PEAM KRASAOP WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Explore Cambodian wildlife and eco-systems
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Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary is protected by the Cambodian government. It boasts a unique mangrove ecosystem consisting of 23,750 hectares and has around 10,000 people living within its borders. The area is influenced by inter-tidal levels and water from highland areas. Although Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary is protected under the Ramsar Convention there are concerns about the destruction of mangrove forests and the clearing of coastal swamp forest due to excessive shrimp farming. These activities are having a severe negative effect on wildlife habitat.
We are not aware of any homestay schemes or community projects in the Wildlife sanctuary area. The best option would be to stay in Koh Kong or Tatai.
LOCAL AREA & ACTIVITIES
- Attending guided walks through the mangrove forest
- Some great photography spots
- Opportunity to observe local wildlife
- Hiring a boat for a trip in the mangrove forest and its plentiful fireflies
GETTING THERE & TRANSPORT
If you are travelling from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville there are regular buses or VIP minibuses. As it is not the most frequently used route, there is limited service during the day with most buses/mini-vans leaving in the morning arriving to KohKong city around lunch time. If you are are staying overnight in Tatai or Koh Kong city you can hire a tuktuk or motodop to take you to the site. Alternatively you can hire a motorbike for a day and visit the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary on your own.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The main gateway to Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary is the settlement of Boeng Kayak (Bankayak), where the local community has built a one-kilometer mangrove walk that consists of a series of elevated walkways, picnic platforms, a suspension bridge and a 15-meter-high observation tower offering panoramic views.
Visitors get to walk on an elevated platform through a path cut through the mangrove forest. Where the path ends, a suspension bridge crosses the wetlands to an elevated platform that takes visitors above the forest canopy.
1 – 2 DAYS STAY
Most visitors spend 2-3 hours at the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary or whole day if they hire a boat to take them around the mangroves. If you are staying the the local area for several days, you can combine your visit to this site with hike or boat trip to the Tatai waterfalls or other ecotourism projects in the local area.