When asked about Cambodia and where to go, most people would cite Siem Reap or Phnom Penh as the places to visit. Others would cite Sihanoukville or Kampot as other options. However, there is also one other breathtaking place that travelers should take time to visit. And that is Chi Phat.
Chi Phat: Hidden in the Cardamom Mountains
Chi Phat is a village located along the skirts of the Cardamom Mountains. It is not – by any means – an urban area, nor is it a heavily visited tourist spot. What it does, however, is boast of the ecotourism of the area. And is for adventure seekers and for those looking for relaxation away from civilization.
The village is also known as one of the areas that is focused on protecting wildlife. In fact, the village and the community also partner with Wildlife Alliance – one of the International Wildlife Conservation organizations in Cambodia.
What can you do in Chi Phat?
There are several things to enjoy in Chi Phat, such as:
- Eat and drink somewhere in the village
- Relax at the visitor center
- Go bird watching
- Search for wildlife at the crack of dawn
- Swimming at the waterfalls
- Venture into bat caves or visit ancient burial sites
And there is much more to do during your visit.
Getting to Chi Phat
When going to the village, from Phnom Penh to Chi Phat or Sihanoukville can be an adventure itself.
First you need to book bus tickets going to Andong Teuk. You can check out all available schedules at the BookMeBus website.
From Andong Teuk, you can go by moto taxi or by boat. Moto taxis often cost around $7, while boats are around $10. Moto taxis usually take 45 minutes to an hour before arriving, but is more difficult during the rainy season. Boats leave at approximately 12:30 to 13:00.
Another option is to drive to Chi Phat using your own vehicle. When headed to Andong Teuk, simply find the signs that lead to Chi Phat when you get to the area. There will be a car ferry that can transport the cars for $5.00.
*Disclaimer: Images used are from friends of BMB CEO, Langda Chea.