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Kirirom National Park

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Nearest Airport: Sihanoukville International Airport Check Flights

"A National Park for Beautiful Waterfalls and Birdwatching "

Kirirom National Park Tourism

The Kirirom National Park is located in Kampong Speu in southwest Cambodia in the Cardamom mountain range. The park offers excellent cold weather as it is situated above 700 meters from the sea level. It is surrounded by cliffs, pine trees, wooded hills, Buddhist shrines and splendid views of Cardamom mountains. It is a popular day-trip destination for tourists visiting Phnom Penh, who enjoy the waterfalls, lakes and many species of birds that reside in the park. 

The word Kirirom in Khmer translates to Happy Mountain. The Cambodian King Monivong gave the name to the country's first designated national park. Before this, the park was called as  Phnom Vorvong Sorvong, a meeting place of two hills named on two prince brothers Vorvong and Sorvong. The park is located on the eastern end of the Cardamom mountains.

It used to serve as the meeting place of Cambodian elite before it suffered during the Khmer Rouge when it became an abode of refuge. In recent years, the landscape has transformed with the construction of many villas and resorts around the national park, and also active ecotourism projects to protect the reserve area of forests. 

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Places to Visit

Kirirom Waterfalls- The most popular attraction of the park is this vast waterfalls. Depending on the season, you can swim and stand close to the waterfalls. The path leading to the foot is a small hike amidst forests. There are a few other smaller waterfalls close to this one, which can be explored as well.

Birdwatching Tours- You can sign up for bird watching guided tours at the centre once you arrive. It is seasonal and depends on availability.

Bamboo Huts- There are a lot of bamboo huts around the waterfall for tourists to relax and enjoy the views. They are popular picnic spots for the locals who camp here for a while.

Boat Trips and Hiking- There are boat trips available for tourists in Kirirom Park lake, where they get to witness incredible views of the mountains. People wanting to hike can follow one of the many trails around the lake, which leads to great viewpoints.

Tips

  • If you are travelling in a group, getting around by car is economical as well as comfortable.
  • There are not many options for dining and drinks at the centre. It is better to carry some snacks and food while exploring the park.
  • It is recommended to carry essential items like medicines, toiletries, good shoes, umbrellas, sunscreen, cap, and other things.
  • There are no ATMs here, and all transactions are carried out only in cash. Carry sufficient cash while travelling to Kirirom National Park.
  • Depending on where you are travelling, you can explore the park from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville, with accommodation in either of the cities.
  • Staying in Phnom Penh is a better choice as there are plenty of transportation options.

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What are the places near Kirirom national park?

The top places near to Kirirom national park are Phnom penh which is 11 km from Kirirom national park, Kep which is located 135 km from Kirirom national park, Siem reap which is located 221 km from Kirirom national park, Sihanoukville which is located 9 km from Kirirom national park, Oudong mountains which is located 24 km from Kirirom national park

What is the best way to reach Kirirom national park?

  • You can reach the park from Sihanoukville, Kampot, Kep and Phnom Penh cities.
  • There are various minivans and buses available.
  • Depending on your location, it takes between 3 to 4 hours to reach.
  • The price is between 20 to 25 USD per person.
  • You can hire a taxi to the park from these cities, which would cost between 50 to 60 USD per person that can be shared, and takes about 3 hours depending on road conditions.
  • If you are looking for some adventure, you can bike all the way, which would take more than half a day or so.

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What is not so good about Kirirom national park?

Kirirom National Park has not much to offer in terms of wildlife or unique experiences apart from the lake and the waterfall. It might not be a good idea to visit if spotting wildlife is what tourists are looking for. There are other parks in the Cardamom mountain range ideal for that.

What is the best time to visit Kirirom national park?

The best time to visit Kirirom National Park is between October to February, when the weather is not hot, and the humidity is manageable. It is a great time to spot wildlife, have an adventure in the wilderness, swim in the waterfalls and enjoy nature at its best, after heavy downpours in the monsoons.
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What is famous about Kirirom national park?

The national park is an excellent place to enjoy the waterfalls amidst dense forests. Also, since it is an offbeat destination, not many tourists visit here.

Who should visit Kirirom national park?

Kirirom National Park is an ideal destination for all kinds of travellers to visit. Especially, people who love spending time in the mountains, and want to enjoy beautiful waterfalls and birds amidst nature would like visiting Kirirom National Park.

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