Koh Kong is a small peaceful town about 430 kilometres west of Phnom Penh. It is the capital of the Koh Kong Province and surrounded by beautiful water from the Gulf of Thailand and untouched shorelines. Tourism has not become as rampant in this area so you will not see as many foreigners as you would in beach areas like Kep and Sihanoukville, although there are for sure some new developments underway.
Koh Kong is also located right next to the Thai land crossing border. You can literally walk there in a minute from one of the resorts in Koh Kong.
The best thing to do in Koh Kong is to take in the tranquility and beauty of its surrounding natural environment, for example trekking in the nearby Cardamom mountains. There are also nearby waterfalls and viewpoints that you can get to by motobike or car taxi.
You can take a short boat rides along the gulf for just US$3-5. Also, Koh Kong is a good base for exploring the waters around the island of Koh Kong, for example with Kong Kong Divers. There are a more and other ecotours available with a range of companies, just shop around.
If you like to gamble there are a few larger casinos in the upscale hotels and resorts if you cross the new bridge over to the northwest part of town.
Walk from downtown past the bridge at night to enjoy the moonlight stars and sky. You will also see locals fishing and enjoying late night picnics.
Koh Kong Safari World is a mid-sized zoo. It offers a large number of species and acres of well-manicured greenery. Scheduled animal performances from trained orangutans, crocodiles, birds and dolphins will entertain both children and adults. There are morning and afternoon shows, so if you miss a showtime in the AM you can always grab a quick bite at the nearby waterfront seafood restaurants and catch a PM show. Just remember to get stamped for readmission. US$12 per adult and US$8 for a Child.
Motobikes and car taxis are available.
The downtown area is fairly small so you can pretty much walk anywhere you need to go in this area. Outside of this and you will need to hire a motobike or car taxi.
There are quite a few Khmer and western type restaurants in downtown Koh Kong, and prices can range from budget to high end.
The majority of budget and midrange hotels are located as soon as you get into downtown Koh Kong. If you want more upscale accommodations cross the bridge to the northwest part of town close to the Thai border.
Internet bars are starting to appear in most major towns in Cambodia. Connection speeds vary as does the quality of the computers. The best places to go online definately are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and outside of these centers it's generally also more expensive. In general prices are not much more than US1-2 an hour. Remember to take off your shoes when you enter as a sign of respect and to watch out for small shrines that are on the ground.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country code of Cambodia is 855. To call out of Cambodia, dial 001 followed by the country code and telephone number of the other party. Many of the internet bars also have international calling options and you can also arrange calls at post offices. Services are usually run by the governmental telecommunication network Camintel. You can find telephone cards in many shops, starting from serveral US dollars to around US$50. Samart, Mobitel and Shinawrata are the main mobile phone providers, with Mobitel offering the best and most widespread services, although calling from outside towns (countryside) is still tricky.
Cambodia's national postal service offers a wide range of services, though in general things go slowly and are not always very reliable. That said, things have been getting better over the years, and you can expect for your postcard or letter to finally arrive after 5-10, depending from where you send it (avoid small towns) and to where you send it. Prices are around 2000-2,500 Riel to countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, and it's slightly more expensive sending it from more remote places in the provinces. Post offices in Cambodia generally are open from around 8:00am to 5:00pm, with some regional variations. Sendings parcels is only possible from the capital Phnom Penh and it's very expensive as well. You might be better to send it from Thailand, or otherwise check private companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are more reliable and might even be cheaper!
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