Ream National Park, officially known as Preah Sihanouk National Park, in Sihanoukville Province is one of sandy beaches, reef systems, mangrove forests and an abundance of wildlife, and is especially popular with tourists visiting Sihanoukville.

The park was established in the early 1990s and encompasses several thousand hectares of delectable land as well as Prek Tuk Sap Estuary and Koh Thmei and Koh Ses islands. Birdwatchers are among its most enthusiastic visitors, seeking out the many rare birds here along with the elusive pangolin and mouse deer.

Along with the beaches, mangroves, and wildlife are around 200 former inhabitants that have been allowed to stay and live in the region, unlike in many other recently protected areas in Southeast Asia where the government has simply ejected the residents. The other resident is the Cambodian navy base at Ream.

Trekking is the big deal in Ream National Park, with hikes available to Keng Kong Waterfall and Meditation Mountain being the most popular. You can hire a ranger as a guide. You can also take a boat trip down the Prek Toeuk Sap River, which contains flying fish and dolphins. Basic accommodation can be had at Ream.

Getting There & Away

Ream National Park is 10 miles north of Sihanoukville on Route 4. After reaching the beach resort you turn off at the naga statue and travel along Airport Road for a quarter mile. Many people arrange a trip with a local travel agent by private transport although you can easily be here within the hour by motodop or scooter. Sihanoukville has an international airport with flights from within the Southeast Asian region.