• Welcome to the Jungle – Visiting Chi Phat

    Posted on November 10th, 2009 Jan No comments

    Arrival in Chi PhatAnother weekend, another public holiday…and another chance to discover Cambodia ūüôā After the last trip with the big group to Kep and the smaller trip to the Angkor temples the week before, we went off to see some more of Cambodia’s natural beauty of the Cardamom Mountains this time. After some first thoughts about staying in the Rainbow Lodge, we decided for a more Cambodian (and budget-friendly) trip to Chi Phat, a community-based ecotourism site managed by Wildlife Foundation, which happens to be a member of CCBEN. I must admit that I might not have been completely impartial in the discussion about our destination¬†for obvious reasons. At first it looked like we’d be a group of 6-8 people, but it kept growing until the last minute and we ended up with a group of 12 people sitting in the slightly cramped minivan to Andoung Toeuk on Friday evening. After a 4-hour ride with a short stop at a shrine site along the way where our driver tried to appease the spirit of an ill-tempered fisherman’s wife to guarantee our a safe passage, we arrived in Andoung Toeuk around 11pm. Andoung Toeuk isOur guesthouse a small village along the road from Phnom Penh to Koh Kong that serves as the departure point for all the ships going to Chi Phat. We spent the night at Botum Sakor Guest House, which became our place of choice because it had rooms for exactly 12 people and it was the only guest house in Andoung Toeuk, among many other reasons. The rooms were nicely made, clean and equipped with trendy pink mosquito nets, and as a special service, the guest house let the power generator run an extra hour – in short, the $2-3 per person were well spent. The next morning, we left the guest Breakfast Breakhouse after a quick manual shower to catch our boat to Chi Phat. As the boat had even more delay than us, we

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