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William wrote a review Mar 2020
Malmö, Sweden2 contributions5 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I spent 3 days and 2 nights on a trek in the jungle with Lee Heng and a chef, both employed by the wildlife alliance eco tourism center in Chi Pat. This experience learned us (two researchers in conservation biology) things about the rainforest and conservation that no book could ever convey. Furthermore, we saw gibbons, long tailed macaques, large and small lizards, a brown viper, elephant traces, beautiful butterflies and birds (including 3 hornbill species) and much more. Lee Heng was the best guide we could have asked for. We talked about everything from Pol Pot to French cheese. During most of the tour however, we flooded him with questions about his time as a poacher (80% of the people used to be poachers, now thanks to new income possibilities from eco tourism less than 5% poach), his and his family's life, the animals and plants in the forest, Cambodian traditions, and much more. Important to note, Lee Heng told us that neither he nor anyone he knows want to poach. They are very happy that the families can now make income from eco tourism instead, e.g. guiding, cooking, housing, etc. Beyond seeing wildlife and having interesting conversations with Lee Heng, we got to experience Cambodian country side (in Chi Pat), contribute to making conservation a viable business that can compete with poaching rare animals for foreign markets and be embraced by a feeling of being deep in the rainforest (sleeping in hammocks with mosquito nets enhanced that feeling!). You see plastic and other waste sporadically along the forest paths. I mentioned this to the manager in Chi Pat. Maybe if others mention this too they might do something about it. Don't let this disturb your experience though. I'm sure they will find a solution eventually, maybe encourage tourist to pick up a couple of items each or pay a guide to do a waste picking round every now and then. All in all, one of the best nature experiences in my life!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Charles m wrote a review Feb 2020
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Perhaps the best thing I did in Cambodia. An authentic taste of Cambodian village life. Beautiful surroundings. I did the hike, the guide and cook were absolutely fantastic and spoke good English. Good trek through the jungle with great flora and fauna. Couldn’t recommend this enough!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Andy R wrote a review Feb 2020
London, United Kingdom38 contributions9 helpful votes
From the boat ride up the beautiful Phipot river to the moto ride back to AnduengTuek four day’s later, this was a great place to enjoy Cambodian hospitality in the ‘back of beyond ‘. The community project has a great ethos of employing and supporting local people into jobs as a means of protecting the environmental from logging, poaching etc. It’s also keeping away private operators who would quickly ruin the place with neon, pizza and happy hours. Chan, who seems to be in charge - a formidable lady! - will be keen to sign you up for a trek or similar when you arrive mid afternoon but that’s because they have to set things up for an early start the next day. Take your time if you can, talk to people who’ve already trekked. I did the overnight trek (27) with early morning birdwatching (hornbills, toucan and also monkeys swinging in the trees) and it was a fantastic experience. We also had some unexpected rain and were able to have a shower before dinner - you can also bathe in the small stream. Our guide Mr Kim was great fun and knowledgable about the forest. In the village I stayed 3 nights at Cardamom Cottages where Chiva and Sra were great hosts and provided excellent food. Whilst there I also biked (14 kms/ 75 mins) to the O’Malu waterfall for a swim - beautiful and deserted. I highly recommend Chi Phat if you want an escape from pizza and cocktails and desire a more authentic Cambodian experience in the jungle.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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OpReisMetSaar wrote a review Jan 2020
Seminyak, Indonesia1 contribution
I did a 2 day trek at Chi Phat with 1 night in the forest and the experience was amazing! Seeing more of the authentic Cambodian life and experiencing the true friendliness of the people was amazing. I loved the boat trip at the beginning of the tour (I did tour #27). Also cooking on real fire in the forest was an awesome experience, as well as sleeping in a hammock (luckily with mosquito net!). Only one disclaimer: the prices on Chi Phat’s website are way lower than the actual prices at the eco-center. Online it said tour #29 (3 days, 2 nights) would be $170 solo, however, it turned out to be $221 solo instead. Therefore, I chose to do another tour since, as a student, my budget is small. I had an amazing experience and did the tour with three others (for 3+ people, the tours are cheaper than solo or duo pax), so I absolutely loved it, but I did have to choose another tour than I initially wanted due to the high price.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Charlotte N wrote a review Oct 2019
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We were guided through the jungle on a 2 day trek with Born and Bao who were really great guides. Born spoke English which was perfect and between them, they kept us safe in the jungle...especially when we came upon a viper mid-path! We were lucky enough to have our own tour for us as a couple as we were in Chi Phat in low season and the super friendly guys at the Chi Phat community office sorted the trek out when we arrived. The overnight was a really incredible experience and walking through dense jungle and through a couple of wide rivers was an exciting way to explore the mountains. The food was some of the best we ate whilst away and we will definitely not forget this amazing place. Thank you!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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