Spanning nearly 11 million acres in southwest Cambodia the Cardamom Mountains are a vast mosaic of interlocking eco-systems from wildlife-rich rainforest to coastal mangroves. It's a wonderful place to get back to nature with conservation activities, treks in search of wildlife, kayaking or simply sitting back and soaking up the incredible vistas.
Formerly a stronghold for Khmer Rouge fighters, much of the Cardamom Mountains is covered in dense forest and remains largely inaccessible, however there are plenty of pockets to explore that showcase the area's biodiversity in all its glory.
One such area is Botum Sakor National Park, which is a haven for a remarkable number of species that are endangered (and in some cases extinct) elsewhere in the world, including Asian elephants, Indochinese tigers, clouded leopards, pileated gibbons, Malaysian sun bears and a small population of Siamese crocodiles. We're delighted to feature the Cardamom Tented Camp, an eco-tourism provider which works closely with the Wildlife Alliance. Activities for guests at the camp include patrolling with forest rangers, setting up camera traps to monitor local wildlife, learning survival skills, cataloguing flora and fauna in conservation areas, kayaking and self-guided hikes.
Also within Botum Sakor National Park is the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, whose floating tents bob gently on the tranquil waters of the River Tatai. Only accessible by boat, this eco-tourism destination, is perfectly at one with the rainforest, mountains and river that surrounds it. During a stay, you can visit Tatai Waterfall by boat, hear the symphony of the rainforest with a jungle trek, see the sky light up with a nightly sunset cruise and explore the Koh Kong Khnong mangroves.
GMT +7 hours
Cambodian Riel is the official currency, however US dollars are essential in small denominations and are often more useful than the local currency.
Botum Sakor National Park is 4 hours by road from Phnom Penh followed by a boat journey to each lodge.
The coolest and most pleasant season runs from November to February, before it heats up during March to June. The rainy season tends to fun from July to October, but occasional rain can be expected from mid-April. September and October is when the most rain falls and the river can rise quite dramatically.
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