Cambodia Is Calling

Cambodia Is Calling

28 June, 2016
8 Irresistible Adventures
Find the perfect summer getaway to recharge while keeping in touch with nature.

1. Song Saa Private Island Resort
Song Saa Private Island Resort spans two pristine islands in Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago. As seductive and luxurious as the resort is, the jewel in its crown is the marine reserve established by the owners that showcases and safeguards the islands’ reefs and aquatic life. As Cambodia’s first private island luxury resort, Song Saa is committed to caring for the natural splendour that makes it such an exquisite slice of paradise.
Whether you choose yoga on the beach, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling, or boating in the ocean, or swimming in the infinity pool, your every moment will be relaxed and memorable. Dine in the world-class restaurant and lounge, dramatically positioned just off the beach and surrounded by sea, or take a treatment in a spa tucked away in the rainforest. If you’re looking for a uniquely rejuvenating experience in a tropical setting, Song Saa Private Island Resort awaits.
2. Bees Unlimited, Siem Reap
Learn how to extract honey in a sustainable manner, process beeswax at little or no cost, and build a business that benefits people in need as well as assists in the protection of Asian honeybees. If that sounds sweet to you, schedule a village tour with Bees Unlimited the next time you’re in the Siem Reap/Angkor Wat area.
Take the opportunity to meet the villagers who make honey, and discover the traditional techniques involved. While you’re at it, why not purchase some sustainable honey as a souvenir to assist the community in their endeavours? You can also contact them for a list of harvesters so you can have access to supplies throughout the year after your trip!
3. Green e-Bike, Siem Reap
So you would like to refrain from driving a motor vehicle to reduce your carbon footprint, but still want to get around with something a little faster and more efficient than a bicycle? Then you’re going to want to hop onto a Green e-bike!
If you want to go on an organized eco-tour with one of these bad boys, choose between a ‘countryside tour’ (villages, lakes, rice paddies) and a ‘Phnom Krom tour’ (farms, villages, Lotus Mountain). Or go solo and visit the ancient temples on wheels instead of on foot. Since e-bikes are more like electric bicycles than motorcycles, you don’t even need a licence to drive one!
4. Jahoo Gibbon Spotting Trek, Ban Lung
Anyone with a penchant for wildlife viewing should take the opportunity to see Cambodia’s one-of-a-kind yellow-checked gibbons in the wild. Treks usually run from the 1st November until the 16th June, which provides the best weather for gibbon watching. The trek lasts for two days/one night, and part of the journey involves travelling by boat, visiting a traditional village and cemetery along the way. Currently, there are about 500 gibbons living in this area. Treks follow a family of habituated gibbons, but in an effort not to unduly disrupt their wild lifestyle, each trek is limited to six participants.
Part of the fee from each trek is invested in protecting the gibbons’ habitat, so whether you care about the protection of endangered animals, have a passion for wildlife and nature, or are simply looking for a fun, out-of-the-ordinary adventure, you’ll be doing your part towards the welfare of the gibbons just by booking the trek itself.
5. Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
For a close encounter with some exotic animals, head on over to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre run by Wildlife Alliance. Embark on an exclusive behind-the-scenes excursion of this government-run centre and see a few of the 1,200 animals that were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team.
You’ll get to enter the tiger and leopard dens for up-close but safe viewing, and learn the rescue stories of elephants, leopards, monkeys, otters and other endangered animals. Lunch is served Cambodian-style, accompanied by a beverage of fresh coconut water to hydrate you in the hot weather. And for a quick post-lunch power nap, you can lay down in one of their relaxing hammocks. Every cent earned from the tours goes to the animals and helps support Wildlife Alliance’s work.
6.  Mondulkiri Elephant & Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary was established by L.E.A.F Cambodia, a non-profit environmental community organization for wildlife and habitat conservation through eco-tourism and education. Every visit contributes directly to their important conservation and rehabilitation projects.
Get in touch with nature by hiking through this natural wildlife corridor consisting of rainforest, bamboo forest, elephant grass hills and jungle gardens where crops are raised for the animals. Have a swim at one of the rainforest’s waterfalls – perhaps with an elephant! Watch elephants as they roam through the jungle, and assist in feeding and washing them. If one day is just not enough elephant for you, opt for the two-day/one-night trek for your chance to camp at the rainforest lodge and witness first-hand the wild jungle after dark.
7. Community-Based Eco-Tourism, Chi Phat
To experience the sublime peacefulness of Cambodia far away from the crowded cities, book a tour in the Cardamom Mountains and Chi Phat. Here, you’ll find on offer every kind of forest adventure you can think of (mountain biking, trekking, observing wildlife at watering holes) and maybe a few that you haven’t (visiting bat caves, fishing for lobsters, birdwatching from a rowboat). Homebodies can stick around the village and enjoy learning how to cook traditional Khmer food or swim in the waterfalls near the village. Be sure to bring along a reusable water bottle, which you can refill at the visitor centre or local pub.
Wildlife Alliance is working hard to educate and transform the local community from animal poaching to eco-tourism. In fact, most of their guides were formerly poachers themselves! If you’d like to support Wildlife Alliance’s work and have a meaningful experience while doing so, include a trip to this area during your next trip to Cambodia.
8. Angkor Wat/Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat is a must-see for any tourist traveling to Siem Reap. The holiness of the temple will relax your mind and spirit, but when it’s time to relax the body, you will be glad that the Belmond La Residence d’Angkor hotel is just ten minutes away, situated in a gorgeous riverside location.
Belmond’s gardens, spa and swimming pools offer up divine relaxation after your visit to the temple grounds. Take a treatment using local organic products, then enjoy yoga or a water blessing with a Buddhist monk. When you’re feeling recharged, have a glimpse around the bustling marketplace, glorious galleries and appetite-inducing restaurants. Looking for nightlife? Wait a couple of hours and you can dance the night away.

By: Abbe Ho


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