VC30A Chi Phat Discovery ( 3 days / 2 nights )
Phnom Penh - Chi Phat - Phnom Penh
Day 1 Phnom Penh – Chi Phat Community-based Ecotourism (Chi Phat CBET)
From Phnom Penh you will drive southwest to Andoung Teuk, a riverside community in Koh Kong. From there, you may continue to Chi Phat by boat (year round) or by car (dry season between September and May). Should you prefer a boat trip, embark a local wooden boat for approximately 2 hours upstream along Chi Phat River (previously known as Piphot River) where the beautiful scenery of lush forests and traditional villages lay quietly in the background. Should a trip by road be preferred, drive directly through a huge sugarcane field for approximately half an hour before arriving at the pier opposite Chi Phat Dock for a ferry across the river. Upon arrival in the small secluded Chi Phat Village, you will receive a warm welcome at the CBET office with a short presentation about the activities of the project. Then settle into the appropriate accommodation, either in a guesthouse or a homestay (please be kindly informed that both options are equipped with basic facilities and mosquito nets). Afterwards, take a guided walk to Chhay Chrey Rapids (approximately 2km away) where you may swim and relax. This offers you an opportunity to observe the daily life of the friendly and curious villagers along the way. CBET motor taxi will facilitate the travel between the rapids and the Reforestation Project Nursery (approximately 3km away). Here you may learn more about the project before heading for a sunset over on Phnom Trangol (Bald Mountain).
Overnight in Chi Phat Cbet. [Lunch, Dinner]
Day 2 Chi Phat – Phnom Peang Boran (Jar Site) – Chi Phat
Jar trail is a very scenic trail named after an important archaeological burial site of clay jars and wooden coffins. The trail leads you through the jungle and across fresh water streams in a low mountainous area where elephants frequently pass by. After having breakfast prepared by the CBET cooking group at the CBET office, you may embark on your adventurous mountain biking trip with your local guide through the forest accompanied by wild bird songs to the O’Ampov campsite. You will explore O’ Spott (Dragon Fish River) and hike through a banana field down to a hidden bat cave under a four metre high waterfall. Then continue around 2.8km to reach a nearby Teuk Vet Waterfall (Curve River) where you may take a dip in the pool and enjoy a packed lunch at the O’ Ampov campsite. Cycle on to the next attraction, and then hike up the mountain and cliff to the 300-500 year old ancient jars and wooden coffins (popularly believed to hold the remains of early Khmer people). This place was first discovered by a villager who was searching for sandal wood in 1984.
Overnight in Chi Phat Cbet. [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
Day 3 Departure
Drive back to Phnom Penh.
One day optional extension after day 2:
FD: Chi Phat – Sunrise Boat Crusie & Bird Watching to Damnak Khos – Chi Phat
Board a local motorboat before dawn and navigate along a hazy brook. Enjoy a packed breakfast onboard as the boat leaves Chi Phat River at Vong Kroch kick point up to the calm and twisting Proat River (Cattle Skin Cord River), which is a watercourse penetrating deep into the beautifully protected forest of the Cardamom Mountains.
After hours of sailing around 10.3km, it is time not to disturb the environment, birds and other wildlife and we will transferred to a traditional rowboat or Kayak dependent on preference and continue upstream (kayaking is subject to availability as there are only 8 available, 5SGL & 3DBL). Traditional rowboats or kayak enables us to indulge ourselves in a calm nature of Cardamom Mountains Rain Forest without disturbances. We are assured not just only to hear the sound of birdcalls but also to catch a glimpse of Hornbills and Silver Langour’s that feed of the river bank fruit trees.
Eventually, we will get off the rowboat/kayak when the boat arrives at a small clearing in Damnak Khos. After lunch, trek around the Damnak Khos and explore the conservative forest while others may choose to continue bird watching upstream with row boats/kayaks before coming back to the CBET office.