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Koh Kong

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[ link title]'''Koh Kong''' is a town the capital of Koh Kong province in [[Cambodia|Cambodia's]]the [[Cardamom and Elephant Mountains|Cardamom Mountains]] region of . It is 8km away from '''Cham Yeam''', which is connected by Cambodia's southernmost [[CambodiaThailand|Thai]], adjacent border crossing to the border with Thai town of [[ThailandHat Lek]]. It is also the capital of the province with the same name.
== Get in ==
Koh Kong has an airport but it's not currently used for commercial passenger flights. Runway is in a less than desirable shape (May '08) and airtravel will not commence commercially for a while. It is one of Cambodias greenest and most eco friendly province, with its town being very little, but surrounded by Asia's biggest tropical Mangroves, beautiful islands and mountains. Koh Kong Island is opened to the public now for day trips, and will offer the possibility to stay there starting November 2012.
=== From Cambodia ===
Koh Kong is linked to [[Phnom Penh]] and [[Sihanoukville]] by highway 48, which branches off National Highway 4 at [[Sre Ambel]]. The road is paved and complete with 5 bridges. It's a good scenic drive through some of Cambodia's least developed and unspoiled regions - the Cardamom Mountains. Minibuses and tourist air-con buses to and from Koh Kong leave mainly in the mornings. Afternoon departures depend on demand. Tickets to [[Phnom Penh]] or [[Sihanoukville]] should cost arounf 25000 riel (US$6.25). Sihanoukville travel agencies often ask for US$8-10.
There is no longer a boat from Koh Kong is linked to [[Phnom Penh]] and [[Sihanoukville]] via [[Sre Ambel]] by National Route 4. The road is now completed including all 5 bridges (May 2008). It's a good scenic drive through some of Cambodia's least developed and unspoiled regions - Cardamom mountains. Minibuses and tourist air-con buses leave Koh Kong mainly stopped in the mornings (but 2009 although some do even in the afternoon, probably depending on number of passengers available). On the way back, they usually leave travel agents in Thailand still sell travel tickets for the morning and arrive to Koh Kong in the afternoon. The proper price is 25000 riel (6USDnon existent)boat.About USD8 or 10  There is a price often asked in Sihanoukville travel agencies for the ticket back daily bus leaving to Koh Kongfrom [[Kep]] via [[Kampot]] (US$16). It leaves at 7:30 AM. ===From Thailand===
There The border is no longer a boat from Koh Kong to Sihanoukvilleat '''Cham Yeam''', about 10 km by road northwest of the town. It stopped in 2009 although some travel agents faces [[Hat Lek]] in [[Thailand still sell travel tickets ]]. Motos (US$2 to 2.5), shared taxis and taxis (US$9 to $10 for the entire car) run between the town and the border. Drivers will ask for more (non existentasking for 400 baht is common) boat- '''don't let them'''. Negotiate in dollars rather than baht, baht prices always work out more expensive.
Currently You'll have to pay toll a fee for the bridge (Jan 20101400 riel for a moto), there which can be paid in riel, USD or baht. The rate is a daily bus leaving stated on the toll booths: it's better to Koh Kong from Kep for 20USD. It leaves in hand over your money at the morning at 8:30booth so that your fare is not impacted later.
=== From Thailand ===Your driver will likely offer to exchange money to riel at overall poor rates - just politely refuse, there is no legal requirement to change any foreign money into Riels and '''the US Dollar is the de-facto consumer currency of Cambodia'''. There is of course a legal tender in Cambodia. In Koh Kong, and other border provinces, Thai baht is also accepted, but you'll get better rates if you exchange baht rather than shop with them.
The Thailand border crossing named Cham Yeam is about 10 km (by the road) northwest of the town. Motos (normal price is USD 2 to 2.5), shared taxis and taxis (USD 9 to 10 for the entire car) go between the border post and the town/port, and the drivers of these will attack you while you're waiting for your visa. You may and will be asked for much more (400 baht is quite common) - just bargain a lot, and do not let them to rip off you. Additionally, you'll have to pay toll fee for the bridge, which can be paid in either baht, riels or USD. The ongoing rate will be stated on the toll booths just before the bridge - better pay this on site and do not include in your taxi fare, to avoid a chance of being over- or double-charged. When in town, the driver will offer you to exchange some money to riels - just refuse, the rate would be very poor, USD are accepted universally in Cambodia, and, in Koh Kong, Thai baht are accepted too. If you're continuing on to further into Cambodia, he'll also try to convince you to buy a beware of overpriced bus ticket for an inflated price, USD15tickets: US$15-30 or more - just do not agree, or you'll be charged to this price on arrival to the agency, and bargain when he drops you there. In the agency, Agencies may tell you may be told that the normal price now is USD25 US$25 or 30, and, as such, USD15 is a big bargain - this is not true. The proper price to Phnom Penh is 25000 riel (6USDUS$6) if you get a ticket for 8USD US$8 you are doing well. There is a good friendly bar, Fat Sam's, in the main street where you can get good honest tourist information as well as the best Western food in Koh Kong.!
== Get around ==
== Do ==
*Eco-Chic Adventures . Half day and Full day tours in Koh Kong with trips to Tatai River and Waterfall, Koh Por Waterfall, Koh Kong Island, Peam Krasop Wildlife Sanctuary. Activities include river cruises, boat trips, kayaking, snorkeling and fishing.
Day tours and overnight adventure trips to Koh Kong Island and other Islands in Kong Province, Pream Krasop Mangroves(Asia's Largest), Waterfalls & Trekking in the Cardamom Mountainns are available from Koh Kong Divers travel & tours located next to the waterfront bar & restaurant on riverfront road.
Koh Kong island has recently opened its doors to night camping. All the information can be found through Koh Kong Bay hotel, 200m left before the Thai bridge.
A soon to be opened bungalow resort is also awaiting (May 2012).
*Eco-Chic Adventures offers day trips and cruises to Kah Bpow River, Tatai River, Bang Kayak and Koh Kong Island Tel: (+855) 356 901 252 / 977 812 123.
Gecko adventure tours Koh Kong offer overnight camping, night canyoning, trekking to remote waterfalls,
== Buy ==
== Eat ==
*Thmorda Crab House 'Asian Koh Kong Restaurant and Cafe serves Thai, Vietnames and Western cuisines. . Overwater Restaurant & Bar. Seafood fresh off the boat specializing in authentic Thai food with full bar surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty of Kah Bpow River. Sunset Cruise every evening./
Fat Sams on *'Thmorda Crab House is a Thai seafood restaurant and bar situated right over the main street 100 metres east water of the roundaboutKah Bpow River. Excellent Western and Cambodian Delicious food using fresh local produce. Full bar facilities and Sam is a mine of local informationAmazing scenery. Friendly staff. Great value. Sunset cruises. Open from 07:00 until 23:00 (last orders at 21:30). Tel.+855 356 901 252
The Blue Gecko Bar
== Sleep ==
There are many guesthouses and small hotels in the central part of town and on the riverside street, partially thanks to Thais who come to Cambodia for gambling (the big casino can be seen on the way from the border). Basic guesthouse room with fan costs USD3-6 (or 100-200 baht). For USD10 and more you'll get an air-con room in a guesthouse or hotel. As often in Asia, the cheapest places and room rates are usually those found "on the spot" on arrival. Motorbike taxi drivers will be happy to deliver you to a guesthouse/hotel of their choice, if you're not sure where to go - just ask them (and notice after while riding there) how far from the center centre is it and what's the price. Alternatively, just walk around and look for accommodation yourself - the town is quite small. Further south of the town there is a small group of 12 islands called the Koh Sdach archipelago, this area holds untamed beauty with white sandy beaches, crystal clear seas and paradise islands. This is a must for any traveler visiting a visitor to coastal cambodiaCambodia. Currently accommodation is only available on two of the islands Koh Sdach and Koh Toteung and room rates go from $10 - $120.
'''''Town Accommodations'''''
*'''Thmorda Garden Riverside Resort Free Wi-Fi throughout resort, room service, seafood restaurant & bar, tours & cruises, English owner & management.*'''Asian Koh Kong Hotel (wireless and customer room services around the hotel, mini-mart, restaurants, tours and inside-coutry trips tickets, and English-proficient receptionist to answer all your tour preferences)
*"'Koh Kong Island Resort
* ""Koh Kong Bay Hotel
* '''Otto's'''
* ''' BoPha Koh Kong Hotel''''
* '''Asean Hotel'''
* '''Koh Kong Guesthouse'''
* <sleep name="Koh Kong Resort" phone="(855) 11 555 706 or (855) 16 700 970" url="" price="Rates start at USD $60"></sleep>
*'''Belinda Beach Resort''' - Koh Sdach Island -
==Get out==
[[Tatai]] is the next town east, 19 km away. $4 - $5 by motobike, US$10 by tuk tuk.
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