In January 2007, Chi Phat commune, with financial and technical assistance from Wildlife Alliance and its partners, began implementing the first phases of our Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) project. CBET aims to provide villagers with economically and ecologically sustainable income opportunities through tourism and help them protect the biodiversity and natural resources of the area against illegal logging, wildlife poaching, and land encroachment, while providing tourists with a unique green adventure in some rarely visited rural villages of the Southern Cardamoms.
Wildlife Alliance has supported CBET in Chi Phat by carrying out both activities and training with the villagers. These have both made Chi Phat a more comfortable place to stay and made its beautiful sites more accessible.
We offer our visitors a guesthouse (1 room for 2 people) as well as one home stay for 2 people max. They are all basic accommodations with fan, mosquito net and separate bathroom facilities.
Farming, fishing, local trading.
Needs for capacity building: training on CBET business management (financial management, income and expense reports, bookkeeping), marketing and promotion, organizational development strategy, product design, activity impact as well as guiding and group leading skills.
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Web Site: www.ecoadventurecambodia.com
Destination Overview: Covering 6% of Cambodia, the Cardamom Mountains are home to endangered and threatened species like Asian elephants, Indochinese tigers, Malayan Sun Bears, Pileated Gibbons, and Siamese crocodiles as well as the Irrawaddy and humpback dolphins in coastal areas. The Cardamoms are part of the Indo-Burma hotspot, an internationally recognized biodiversity hotspot, hosting more than half of Cambodia’s 2,300 bird species.
How to get There: Chi Phat is located on the Phipot River, about 20 kms upstream from Andong Teuk village. Transportation to Andong Teuk village: From Phnom Penh: Bus departs from Phnom Penh at 7:00 AM or 8:00 AM from Mao Tse Tung Blvd, to Koh Kong town. Be sure to ask the bus driver to drop you off at Andong Teuk village. From Andong Teuk, take a boat to Chi Phat. Chi Phat Public Boat: – Departs from Andong Teuk to Chi Phat under the bridge on the eastern (Phnom Penh) side of the river 12:00 PM daily (about 2 – 2.5 hours trip). We also have CBET charters for groups, which you must request in advance. By moto taxi with the CBET moto taxi ($7 for about 30 minutes, depending on seasonal availability). IMPORTANT NOTE: Please call our office at 092 720 925 or 092 720 925 if you are unsure of prices or services.
Weather: Rain showers May to June, tropical monsoon July to October and dry season November to April.
What do I have to take to visit the place: Long sleeve clothing, hat, walking shoes and an adventurer’s spirit!
Payments and Currencies: The local currency is the Riel, but you can pay in US$ There are no banks in the area, so be sure to bring cash.
- Electricity: There is no electricity in town. The guesthouse uses a private generator from 6 to 10 P.M. Homestays use private generators too, if available.
- Internet: In the Visitors’ Centre for emergencies only!
- Drinkable water: People drink water from wells, but you can buy bottled water too.
- Phone/Cell phone: Cell phone signal in town.
- Health services: There is a basic village centre in Chi Phat. More serious injuries will require a trip to Phnom Penh or Bangkok, Thailand.
- Grocery stores: Local sellers of different commodity goods.
- Restaurants: In the CBET Visitors’ Centre, noodle shops around the market.
Languages spoken: Khmer.
Hazards: The jungle hosts a variety of animals like snakes, scorpions and spiders. Please stay on the trails and in designated camping areas and walk or cycle behind your guide. It is advised to wear your shoes at all times when on tour and especially at night.
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