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Tour Code : BEO
Trip Duration: 03 Days
Activities : Cycling
Grade : Medium
Distance : 28km of cycling
 
The trip
Cycle through the Cambodian country side and feel the life style of the Cardamoms passing beautiful sceneries. Visit the small Hamlet of O’Key and the banana plantation where elephants come often to enjoy them. Swim in the clear waters of the beautiful natural pool bellow the magnificent O’Malu Waterfall, surrounded on all sides by green hills and lush trees. Board on a traditional row boat for about two hours of bird watching along the Stoeng Prat (Cattle Skin Cord) River and relax at Damnak Kos rest area.
 
At a glance
DAY 01 PHNOM PENH TO CHI PHAT. CRUISE FOR FIREFLIES.
DAY 02 CHI PHAT TO O’KEY COMMUNITY, O’MALU WATERFALL BY BIKE
DAY 03 CRUISE TO DAMNAK KOS FOR BIRD WATCHING. CHI PHAT TO PHNOM PENH BY CAR.
 
What to bring : Two changes of clothes, long pants and shirt with sleeves during the trek, good hiking 
                                          shoes, sunscreen, hat, mosquito repellent, flashlight, sarong for bathing (required for women), camera.
 
A Group Size : a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 persons
 
What’s included
Two-night at home-stay
Local Meal as indicated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
A soft drink on the fireflies night cruise and a sugar cane drink as indicated in the program
Drinking water and snow towel during excursion
Local Indigenous English Speaking Guide
Transfers to and from Phnom Penh with private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
Local boat for fireflies
Motor boat and row boat for sunrise bird watching
Mountain Bike Rental Fees
Administration Fees
Cardamom Conservation Fund contribution
 
Detailed itinerary
 
DAY 01 PHNOM PENH-CHI PHAT-FIREFLIES NIGHT CRUISE
About 0800 in the morning, depart from Phnom Penh and this drive will take about 4 hours. When start taking the national road 48, you will feel like that now you escape from the maddening crowd of the city and enjoy the scenery with mountain background and the windy road. Before the second big bridge, take a dirt road to Chi Phat for 17km and cross the river with ferry for 03 minutes. On arrival at Chi Phat office, do registration and one of the CBET staff (Community Based Ecotourism) will lead you to CBET restaurant. Enjoy your lunch with the very simple local cuisine. After lunch, you will return to the CBET office to hear about the story of this site and the objective of CBET project. Cycle or walk to the village and visit the village market. You will find the rural life such as the rooster sounding, the birds singing, the dog barking and the villagers sweeping their house compound, the cow mooing and so forth. Check-in at your home-stay. Your home-stay house owner will greet you and show your room. Have your delicious dinner at CBET restaurant. Proceed to the community dock for fireflies night cruise. Cruise along the river as the sun is setting and spot the colorful lights from fireflies on both sides of the river.  Enjoy a few drinks while drifting on the clam water surrounded by the overwhelming sound of the jungle at night. Overnight in Chi Phat.
Meals: L, D
 
DAY 02 CHI PHAT-O’KEY COMMUNITY-O’MALU WATERFALL-CHI PHAT
After breakfast at CBET restaurant, begin biking to O’Key community which is located about 10km from Chi Phat village. When you reach that community, learn something about its community and its area before proceeding to O’Malu Waterfall (3.4km). On arrival at O’Malu waterfall, swim or enjoy the waterfall. Lunch near waterfall. In the afternoon, pedal back to Chi Phat and try to spot the wildlife like plants and animals on the way. You will arrive Chi Phat about 05 in the afternoon and the arrival time is based on your biking skill. Relax and refresh with a glass of a natural sugar cane juice. Dinner at CBET restaurant. Overnight at home-stay.
Meals: B, L, D
 
DAY 03 CHI PHAT-DAMNAK KOS-CHI PHAT-PHNOM PENH
Start the sunrise bird watching boat tour about 06 in the morning. You will head to the community dock to board on the motor boat to Vong Kroch Kick about 6km (01 hour ride) and board on a traditional row boat about two hours of bird watching along the Stoeng Prat (Cattle Skin Cord) River. You can have your breakfast on board whenever you want. After spending two hours for bird watching, you will arrive in Damnak Kos rest area and enjoy swimming or relaxation. Return to Chi Phat and have lunch at CBET restaurant. You can visit local market before driving back to Phnom Penh.
Meals: B, L
 
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