The Preah Sihanouk “Ream” National Park is around 18 km from Sihanoukville, on the way back to Phnom Penh. It was established in the early 1990s to protect its threatened areas.
Ream Park is one of the seven national parks in the country. It encompasses over 15,000 hectares with mangrove forests, tropical jungles, and more than 150 bird species. It is also known for its monkey population.
The park has a marine habitat too, and aside from beaches, there are also boat trips being offered through mangrove forest channels. Tourists can have a walking tour of the mountains and see the numerous animal and plant life. As this requires guests to trek through the jungle, physical preparedness is important.
Another site worth visiting while in the area is the Wat Ream, the Buddhist temple there. There is a huge reclining Buddha and a great view from the top of the hill; for bird-watchers, the place is also perfect.
For fresh seafood, numerous food stands line the seaside along the park. There are also small guesthouses offering basic rooms for around $5/day.
Going to the Ream Park is easy enough. It is accessible by car or a moto-taxi (remember to negotiate the price beforehand!). Hotels in Sihanoukville can arrange the whole thing, including pick-up to and from the park, two meals, and a guided tour. Rates for the one-day package range from $15 to $20.