A border town to discover
Koh Kong town, capital of Koh Kong province is located just 8km from the Cham Yeam/Hat Lek/Trat border crossing (open 7am till 8pm) with Thailand. Even though often looked upon as a border-transit town, Koh Kong is surely worth staying overnight, as for example it hosts one of Asia’s biggest mangrove systems. It is also the gateway into the rough Cardamom Mountains where many new species of plants and animals have been discovered during the past decade. The
Cardamoms are the only place left on this planet where wildlife researchers have recently found large populations of the critically endangered Siamese freshwater crocodile.
Diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand or around Koh Sdach or Koh Kong Island can be organised. Other fun activities on offer are kayaking, fishing, exploring untouched beaches, and sunset boat trips. Koh Kong Guesthouse or Blue Moon can organize any of these for you.
Dirt-bike lovers have arrived in Cambodia’s top province for some serious fun. From easy scenic rides to rough challenging trips into the mountains, it is all on offer in Koh Kong. Be aware that several routes require experience and that these should never be done on your own! You’re out in the jungle and there is nobody to help you, or to sell you drinks, food and most importantly petrol. Stay on the tracks as the jungle is still littered with landmines! Info and tours at Jungle Cross (www.junglecross.com) and Stray Dog Adventures (www.straydogasia.com, office in Sihanoukville and Kampot).
Just 1km before the border with Thailand is Koh Kong Safari World, next to the Casino. A bit of an odd place but several tourists and locals alike seem to have appreciated the animal shows. Dolphins, crocodiles, parrots, orangutangs, etc perform their tricks for you. Apparently animals are treated well.
There is not much nightlife in town but several bars and restaurants have opened up over the years offering a nice variety of food and drinks. Some can stay open late. For a local experience we recommend any of the blue plastic chair stalls at the river front – they all have cold beers, overwhelming sunset views and guarantee a fun conversation with the locals.
Most bars/restaurants/guesthouses (such as Blue Moon and Koh Kong Guesthouse) can organise tours to the waterfalls, boat trips through the mangroves, etc. and provide lots of information about Koh Kong.