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Jungle to the Beach Cambodia to Thailand

8 Days / 7 Nights
, Thailand

Overview

Revel in the adventure of an overland trip from the backwaters of Cambodia to the tropical Thai islands. Trek to waterfalls, cruise to mangroves and sleep in the jungles of Cambodia’s remote southwest corner then venture along the coast to Thailand for a relaxing beach escape.

Trip Highlights

Jungle to the Beach Cambodia to Thailand

Explore Kirirom National Park

Take a trek in Kirirom National Park, seeking out wild animals and cascading waterfalls while supporting a community tourism project.

Stay at a unique floating nature lodge

Be immersed in nature, spending two nights on the Tatai River in Cambodia’s southwest.

Travel along Thailand’s coastline

Travel by car and boat from Cambodia to Thailand, exploring the southern coast and staying on a quiet, tropical island

Itinerary

1

Phnom Penh – Kirirom – Koh Kong

Phnom Penh – Kirirom National Park (117 km): 2 hrs 30 mins Kirirom National Park – Koh Kong (207 km): 3 hrs 30 mins

Head out of Phnom Penh towards the coast on an approximately three hour transfer and explore the spectacular scenery of Kirirom National Park. The name Kirirom means “Mountain of Joy” and the park is recognised for its unique high elevation pine forest as well as the many endangered animals such as pleated gibbons, sun bears and tigers that live in the park area.

Go on a short trek of 3 km to the beautiful, 40 meters high Chambok Waterfall at the Chambok Community-based Ecotourism Site and experience a fun ox cart ride through the village. A delicious home-cooked lunch will be served in the local community.

From here, be transferred directly by road and then scheduled resort boat transfer to tonight’s accommodation, a floating tented lodge on Tatai River that comes down from the Cardamom Mountains – the perfect place for nature lovers. Wildlife is abundant here and there is a chance to spot colourful butterflies and bizarre-looking insects as well as rare birds like fish eagles or kingfisher. Dinner will be served at the lodge. On good weather days, don’t miss the opportunity to take the kayak out after dark with the lodge’s guide. Just 500m from the lodge get to see a tree full of fireflies and phosphorescence glowing in the clear river water – just magical!

Overnight in Koh Kong Province.

2

Koh Kong

After breakfast, leave by boat with a local English speaking guide, to cruise deep into the mangroves and experience a rare glimpse of life amongst the fishing communities that live off the natural bounty of this watery paradise.

Drinks will be served en route while cruising down the waterway to a local fishing village to gain insight into local life and meet some shy but friendly people. While the men tend their boats, the women patiently mend the nets and children play amongst the stilted house.

Indulge in a BBQ lunch on the beach after visiting the pagoda, school and a few villagers’ homes. Then hop back in the boat and experience the pure magic of life among the mangroves from the boat and the kayaks before heading back to 4 Rivers’ comfort. (Note: Subject to boat and guide availability, from November to April, pre-booking is necessary at least 2days beforehand)

Return to the lodge in the afternoon. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Overnight in Koh Kong Province.

3

Koh Kong

Breakfast at the lodge. Enjoy the day at leisure.

Optional: Tatai Waterfall by boat

Today spend a relaxing day on a private excursion. Away from the tranquility of 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, the thunder of the majestic Tatai Falls reveals the river’s true power as it drops 6 metres to the rocks below. Depending on the tide, the day starts at around 10am for the 45-minute boat ride past Tatai Village to the falls. A local English speaking guide will lead the tour.

Turning on to a tributary, head into the heart of the Cardamom jungle to the far-off sounds of exotic birds and its secretive wildlife. Within minutes, arrive at the end point gazing down into the turbulent waters of the falls. Soon it’s time for the picnic lunch, maybe a few moments hydro-massage and a refreshing drink. Then relax under some shade for a picnic and relax amongst the sights and sounds of the jungle. Kayaks are available for the last stretch to add some fun and adventure or simply stay on board the boat.

On the return to the lodge in the late afternoon. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax or do some more kayaking or fishing from the tent platform. (L included). (Note: Subject to boat and guide availability, from November to April, pre-booking is necessary at least 2days beforehand)

Optional: Greet the Neighbours (a walk into Khmers’ life)

Koh Andet is the island located directly across from the floating tent. Formerly a refuge from the Khmer Rouge, today the island is home to a dozen farming families. On this popular excursion which lasts 1-2 hours, or more enjoy while accompanied by a local English speaking guide and interact with the locals while walking and cycling around the island. Take the time to ask the villagers about their daily life which revolves around harvesting and fishing. (Note: Subject to guide availability, from November to April, pre-booking is necessary at least 2days beforehand)

Overnight in Koh Kong Province.

4

Option A: Koh Kong – Ban Had Lek – Koh Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD Change Koh Kong – Ban Had Lek - Koh Kood

Option A: Koh Kong From Tatai Bridge to Koh Kong - Thai border (25 km): 30 mins Ban Had Lek Border – Ao Thammachat Pier (115 km): 1.51 hr Ban Had Lek Border – Laem Sok Pier (125 km): 1.50 hr

Option A: Koh Kong

After breakfast, check out and the shared boat will bring you to the main land, where your transfer to the Thai border at Ban Hat Lek and guide is waiting for you (transfer 30 mins).

OPTION A: KOH CHANG TROPICANA

After clearing the custom at Cambodia – Thai border at Ban Had Lek, meet with local representative for land transfer to Trad and Koh Chang

Then continue with scheduled join ferry to Koh Chang, and take a local transportation to the hotel.

Overnight on Koh Chang

Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD.

After clearing the custom at Cambodia – Thai border at Ban Had Lek, meet with local representative for land transfer to Trad.

Then continue to Koh Kood with scheduled join ferry, and take a local transportation to the hotel (own payment).

Overnight on Koh Kood.

5

Option A: Koh Kong Koh Chang Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Option A: Koh Kong

Breakfast at the hotel and day is free at leisure to explore Koh Chang and nearby islands on your own style.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Boat Trip – 5 Islands  

We will bring you by local taxi to Bang Bao fishing village in the south end of Koh Chang. This day offers you the absolute best snorkeling places ever close to Koh Chang. With a slow boat to the area of Koh Rang. Here, you will visit the coral islands of Koh Yak, Koh Lie and Koh Thong for snorkeling. Before lunch, we will visit the beautiful beach of Koh Rang. You will be served a nice buffet on the boat for lunch and the staff will later make you a BBQ. On the way back, we will visit the beautiful island of Koh Wai. In the afternoon, the boat will bring us back to Koh Chang again. (L)

Note: Min. 2 Persons

Join-in tour  

Overnight on Koh Chang.

Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Breakfast at the hotel and day is free at leisure to explore Koh Kood and nearby islands on your own style.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Visit to Klong Chao Waterfall by Canoe / Kayak

Klong Chao Waterfall is the famous, spectacular waterfall which King Rama IV visited. With three tiers, it brims with glittering water all year round, superb for soaking and swimming. Away Resort is located at the entrance to the river, so canoe and kayak trips from the resort can be taken upstream to the waterfalls. Note: Free canoe or kayak from the resort for 2 hours.

Overnight on Koh Kood.

6

Option A: Koh Kong Koh Chang Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Option A: Koh Kong

Breakfast at the hotel and day is free at leisure to explore Koh Chang and nearby islands on your own style.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Boat Trip – 5 Islands  

We will bring you by local taxi to Bang Bao fishing village in the south end of Koh Chang. This day offers you the absolute best snorkeling places ever close to Koh Chang. With a slow boat to the area of Koh Rang. Here, you will visit the coral islands of Koh Yak, Koh Lie and Koh Thong for snorkeling. Before lunch, we will visit the beautiful beach of Koh Rang. You will be served a nice buffet on the boat for lunch and the staff will later make you a BBQ. On the way back, we will visit the beautiful island of Koh Wai. In the afternoon, the boat will bring us back to Koh Chang again. (L)

Note: Min. 2 Persons Join-in tour  

Overnight on Koh Chang.

Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Breakfast at the hotel and day is free at leisure to explore Koh Kood and nearby islands on your own style.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Visit to Klong Chao Waterfall by Canoe / Kayak

Klong Chao Waterfall is the famous, spectacular waterfall which King Rama IV visited. With three tiers, it brims with glittering water all year round, superb for soaking and swimming. Away Resort is located at the entrance to the river, so canoe and kayak trips from the resort can be taken upstream to the waterfalls. Note: Free canoe or kayak from the resort for 2 hours.

Overnight on Koh Kood.

7

Option A: Koh Kong Koh Chang Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Option A: Koh Kong

Breakfast at the hotel and day is free at leisure to explore Koh Chang and nearby islands on your own style.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Boat Trip – 5 Islands  

We will bring you by local taxi to Bang Bao fishing village in the south end of Koh Chang. This day offers you the absolute best snorkeling places ever close to Koh Chang. With a slow boat to the area of Koh Rang. Here, you will visit the coral islands of Koh Yak, Koh Lie and Koh Thong for snorkeling. Before lunch, we will visit the beautiful beach of Koh Rang. You will be served a nice buffet on the boat for lunch and the staff will later make you a BBQ. On the way back, we will visit the beautiful island of Koh Wai. In the afternoon, the boat will bring us back to Koh Chang again. (L)

Note: Min. 2 Persons Join-in tour  

Overnight on Koh Chang.

Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Breakfast at the hotel and day is free at leisure to explore Koh Kood and nearby islands on your own style.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Visit to Klong Chao Waterfall by Canoe / Kayak

Klong Chao Waterfall is the famous, spectacular waterfall which King Rama IV visited. With three tiers, it brims with glittering water all year round, superb for soaking and swimming. Away Resort is located at the entrance to the river, so canoe and kayak trips from the resort can be taken upstream to the waterfalls. Note: Free canoe or kayak from the resort for 2 hours.

Overnight on Koh Kood.

8

Option A: Koh Kong Koh Chang - Bangkok Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Option A: Koh Kong Ao Thammachat Pier – Bangkok (340 km): 4.35 hr Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD Laem Sok Pier – Bangkok (350 km): 5.10 hr

Option A: Koh Kong

Breakfast at the hotel, and transfer to the pier by the local representative, and board a join ferry back to mainland. Meet with guide and transportation on the mainland and continue to Bangkok.

Option B: AWAY KOH KOOD

Breakfast at the hotel and depart from Koh Kood. Meet with guide and transportation on the mainland and continue to Bangkok.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double tent in selected hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking local guides for Day 1 & during 4 Rivers excurions (for other languages and/or a national guide supplements apply) plus additional local guide in Kirirom
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise (operated by 4 Rivers on departure to the Thai border)
  • Shared boat transfer to and from 4 Rivers Floating Lodge
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits.
  • Daily drinking water
  • Private transfer from Cambodia’s border to Pier in Trad with English speaking guide.
  • Private transfer from Pier in Trad to Bangkok Airport (or hotel) with English speaking guide or representative.
  • Round-trip ferry tickets from mainland to the island (Koh Chang / Koh Kood), no guide on ferry.
  • Round-trip land transfer from Ao Sapparod pier to hotel on Koh Chang.

Our services do not include:

  • Visa for Cambodia (Visa issued on arrival for most nationalities, USD30/pax, please bring 1 passport photo)
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • International flights
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
  • Travel insurance including recommended helicopter evacuation for Cambodia
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
  • Land transfer on Koh Kood.
  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry…)

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