The low land tropical forest of Kep National Park covers 50 square kms of the centre of the Kep Province and consists of three main Phnoms (Khmer for mountains) – Krasaing, KepToch and Kep Thom. The park offers easy (and more tricky for the adventurous) trails with beautiful panoramic views, fascinating flora and fauna and even some cooler air for those venturing here during the summer months. Whilst wildlife in the park is not one of the key attractions, do keep your eyes peeled for birdlife, geckos and the occasional whip snake hanging in the trees but don’t worry as they are completely harmless (unless you happen to be a small insect!).
The moderate hike along the main path is an 8km circle around the park. However, those looking for a more challenging workout can take the transverse path or check out the various trails to sites such as Nun’s Pass, Stone Horse, and Little Buddha. For refreshments along the way, stops can be made at The Led Zep Café or, when further into the jungle, the Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort.
If you are after one of the best sunset viewpoints in town, be sure to make the 182 meter climb to Sunset Rock and watch the setting sun as it lights up the sky before disappearing beneath the horizon (don’t forget to bring a torch to navigate your way back).