What and Where are Cambodia Cardamom Mountains?

Named after the spice that still grows on its slopes, the Cambodia Cardamom Mountains region in southwest Cambodia is the last true wilderness remaining in mainland Southeast Asia. The region is the focus of conservation efforts by the GMS Biodiversity Conservation Corridors Initiative. The western edge of the Cardamom region abuts the Thai border, while the easternmost part ends about sixty miles northwest of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. The region’s area is 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares). The highest point in the range (and in Cambodia) is Mount Aural, at 1,813 meters (5,946 feet). There are five main rivers that run through the Cardamoms, creating dozens of waterfalls.