Kirirom is Cambodian national park, located mostly in Phnom Sruoch District, Kampong Speu Province, while a smaller section is in neighboring Koh Kong Province.
Only two hours from Phnom Penh, Kirirom is national park on the road between Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh, on route for anyone coming to Cambodia from Thailand at the Koh Kong crossing. The park, 90km south of Phnom Penh, can be reached by public transport, though with some difficulty and plenty of time. From Sihanoukville, tourists can get minibus or shared taxi to Trang Tro Yeung. Read more: Tours in Cambodia
Kirirom National Park is an ideal place to escape from the heat and enjoy natural beauty. Therefore in the 1930s, King Sihanouk named this park Kirirom when he visited there. The meaning of “Kirirom” is “mountain of joy”. Unfortunately, today only remnants of King Sihanouk’s mansion remain because of civil war’s consequences.
Kirirom National Park consists of beautiful pine forests, waterfalls and mountain streams. Kirirom covers an area of 35000 hectares and is estimated to be composed of natural and semi-natural vegetation. The park is a mountain resort (800 meters above sea level), known for its pine tree covered hills, waterfalls and lakes. Especially, many visitors go there to explore hiking trails through the forest. Tourists can start at the top of the mountain next to the visitors’ center and make their way down the mountain, passing through fragrant pine trees, leafy green foliage, brightly singing birds and on rare occasions, wild deer or porcupines. Travel to Cambodia
One of the most popular features of this national park for the tourists is Tea Farm Waterfall. Located 700 meters from the main road, this waterfall can be reached by a steep set of stone stairs built into the side of the hill. In addition, there is a Buddhist temple named Wat jaa in Kirirom National Park so that tourists can pray.
Nowadays, Kirirom is the interesting destination in Cambodia. If you have a lucky chance to go to Cambodia, you shall not miss this present of the Creator – Kirirom.
The Indochina Voyages team.