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“Good guide, good trek, great day!”

Bunong Elephant Project
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We at the Bunong Elephant Project strive to provide tours and elephant encounters that are ethical both to the welfare of the animals and to the indigenous communities here in Mondulkiri. In our elephant experience, visitors do not ride the elephants but do get to walk with them in the jungle, feed them by hand, and bathe them in the river. This kind of elephant encounter is very enjoyable and allows visitors to experience elephants being elephants in their natural habitat! We also offer jungle treks and sight seeing tours. Please visit our website to find out more and get in touch.
Reviewed July 29, 2013

We did a one day elephant walk with Mondulkiri Adventures. We chose not to ride the elephant and instead just let the elephant show us the way. We had a fantastic day, and the elephant seemed to enjoy itself even better. She ate, drink and did anything an elephant should do. Guide Mr Torn explained us about the life of the both the elephant as the local people.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

My husband and I had a fantastic 3 day trek with Torn and his nephew who are from a local Bunong village. Torn shared with us a lot about the Bunong culture and way of life and even showed us how to cook in the traditional way using bamboo and locally picked jungle vegetables. The trek included walking with and washing one of the village's elephants for half a day, swims in waterfalls and 2 nights sleeping in a hammock. The first night we spent in his Uncle's family house which gave us great insight into their way of life and another night sleeping by a waterfall in the jungle. Torn was very attentive and put extra care into making sure we were well looked after, for example, by making sure we didn't slip when we crossed the rivers and even got a splinter out of my foot for me. Meals were always excellent. Thanks Torn for making our trek in Mondulkiri such a great experience!!

3  Thank Jessica K
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We did the one day elephant trek with Mondulkiri Adventures. Our guide Mr. Torn speaks very good English and is very knowledgeable about the local people, their customs and and told us many interesting facts about elephants and their role within the social life of the villagers. A short hike later we met an elephant in the middle of the jungle. After introduction and banana exchange the gentle animal allowed us to ride on her back like the Mahouts (elephant drivers) do, not in a shaky basket. Overall we had a very enjoyable time and also learned a lot. After lunch and a bath with the impressive animal we rode back to our starting place. Unfortunately it started to rain heavily, we were quickly soaked and the hike back was a bit slippery. So do bring sturdy shoes and ponchos if weather is uncertain.

2  Thank Michael F
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I had the pleasure to deal with Mr Torn 3 times already.
He never disapointed me and always surprised me with attentive and very reliable service.

Last time, we were supposed to be a group of 10 and leave for a 3-days trek. For some reasons, we ended up 6 people for a 2-days trek. On a very short notice (half a day) he managed to change everything and offer us a memorable journey in the jungle.

He is the man !

It is not just the service but the human itself that is memorable. He spent the night with us, shared liters of rice wine and hours of laugh while telling us unique stories about Cambodia, Mondulkiri province, his work for the WWF etc.

Don't rely on your guest house to organise a trip for you.
Rely ONLY on Mondulkiri Adventures Tours.

Finally, it is globally cheaper than any other company in Sen Monorom, with a much better service !

1  Thank EclipseSkyBar
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

We got "Mondulkiri Adventures Day Tours" recommended by our tour guide in Kratie, who has been to school with one of the two guides. We got Minea as a guide and Wane as a forest ranger. It was a nice highlight in our two weeks holidays in Cambodia:
1) Minea told us all sorts of stories about the local culture and customs, especially from the Phunong people.
2) Wane, himself from the Phunong people, was an outstanding forest ranger: he knew the forest like his pocket and could arrange for short cuts or change last minute the plans if he noticed that we wouldn't make it before sun set or when a way was full of leeches! Plus Wane was our contact with the Phunong culture. He has been catching frog from the river for dinner, cooking on wood fire bananas and a sort of potatoe, playing flute to scare the tigers ...
3) Minea and Wane were both fantastic cooks: they've been cooking delicious meals that we wouldn't have expected in the middle of the forest, cut of all signs of civilization.
4) Both our guide and forest ranger took great care of us in general: we didn't have to worry about anything. They chose the best spots, cooked, did the thinking and the strategies and we just had to enjoy the breathtaking views, the swimming in the rivers and waterfalls and our trekking in a wonderful region.
5) Minea organised the cab for our transfer from Sen Monorom to PP on our last day in Sen Monorom, and came early morning to make sure the cab was there. We appreciated very much his attitude!

Now there are couple of points to be improved:
1) We found the start of our trekking experience not very well organised: food, water, hammocks etc were all still lying in the car's booth and it took the guides another 30 min before we took off to pack. We assumed that this should have been already done the day before or on the same morning before they came to fetch us.
2) They realised they didn't have backpacks big enough to transport all the water and hammocks with mosquito nets. They asked us to take some of it whereas we only had small day backpacks. That would have been no problem, but they should have told us in advance, at least we would have brought the appropriate bigger backpacks. So we ended up improvising ways to tarnsport the extra weight. One of us had too much weight with an unappropriate backpack, which made his shoulders and back suffer during the three days trekking. That overshadowed a bit his trip in the Mondulkiri: he couldn't enjoy fully the experience.
3) Because we couldn't transport all the planned water, we ran out from bottled water after the second day. We had to boil water from the river on the third day to survive the heat.
4) We were promised trekking in the "deep jungle" and what we got was forest and bush trekking with couple of spots that looked like jungle.Plus trees are systematically cut in this forest, and even sometimes burnt to make space for some rice planting. Very sad!
So if you're a jungle connoisseur and wanna have the real deep jungle thrill, make sure you get what you want. Wane mentioned that he could have taken us to deep jungle but the path we did was the one our guide in Kratie asked him to do. We regretted that there was no possible flexibility on this point, although we complained from the very beginning that this was not deep jungle like we were promised.
So if you wanna do deep jungle, either insist enough on the point, mentioning that forest and bush walks are not what you're after or just arrange the trekking with WWF, cause the WWF forest is supposed to be the REAL deep jungle. We heard that there are even possibilities to see the animals come to a pond and gather to drink some water. Plus they seem to have relatively confortable bungalows or camping facilities ... all to be checked!

Once more we had a fantastic time in the Mondulkiri forest with Mondulkiri Adventures Tours, although we didn't have the same definition of deep jungle. The forest we saw was very beautiful too, it had fantastic rivers and waterfalls, and in a place you've got a breathtaking view on the forest.

Thank kizkouz
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