Cambodia was once a mighty Khmer empire which, during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The Angkor temples now reflect the ultimate expression of Khmer genius matched only by a few select spots on earth, such as Machu Picchu or Petra.
In the east lies Mondolkiri ‘Meeting of the Hills’ and home to the hardy Pnong people and their noble elephants. Climatically and culturally, it’s also another world, which comes as a relief after the heat of the plains. The landscape is a mix of pine clumps, grassy hills and forests with wild animals, including bears and tigers. The Ratanakiri, ‘hill of the precious stones’ region is of outstanding natural beauty that provides a remote home for a mosaic of minority peoples. Adrenaline activities are plentiful and travelling to the region is as adventurous as taking any of the activities there.
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: EXPLORING THE REMOTE MONDOLKIRI AND RATNAKIRI REGIONS.
Begin your tour in Phnom Penh, once considered one of the most beautiful cities of the Orient that still retains much of its original charm. The city took shape around the famous Wat Phnom, meaning “Hill Temple”. Climb to the top of the phnom where long stone cobras with seven heads form the swooping balustrades and watch the sprawling city below.
Travelling north provides an interesting opportunity to discover a peaceful rural Cambodia with beautiful villages, lush vegetation and serene monasteries. In the mighty Mekong River you will see one of the world's rarest mammals - the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins.
Further in the northeast is the province of Rattanakiri – one of the last spots in Cambodia or even southeast Asia where traditions and culture even after a 1000 years are still alive and practiced. There you may see tigers, leopards, red deer, elephants, and crocodiles that still live in the tangy jungle.
In the region of Mondulkiri you will experience rich culture, breathtaking scenery and encounter the wonderful people of several hill tribes who live in villages surrounded with unexplored jungles, thickly forested hills, rivers and huge waterfalls.
This tour is ideal for travellers who like to understand its culture, environment and wildlife. You will stay in comfortable accommodation, the best available and in some places eating in local restaurants. Throughout your tour, AwimAway will arrange for you to experience the best the country has to offer. Please let us know your interests so we can tailor the touring accordingly.
Max your Awim
Incorporate your tour with special touring activities such as visits to lesser known temples, cycling, cooking classes, private yoga, visit to an orphanage and photography excursions to local villages.
Also, volunteering opportunities are now available through organisations in many exciting locales, offering invaluable experience in varied fields. It not only benefits the communities but helps in learning skills and develops dynamic self. Above all, it gives meaning to life. There’s never been a better time to volunteer and make your travel a satisfying experience.
One More Thing
We make no extra charge for minor changes to build in your volunteering experience or hotel add-ons to the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.
There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK, but good connections are available from major Asian destinations. You can fly with Thai Airways to Bangkok, Malaysian Airlines to Kuala Lumpur or British Airways via Hong Kong. From there you can take the budget airline Air Asia or Dragon Air. The total journey time, excluding transit, is about 15 hours.
From Phnom Penh you can take direct flights to Siem Reap, which now operates on daily basis. Direct one-hour flights are now also available from Bangkok.