INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – When travelers think about Cambodia, the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are typically what come to mind. However, these historic cities only possess a fraction of the treasured sites this Kingdom of Wonder has to offer. Few visitors journey to the beautiful palm-fringed islands that dot the azure gulf off the southern coast of Cambodia, and even fewer venture into the Cardamom Jungle, a vast mosaic of biodiversity. Let Myths and Mountains take you on an unforgettable journey to discover the riches of Cambodia, its people and the natural wonders that that make this country so desirable for true adventurers.
Winding your way up along the Gulf of Thailand on the southern coast of Cambodia, you pass through the more recognized towns of Kep and Sihanoukville, on your way to visit some picturesque tropical islands. You get a chance to explore ancient canals, secluded temples and private communities beyond the mainland. Stop at Koh Tonsay to meet the fisherfolk and learn how to mend nets, care for boats and become a successful fisherman. Board a boat from the resort town of Kep and cross the waters to meet with the locals on Rabbit Island. Travel to Koh Rong where there is plenty of time to relax on the beach or stroll around the island. Then head north along the shore, passed the port of Sre Ambel, up to Koh Kong and the heart of the Cambodian Cardamom Jungle, a haven for wildlife and an ecological treasure. Here you travel by boat to Tatai Falls, looking for exotic birds and endemic wildlife, then paddle your kayak to a traditional Cambodian farm. Cruise deep into mangroves and experience life among fishing communities that live off natural bounty in this watery paradise.
Of course you cannot visit Cambodia without also taking a look at the Khmer world around Siem Reap and experiencing a shift to modern times in the capital city of Phom Penh. Get blessed by local monks at Angkor Wat, wander the walled city of Angkor Thom, boat the waters of Tonle Sap to floating villages, and meet with key organizations to learn about the valuable missions they serve to positively effect change in their country, including Yusothor and Pour Une Sourire d’Enfant.
This 14-day journey leads you off the beaten track to a mystifying world hidden from the public for centuries. This is your chance to learn about Cambodian civilizations of the past and understand how that history has shaped the Cambodian country, culture and people of today. The tour starts at $3,295 per person (based on 7-10 people), departing on Mar. 8, 2015 and Nov. 29, 2015 with custom dates available. To learn more about Cambodia: Islands, Waterfalls, Angkor Wat and the People tour, visit www.mythsandmountains.com.
About Myths and Mountains:
Founded in 1988 by veteran adventurer Toni Neubauer, Myths and Mountains fosters intimate cross-cultural experiences. The company’s tours are designed to take travelers to the very heart of the places they are visiting, whether that means trekking the remote passes of Bhutan or learning traditional medicine from the shamans of the Amazon. These efforts have established a solid place for Myths and Mountains in the adventure travel industry; the company was chosen as one of National Geographic Adventure’s Best Adventure Travel Companies in 2009 and won Travel + Leisure’s 2010 Global Vision Award. Their innovative “Untamed Cambodia” tour was selected as a “Tour of a Lifetime” for 2013 by National Geographic Traveler. Dr. Neubauer herself has been chosen as a Top Travel Specialist by Condé Nast Traveler four times. Myths and Mountains is also a member of Trusted Adventures, a consortium of award-winning companies matching active travelers with over 350 unique trips walking, rafting, cycling and trekking in over 85 destinations worldwide.