Cambodia trekking tour in Mondulkiri forest with the elephants
Do you want to live an adventure in the wilderness, and in close contact with local populations? We offer a trekking tour in Cambodia, in Mondolkiri forest, a stunning custom-made holiday in Asia where you will spend some time in the homes of Khmer communities, getting an insight on the history, customs and traditions of ethnic minorities.Read more
Do you want to live an adventure in the wilderness, and in close contact with local populations? We offer a trekking tour in Cambodia, in Mondolkiri forest, a stunning custom-made holiday in Asia where you will spend some time in the homes of Khmer communities, getting an insight on the history, customs and traditions of ethnic minorities.
The guides who will accompany you are experienced in trekking and excursions throughout Cambodia and they will lead you into the heart of the mountainous regions of Mondulkiri.
Here are the highlights of your trip and tailor-made tour:
Your vacation will be a trip off the beaten path, to discover a different world from what you're used to: you just have to prepare the backpack and hiking boots!
Arrive in Siem Reap, welcome and check in to the hotel.
Transfer to Chao Srei Vibol, small archaeological site near Siem Reap, overnight in a local family home.
This morning you will go from village to village, crossing the red landscape of Beng Mealea. Along the way you will have the opportunity to observe the quiet lifestyle of Cambodia and craft activities (blacksmith , barber, palm sugar farmers etc).
Then visit the temple of Beng Mealea, still hidden in the deep jungle. By car you'll then move to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain of the Khmer. The pilgrims climb the hill to pray at the feet of a reclining Buddha statue. Then you will reach the famous waterfall.
After lunch hiking on small trails through the forest leading to the village where you will spend the night in a local family house. ( 5-6 hours trekking).
Today you'll travel to Bantey Srei, a Hindu temple dating back to the 10th century, approximately 35 km from Angkor site and dedicated to god Shiva. At the end of the visit, transfer to Siem Reap and overnight in a hotel.
Visit Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer empire: it covers and area of about 9 sqkm and here you can find several monuments, with majestic Bayon mountain-temple rising in the middle. Overnight in a hotel.
Visit world famous Angkor Wat archaeological site, symbol of Cambodia and the largest temple ever built in the world. Overnight in a hotel.
Transfer to Tonle Sap Lake to see the floating villages and meet the local population. Overnight in a local family home.
Transfer to Kampong Cham, the third city of Cambodia on the banks of river Mekong. Overnight in a hotel.
Transfer to Mondulkiri to get ready for the trekking in the rainforest ahead. Overnight in a local family home.
This morning we'll set off by car to reach and discover the village of the Bunong community. Artisans will open their doors to introduce visitors to their activities. You'll continue on to resume the trekking path in the rainforest accompanied by the elephants, which you'll be able to approach.
You can feed them their favorite food, bananas and bamboo. Accompanied by their mahouts (elephant breeders), they will let you observe them. Then continue along the waterfall. This is the time to share a few moments with the Bunong, learning more about their daily lives and the life in the rainforest.
Lunch near the waterfall and tasting of traditional dishes prepared by the mahout. It will be possible to swim in the waterfall, with the elephants, during their daily bath. In the afternoon you'll continue with the trek through the rainforest of Mondulkiri through rivers, woods and fields. Dinner and overnight in a local family home. (Day hiking about 3-4 hours).
Second day of hiking in another area of Mondulkiri. You will visit a coffee plantation with some coffe tasting. Then it's on until you reach a beautiful waterfall. Swimming and picnic on the banks. The hike will then continue to the remote village of the Phnong minority crossing valleys and rivers to Sen Monorom ( 5-6 hour walk depending on the season). Overnight in a guest house.
Transfer to Kratie, a Cambodian center on Mekong river. Overnight in a hotel.
Transfer to Phnom Penh, capital city of Cambodia, and sightseeing of its main attractions. Overnight in a hotel.
Day in Phnom Penh and further sightseeing.
Transfer to the airport and end of service.
Min. 4 people