Located in the south of Cambodia, not far from the capital Phnom Penh and in Kampong Speu Province, Kirirom National Park was Cambodia’s first national park and has great walking and scenery at altitude.

The park, which is officially known as Preah Suramarith Kossmak, lies at around 2,200 feet above sea level and has several trails by way of pine forest cover. In addition, there are many little lakes and waterfalls in Kirirom National Park, which was once used by the Khmer Rouge as a refuge.

Along with its trails and many beautiful waterfalls is an abundance of wildlife, including bears, tigers, and the pleated gibbon. You can either trek the various trails or take an ox-cart ride. You will also find several food vendors in the park selling all types of Cambodian goodies, along with facilities for picnicking. The renovated visitor’s center teaches all about Kirirom National Park through its attractive displays.

Getting There & Away

Kirirom National Park lies on the main National Highway 4, between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, about 70 miles from the capital, and is best reached by hire car or taxi. You can also get to Kampong Speu by bus from either Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville, from where local transport runs to the park.