Chi Phat Community

Trek, cycle, kayak or boat in the Cardamon Mountains to discover the real, peaceful Cambodia, far from the crowds. Guides, once poachers, lead you on jungle treks to waterfalls, grasslands and mountains that they know well, but few others have seen. Stay overnight in village homestays to truly experience local life!

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Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature, Off the Beaten Path, Cultural Immersion and Active Adventure


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Locally Owned Community Project
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Speaks: English and Khmer

Why Lokal Recommends Chi Phat Community


Community Project started in 2007| Locally Owned

A Unique Story

In 2007 Wildlife Alliance started a program in the Chi Phat area in the Cardamom Mountains to educate and help the community make their living from tourism instead of animal trafficking.

Community Connection

Villagers operate homestays, guest houses, motorbike taxi services, and restaurants, giving visitors insight into rural life in Cambodia. CBET Committee members are elected to lead the management of the project and provided ongoing training as they perform bookings, arrange itineraries, do accounting, and oversee community ranger patrols. A community waste management system has also been developed - one of the first of its kind in Cambodia.

Environmental Engagement

Villagers who once roamed the forest to deplete it of its environmental heritage are now employed as guides leading trekking, mountain-biking, camping, and river boat tours through the wilderness surrounding both communities. Over 200 kilometers of hiking trails meander through the jungle, leading to natural wonders in the rainforest, deserted waterfalls, campsites, and post-Angkorian burial jar sites.


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