Tent holidays save trees

PHNOM PENH, 8 September 2017: A brand new Cardamom Tented Camp in Botum Sakor National Park in southwest Cambodia is due to soft open 1 November.

To launch the luxury tent stays in a national park setting the resort released details three-day/two-night and four-day/three-night packages for nature tourists.

The safari-style camp, with nine furnished and boutique tents, each with a private bathroom, is open for booking for stays 1 November onwards.

Both packages have been created for nature tourists whose expenditure will help keep save the forest. An economically viable Cardamom Tented Camp will help keep the area out of the hands of loggers, poachers and mining operators who encroach on the national park destroying trees and the natural habitat of wildlife.

Each package includes an introductory presentation on the magnificent 18,000 hectare Botum Sakor National Park followed by guided treks by Wildlife Alliance rangers.

Guests follow abandoned poaching and logging trails through dense forest home to macaques, gibbons, hornbills and more. Trekkers can inspect confiscated snares, traps and improvised hunting rifles at a ranger station.

After hiking, guests have the option of kayaking back to the tented camp on the Preak Tachan river.

Each inclusive package with breakfast, lunch and dinner in the camp’s riverside restaurant allows time for guests to explore by themselves,  or to simply lounge by the floating pier at the camp with binoculars spotting some of the hundreds of bird species in the park. Guests have the option of joining a second ranger patrol on a different route during their stay.

Asian elephants, dhole, clouded leopards, hog badgers, sun bears, mouse deer and pangolin all rely on the mature forest habitat around the camp.

“The Cardamom Tented Camp helps keep the forest standing,” says, YAANA Ventures CEO, Willem Niemeijer, who heads the sustainable tourism company invited to create a low-impact ecotourism camp.

“We can’t take the forest’s survival for granted. Each visitor helps us show the world that well managed ecotourism is a viable alternative to logging and hunting.”

At the eco-camp, which is a three way initiative between Minor International, YAANA Ventures and Wildlife Alliance, a percentage of the revenue will go directly to Wildlife Alliance.

Wildlife Alliance is supported by the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, an initiative of the Minor Group. Any tented camp profits will be reinvested locally.

The two new packages can start at the Wildlife Alliance lodge and pier in Trapeang Rung at set times or include transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle from Phnom Penh or Trat airport in Thailand. From Trapeang Rung it is a one-hour river trip to the Cardamom Tented Camp.

Trapeang Rung is located along Route 48 approximately one hour’s drive from the Hat Lek-Koh Kong border with Thailand. It is two hours north of Sihanoukville. A regular local bus service between Phnom Penh and Koh Kong stops on request at Trapeang Rung.

The price of the 3D/2N package commencing in Trapeang Rung starts at USD198 per person on a twin/double sharing basis (single room surcharge USD65). The 4D/3N package starts at USD289 (single room surcharge USD95). The packages, including pre-arranged transfers from Trat or Phnom Penh, are USD389 and USD479 respectively. There are discounts for transfer pickup or drop off at Sihanoukville.

Helicopter transfers from either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh can be arranged by the Cardamom Tented Camp.