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Chi Phat - Day Tours
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Rianne wrote a review Dec 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands56 contributions47 helpful votes
We did a private jungle tracking with 1 night in a hammock. It was an exciting experience. We had lunch at a small water with lots of beautiful butterflies, enjoyed a delicious lunch created there by our chef and saw birds and even a gibbon which was a real bonus. If you are lucky you even can see elephants at the waterhole. At the end of the trip we had lunch at the guides home where we have experienced the real cambodian life.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Charlotte N wrote a review Oct 2019
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We went as a couple and were not after a fancy holiday, but much more an adventure which was what we got. The staff at the office were so welcoming and friendly and planned everything that we asked of them. We were able to book a jungle trek for the next day on arrival, we booked a homestay on arrival also. The homestay was a really great experience for us as we had been staying in hotels previously. We really enjoyed our time at Chi Phat and learned quite a bit about the village from the guides on the trek and the locals. The local bus we took to get back to Phnom Penh was the only part I would not recommend. Get the boat or the scooter back to Andoueng Tuek. The local bus was broken, I had to sit in the middle of two seats (so on a gap) on the worst most bumpy road out of the village and then for a further 6 hours! This wasn't the communities fault, we asked to be booked on to this bus as we heard from another traveller that it was cheap. Apart from that-all great!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Sophie. wrote a review Apr 2019
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Fantastic village! The local people are beautiful and truly want to look after you. The children love to learn new words in English and to show you the pretty places for pictures ! Keep in mind that this is realy an authentic place to visit, wonderful but not your average holiday destination. The best part of our visit to cambodia was seeing how the locals of Chi Phat lived and going to visit the wildlife release station. We would like to return for a trip to the water falls and to see the bat caves. If you ask to speak to Leyhay he will help you with anything :). Great tour guide. Oh would recommend not to visit in the hotest season of the year like we did, 41 degrees was too much for my weak english immune system :). Also make sure you walk to the river at sunset :) one of the children told us too and he was right, magical views ! you can even spot HUGE otters!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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travelib wrote a review Jan 2019
Manchester121 contributions104 helpful votes
A big Tip. Don’t bother with online booking on their website. I booked 6 months in advance then when I reconfirmed 2 weeks before, it was obvious they had no record of my booking, so I filled in their form again and got an emailed acknowledgement, When we arrived, they had no record of any booking! A lot is made of you not being able to choose the actual accommodation, only the kind of place. This is wrong, when you arrive, you are asked where you would like. Some places are miles from the village, some are very basic, for $15 a night we chose bungalows at Sun Bear - off the main road but only 400 metres from the office. It was a good choice with a spotlessly clean, well-equipped newly built room in a shady garden. Food here is exceptionally good and incredibly cheap. Food in the office canteen is OK, tasty and not too expensive for very filling meals although there was no sign of the coffee at breakfast we were told was available. We didn’t find visiting the village cheap however. If you don’t want to wait for the scheduled boat - It waits for the Phnom Penh bus to arrive around 1.30pm - you pay $30 to hire the whole boat for the 2 hour transfer. Only motorbike transport is available by the 45 minute road journey (cost $7) - no use if you have bigger bags. If you have plenty of time and energy, the guided cycle rides get good reports, some walks less so. One American walker was hacked off to walk about 12 km back to the village along the hot, dusty road at the end of a 2 day trek. ‘You would have thought motorbikes could have picked us up as that part of the walk wasn’t pleasant,’ he told us. If you use their village trail map, beware, it isn’t accurate. The path around the ‘round pond’ leaving the village isn’t distinct, we found ourselves way off route, missing that part of the ride. Also the supposedly picturesque section to butterfly island needs a helicopter as the bridge is down and the pretty path could be renamed dusty narrow lane with nothing to see. In main tourist Dry Season the waterfall and rapids are reduced to a trickle, but they are both good places to stop in the shade. ALSO They tried to overcharge us $10 for the return boat. Despite us paying $30 for the boat, another couple joined us which wasn't a problem, except the fare is $10 per person. Only after I made a fuss was I returned $10. Yes - I can afford $10, but this was a blatant tourist rip-off.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Marie B wrote a review Nov 2018
3 contributions7 helpful votes
Chi Phat is very poorly managed: it is the worst tourism experience I had in Cambodia and I've been living here for 3 years. We spent only 1 day 2 nights there and simply NOTHING worked: we spent our time on the phone, had so many problems about everything, the "trek" was just walking on the road under the sun for 28km with the motorbikes passing by, half of the activities mentioned were not available, the guide was not English-speaking, and among other problems (like being abandoned in Andong Teuk at 8PM and having to find a guesthouse by ourselves) we were scammed for the bus tickets, sold 13 USD instead of 5 USD, for a broken bus overbooked (so we didn't even have a proper seat). In a word: DO NOT GO THERE. It is a very stressful and frustrating experience, absolutely NOT holidays.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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