Have a plan for Khmer New Year yet? I bet it’s time to get out of the hot bustling city and experience something new. Take some time to slow down and enjoy life at your own pace by planning a trip to Chi Phat.
Chi Phat is Community-Based Eco -Tourism (CBET) site located about 20 kilometres away from Andong Teuk village on Road 48, which links Koh Kong province to the Thai border.
I was with the team of seven people on a mission to make a documentary of the scenic views from this remote resort town, and on my own personal mission to experience the traditional lifestyle Chi Phat has to offer over two nights and three days.
The CBET offers a variety of green activities suitable for all ages. There are different tour packages you can choose from, or you can make your own.
During the day, you can go biking, hiking and camping – you’ll inevitably take a swim in a cool, fresh waterfall.
Don’t worry about food ?and security, because the CBET will prepare you for your journeys with a guide, food and anything else you need.
Night time offers a range of spectacular and romantic activities. You can take a boat ride along the river, where you’ll witness fireflies and fisherman trapping lobsters.
You can even join the fishermen to learn their skills, and have dinner over a seafood barbeque on a bank of white sand with a cold drink in the cool evening air.
Regarding accommodation, Chi Phat doesn’t have any five-star hotels. But, having an authentic experience is what draws tourists to the destination.
You can choose to stay in guesthouse or have a home stay with local villagers. There are also bungalows along the river.
Make your way through the jungle at night; enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of nature. When the sun rises, you’ll be woken up by bird songs instead of your alarm clock.
Please note that the electricity in Chi Phat will be cut off after 11pm.
My recommendation for a must-do activity is to watch the stars when the whole village turns completely dark. You won’t see the stars shine as bright across the sky anywhere else in our Kingdom.
What are you waiting for? Make a plan now with your family or friends. Anyone with a spirit for adventure and who wants to go green will have a trip of a lifetime.
For booking or more information, you can always check the website at http://ecoadventurecambodia.com.