Many things you might not know about our beautiful and intact Kep National Park.
First things first. Here is a link to a map of the Park
Walking Trails Summary:
All these trails and tracks have been built and are almost daily maintained by Christian from Led Zep Cafe for free.
If you are lucky you can spot a Hornbill
Alternatively you can hire a guide, leave the trail and explore the dense jungle. Of course you can do this also by yourself. The park isn't that big.
Activities? – Explore the jungle; see some wild animals and beautiful plants, views.
How to go? – The main entrance is behind Veranda Natural Resort, but the Kep Lodge and Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort also have direct access.
What does it cost? – $1 or 4000R; a guide costs you per half a day $6 -$10.
The Kep National Park is quite small and is located around the Kep Mountain. The main entrance is just behind Veranda Natural Resort, where you will be expected to pay a dollar (or 4000 riels) entry fee (which goes towards maintaining the park they say :-)).
My personal favorite is the walk direction to the Samathi Pagoda. First you follow the normal path, pass the Kampot viewpoint and then at the summit you take a small trail uphill to your left, leading you to the other side of Kep. A few beautiful viewpoints are along the hike, which is a bit steep going down on the other side, but easily doable with flip flops (if it gets too slipery just take off your shoes) and kids.
Another recently opened trail is towards the unfinished Kep Dam (Dam Trail). You walk until the summit, take the small trail uphill but trun left after 100m and start going downhill. Also a bit steep but definitely worth since the trail leads you to impressive jungle trees.
There are now many smaller trails uphill leading you directly into the jungle: to the small Buddha statue, the female monastery, the big antennas. All trails very well signposted so you can't get lost!! Most of the trails are doable in flip-flops, but some of the more challenging ones require decent covered footware.
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