Sustainable Glamping in the Cardamom Mountains

Sustainable Glamping in the Cardamom Mountains

A safari-style overnight address in the middle of Cambodia’s nimble natural splendour


The demand for glamping in Cambodia has grown with leaps and bounds and the prospect to stay around nature or within a stone’s throw reach from historical heritage has made the country one of the ideal destinations to have a canvas roof over your head with the sounds of nature forming the perfect background music. Bordering nearby Thailand and deep inside the tropical rainforest of the Cardamom Mountains, a new tented camp has risen in the heart of the jungle with a sustainable message to its guests.

An integral part of this 3-days tented camp adventure is the work done by the Wildlife Alliance and the rangers that swore to protect the indigenous wildlife from poaching and deforestation threats. Become part of nature and find yourself pitched under comfort with dinner served under a starry sky.


Day 1 | 3 Days Cardamom Tented Camp Adventure

Day 1

Phnom Penh – Cardamom Mountains                                                                       [D]

Your journey of Cardamom Mountain exploration commences with meeting your driver at the lobby of your Phnom Penh hotel or from Phnom Penh International Airport for a 4-hour drive towards Trapeang Rung, located beneath the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains. The area has spearheaded an important Community-Based Ecotourism Project (CBET) with the support from the Wildlife Alliance in order to provide sustainable alternative livelihoods to local people while reducing threats to local natural resources by capitalizing on the natural beauty of the region through ecotourism. En route, we will stop to stretch your legs or for refreshments (own account). We arrive at the beginning of the afternoon at the lodge’s lounge to freshen up before embarking on a one-hour boat ride from the Preak Tachan River to our overnight address at the Cardamom Mountains (the boat leaves 14:00 hrs sharp from the pier).

Lunch is not included on this day.

A warm welcome from the tented camp staff awaits as soon as you make your way to your booked safari tent and make yourself comfortable as the team explains the ins and outs of what you have at your disposal. Cardamom Tented Camp is an eco-lodge providing an educational nature experience whilst supporting local conservation. Situated in the Boutum Sakor National Park, the country’s largest national park, the Camp works alongside the local community to protect the area and keep threats like loggers, poachers and sand dredging at bay. Visitors stay in basic but comfortable tents and participate in activities including kayaking, hiking, learning jungle survival skills, monitoring wildlife and catching flora to help with conservation efforts.

The rest of the day is completely up to you to fill in, but we highly recommend spending time around the tented camp to see the abundance of nature that you will call home for the coming 2 nights, alongside gaining a first glimpse into the work done by the people behind the Wildlife Alliance. The hike around the camp is an easy one.

Dinner and overnight Cardamom Tented Camp.

Day 2 | 3 Days Cardamom Tented Camp Adventure

Day 2

Cardamom Mountains                                                                                                      [B, L, D]

It may be the first sunrays or the sounds of silence that wake you up but the result will be the same: sincere bliss after a first night’s sleep in your own safari tent in the Cambodian jungle. Breakfast is served quite early as you have a full day of joining the Wildlife Alliance rangers on their quest to protect the natural habitat of many animal species.

Right after breakfast, you are getting introduced to the daily and demanding job that these rangers have to endure during a normal day in the forests. You will accompany them, alongside an English-speaking guide, on their regular patrols in the area, following abandoned poaching routes and logging trails of once was a thriving area for poachers. With strict regulations on keeping the region around the Cardamom and Elephant Mountains, more wildlife now roams these forests and you need to keep your eyes peeled on what may be wandering through the often thick forests. This hike will be an amazing introduction of what these rangers do as you make your way to a ranger station.

Lunch is included during this day

Rangers at the Cardamon Tented Camp take a proactive approach against poaching. Their ranger station is one of the leading stations in the country where confiscated snares, traps and makeshift rifles are displayed demonstrating the Cardamom Tented Camp’s work to keep poachers at bay. Each on these means of capturing animals come with its own story on these were once used. This eco-lodge, and its ranger station, provides visitors with an educational nature experience and can follow poaching trails to understand the threats the Boutum Sakor National Park faces.

We slowly make our way back to the camp – you can go back following the same hiking trail or use one of the camp’s kayaks to paddle comfortably back before freshening up under the beige canvas before dinner is served.

Dinner and overnight Cardamom Tented Camp.

Day 3 | 3 Days Cardamom Tented Camp Adventure

Day 3

Cardamom Mountains – Phnom Penh                                                                       [B]

Breakfast is included at the camp. If you are an early riser, you can go on a self-guided hike on the trails around the camp – the team at the Cardamom tented camp are more than willing to tell you the best route to take and what you may see this early in the morning.

At around 10:00, it is time to say goodbye to you’re the team as you board the boat back to Trapeang Rung where you can continue your onward journey to Thailand (Trat or Koh Chang Ferry pier), to the beaches of Sihanoukville or heading back to the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.




  • Tours and transfers with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at mentioned accommodation as outlined in the itinerary
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the programme (food only)


  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • In line with the program, customers are strongly advised to spend the night prior to the start of this package in Phnom Penh.
  • To avoid any issues pertaining obtaining an arrival visa at the airport, please ensure that your passport contains at least two empty pages for every single entry in and out of the country. Failure to do so may result in not gaining entrance into the Kingdom of Cambodia.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • This food-themed tour along local restaurants and food stalls may not be suitable for customers who are vegetarians or have specific food allergies.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this programme may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this programme may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power.
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control.


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