VISIT A LOCAL HOMESTAY
Sambor Prei Kuk (SPK) is one of the main tourist attractions in Kampong Thom. The Sambor Prei Kuk Conservation and Development Community has 600 members in 7 villages. The untouched and overgrown temples of Sambor Prei Kuk are a unique pre-Angkorian attraction located only 30 km north of the provincial town of Kampong Thom. The main attractions of Sambor Prei Kuk are the temple ruins of Isanapura (Isanborei), located in an area of 1 x 5 kilometers. The temples that were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 1992, attract an estimated 20,000 Cambodian and 5,000 international tourists each year.
O’Svay community based ecotourism project consists of five villages ( O’Svay village, O’Run, Koh Phnov, Koh Hib, and Voeun Sien village) and four surrounding islands. O’Svay community is the most popular destination in Stung Treng province both for local Cambodian and international visitors. Borey O’Svay is well known for its preservation of wildlife, including birds, fish and the Irrawaddy Dolphins along the Mekong river, as well as for its forestry preservation at the Ramsar site.
Andong Kralong is a village of with 117 families about 25 km far from Sen Monorom town. In this village, there are plenty of natural resources such as: forest, wildlife (exotic birds), waterfall sites, streams as well as the Bunong culture. These resources are protected by local people at all authority levels as the Bunong Ethnic Community is legally supported by the Ministry of Interior, which means that the community is legally using its own land. Therefore, there is lots of potential for local community to benefit from CBET (Community Based Ecotourism) due to the numerous natural resources and the legal management of the community.
Preah Rumkel community based project is located near the Laos border in Stung Treng Province. The village is beside the Mekong river, where you can admire the Irrawaddy Dolphins and explore the many small surrounding islands. This is a good destination for relaxing near the Mekong river and enjoying bird watching in the forest. This area offers a gateway to the Sopheakmith waterfalls, a very unique place in Cambodia. You can also find out the legend of Preah Rumkel in the Pagoda Wat Damrei Sor or the White House Elephant.
Yeak Laom lake has been officially managed by the Tampuan community since 1998 when provincial authorities in Ratanakiri granted a 25-year agreement for local management. Since then, members from each of the five villages of Yeak Laom have been responsible for protecting and managing the lake including forest patrols, tourist services, and waste management.
The lake is 800m in diameter and 50m deep with clean and clear water. It is surrounded by a natural forest area, which is home to an array flora and fauna. Small schools of fish are often sighted at the banks of the lake whilst exotic birds, such as kingfishers, can be seen darting across the water during sunset. When you visit the lake today, you can walk and swim at the lake, or choose a cultural tour or homestay to learn more about Tampuan culture and custom whilst supporting the local community.
The lake is very busy and noisy during Cambodian national holidays, so if you want to experience the natural tranquillity of this place avoid visiting during public holidays.
Bunong elephant project is an exciting new sanctuary that has been developed in consultation and partnership with the local Bunong community. This project is dedicated to promoting the welfare of both elephants and the local indigenous community, all the income provides much needed support for the indigenous people and their elephants. Thank to this association, elephants spend their time in the forest and are no longer exploited commercially or put under stress with elephant rides, heavy farm work or logging. They can relax and live free in natural forest, eating bamboo, grass, playing in mud baths, swim in the river and more importantly socialize with other elephants.
We may be biased, but we reckon that whatever your age, whatever your life experience and whatever the purpose, duration or type of vacation you imagined, sustainable tourism in the Kingdom of Wonder might just change the way you travel forever. With a range of homestays and carefully selected ecotourism sites in beautiful locations throughout Cambodia, there is something for every style and taste.