Cardamom Mountains

Cardamom Mountains

Cardamom Mountains

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Not to be confused with Cardamom Hills in Tamil Nadu, India. For other uses, see Cardamom .

The Krâvanh Mountains, literally the "Cardamom Mountains" (Khmer regular script: , Chuor Phnom Krâvanh; , Thio Khao Banthat, ), is a mountain range in the south west of Cambodia, jutting into southeastern Thailand.

Location and description

The mountain range extends along a southeast-northwest axis from Koh Kong Province on the Gulf of Thailand to the Veal Veang District in Pursat Province, and is extended to the southeast by the Dâmrei Mountains) and to the northwest into Thailand as the Soi Dao Mountains (Khao Soi Dao) in Chanthaburi Province, (therefore also marked as Chanthaburi mountain range in some maps). The highest elevation of the Cardamom Mountains is Phnom Aural at high. This is also Cambodia's highest peak.

This range of mountains formed one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge, and many parts are largely inaccessible. The inaccessibility of the hills, however, helped to preserve the area. The mountains contain many Neolithic "jar sites" scattered around the mountains. The jars are a unique feature of the mountain. They are 60 cm high and carry the bones of deceased Cambodians. Local legends suggest the bones are the remains of Cambodian royalty.

Dense tropical rain forest prevails on the very wet western slopes such as the area around Bokor Hill Station in the Elephant Mountains, which annually receive from 150 to 200 inches...
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