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The Cardamom Mountains in southwestern Cambodia are a biodiverse hotspot in Southeast Asia, providing a home for a wide range of plant and animal species, including endangered Asian elephants, Malayan sun bears, and Siamese crocodiles. The region also supports indigenous communities who depend on the forests and rivers for their livelihoods. Illegal logging, poaching, and agricultural conversion have posed threats to the region's biodiversity. However, recent conservation efforts have been made to protect the region and promote sustainable tourism. Visitors can join guided hikes, wildlife tours, and cultural tours to learn about the unique ecology and traditional way of life of the local communities.

EXPERIENCES

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Rainforest Trekking


The Cardamom Mountains offer some of the best trekking opportunities in Cambodia. There are several trails to choose from, ranging from easy to challenging, and you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife, stunning views and waterfalls, including the Tatai Waterfall, which is one of the largest in Cambodia. It's a great place to cool off and relax after a day of hiking or wildlife watching.

Ecotourism Project


Chi Phat, a remote village in the Cardamom Mountains, is the centre of a community-based ecotourism project that aims to protect the environment and provide sustainable livelihoods for the local population. Visitors can participate in various activities, such as trekking, mountain biking, and wildlife spotting, while supporting local conservation efforts and experiencing traditional Cambodian village life.

Boat Tour


The Tatai Waterfall, located along the Tatai River, is a picturesque spot surrounded by dense jungle. Visitors can take a boat ride to the waterfall, enjoy a refreshing swim, or relax in one of the riverside bungalows. The area also offers opportunities for bird-watching and wildlife spotting.

Areng Valley Trek


The Areng Valley, a remote region within the Cardamom Mountains, is home to several endangered species, including the Siamese crocodile and the Asian elephant. The valley is also inhabited by the indigenous Chong people, who maintain their traditional way of life. Visitors can explore the valley through guided treks, learn about local conservation efforts, and experience the culture of the Chong community.

Kayak or paddleboarding


The Cardamom Mountains are crisscrossed by numerous rivers, providing opportunities for kayaking and paddleboarding. Paddling along the calm waters allows you to enjoy the natural beauty of the region, spot wildlife, and visit remote villages and waterfalls.

Wildlife Rescue Centre


Several wildlife rescue centres operate within the Cardamom Mountains, focusing on the rehabilitation and conservation of endangered species. Visitors can volunteer at these centres to support their efforts, learn about the region's unique wildlife, and participate in conservation activities.