The Kep National Park is located in the smallest Cambodian province of Kep, 148 kilometers at the south of Phnom Penh, 130 kilometers at the west of Sihanoukville, 25 kilometers at the south-west of Kompot and 20 kilometers at the west of the Cambodian-Vietnamese border to the Vietnamese city of Ha Tien.
The province has a territory of 152,47 square kilometers, being the smallest province of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Its territory is completely encircled by the Kompot Province and it has about 15 kilometers of sea coast. Phu Quoc Island, under Vietnamese sovereignty, is just 15 kilometers away from the Kep Peninsula. Even its closeness to the Vietnamese border at the east, actually its boundaries do not touch Vietnam. Going from Kompot City to the Kompot District of Kompung Trach, one of the most populated areas of Kompot, the N33 road crosses the territory of Kep Province.
The N33A road is the main road of the province and it is connected to N33 in two points: At the White Horse Monument and at the Damnak Chang Aeur Village. The N33A goes around the National Park, following the coastline, being the province mainly a small peninsula. The National Park area is made of 50 square kilometers, located just at the center of the province, composed by hills. The Park includes the third part of the Province territory and the sea areas are not officially included.
The whole province has a population of 35,753 inhabitants (17,753 males and 17,674 females), according to 2008 official census. The province is composed by a single city of the same name, Kep City or Krong Kep, and two districts : Kep andDamnak Chang Aeur.
The city hall is located in the Kep City, at the east of the Peninsula. Although it keeps old buildings of the French influence and even destroyed former mansions as a sign of the last Cambodian conflicts, it is a small town that depends its economy from the nearby city of Kompot.
The province economy is mainly composed by fishing (crabs are nationally famous) and tourist resorts.
The Kep National Park is a lovely place for those who love ecology. It is strictly forbidden to get exotic animals of plants out of the park or to make activities that can endangered the habitat.
Different agencies, hotels and even informal guides, bring visitors through established paths to natural view points like theSunset Rock at the top of the Central Mountain or the Vipassana Pagoda.
Please, keep our province clean and safe!
Don't let garbage on beaches, islands, hills and streets.
The name of the main mountains are Kep Toch, Kep Thom and Krasaing. The name of the two major islands are: Koh Tonsay and Koh Po. Remember: In Khmer 'Koh' means 'Island' and 'Phnom' means 'mountain or hill'.
The forest of the National Park is classified as low land tropical forest which grows on flat lands at elevations generally less than 3300 feet (1000 meters up the sea level.) The low land tropical forests are especially vulnerable, because they are easy victims of land clearing to give space to cattle and grows.
The climate is warm but humid and the environment has been modified in the last years. This is the importance to call the attention on a protection of the low land tropical forest of Kep Peninsula.