VISIT A LOCAL HOMESTAY
Hills of deep green forest and trails along a beautiful waterfall welcome tourists in Chrork La-Eang Village in Aural Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Western province of Pursat. The eco-tourism site is part of the world famous Cardamom Mountains, home to vast tropical forests and exotic animal and plant species. The forest of Chrork La-Eang is protected by the local community, who patrol it regularly to hinder illegal loggers from destroying their beautiful trees.
The Chi-Phat commune (Khmer: ជីផាត,pronunciation: cheephat) is located deep within the Cardamom Mountains in the South-West of Cambodia. The commune consists four villages:Chi-Phat, Komlot, Chom-Sla and T'k La'o. Most of the local residents make their living mainly out of agriculture, fishing and tourism. Ecotourism efforts in recent years have made Chipat a popular destination for foreign visitors and local Cambodians alike. After 10 years of running the ecotourism project, the village is becoming more sustainable and is well known globally.
Osoam is a small community including 4 villages with 327 families. The major source of income for local residents was the illegal trading of timber, wildlife and other forest products combined with slash and burn farming. It is essential to educate local residents about the benefits available through Eco-tourism. Osoam Community Center aims to support rural communities in Osoam commune by developing alternative sources of income through sustainable development. OCC proposes an approach in education, vocational training, an Eco-tourism centre and agriculture programs
Located in the mountains of Bokor National Park less than 1 hour from Kampot town, Prek Thnout offers a great scenery to its visitors. You will find unique unspoiled nature, fresh air, spectacular evergreen forests, clean rivers, exotic wildlife (wild monkeys, birds, peacocks), tasty local food, tranquillity, peace and traditional rural Cambodian village life.
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.
Prek Toal is a bird sanctuary and Ramsar site located within the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve, at the north-west corner of the Tonlé Sap. It is a popular area for ecotourism and birdwatching given the area's rich biodiversity and rare waterbirds, particularly abundant during the dry season. There are several organisations and projects operating in the area, so plenty to do and choose from.
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.