Cambodia's National Parks & Protected Areas

Protected areas and wildlife 

Among all the SE Asian countries, Cambodia is definitely not the largest one but its number of areas under natural reservation is extensive. Check out this ultimate list of protected areas and specific endangered wildlife.

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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.

List of Protected Areas in Cambodia

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 AreasLocationNearest City
Ang Trapaing ThmorBanteay Meanchey ProvinceSerei Saophoan, 2 hours overland from Siem Reap
Beng Per Wildlife SanctuaryMostly Kampong Thom Province and Preah Vihear ProvinceSiem Reap, 3 hours overland
Botum Sakor National ParkKoh Kong ProvinceSihanoukville, 4 hours overland
Cardamom Central MountainsKoh Kong Province, Pursat Province and Kampong Speu ProvinceSihanoukville, 4 hours overland
Dong Peng Multiple Use Management AreaKoh Kong ProvinceSihanoukville, 1 hour overland
Keo Seima Wildlife SanctuaryMondulkiri ProvinceMondulkiri, 6 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Kep National ParkKep ProvinceKep, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Kirirom National ParkThe eastern part of Cardamom Central Mountains. Mostly in Phnom Sruoch District, Kampong Speu ProvinceChbar Mon Municipality, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Kulen Promtep Wildlife SanctuarySiem Reap Province and Preah Vihear Province40 minutes overland from Siem Reap
Mondulkiri Protected Forest ( Renamed Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in 2016)Mondulkiri ProvinceMondulkiri, 6 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Peam Krasop Wildlife SanctuaryKoh Kong ProvinceSihanoukville, 2 hours overland
Phnom Aural Wildlife SanctuaryKampong Chhnang Province, Kampong Speu Province and Pursat ProvinceKampong Chhnang, 1 hour overland from Phnom Penh
Preah Monivong National Park (Also known as Phnom Bokor National Park)Kampot ProvinceKampot, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Phnom Nam Lyr Wildlife SanctuaryMondulkiri ProvinceKratie, 4 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Phnom Prich Wildlife SanctuaryMondulkiri ProvinceKratie, 4 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Phnom Samkos Wildlife SanctuaryPrimarily Pursat ProvincePursat, 3 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Preah Vihear Protected ForestPreah Vihear ProvincePreah Vihear, 3 hours overland from Siem Reap
Prek Toal Bird SanctuaryBattambang Province1 hour from Siem Reap
Prey Lang Protected ForestCovering areas in Kratie Province, Stung Treng Province, Kampong Thom Province and Preah Vihear ProvinceKratie, 2 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Ream National ParkSihanoukville Province1 hour overland from Sihanoukville
Roneam Daun Sam Wildlife SanctuaryRoneam Daun Sam Wildlife SanctuaryKrong Poipet, 2 hours overland from Siem Reap
Snoul Wildlife SanctuaryKratie ProvinceKratie, 4 hours overland from Phnom Penh
Stung Sen Wildlife SanctuaryKampong Thom ProvinceKampong 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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