Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary is located in southwestern Cambodia, Koh Kong province. Koh Kong is one of four coastal provinces in Cambodia, and has the country’s biggest area of mangrove forest.
Within Koh Kong province, Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Cambodia’s Protected Areas, boasts a unique mangrove ecosystem consisting of 23,750 hectares and spans over parts of three districts, and has around 10 000 people living within its borders. This area is influenced by inter-tidal levels and water from highland areas. Indeed, the estuarine areas are the intersection between freshwater and saltwater, especially during the rainy season. Visit Cambodia with Indochina tours Cambodia
Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary provides favorable conditions for fishery and other resources. Many people have resided on and done various occupations for their livelihoods and are dependent upon the natural resources in the area, including intensive shrimp aquaculture, large-scale charcoal production, and other purposes.
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. Travel to Cambodia
From high above the canopy, visitors can appreciate the sheer scale of the sanctuary – more than 23,000 hectares in area, the mangrove forests around Peam Krasop provide a safe harbor for saltwater crocodiles and Irrawaddy dolphins. The forest also serves as a stopover for migrating birds and the spotted greenshank, of which the latter is an endangered species.
To fully enjoy, tourists should hire a boat to venture into the mangroves of Peam Krasop. The area isn’t totally uninhabited – you’ll cross paths with fishing boats on their way to work and villages on stilts rising above the wetlands. You can also venture onto the beach and take in the fresh sea air along Cambodia’s coast.
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