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Chi Phat

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The Chi-Phat commune is located deep within the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains at Koh Kong Province, south-west Cambodia. It is known for having a community based ecotourism (CBET) project.

Understand[edit]

The commune consists four villages:Chi-Phat, Komlot, Chom-Sla and T'k La'o. The commune population is estimated around 3,000 inhabitants (2010). The residents makes their living mainly out of agriculture, fishing and tourism.

Similarly to the neighboring, younger Trapeang Rung project, it is known for its Community Based Ecotourism (CBET) [1] project that helps locals benefit from tourism instead of hunting animals in the Cardamom Mountains.

Get in[edit]

Chi Phat is located on the Stung Phipot (Phipot River) about 20 kilometer upstream from Andong Teuk village on Highway 48 – the main highway linking Phnom Penh with Thailand, through the provincial capital of Koh Kong.

To get to Chi Phat you will have to travel to Andong Teuk village by bus and from Andoung Teuk to Chi Phat, either :

  • by boat, the journey from Andong Teuk to Chi Phat is a scenic river trip passing mangroves and forested mountains.
  • by tuk tuk or motorbike ($5 + R2000 for boat)

The bus should drop you just in front of moto-dop / boat

Transportation to Andong Teuk village:

  • From Phnom Penh: The bus departs Phnom Penh at 7:00am or 8:00am from Mao Tse Tung Blvd, near Psar Domhkor (Domhkor Market) to Koh Kong town and arrives in Andong Teuk village around 10:30am or 11:30am.
  • From Sihanoukville: The bus departs from the central bus station at 8:00am for Koh Kong town and arrives in Andong Teuk village around 11:30am.
  • From Koh Kong Town: The bus departs from the central bus station at 8:00am to Phnom Penh and arrives in Andong Teuk village at around 10:30am.

Remember to ask your bus driver to drop you off at Andong Teuk village!

Get around[edit]

Hire a guide from the CBET office. They will arrange trips for trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, etc, complete with equipment, food and guides. Because CBET is owned by the community, all proceeds go to the community.

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Chi Phat is on the foot of Cardamom mountains. Don't expect to be in the jungle (unless you go for a longer trek), but rather in wild countryside.

  • Village life
  • Waterfall : there are rapids and a waterfall very closed to Chi Phat village (20 min walk)
  • O'Mallu Waterfalls : much further, it's a very nice ride with mountain bike to go there ; the waterfall itself is apparently impressive during rainy season but possibly disappointing during dry season.
  • Funeral jar sites

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CBET organize various activities :

  • Trekking (from 1 day to 4 days)
  • Mountain Biking (from 1 day to 3 days)
  • Kayaking
  • sunrise bird watching boat trip

Note that all trekking tour prices are targeted for 4 person groups (6p for mountain bikes), and CBET will find / try to find other people for you. It should be fairly easy if you are two, but depending on which trek you want to do, it may take a a few days if you are travelling alone.

Prices depends on trek, but are around $50 per person for a 3 day trek (assuming there are 4 persons) Note that CBET adds a 7% "admission fee" to all prices.

You can also rent a mountain bike and go e.g. to O Malu waterfall without a guide. CBET rents very good mountain bikes for $10/day ; other guesthouse may rent some bike cheaper. Ask your guesthouse to write in khmer the name of the waterfall (or other point of interest) you're heading to, to helps asking your way (there are few/no signs except for the first waterfall)

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Eat[edit][add listing]

CBET restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and diner. Note that at CBET you pay everything on checkout - this is error prone, don't complicate things by trying to pay after each lunch !

There are also other restaurants in the main street, and depending where you stay you may have very good dinner at your guesthouse

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

The CBET office will arrange local options for home stay, guesthouse, and ecolodge. All fees are collected by CBET and distributed to the community. The home stay and guesthouses are in a rotation system so that all families get equal opportunity to earn money from tourism. There are options ranging from $3 to $20. There are bungalows at the eco lodge, and also other basic but nice bungalows (e.g. Vanna) for $10

Contact[edit]

CBET office phone number is +855 (0) 92 720 925

Get out[edit]

Trapeang Rung



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