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About Ream National Park
Ream National Park (Khmer: ឧទ្យានជាតិព្រះសីហនុរាម), is a national park of Cambodia located 18 km from Sihanoukville in south-east Cambodia. Established in 1993, when the Cambodian government began to take action to protect many of its threatened areas, encompasses 210 km² including 150 km² of terrestrial and 60 km² of marine habitats. The national park contains beaches, mangrove forests, tropical jungles and over 150 species of bird and is well noted for its monkey population. Uninhabited Koh Sess island is located at the southeastern end of the park.
The island resembles its northern sister, Koh Rong in many ways, although it has noticeably less landmass in relation to its coastline. The terrain is predominantly hilly with a few mountains of moderate size (e.g. La Chameau – The camel).
The interior is almost entirely covered in dense jungle. The coastline is characterized by a succession of sandstone rock formations and beautiful beaches. There are three yellow sand beaches at the island’s long western coast. Its eastern side, facing towards the mainland and less exposed to the weather and the monsoon, is characterized by bays and headlands. The most striking feature is Saracen bay with an inner diameter of around 3 kilometers. Saracen bay got its name from a British survey brig, HMS Saracen, that charted the area in the late nineteenth century.
Ream National Park is 18 kilometers from downtown Sihanoukville, towards Phnom Penh to the park entrance. Probably another 10 kilometers to get inside the park down to the beach. Just inside the park entrance, you can find the ranger station on the left, after you pass the entrance to the airport.You can also go the “Sun & Moon Gulf” route. After you turn towards Ream from Route 4, a hundred meters up the road is a sign for the Sun & Moon Gulf Resort. This road is perfect for a few kilometers, until it turns into a dirt road. It’s 8km to the beach.And Ream is one of 7 National Parks in Cambodia, established in 1993 by the former King, His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk. The park covers 15,000 hectares of land and 6,000 hectares of marine habitat. There are 155 species of birds in the park including a few threatened species.
one of 7 National Parks in Cambodia, established in 1993 by the former King, His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk. The park covers 15,000 hectares of land and 6,000 hectares of marine habitat. There are 155 species of birds in the park including a few threatened species.
Boat trips on the river and through the mangrove channels, then into the Gulf of Thailand ocean.The park offers walking tours of the mountain, safari tours of the smaller mammals and birds and waterfalls. Wat Ream, a buddhist temple, is also worth a trip. On the seaside, there are dozens of food stands, specializing in fresh seafood.
All hotels and guesthouses have $15 or $20 tickets for a day tour to Ream. This includes pickup at your hotel, breakfast, transport to the park, a boat ride, lunch and more touring, and transport back. Usually, pick up between 7 and 8 am, and back by 4pm or so.
Boat trips are priced by the boat. Typically $45 for up to 5 people and $9 extra per persson for more than 5. Walking tours with a park ranger are $4-$8. Dolphin tours at times from November to March for $55 per boat
Only one guesthouse in Ream right on the ocean. Ream Beach Guesthouse has it’s own pier and boats, and great views of the islands.Bangalo Samout has 6 houses about 100 meters off the beach.