Tribe Trekking & Waterfalls

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Begin the day with a visit to Pulung village – home to the Phnong indigenous community. A local guide will explain their culture and way of life and it is usually possible to actually enter a local home to see how people live and cook under their thatched roofs. Some are slightly more modern wood houses which are built straight on to the ground, quite unlike most Cambodian homes which are built on stilts to avoid floods. The Phnong have an intense relationship with the forests and the elephants who live within, an animal they deeply respect. A local Phnong guide will help your interaction with the indigenous people.

From Pulung it is time to get some exercise on a walking trail, which would be rated easy to moderate. The distance you cover will be almost 5 miles, through the valley and over some small hills to reach a pretty waterfall, before following the trail back to a main road. From there it is a further 30 minute drive to Bou Sra Waterfall.

Bou Sraa is a particularly scenic two-tier waterfall and, indeed, the largest in Cambodia. Cascading some 10m on the first tier and 25m on the second the waterfall is a popular spot for local tourists and the small handful of intrepid westerners who make it this far. Enjoy a simple local lunch on picnic mats with views to the waterfall. The adventurous may want to try a short trek up to the upper level of the waterfall, only possible at certain times of the year.

After lunch drive back towards Sen Monorom, stopping at a coffee plantation en route. Enjoy a cup of fresh coffee and walk through the plantation.

The final stop of the day is a hilltop known for its view of the ‘Sea Forest’. As you stand on the top of the hill and look across the rolling hills it really does appear you are ‘all at sea’ with the hills appearing like waves! Enjoy sunset from the hill before returning to your hotel.

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