Koh Kong is very much a fresh destination as far as tourism is concerned, as it shakes off its shady past. The thickly jungled nearby Cardamom Mountains and rivers to the northeast, and the beaches and islands to the south, are presenting brand-new opportunities for eco-tourism. The waterfalls and beaches may soon supplant the casinos as the primary attraction for foreigners staying here. Eco-tours include treks in the nearby mangrove forests or taking a boat upstream to spectacular waterfalls. Alternatively, you can take a motorcycle or car into the Cardamom Mountains. In addition, Koh Kong now has serious PADI-licensed dive shops, and diving has become a central attraction of the region. Most of the guesthouses and hotels can offer advice and organize tours to the nearby destinations.
Beaches & Islands -- There are a few beaches only a short journey from town. Koh Yor Beach near Ba Blong Village on the ocean is a long, narrow, secluded, white-sand beach. There are a number of small shacks serving seafood. These include the Barracuda Beach Bar, run by Koh Kong Divers. To get to Koh Yor Beach, cross the bridge and turn left at the first junction, and head south on the dirt road for about 10 minutes.
Koh Kong Island is in the Gulf of Thailand, about an hour boat ride from town. It has several unspoiled and completely deserted beaches with good white sand. All guesthouses can organize a boat and snorkeling gear.
Koh Kong Safari World -- This animal theme park puts on shows featuring dolphins, crocodile feeding, and orangutan boxing (something we find highly disturbing). Safari World is open every day and is situated 500m (1,640 ft.) from the Thai border.
Waterfalls -- There are many waterfalls and rapids surrounding Koh Kong, as rivers flow from the Cardamom Mountains. Some are close to town and some are farther upstream; you can reach them by motorcycle taxi or your own rented motorcycle. Many of the falls are only a trickle in the dry season and not worth a visit. In the wet season, many of them roar. The Ta Tai Waterfalls are the nearest to town and are the most visited. They are situated close to the main road about 20km (12 miles) to the east. The Tai Tai falls are wide and on two levels dropping by about 6m (20 ft.). There are others farther away such as Koh Por Falls, Tuo Kokir Rapids, and the rugged jungle gorge Kbal Chhay Falls, located farther upriver.
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