CHAMBOK ECOTOURISM COMMUNITY
Explore Cambodian village life and local ecosystem
“Chambok is one of the most well known community based ecotourism sites in Cambodia. It is a well organised site with English speaking guides. It is an easy stop on your way from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Not something off the beaten track if that is what you after, but we would definitely recommended this site for those travelling with children or those looking for their first community based experience.”Recommendation from the CamConsious Team
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Chambok is a community of 9 rural villages where you can experience and learn about the typical daily life of Cambodian families. You can also explore the area’s beautiful natural surroundings. The community-based ecotourism project was established in 2002 to provide an additional income for the local people and help protect the surrounding forest. Since 2003, the Chambok community has protected 1,260 hectares of forestland from logging and hunting. The ecotourism project is managed by the villagers themselves, and all revenues from ecotourism stay in the community.
- 1-3 bedrooms in a traditional house
- Sharing the house with a local family in a traditional house with bed, mattress, mosquito net, cotton sheets, blankets, pillows.
- No/limited electricity
- Provides drinking water
- Parking: car, van, motorcycle
LOCAL AREA & ACTIVITIES
- Waterfalls and forest
- Watching Wildlife including birds, monkeys, and fireflies which often appear during the evening
- Hiking to waterfalls with a local guide
- Swimming in the river and local streams
- Attending guided walks through the forest
- Cooking lessons
- Experiencing traditional livelihoods and enjoy the rural Cambodian lifestyle
GETTING THERE & TRANSPORT
The cheapest option is to come by bus. Many buses run between Phnom Pehn and Sihanoukville, with several departing each hour, many also have air-conditioning. Ask the driver to drop you off at Treng Trayueng. In front of the gas station, you will find a lot of motodops. If you are carrying a big backpack, you could ask them to put it in front of the motodop. It takes approximately 45 min and costs around $5 per person.
NOT TO BE MISSED
For many, the highlight of their trip to Chambok is hiking to the 40-meter high waterfall. You can stop by there for a first discovery of ecotourism and relax there if you are on the road between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. There are 3 additional waterfalls to view along the trail – each unique. There are also some great swimming spots.
1 – 2 DAYS STAY
There is plenty to do. So, why don’t you choose some activities from the list below:
- Go hiking for an all day in the forest up to a lookout point (12km), on the way have a khmer picnic prepared by the locals.
- Rest in the hammock and have a local dinner
- Watch the khmer dance performance
- Participate in a khmer cooking class with local women
- Chill out and bicycle around the community