What travel means to you?
Tour takes us out of our comfort zones and inspires us to touch, taste and try new life. It constantly challenges us, not only to adapt to and explore new surroundings, but also to engage with different humans, to embrace adventures as they come and to share new and significant experiences with friends and girlfriends.
With Cambodia’s rise as a tourist destination after decades of tyranny and occupation, tour operators are promoting the country’s adventure destinations.
While the majority of people travel to Cambodia to visit the Angkor temples in Siem Reap, there are hideaways off the beaten track for the more adventurous traveler. In Cambodia, this includes traveling the Siem Reap – Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville route to explore Cambodia’s relatively sparsely populated areas.
What their area has to offer is no class if adrenaline-pumping for the true adventure junkie. They are adventure travel activities that the whole family can enjoy. These activities may include cycling, hiking or trekking.
The visit to Angkor Wat can be extended to a bike ride through the entire Angkor Archaeological Park, which offers plenty of opportunities to explore away from the popular tourist sites of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. There is the option to visit the other spectacular temples that are hemmed in by the surrounding jungle.
Traveling north from Phnom Penh on the Mekong River, the traveler enters the sparsely populated areas of Cambodia that are not yet fully developed in a commercial sense. This is the real heart of Cambodia where, although the people are the poorest in the country due to their kindness, they are said to be the richest. It is possible to follow the paths and roads along the river in a northerly direction from village to village. A popular cycling route is the 30-kilometer trek from Kratie to Kampi to visit the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.
Northwest of the Mekong River are the Rattanakari and Mondulkiri provincial areas. The Banlung area of Rattanakari has a growing reputation as a base for trekking around the crater lakes and the many waterfalls in the district. The falls can be viewed flowing all year round. The area also has a National Park to the north and the Kumphat Wildlife Sanctuary to the south of Banlung.
Moving from the jungle areas of Rattanakiri to the more hilly areas of Mondulkiri presents the visitor with a more difficult adventure schedule. Choices include three-day elephant treks through the thickly forested hills, visits to the ethnic tribes in hilltop villages, and the spectacular view of the falls. Bou Sraa waterfall is Cambodia’s most famous.
Moving to the south of the country, the coastal area develops an aquatic adventure that follows. In addition to the very safe swimming beaches, there are a number of authorized PADI diving centers located in Sihanoukville. They can cater for any diving adventure from snorkeling trips to diving for beginners to the most experienced divers. Their islands in the Gulf of Thailand with their coral reefs that support many species of marine life will satisfy the adventurous urge of all visitors.
Why is travel good for you?
Tour relieves stress and boosts happy hormone
Tour has the ability to take you out of stress and into new surroundings and experiences and this can reset your body and calm your mind. Even planning a trip can have an fantastic effect on the body & mind – it boosts happiness and feels joyful.