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Koh Kong

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== 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 ===
There is no longer a boat from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville. It stopped in 2009 although some travel agents in Thailand still sell travel tickets for the (non existent) boat.
There is a daily bus leaving to Koh Kong from [[Kep ]] via [[Kampot]] (US$16). It leaves at 7:30 AM.
===From Thailand===
The border is at '''Cham Yeam''', about 10 km by road northwest of the town. It faces [[Hat Lek]] in [[Thailand]]. 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 invariably try and screw you ask for more (asking for 400 baht is common) - '''don't let them'''. Negotiate in dollars rather than baht, baht prices always work out more expensive.
You'll have to pay toll a fee for the bridge (1400 riel for a moto), which can be paid in riel, USD or baht. The rate is stated on the toll booths: it's better to hand over your money at the booth so that your driver has no grounds to inflate the toll fare is not impacted later.
Your driver will likely offer to exchange money to riel at hopeless overall poor rates - just politely refuse, there is no legal requirement to change any foreign money into Riels and '''the US dollar Dollar is the major official 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.
If you're continuing further into Cambodia, beware of overpriced bus tickets: US$15-30 or more - do not agree to this. Agencies may tell you that the normal price is 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 (US$6) if you get a ticket for US$8 you are doing well!
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 ==
*'Asian Koh Kong Restaurant and Cafe serves Thai, Vietnames and Western cuisines.
== Eat == *'Thmorda Crab House is a Thai seafood restaurant and bar situated right over the water of the Koh Pow riverKah Bpow River. Delicious food. Amazing scenery. Friendly staff. Great value. Sunset cruises. Open from 1107:30 til 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>
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