The South Coast of Cambodia provides the treacle to a list full of temple-hopping tick. The beaches draw most folk here, but travel around and you can definitely find this region have more than its white sandy bits. Indochina tours Cambodia
Koh Kong Conservation Corridor
The emerald-green vistas of the Koh Kong Conservation Corridor provides the trekking potential that is only now being tapped into, offering not only day-hikers but also audacious types coming with a host of nature-filled adventures. For history lovers, traveling down south to dig into history by admiring the preserved architecture of Kampot before digging into plates piled up with crab specialty in Kep, after going on a tour discovering the surrounding countryside, patch-worked with evergreen rice-fields and studded with caves is not a bad idea.
Peam Krasaop Mangrove Sanctuary
Some no larger than a house, the Anchored to alluvial islands Peam Krasaop Mangrove Sanctuary – the 260-square-km covered sanctuary’s magnificent mangroves prevent the coast from heavy erosion, performs duty as not only an essential breeding and feeding area for fish, shellfish and shrimp but also home to numberless birds. Cambodia travel tours
If you want to get a feeling of the delicate mangrove ecosystem, paying an amount of US$5/10 return to rent a motorbike to discover the 600m-long concrete mangrove walk, which winds its way above the salted waters to a 15 meter-long observation tower is worth trying.
In spite of the majority of concrete block raised walkway, there are many wooden paths shooting off from the major trail. Visitors coming with little children should keep a vigilant eye on them because the walkway (especially on the wooden sections) is not preserved well.
Within a short walk through a patchwork of rice paddies from Wat Ang Sdok, Phnom Chhnork is an interesting place where monks collect the entry fee and a large number of friendly local kids provide their services as guides.
From the bottom, tourists can go through a 203-step staircase leading up the hillside and down into a cavern as elegant as a Gothic cathedral. Especially magical in the late afternoon, the stunning sceneries from up top coming with the walk in and out of the wat are highly recommended.
Stepping inside the cave tourists will be warmly welcomed by a tapering structure hanging like an icicle from the roof of a cave elephant, with a second elephant outlined on the plain cliff opposite to the right. Small chirping bats stay up near two natural chimneys soaring towards the blue sky, piecemeal blocked by the greenery of an impossibly green color.
Coming to the main chamber, tourists can also see a remarkable 7th-century (Funan-era) brick temple devoting to Shiva. Thanks to the superb protection afforded by the cave, the brickwork of the temple is still in good condition.