- Helen Keller
Ream National Park is an excellent alternative for those who wish to have a break from the beach scene and enjoy other Sihanoukville attractions. The park is located 18 kilometers from Sihanoukville town center on the way to Phnom Penh and it encompasses 15,000 hectares of land and 6,000 hectares of marine habitat, in which over a 150 species of birds live.
This park (one of the seven national parks in Cambodia) has a reputation for being very well looked after and for keeping the mangroves, beaches and overall wildlife in very good condition. The 200 original inhabitants of the park have been allowed to stay within the area of the national park but no more residents have been allowed in in order to maintain the balance with the ecosystem of the park.
The activities on offer are hikes (the most popular ones are trips to Meditation Mountain and Keng Kong waterfalls) and safari tours of small mammals and birds. There are 35 rangers in the park and some of them speak English. Boat trips down the mangroves of Prek Toeuk Sap river are also possible. It is possible to stay overnight but the accommodation is very basic.
There is no entrance fee for the park. For Hikes within the park area you have to hire the services of a Ranger for about US$2- US$3. For boat trips the the going rate is US$6 - US$7 per person.
December to March is the best time to visit the park, during the dry season. Specially towards the beginning of the dry season when the landscape is lush green. It is best to arrive early in the morning to avoid the heat of midday when hiking.
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