Cardamom Tented Camp

Cardamom Tented Camp

48 National Road In the Heart of Botum Sakor National Park, Trapeang Rung 09254 Cambodia
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Cardamom Tented Camp is home to nine comfortable safari-style tents located inside Botum Sakor National Park that minimize the human footprint on the natural world and serve as a role model in promoting sustainable tourism practices in the park and within Cambodia as a whole.
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48 National Road In the Heart of Botum Sakor National Park, Trapeang Rung 09254 Cambodia
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Pochentong Airport
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brian081 wrote a review Feb 2020
Barton under Needwood, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There were only 6 staying at the resort when we there. All different nationalities. This did make it slightly awkward at eating times. The tents are adequate and serve a purpose. It’s not luxurious! Each tent has a loo and shower (outside)which work ok (toilet paper in separate bin) there are power sockets. We were up early each day and after breakfast which was bread juice egg and bacon, set off on a hike. Our guide just for the 2 of us was excellent. We could not fault him. (Peiru)A credit to Cardamon! His English was good and escorted us through 5 km of jungle. There are other walks which are easier to follow. A guide not needed. Kayaking was good you could take one out whenever. We were not exactly sure who was in charge or “managing”the resort whilst we there. There were only a few of us so perhaps the manager had some time off. The staff very friendly and service good. No real issues.food was ok it was basic chicken or pork and small prawns ( 2 each! ) With lots of rice and vegetables. There is not a lot to do other than kayaking or hiking. Our guide also took me out fishing (didn’t catch anything!) it’s not on the itinerary but was welcomed. If you coming from UK buy a mobile data package or abroad package for your mobile. I could get 3 g. 3 nights is plenty. I would not bother having any more.
We did manage to see monkeys, squirrels. Lots of birds. Didn’t bump into any bears leopards or other exotic animals. Done it now so would not come again. The concern I have is that it was not very busy . It needs guests to come to survive so if you are coming to Cambodia add a couple of nights to your itinerary. You will not regret it.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Maja G wrote a review Apr 2023
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our 2 night stay with Alan and his team. It was great taking a longtail boat to our accommodation as it made the trip all the more exciting. Swimming off the jetty was our highlight for all of us, mostly for our 14 & 17 year old boys. The water is the perfect temperature and so very clean! We enjoyed our kayak trip too. Food was plentiful although I would perhaps suggest less is more. Great to have water bottle filled up with filtered water - perhaps making them available in the bathroom for teeth brushing might be a nice touch too. Although we had no hot water in our shower, it didn't seem to matter as it was so hot outside that a nice cool shower was just what we needed. I hope Alan and his team can continue the good work they do in a constant changing and challenging environment. Keep up the good work.
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Date of stay: April 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Perhaps ask about an evening safari? We were not offered one but I'm pretty sure there was...
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Adam C wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spend 3 nights at the Cardamom Tented Camp and had a really wonderful time. The people who work there are amazing, the food and accommodations are great, and in conjunction with Wildlife Alliance, this establishment really cares for and looks after the environment, the jungle, and all the precious animals. Allen Michaud, the manager, saw that I wanted some solo time in the jungle so he arranged a number of private guided treks for me (at no extra charge) even though he was short-staffed. Sinam Shasiko is the best jungle guide and he knows so much about the wildlife in the area. I learned so much from him and I feel so grateful for his friendship. Lastly, Theara Kuoy who works there also became a friend of mine and we spent hours talking about Cambodian culture, history, law, and politics. I was a solo traveler on this trip but I was never really alone and I was so happy to make such great friends at the Cardamom Tented Camp.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: I think Tiger 1 is the best tent :)
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Wendy M wrote a review Jun 2020
Sevenoaks
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After one has had to take a long drive over poor roads and then a short walk to a river and then a half hour trip on a small boat with only enough room for four guests and their luggage it is wonderful to be welcomed at a beautiful teak open air restaurant and lounge area . The staff were actually waiting with cold towels and cooling drinks. To then discover that have 3 types of gin at the bar is simply breathtaking!
The tents are very "glamping" and exceedingly comfortable they even have built in USB charging ports the bedside tables!

Food is very good and the service is wonderful. We enjoyed our jungle walks and our river kayaking expeditions.
Another highlight was to be welcomed back into camp (at the far edge, well away from the main building) by a staff member waiting there with cold drinks and towels. Made us feel like royalty!
There were not very many animals in evidence while we were there but there was evidence that plenty of diverse animals do pass through. We did see the monkeys though and the birdlife and plants were fascinating
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Tyler A wrote a review Oct 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our experience at Cardamom Mountains Tented Camps was truly exceptional. The staff ensured that, from start to finish, we were well-looked after.
Transport from Phnom Penh is easy: we caught a bus from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong which stops at a small village, where the Cardamom Camp staff will pick you up. It is a short (and picturesque) boat ride to the camp itself, where you're welcomed with lunch, cool drinks and towels. Planning the trip by bus was the only [slightly] tricky bit in terms of timing, but if you arrange a private driver from Phnom Penh, which is also very affordable, you'll have no problem.
A highlight of the experience is the food (if you're lucky enough to get the Chocolate Lava Cake for dessert in the evening, you're in for a treat - it's the best we've ever had!).
The tents are luxurious. Beds are comfortable, mosquito nets are secure and the facilities were top-notch.
A highlight is the hike to the ranger station. You'll kayak up a beautiful section of the river, then hike back through the forest. The guides are experienced and will help you spot local wildlife, including gibbons and kingfisher that occupy the parkland around the camp.
They have an honest and simple mission, grounded in wildlife preservation. We cannot recommend this experience highly enough.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sam K wrote a review Feb 2024
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The positives; all the staff were outstanding, they were friendly, efficient and dedicated.
The tents and facilites are fantastic, they have thought of everything and given the location that is an incredible feat.
The food was absolutely delicious.
Allan and his family were delightful, and obviously dedicated to the project and improving the situation for wildlife in Cambodia.
The location is exceedingly beautiful, there's zero pollution or litter, truly a little piece of paradise.
Your money is going to a very worthy cause, putting money into conservation in a very practical way and they make a huge effort to be as eco as possible.
The guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic

The negatives, getting there from Koh Kong direction means waiting by the roadside with just a couple of small food shacks for 3-4hrs for pick up and drop off unless you can afford a private taxi, as their boat pick up does not match the bus timetable
The guided activities are only 4 hrs plus a night tour 2 hrs, so for a 3 day, 2 night experience that's not a lot of planned activities for your dollars
We could have just been unlucky but very little wildlife was spotted during our walk, a few bugs, mushrooms, plants, not even monkeys
Much more was seen on the evening boat trip, but it was hard for me to observe anything clearly at night from a moving boat, it didn't help that tall people in front of me jumped up and down a lot and smoked
I accept that you cannot order wildlife to appear but as a budget solo traveller that really splashed out on this, it was disappointing to see so little
I used to work for the Wildlife Trust in the UK, and some simple things like bird hides, viewing platforms, feeding stations, more ID charts, nesting knowledge with live cameras would enhance the experience

Also be aware that you will be charged $80 surcharge for being solo.
I personally didn't enjoy the group dynamics of the people I was put with, on both guided tours
There was a lot of macho energy coming from them as a group and they barely spoke or responded to any conversation I initiated, one smoked during the trek and boat trip, and overall they really dominated the group and very much diminished my enjoyment
I understand group dynamics are hard to influence but they do contribute hugely to an experience, and being solo seems to give you the minority vote and consideration despite paying more than everyone else
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Traveled solo
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Gavin T. wrote a review Jun 2022
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent 2 nights at the camp with a group of friends last month. We had a fantastic time and truly enjoyed our glamping at Cardamom tented camp.

Staff were friendly, welcoming and professional. They are very knowledgeable about the jungle and it’s wonders. Accommodation’s great. My twin share tent is spacious with comfy beds and plenty of power points to recharge devices. There’s also lovely hot shower for first thing in the morning. All the electricity comes from a large solar penal outside. Standing fan is provided in the tent and it’s enough to cool the place at night.

On the 2nd day we kayaked upstream for an hour or so, followed by an easy trek in the jungle back to the lodge. We got back just before lunch and staff were waiting for us with icy cold towels. In the afternoon we just chilled in the cool river and did the zip line across the river.

All meals are included with the package and they were yummy and plentiful.

Make sure you understand this is an eco lodge in the middle of the jungle. If you are looking for a pampering, sitting by the pool sipping cocktail kinda holiday then this is not for you at all. But if you want something different and closer to nature and time-out from the bustling city life then you’ll love it.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Jess wrote a review Jul 2020
Brighton
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited when they had just opened back up post covid and was the only guest there. All of the staff went out of their way to ensure I had a great trip. Delicious vegetarian food and brilliant desserts. The accommodation was really comfortable and the bathroom was very clean with a hot, good pressure shower. The trekking and kayaking was great; the guides were very knowledgeable about the different plants and animals.
I would highly recommend visiting now to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and reduced rates!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Travel08809629213 wrote a review Dec 2023
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I had the most amazing trip to Cambodia in late November 2023, with the highlight being our adventure visiting the Cardamom Tented Camp!

All the arrangements were so well organised – with the transfers being punctual and of very high standard – and with the stay at the tented camp – absolutely perfect.

We loved the adventures that started by the boat pick-up at the nearest village to the camp – and the boat trip down the river – deep into the jungle. It was so fascinating to see the scenery change – and the deeper we went – our hectic city lives vanished and were replaced with something more real – deep in the wilderness.

The welcome at the tented lodge was so personal & special – and we loved the refreshments and insight given to the history of the area, the camp and what was ahead of us over the next three nights.

Three nights is a total must here ….. only then you are able to fully appreciate both sides of the river, through kayaking, boat trips and deep treks through the jungle.

The jungle at each side of the river offered different scenery and perspectives – and the variety across the two main hikes was much appreciated. Yes – there were leeches on the longer hike (as we were there in late November - soon after the completion of the rainier season) – but this added to the fun and excitement – and fortunately, me and my friend were well equipped with leech socks and proper hiking boots, socks and trousers. Yes – I think all guests need to read the packing instructions better!

In addition to the daily trips, which were so well organised and executed, we loved the jetty and daily swim and zip wire experiences. The evenings disappeared with time at the bar & restaurant and getting to know the other travellers and staff, as well as a great evening boat trip to spot the night life in the jungle along the river. Spooky!

All the food was delicious and so tailored to all our requirements. At no stage did we feel hungry – quite the opposite!

The accommodation!!! Loved it!!! Each glamping tent was set in the open wilderness in the flatlands at the back of the river / main buildings. Each tent was connected to the main building with a walkway – and with plenty of space between each to ensure total privacy. We loved the view through the netting each evening / night / mornings – and slept so well and comfortably until the jungle sirens woke us up at dawn. Each tent was spacious and beautifully decorated in an interior style of the past. The tent and bathroom at the back was perfectly clean – and with no insects or other animals – other than a giant gecko one evening in the shower! However – what else could we expect? We were deep in the jungle!

Finally – and what makes this place truly special – and that is each and every member of staff – led by Alan. We were so grateful for the exceptional service and commitment to ensure that we had a fabulous stay by all. We felt so privileged and special throughout the stay – and loved the insight and personal touch offered by each. Thank you all!
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Date of stay: November 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Read the packing list carefully!!!! This is a deep & real jungle experience!
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Michael S wrote a review Nov 2022
Harpenden, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for three nights at the Cardamom Tented Camp as part of a tour of Cambodia. Our tent was comfortable (amazingly so given that you are in the jungle!) although due to lightning damage to the camp's solar power there was no hot water for the shower. The staff were trying to get that fixed so hopefully this will not be the case for long.

The food was good and plentiful - there is no choice other than for breakfast (which is ordered the previous evening), with Khmer cooking for lunch and dinner.

The experience of being in the jungle is worth the trip - the cicadas, geckos and gibbons provide the soundtrack and we saw a variety of wildlife including many butterflies, monkeys, kingfishers and even a turtle in the river.

The staff were young and enthusiastic and were good guides to the kayaking and hiking activities. We would say that at the moment the camp is more set up for a two night stay rather than three so although it's quite a long drive from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville we would only do two nights if planning it again.

Overall a good visit with one star from five dropped for the hot water and lack of planned activity for the second full day.
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Date of stay: November 2022
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: As you are in the jungle, take plenty of insect repellent. You will get wet kayaking and need...
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otilia_piano asked a question Jan 2019
Singapore, Singapore199 contributions61 helpful votes
Hi. Would it be advisable to come to this remote area with a 3 years old child? Thanks
Answer from Yaana V
Hi Otilia, as we are located in the remote jungle it can be quites dangerous for inquisitive children under the age of 7 to visit. We recommend children to be above the age of 8 years old.
Countymum67 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Hawkesbury Valley, Australia39 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take mosquito spray"
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LieveL wrote a tip Jan 2024
Turnhout, Belgium34 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't expect hotel luxuries since it is a wildlife camp. This does not mean however you aren't getting incredible service."
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Cornelia Lüthy wrote a tip Dec 2023
29 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No shops or restaurants close by, the menu is set, but staff is very helpful with dietary requirements and the food is great!"
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Travel08809629213 wrote a tip Dec 2023
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Read the packing list carefully!!!! This is a deep & real jungle experience!"
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Darren wrote a tip Dec 2023
London, United Kingdom41 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There aren’t really any bugs which totally shocked me for staying in a jungle. There are leeches on the hikes, but no harm comes from then."
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