Kirirum National Park, Cambodia

Traveling on National Road 4 toward Sihanoukville perished road kilometer 87, we will see a turning towards the park Suramarit or Kirirom National Park, which used to be a resort-tourism, a famous in Cambodia in Cambodia Royal Regime and this is also the one that left the work of the King, King Norodom Sihanouk, too.

Preah Suramarit park or Kirirom National Park was established in 1940 by the Ganges and the Forestry Department, covers an area of ​​approximately 8,401 hectares and is located on a plateau at an altitude of between 300 and 1 thousand meters above sea level.

Kirirom Park Resort is coming royal visit by Prince Norodom Sihanouk first elephants in 1944. At that time, he also like natural mountainous beauty will improve by pine trees tossed aside and waterfall, animal species that live there. The King said that: Such a pine forest, only in France, but not thought that the pine forests in our country.

He had permission the technical experts to study and determine the name is that “Plateau Kirirum” and tell the Water and Forestry Department building Preahreach Damnak point of Oksach. Later, he also built roads and bridges throughout the region Kirirum for tourism.

After, favorable waterfall a lot of sections, King Norodom Sihanouk, he also turned the mountainous region to another Power Plant Kirirum that make the area even more popular and has a strong potential to compete with regions.

On 28 January 1945, after Preah Suramarit National Park has become a tourist modern, he went to the residence of Oksach stage in 6 nights 6 days to see the forest there mouth.

Unfortunately, at the end of 1949, the National Park area Kirirum fell under the rule of the Khmer Issarak for 1-year, made some infrastructure in the area was burned by armed groups.

Preah Suramarit National Park or Kirirum National Park start to look and show off a new national and international guests after King Norodom Sihanouk independence from French colonialism 1953. He was also allowed the water and Forestry Department began work process and its forest management activities in the region Kirirum.

However Suramarit National Part or Kirirum National Park was dubbed a new one is named ‘City Julong or Borey Julong’ by the mean that frequent Samdech Chakrei Nhek Julong at the time, is an activist important contributions and the movement of people to build a city tourist luxury up. Every weekend, they saw hundreds of cars traveling to the area.

According to the print magazine Kampouchsoriya record 1966, cars travel up to 11 500 units to the area, including Tour’s visit large delegation from China, Indonesia and Yugoslavia.

In the surrounding area of Kirirum National Park or the City of Julong also has several tea plantations hydroelectric hectare orchid garden, exhibition hall for the Armed Forces, 3 factories and a helicopter airport near the former Royal, which was built between the years 1962-65.

Mr. Tep Mean, a governor Phnom Sruoch reminded, too: ‘I remember that the Royal Government of Cambodia has also registered resort Kirirum as’ Suramarit National Park’which has an area of ​​3,500 hectares, according to the decrees of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk Bhavavarman dated November 1, 1993.’

He said the park will open officially inaugurated on June 5, 1995 to date.

District governor, said: ‘Today the guests who come to visit the resort Kirirum nothing to walks and see the mountains and pine trees, to play waterfall in the area since ancient times. In particular, at The King’s streams of sand, there is nothing besides leaving at the foundation, and where he was standing.

By doing traffic unfavorable provided for guests who want to visit, Mr. Governor said: ‘Today, the resort Kirirum this in the rainy season almost did not have guests visit because the entrance where guests popular bath in 3 places Tek Chhou, rainy season not only the car, but also a motorcycle went almost never the same because the entrance there is a path and flooded.’

He said: ‘this area has a lot of tourists only in Khmer New Year’s Day the client’s, there are still some little dry season.

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