Trekking in Cambodia
Yesterday I wrote about the Cambodian village of Chi Phat, a community which is developing an ecotourism business to help save the environment and improve the lives of the residents. They offer cheap accommodation and local meals – but the real reason tourists are now starting to go to Chi Phat is for the adventures into nature.
I chose to try one of their single day treks – a walk deep into the forest, through other small villages, to a waterfall. Past banana crops, minefields, and and rural outposts we walked. Far from the cities and towns of Cambodia and in the remote regions where life for the locals is a daily hand to mouth routine. But surrounded by the lush green landscapes that make this part of the world so beautiful.
My guide was a 21 year-old called Seena who lives in Chi Phat with his mother and younger brother. Before the ecotourism project began in 2008, his options would have been limited to poaching, logging or something else that meant the destruction of this environment. Now he earns a good wage from leading these treks.
I thought I would share some of the photos I took on the walk to give you a sense of the people and scenery we encountered during the day.