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You can't miss the pristine rainforest of the Cardamom Mountains in western Cambodia. Cycle along jungle trails, secret waterfalls and riverside villages, witness sunrise sailing across quaint streams, and soak in its rich wildlife.
Start early, as we will drive to the riverside community of Andoung Teuk to board the Chi Phat community boat for a 2-hour upstream journey along the Preak Piphot River.
Cruise through mangrove forests, witness typical river edge villages and homes, as well as be on the lookout for birds and mammals coming to the water's edge to drink. Upon arrival in the small remote community of Chi Phat you will be welcomed at the Community Ecotourism Office and then check-in to your guest house.
Afterwards, you are free to wander around the delightful village of Chi Phat, gaining a real insight into rural Cambodian life and meeting very friendly and curious locals. In the evening you are treated to a delicious Welcome Dinner at the Community Ecotourism Office where we will discuss the activities for the following days.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Phnom Penh → Andoung Teuk||3h|
|Andoung Teuk → Chi Phat||2h|
After breakfast, meet your biking guide and prepare your bicycle. Once you have stocked up with water you will head north through a village, cycle along single tracks and pass many banana plantations before coming to Steung Chhay Chrey, your first river crossing. Bike along old logging trails which are reclaimed by the surrounded vegetation.
Stop-off at Chruos Chhay Tekveth, a wide, curved waterfall, a perfect spot for a break. Then continue biking along the trail passing through a mix of open meadows, bamboo thickets, lowland rain forest, and being treated to fine views over the surrounding forested hills.
Close to the Burial Jar site the terrain becomes more rocky and steep and you will leave the bikes for the final short climb to a rock outcrop where you will discover the mystical ancient burial jars and small wooden coffins. This rock outcrop looks out over the forested valley below and is a delightful spot to enjoy your picnic lunch and relax for a while.
Afterwards, follow the same trail back to Chi Phat and cycle to the hidden waterfall of O'Spot which you can walk behind and explore the bat cave. This waterfall is perfect for taking a refreshing shower and jumping into the plunge pool!
Just before reaching the village you once again cross the wide Steung Chhay Chrey River, a great opportunity for a late afternoon swim if you wish. Depending on how much energy you have left after returning to the village you may wish to bike a few more kilometers to the top of Phnom Tra Ngoarl or Bald Mountain, a perfect sunset location with 360 degree views of the surrounding Cardamom mountains.
After freshening up a tasty dinner will be served at the Community Eco-tourism Office. The rest of the evening is free at leisure to wander around the village and experience rural community night life.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Chi Phat → Cardamom Mountains|
Waking up early while it is still dark you will board a motorboat and cruise along the cool waters with the early morning mists rising. As the sun rises and you are entertained with the skies changing colors, you will enjoy your packed breakfast. Soon you turn off the Preak Piphot River and sail up the secluded and winding Pruit River.
After an hour the motorboat cuts its engines and you transfer to a traditional row boat and continue upstream. Now being engine-less you can really appreciate the stillness of your surroundings and hear the birds calling from the thick forests lining the river. This is the ideal opportunity to see the area's bird life as well as watching out for other wildlife such as monkeys and flying squirrels.
Eventually the rowboats arrive at a small clearing where you can disembark for a while to stretch your legs. On return your row boat stops in a delightfully shady spot where you can spend some time swimming in the refreshing waters before heading back to Chi Phat village.
In the afternoon you are free at leisure to further explore the village, or maybe hire a bicycle to relax beside the nearby river rapids. In the evening you enjoy another tasty dinner at the Community Ecotourism Office.
Overnight at the hotel.
You may wish to rise early this morning and walk down to the river to catch another magical sunrise and the village slowly waking up, the smoke from breakfast fires rising up into the still air, roosters crowing and half awake children rubbing their eyes.
After breakfast, bid farewell to Chi Phat as you board the boat for your downstream trip back to Andoung Teuk. On arrival at Andoung Teuk your driver will be waiting to transfer you back to Phnom Penh where you will be dropped off at the location of your choice.
On the journey back to Phnom Penh you will be able to reflect on the wonderful and unique trekking experiences you have enjoyed in the Cardamom Mountains, and taking away very fond memories.
|Chi Phat → Andoung Teuk||2h|
|Andoung Teuk → Phnom Penh||3h|
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018||$585||$472||$358|