean and islands. Located in Koh Kong province very close to Thai border Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary represents a nice stopover when travelling to or from Thailand by land or for a week end from Phnom Penh.
The main gateway to Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary is the settlement of Boeng Kayak, where the local community has built a 1 km-long mangrove walk that consists of a series of elevated walkways, picnic platforms, a suspension bridge and a 15-metre high observation tower offering stunning panoramic views.
After paying your entrance fee for Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary, walk along an elevated footpath through the mangrove forest. At the end of the path, there is a suspension bridge and a 3-storey-high elevated platform where it is possible to climb above the tree cover and see the inspiring sight of green for miles in every direction.
To really get out into nature, it’s best to hire a boat to take you out into the vast waterways through the mangrove forest. On the boat ride you will pass miles of shoreline of mangrove trees and estuaries, fishing boats filled with friendly local villagers, green mussel farms, whole villages on stilts, and a remote beach on a small island where one can occasionally see a dolphin swimming by.
If the morning’s activity has made you ravenous, whet your appetite with a local seafood lunch at the local community restaurant. In the evenings be mesmerised by the luminous sight of millions of fireflies.
How does it help ?
The mangrove forests of Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary are the most widely used resource of the protected area. Utilised for both commercial and household consumption, the timber is sought after for charcoal production, furniture, traditional medicine, house construction etc.
In addition, land clearing and reclamation of these forests for aquaculture and agricultural activities has led to further destruction of the mangrove forests. Following the efforts by the Cambodian Government to stop mangrove destruction in the Wildlife Sanctuary, many of the local people have been forced to change occupations.
The local sea-farming communities identified ecotourism activities in the Wildlife Sanctuary as a positive alternative livelihood to the usual resource extractive activities. Through local funding allocated to the commune councils, and with IUCN (International Union for the conservation of Nature) technical advice, the communities were able to construct tourist-supporting infrastructure and related ecotourism activities that have enabled them to participate and receive additional income that would otherwise have come from the forest.
Mr. Chrut Tith – Chief of the tourism community, 097 905 1427
Mr. Yeam Yan – Deputy chief of the tourism community (both Khmer speakers) , 016 633 767