Natural / National Parks In Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the most popular tourist destinations across the planet. Tourist can enjoy in amazing landscapes, see amazing temples and get the latest accommodations. At the same time, this country offers a perfect combination of old and new. Another fact, that makes this country well-known are national parks. There are 7 of them, and all of them are huge, interesting and home of some of the most interesting animal species people can see. They are perfect for individuals who like the nature and animals. That’s why these national parks are some of the most visited places on the planet.
Virachey national park
Virachey National Park is best known due to the fact it is unexplored, at least the biggest part of this park is still unknown. It is more than popular by people who want to explore the nature and see rare animals. Some of the animals that live there are sun bear, leopard and etc. It is possible to go up to 8 days long trekking, across the beautiful nature. On the other side, it is possible to plan even longer trekking in the nature, so it is perfect for people who like spending a lot of time in the nature. Even better, this national park offers the possibilities for swimming in the natural ambient which is more than appreciated by most visitors. In general, this is one of the most interesting national parks in Cambodia, but it doesn’t have a lot of visitors per year. Most people who go here want to spend time alone in the nature. There are some bird species, but less in other national parks, so this park isn’t the best choice for bird watchers.
Botum Sakor national park
This is the largest park in Cambodia and it has an area or 171.2540 hectares. It is protected under the Cambodian government and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. An interesting fact is that the population of this park is unknown. On the other side, in the park live more than 44 species of mammals and reptiles. Even better, there are a few hundredths of different bird species in the park, so this place is a common destination for most bird watchers. There are a lot of different insects here. In fact, there are 147 different species of insects that live in the park.
Kirirom national park
The name of this national park means a Happy Mountain, and it is located on the eastern part of the country. It is located 800 meters above the sea level and it is home for many different plants. It has a rich and semi-rich vegetation, a lot of waterfalls and big lakes. It is one of more commonly visited national parks in the country. Arriving to this national park is very simple and is 2 hours away from several cities. It is possible to come here by a car or even a taxi. Visitors can walk across the amazing nature and see some of the interesting animals, such as Asian Elephant, sun bear and tiger. In addition, this national park is perfect for bird watchers, due to the fact there are a lot of different bird species who live there. Even better, the park offers the possibilities for horse riding, trekking and canoeing. It is recommended that tourists hire a local guide, who has all the knowledge about the national park in question.
This park is located on the coast, so the most important part of it are beaches. They are amazing and most people come to enjoy in them. In addition, it is possible to hire a boat and go snorkeling. On the other side, it has a beautiful rivers and mountains, so walking and spending time in the nature is more than recommended. In addition, this park is home for some rare birds of prey, so it is a popular destination for most bird watchers. In general, this is one of smaller, but more popular national parks in Cambodia. An interesting fact is that the popularity of the park increases each year, so this park may become the most popular tourist destination of this type in the country.
Bokor national park
This national park is a place where tourist can see a lot of waterfalls, mountain streams and amazing nature. It is possible to rent a motorcycle and go to the park. It is close to the Elephant Mountains and arriving here is generally very simple. On the other side, the park is a perfect place for people who want to see rare animals that include Indian Elephant, sun bear and etc. Even better, there are more than 300 different bird species, so this national park is a perfect place for most bird watchers. The area this park cover is 1581 square kilometers and it is one of the bigger national parks in the country. The main difference between this and other national parks is the fact that visitors can see an ocean from 3000 feet and they can rent a bed and spend the night on the mountain. In addition, it is possible to plan your own walks and tours. Most people who visit this park once, usually come again, due to the fact it has everything that nature lowers want to see.
Phnom Kulen national park
This national park is treated to be the most sacred park in Cambodia, due to the fact it has ancient temples that were built a few centuries are. It also has a Buddha statue carved into the stone, from the 16th century. It is relatively close to several cities and the distanced vary from 25 up to 48 kilometers. Beside temples, this park has one of the most interesting waterfalls and a dip, where visitors can relax and enjoy in the nature and cold water. Hiring a professional guide is more than recommended, due to the fact there are a lot of temples and other parts of the park that should be explained.