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Mondulkiri Ethnic Project
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philleterrier wrote a review Nov 2018
Dampmart, France4 contributions
I have stayed one night in there and went see the elephants. Total paid 110 dollars for 2 persons no meal no lunch. We slept in a kind of dog house in metal. Price 15$ Then we went to a 2hours and half "trek" and we saw 2 elephants Also included the rental of motor bike 1 day and half. Toilets outside.... More expensive than hotel in city sen monorom The owner is a nice person has great stories about ngo, but his only objective is to make as money as possible. If you look for a trek and want to see elephants ask directly to a prefessionnal in the city I do not like when people cheat. Sorry for bad comment but i am not only a pile of green dollars
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Date of experience: November 2018
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aga5555 wrote a review Jan 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom13 contributions3 helpful votes
Choose this company from few options available as you can be sure money will stay and help the community. All day was outstanding - had a change to hang out with two elephants and experience true homestay in the village. Watching elephants walking around the forest and interacting with caring family and yourself is outstanding. Also homestay with local quide and his family and their incredible hospitality was out of this world. Couldn't imagine better day in Cambodia! I would love to be back one day. Thank you :)
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Date of experience: December 2017
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mbenesova wrote a review Aug 2017
Litomysl, Czech Republic39 contributions27 helpful votes
We chose this agency because it´s really owned and runned by the indigenous Bunong people and not by westerns so you directly support the Bunong community by choosing them. We did a 2 days jungle trek with elephants. Both days we had a Bunong guide, the first one spoke English just a little, but the second one was able to talk with us a lot. The first day we spent in the jungle, we walked a lot and we saw some beautiful waterfalls (one of them 50 meters high! But it was during the wet season) in one of them we could have swim. The lunch and water was also provided. In the late afternoon we came to the Putang village where we spent the night in Vanny´s homestay. He has a few simple bungalows with a simple shared bathroom but it was ok. We had dinner with Vanny and his family, the food was really delicious and than we talk a little bit with Vanny. The next day we walked just a few kilometres through the jungle to see the elephants. Until this it was just me and my boyfriend but at „the elephant place“ we met a lot of other people…At first we fed one elephant with bananas then we waited for the lunch (fish roasted on the fire) at the riverside. After the lunch it was the time for the elephant bath. 3 elephants with their mahouts came into the river. We could have wash 2 of them and the last one was playing alone in the river which was very funny. It seemed to us that elephants were enjoying the bath. After the bath we fed the elephants again. We really enjoyed the trip, highly recommended! Thank you!
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Ale C wrote a review Aug 2017
Guanajuato, Mexico14 contributions
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I wished to be with a true ethnic experience with indigenous peoples of Cambodia for my trip to Mondulkiri, luckily I found out about Vanny and his ethnic project. Vanny is a Punong that speaks incredible english and helps his community through his tours and homestay, the only tour that leaves income for the the villagers and their families, other tours are runner by foreigners and I've been told don't support the villagers as they claim. Liam was my guide, a local humble man that may not speak English but truly made an effort to make me see through the landscape through his eyes, the best part was the waterfall, you can also see the local households, farmers and nature, as well as the deforestation that has been caused by private companies in their surroundings. The homestay is 10 min away from the city, it's really basic but the scenario, fresh air, surrounded by nature was the highlight, as well as the dinner and chat for hours with Vanny about the Punong people nowadays. Vanny has great expectations for this ethnic project and homestay for the next years, so you can stay at his guesthouse for only 5 dollars, his wife will cook a great dinner and you can spend the night in observing the stars in silence. Vanny has great plans for the homestay and wishes to support more people in his village with education, healthcare and development. You can reach Vanny easily by his number: 097 826 9741
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Date of experience: August 2017
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bcsomm wrote a review Dec 2016
Dili, East Timor65 contributions16 helpful votes
We went on this overnight trek over others in Sen Monorom as we wanted to support the ethnic minority, Bunong, villagers. Vanny was great at organising, and while he was away in Phnom Penh he organised Polit, a local Bunong guide to take us. Polit's English was great and he was a really knowledgable guide. The first day was the hiking day. We were picked up from our accommodation and taken to the start of the hike. Obviously a route for a few of the tours as other groups started from there too. The first few hours of the hike were nice through jungle. Polit showed us rubber trees, flowers and other things in the forest. We had a break at a few spots along the river, including a waterfall where you could swim. The afternoon part of the trek was not as pleasant, however, as we walked through recently cleared and farmed jungle. Some of it still smoking and with chain saws at work. Not the tour's fault, but the majority of the trek is now not through jungle. Very heartbreaking - and took the glow out of the day. Not helped by the fact that in March the hill tops around Sen Monorom are brown and dusty with not a blade of grass to be seen. Very different to the rolling green hills of wet season! We decided to stay in the Bunong village with Polit, which was great, if not a little confronting as we experienced his poverty. No kitchen, running water, toilet, and a simple wooden room as his house. But it was his and he had grand plans to renovate when money became available. We had fun playing with the kids! Day 2 involved a walk down to the river where we swam in the river and bathed with elephants. These ones are working elephants but seemed to be relatively well treated. In all it was a ok tour - food was nice (and my vegetarian husband catered for). But like lots of tours, a lot of waiting around. We estimate our '8hrs' of hiking could have been done in 4-5hrs, with enough breaks. We seemed to stop every 30mins! If you wanted a jungle trek (which we did), you will be a bit disappointed. Just know you are on the very quickly disappearing jungle fringes. Hopefully Vanny reorganises and changes his route, or the trek description. The camping in the jungle options might give you more 'jungle'.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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