Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary

Animal Sanctuary in Northern Cardamom Mountains

Sandwiched between the Central Cardamoms Protected Forest and the Thai frontier, the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary (3338 sq km) is well and truly out in the sticks. It is threatened by timber laundering and agricultural concessions, but wildlife still abounds.

Boasting Cambodia’s second-highest peak, Phnom Samkos (1717m), the sanctuary’s main town is Pramoay (Veal Veng), 125km west of Pursat. This remote little outpost has three guesthouses (rooms US$5). Local moto drivers can take visitors to nearby ethnic-minority villages.