Although mountainous in name, the Cardamoms are undulating in nature. Rolling hillsides run up to gentle summits, affording exquisite views over forested plains and foothills. Stewardship of the area is 'under discussion', but one thing that's undisputable is the immersive essence of the wild habitat, home to monkeys, gibbons, hornbills, elephants and rhinos. Dive into a nature lovers' paradise where travellers who are into trekking, and families who love the great outdoors, can look out for waterfalls and wildlife along the banks of the Tatai River.
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The Cardamom Mountains aren’t unscalable heights, but gently rippling havens of natural peace and tranquillity. Situated just southwest of Phnom Penh, by way of the coastal mangroves of Koh Kong, these forested slopes provide the habitat for gibbons, monkeys and half of Cambodia's bird species, including hornbills, pheasants and flycatchers. Walking trails within the Cardamom Mountains are plentiful and intriguing, many leading past waterfalls and along the banks of the Tatai River - don't forget your binoculars.
Whether you're into kayaking, trekking or just absorbing the surrounding environment from a floating jungle lodge, adventures on the Tatai River are a great way to discover south west Cambodia's wild side. The banks of the Tatai are teeming with wildlife, and enjoying a moment watching a monkey picking berries from an overhanging bough is bound to linger in the memory. Wildlife watching on the Tatai River is a great way to spend a day, and you'll find plenty of serene stretches of water set deep amidst the mangroves where you can drift away the hours.
Discover the true breadth of Cambodian culture by exploring the Angkor Temples, bustling Phnom Pehn before heading to the Cardamon Mountains and rounding up with a few days on Cambodia’s islands.