Trip Start Oct 05, 2012
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Chi Pat is an Ecotourist village - meaning that 80%25 of the community are signed up to a project that trains people how to set up guest houses, train as guides and cooks etc. Before this project was set up, the areas main income was from poaching and logging. Reforestation is also part of the project, with thousands of trees already replanted. They run loads of activities which the funds go straight back into the running of the village. It's a really pretty village in the middle of nowhere and it's set up to be really clean and tidy. It's a nice change to see Cambodians put rubbish in the bin for once
We decided to stay in the Eco lodge, the pricier option (surprise, surprise) set right in the jungle lookin over a lake. Really peaceful and beautiful.
That night we ate with the family who ran the guesthouse and did an 8k walk to see a sunset that never really showed up! Still gorgeous scenery of the Cardamon mountains with a funny guide that kept us entertained!
The next day we went mountain biking. We went for the more 'challenging' option... it was 34k and took us 8 hours! It was through the jungle, up the mountain, over rocks through sand. I think we covered every possible terrain, and it was bloody hard work! We cycled to a waterfall called O' Malu, which luckily was beautiful! I thought I wasn't going to make it, especially when it got to the heat of the day! The waterfall sorted us out and we had a little packed lunch with us too - rice never tasted so good!
Our bums were so sore on the way back that we could hardly sit on the seats! But it was a good challenge and we felt pretty proud of ourselves that night!
That night when we got back to our hut we found a tree frog in the loo!
We decided to leave the next day so we could have a few days of proper chilling by a pool before Japan which is likely to be pretty full on.
We both really loved Chi Pat, and it was really different than any of the other places we've been so far in Cambodia.