TREKKING IN CAMBODIA
Trekking in Cambodia – There’s nothing like getting out of the main cities of Phnom Penh and Siem reap and into the national park and doing a bit of jungle trekking. There are plenty of choices from climbing in the cardamom mountains to the expanse of Virachey National Park.
There are locations that offer everything from easy walking tours for the slightly less adventurous to completely undiscovered trails.
We’ve listed some of the sites that have trekking tours, the main ones you’ll find in lonely planet guides but there are other gems of southeast asia in here. You can read about the hiking offered as well as learn about other outdoor activities and adventures. Each project gives detailed travel tips for your Cambodia adventure that include jungle trekking tours and an opportunity to see the wildlife including the rare and the common. Not just the elephants and rare tigers but gibbons, tree bears and the many sites supported by the wildlife alliance.
This is not just the cambodia trekking blog that’s just the same as any other travel blog, yes while we encourage you to see Ratanakiri province and Banlung, there’s always Chi Phat, but Cambodia travel is more than that, trekking in the green jungle, the kulen mountain waterfall, just getting away from it all.
Take a look for yourself and see what trekking in Cambodia really has to offer.
Ou Choam Ecotourism Community is a magic place where those wishing to disconnect from a busy city love to come to relax, enjoy the natural beauty of this place and enjoy the hospitality of a rural community that lives in one of the most remote parts of Cambodia. High up at 2,600m above sea level, you will be wow'd by the unspoilt virgin forests, surprisingly fresh climate and easily accessible hiking tracks that lead you further into the forest that surrounds these villages. The Ou Choam Waterfall is one of the hidden gems, waiting for you to refresh yourself after a busy day.
Escape the urban rush and experience the unique culture of the Tampuan tribal villages. By immersing yourself in local culture you will gain a deeper understanding of rural life in Cambodia. Learn about the spiritual significance that the Yeak Laom region holds for the Tampuan, try your hand at traditional crafts, and sample the local cuisine over dinner with your hosts. The Yeak Laom is perfect place to reconnect with nature. You can explore the local landscapes and protected wildlife areas, or swim in the crater lake, before discovering waterfalls hidden amongst the jungle.
Kachang Waterfall, also spelt Kachanh, is a 12m natural waterfall – typical of Ratanakiri province. Around 5km’s from Banlung town the Kachang Waterfall is surrounded by a mixture of large and small trees. Follow the steps down the waters edge, wander across the wooden bridge and admire the cascading water before taking a dip in the bottom pool. Face away from the waterfall and feast your eyes on rain forest flora. There are plenty of hammocks to chill out in too. Kachang Waterfall is a no-fuss waterfall of Ratanakiri province.
Koh Trong Island is a peaceful island escape just across the Mekong river from Kratie town. Known locally as the ‘market garden’ of Kratie, Koh Trong Island is home to fruit orchards, friendly locals and a superb, relaxed island vibe. Easily accessible, the island is only a five-minute ferry ride from Kratie town. Stay overnight in a well-equipped homestay or spend the day exploring by bicycle or moto. Picture traditional ox-carts towing farmers and their freshly picked produce along sandy roads lined with tall palm trees. Koh Trong Island is a bite-sized taste of Cambodia – a perfect location to relax and unwind.
The Community Protected Area (CPA) of Mondul Yorn was set up in 2004 with the support of SCW. To help local communities to diversify income and prevent further logging of timber in 2013 a community based ecototourism element was introduced. The site is based in a remote O’Tabok river on the outskirts of Virachey National Park. It is an ideal site for those seeking to explore remote and unspoiled part of Cambodia
The Cardamom Mountains are a biodiversity hot spot for international tourists. Based on the banks of Trapeang Rung river, one of the last remaining wildlife corridors in the region. Trapeang Roung Community ecotourism site allows for easy access to the unspoiled biodiversity of the region with opportunities for you trekking, boat trips to explore the otherwise inaccessible part of the Cardamons, as well as offering many amazing places for a lazy day relaxing in the hammock at the river bank. During the heat of the day, you can just jump in for a refreshing swim.
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.
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