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5 Days
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cambodia

Spend time with the Chambok Community and experience the Khmer traditional life.

Spend time with the Chambok community and experience the Khmer traditional life first hand.

Why this experience is unique?

  • Traditional Khmer culture
  • Bird Exploration
  • Authentic and organic food
  • Hiking experience
Experience Details

Embark on a journey to live with the Khmer traditional community of Chambok. Spend time with the villagers and learn about their culture to understand the history of Chambok. Try your hand learning how to make the local handicraft with the women. Try the local  cuisines at the All Women’s Restaurant. Learn how community based tourism gave the people of Chambok a new way of livelihood. Trek to a series of  Chambok waterfalls, go for a swim in the river, learn about the local agricultural practices, before you head to the Kirirom National Park for camping. Spend a night listening to the local folklore under a starry night on top of a local peak- Koun Khlang mountain . 

Your Day by Day Journey
Arrive & Explore Chambok: Day 1 and 2
  • Arrive in Chambok
  • Khmer dance performance
  • Landscape exploration

Day 1Check in and Settle

On the arrival in Chambok, you’ll be greeted by the local community representative. Check in to your homestay and relax for a while. In the evening, head to the community information centre, and find out more about the interesting history of Chambok and the local area. Enjoy a local Khmer dance performance performed by the local children and end your night with the traditional dinner served by women restaurant

Day 2Trek to the Chambok Waterfall

On the second day of the trip, you will start your journey to the Chambok waterfall on a bicycle or an ox-cart to where the road ends. Trek to the Chambok waterfall, rejuvenate in the cold water and spend time exploring the nearby bat cave. On your way back, spend time with the locals to learn how to make the local handicraft by yourself.

Day 3 and 4 : Anglong Rath and Phnom Kun Kleng
  • Trek to the Anglong Rath stream
  • Bat Caves Exploration
  • Kirirom National Park

Day 3Anglong Rath stream

Post breakfast, spend time exploring around the Chambok community, visiting the different villages and understand in detail about the local culture and how is it different from others. Visit the local women’s restaurant for lunch before heading towards the famous Anglong Rath natural stream. Soak your feet in the pool and relax yourself listening to the local folklore from your guide. Climb up a 50 meter hill to get a good view of the Chambok community.

Day 4 Camping in the Kirirom National Park

Head to the Kirirom National Park via trekking along the community forest and Kirirom pine forest. Enjoy the breathtaking views along the way. Enjoy your packed lunch on the way, in the forest . Relax for a while before continuing your journey to Kirirom national park and visit Phnom Kun Kleng mountain where you’l setup your camp for the night. Enjoy learning how to cook survival food in the middle of pine forest with our local guide. End the day under a starry night.

Time to bid adieu: Day 5
  • Plant a tree
  • Bid Farewell

Day 5Time to bid Adieu

Wake up early in the morning, have picnic breakfast cooked by your tour guide. Short walk back to main road from where you will be taken back to the Chambok community by a car. After reaching Chambok, plant your own tree with your name on the sign board as souvenir. Have lunch at the women’s restaurant before saying good bye to the local villager. Your trip ends with your transfer to the capital Phnom Penh.

What it includes?

3-night accommodation at the homestay.
Meals (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
Local guide
Entrance fee to the National Park
Camping Tents and hammocks

What it excludes?

Air fare
Travel visa and insurance
Car transfer from/to Phnom Penh
Insurance
Trekking equipment

Is this Experience right for you?

Are you travelling because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living a village life in the traditional huts excite you? Are you ready to truly live the local lifestyle? If your answer is yes, take up this experience that will transport you to a different world. You might not get the internet here but you will also not feel the need for it as you will be busy exploring the unique sites, mountain views, and village life. The luxury here is living at the beautiful mountain destination, getting freshly cooked organic food at every meal, and having happy locals offering their warm hospitality.

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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