Things You Need to Know ...
- Cambodia's forest coverage has dropped from 70% in 1970's to today's merely over 40%, due to illegal logging, population growth and other factors,
- Established under the 1993 Royal Decree on the Protection of Natural Areas, these protected areas are managed by both local government and overseas organizations and institutions.
- If you are planning on visiting these areas, we don't recommend overnight stay inside the protected areas. Some rules should be abided for environment protection.
Cambodia is one of SE Asia's most laid-back countries and the country's natural environment and wildlife biodiversity have been under severe threats due to many factors. Good news is, in 1993, the local government had set up the first patch of national parks and the number keeps growing. Here's the list of protected areas across the country.
|Protected Areas||Location||Nearest City|
|Ang Trapaing Thmor||Banteay Meanchey Province||Serei Saophoan, 2 hours overland from Siem Reap|
|Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary||Mostly Kampong Thom Province and Preah Vihear Province||Siem Reap, 3 hours overland|
|Botum Sakor National Park||Koh Kong Province||Sihanoukville, 4 hours overland|
|Cardamom Central Mountains||Koh Kong Province, Pursat Province and Kampong Speu Province||Sihanoukville, 4 hours overland|
|Dong Peng Multiple Use Management Area||Koh Kong Province||Sihanoukville, 1 hour overland|
|Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary||Mondulkiri Province||Mondulkiri, 6 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Kep National Park||Kep Province||Kep, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Kirirom National Park||The eastern part of Cardamom Central Mountains. Mostly in Phnom Sruoch District, Kampong Speu Province||Chbar Mon Municipality, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary||Siem Reap Province and Preah Vihear Province||40 minutes overland from Siem Reap|
|Mondulkiri Protected Forest ( Renamed Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in 2016)||Mondulkiri Province||Mondulkiri, 6 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary||Koh Kong Province||Sihanoukville, 2 hours overland|
|Phnom Aural Wildlife Sanctuary||Kampong Chhnang Province, Kampong Speu Province and Pursat Province||Kampong Chhnang, 1 hour overland from Phnom Penh|
|Preah Monivong National Park (Also known as Phnom Bokor National Park)||Kampot Province||Kampot, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Phnom Nam Lyr Wildlife Sanctuary||Mondulkiri Province||Kratie, 4 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary||Mondulkiri Province||Kratie, 4 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary||Primarily Pursat Province||Pursat, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Preah Vihear Protected Forest||Preah Vihear Province||Preah Vihear, 3 hours overland from Siem Reap|
|Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary||Battambang Province||1 hour from Siem Reap|
|Prey Lang Protected Forest||Covering areas in Kratie Province, Stung Treng Province, Kampong Thom Province and Preah Vihear Province||Kratie, 2 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Ream National Park||Sihanoukville Province||1 hour overland from Sihanoukville|
|Roneam Daun Sam Wildlife Sanctuary||Roneam Daun Sam Wildlife Sanctuary||Krong Poipet, 2 hours overland from Siem Reap|
|Snoul Wildlife Sanctuary||Kratie Province||Kratie, 4 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
|Stung Sen Wildlife Sanctuary||Kampong Thom Province||Kampong Thom, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh|
Travel for a Good Cause
Even for the most passionate nature lovers, it's impossible to explore all the protected areas in Cambodia within limited time. That's why we have picked out The 6 Best National Parks in Cambodia if you are interested in understanding the country's efforts in environment protection.
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