8 National Parks to explore in Cambodia
Southeast nation with a population of 15 million. Officially the Kingdom of Cambodia, It has an elective constitutional monarchy with a monarch.
This 2538-sq-km sanctuary has the country's highest peak, Phnom Aural, and is just east of the Central Cardamoms National Park. Unfortunately, the area is being destroyed from the south and the east by corrupt land speculation and rampant illegal logging. But also it is one of the main attractions in this area by its flora and fauna.
Botum Sakor National Park is the country’s largest national park covers a designated 171,250 hectares that is under the administration of the Cambodian Ministry of Environment. It consists of a range of different habitats, from rolling hills and lowland evergreen forests to mangroves along the coast and tidal rivers.
The Kirirom National Park is located in Kampong Speu in southwest Cambodia in the Cardamom mountain range. It offers excellent cold weather and it is situated above 700 meters from the sea level. It is surrounded by cliffs, pine trees, wooded hills, Buddhist shrines, and splendid views of Cardamom mountains. It is a popular day-trip destination for tourists visiting Phnom Penh, who enjoy the waterfalls, lakes and many species of birds and animals.
Phnom Kulen National Park is one of the most revered destinations in Cambodia, as it features Kulen Mountain. Once referred to as the Mount Mahendraparvata, the Kulen Mountain is a cultural and historical resort that marked the origin of the Khmer empire in the 9th century when King Jayavarman II announced independence from Java and declared himself as the ‘Chakravartin’, meaning universal king.
Phnom Bokor National Park is the most beautiful and most mystical natural park in Southeast Asia. Phnom Bokor National Park was established by Royal decree in 1993. Named after its shape, Phnom Bokor is part of the Elephant Mountain range.
Officially called as s Preah Sihanouk Ream National Park which was established in 1993 by the Cambodian government began to take action for the protection of the country's threatened natural resources. The national park's biological value is defined by its combination of rivers, forests, mangroves, estuaries, beaches, coral reefs, wildlife, and marine life.
The Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve is located in the Northeast of Cambodia. It includes the Tonle Sap Lake, the most extensive freshwater lake in South-East Asia, which is located in the centre of the Tonle Sap Basin. It is surrounded by the Dong Rek Mountains to the north, the Cardamom Mountains to the southwest, and other small hills to the east that separate the basin from the Mekong River.
This is an enormous park -covering 3,325 square kilometers and established in 1993- and most treks just barely put a dent in it. The park is under constant threat from illegal logging and poaching but the worst threat of all is the talk of a Chinese-funded road being bulldozed across the southwestern corner of it. No road plans have been announced to date, and a trek to the "holy grail" of Phnom Veal Thom rewards the hardy traveler with jaw-dropping views of the wild and unexplored mountainous b