Finally I Get to Be a Tourist and Experience the Ecotourism that CBET Offers: Biking, Hiking and Boating in the Cardamom Mountain Rain Forest.
June 1-2. Guides, trails, food and a cook are provided for your 2 to 4 day camping excursion. Visit http://www.chi-phat.org for more information. My first excursion is a 12.5 kilometer mountain bike ride to O'Malu Water Falls. My guide, bungalow builder and proprietor, friend and Green Ambassador: Vanak Tuy; bikes up one of the many hills (above).
Two bridges we crossed on our bikes.
View from camp.
Swimming at O'Malu Water Falls.
Vanak and myself at Chhay Kpos Water Falls.
My second excursion is a hike through the rain forest to Damnak Khos Bird Watching Camp.
Carnivorous Pitcher Plant on the left.
The reason for long pants, long sleeved shirts, and pants tucked into socks: Jumping Leaches.
Also watch out for spiders and vines.
Our lunch stop.
Our camp is on the Stung Prat river. Bird watching at sunrise was awesome.
We take a beautiful scenic boat ride back to Chi Phat.
A very special dinner with the Green Ambassadors. I feel very priviledged to get to know them over the two weeks I spent in Chi Phat, especially the girls. About the Cambodian people - very kind, gentle, never angry, and the most polite people I have ever met in my travels of 26 countries. Even when my tuk tuk driver hit a scooter, no harsh words or looks were exchanged.
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Della Barbato has been an informal environmental educator since 2006.