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Elephant Adventure

Private Tour

Starting from $599 pp

Overview

Elephant Trekking

Our Cambodian Elephant Adventure is perfect for wildlife lovers and admirers of these magnificent gentle giants. On this trip you have a choice of two different experiences by either participating in a jungle trek or visiting a local elephant sanctuary. This adventure is not just about elephants as you will also get an encounter with the rare Irrawaddy river dolphins and a glimpse of life along the Mekong river.

Travelling east to Mondulkiri is a true highlight for any expat visitor to Cambodia as you really feel that you are getting away from the main touristy areas. This trip is fast becoming our most popular in Cambodia as it is perfect for families. We believe the true highlight of this tour is sitting down to enjoy a traditional BBQ with Hong and his family. (We first met Hong over 8 years ago before he shot to fame by being Gordon Ramsay’s guide in the area for his Asian Odyssey). Apart from speaking great English and having a huge family he cooks a mean kebab.

ITINERARY DETAILS

Day 1: Arrive Siem Reap & travel to Kratie

Arrive in Siem Reap where you will be met by an Asia for Expats representative. Directly from the airport we start our journey to Kratie stopping in Kampong Cham for lunch. On arrival in Kratie you have time to freshen up and then enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Cambodia.

Day 2: Kratie to Sen Monorom

You will start the day by travelling upstream before boarding a traditional fishermen’s boat and taking a cruise to the dolphin pool of Kampi. This is the largest dolphin pool on the Mekong River and is the best natural habitat to witness the critically endangered Mekong Dolphin (Irrawaddy Dolphin). After an hour with the dolphins we start our journey to Sen Monorom. On arrival you will enjoy a local lunch of ‘Banhchev’ (Savory Pancakes) at the local coffee plantation before having the afternoon free to explore the area.

*(B)

Day 3: Elephant Trekking or Sanctuary with local BBQ

Today you have two options to choose from. During the elephant trek you will ride your elephant through the lush jungle to the Trok river. After lunch you have the opportunity to wash your elephant in the river before returning back to the local Phnong minority village. As an alternative we offer a day trip to the local Elephant sanctuary where you will learn about the elephants and help out at feeding time or wherever the sanctuary needs assistance. Whatever you choose the highlight of the day will be a fantastic traditional BBQ dinner with Mr. Hong and some locals.

 *(B)

Day 4: Sen Monorom to Depart Phnom Penh

This morning your driver will pick you up and drive you all the way to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Along the way you will stop off for a quick break in Skun also known as ‘Spiderville’ where you can enjoy the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula before heading to the airport for your departing flight home.

 *(B)

*Please see our list of activities that can be added to your getaway.

Note:

*It is possible to start this tour from Phnom Penh and return to Siem Reap
*Add an extra day in Kratie to explore Koh Trong Island (Recommended)
*Another day in Sen Monorom (See Activities)

Activities

Activities in Siem Reap

Helicopter Flights

Angkor Temple Helicopter Flights
Minimum Number: 3 People
Duration: from 8 minutes
See the incredible temples from the air! Your helicopter flights will last anywhere from 8 minutes, to a whole day. As well as Angkor you can also discover Banteay Chhmar, Preah Vihear, Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. For longer flights we can also incorporate time on the ground.

Quad Bike AdventuresQuad Bike Adventures
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 1 hour
If you’re looking for a little excitement or some family fun, then get out of town and discover a different side to Siem Reap. We offer five different Quad Biking 4-wheel adventures that vary from a one-hour sunset ride to an eight-hour, full-day adventure that includes lunch.

Horse RidingHorseback Riding
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 30 Minutes
Rides from 1 to 4 hours, cart rides and lessons for beginners. We can also arrange lead rides for those getting off the ranch for the first time.
*This activity is for children over the age of 8 unless you are an experienced rider and have consent of an adult. Cart rides are suitable for all ages.

Zip Lining in AngkorZip Lining in Angkor
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
The two-hour course includes 21 different stations, from hanging bridges, ziplines, abseiling and viewing platforms. It is the perfect jungle canopy experience!

Cooking ClassesTraditional Khmer Cooking Classes
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
Interested in learning how to cook some of Cambodia’s tastiest treats? Then make sure you include one of our cooking classes. Our classes start with a trip to the local markets so you know what ingredients you need in order to recreate the dish when you get back home.

Yoga ClassesYoga Classes
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 1 hour
Yoga has become increasingly popular in Siem Reap and the yoga scene is firmly established. We are able to offer hour-long classes or total retreats lasting over seven days. Take some time out to treat yourself. If not now, then when?

Pottery ClassesPottery Class
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
A two-hour Potter’s Wheel Workshop where you will be guided by a local potter to create a traditional Khmer Ceramic Pot, decorated with different colored local glazes. After your class your pots will be fired and your finished masterpiece will be delivered to your hotel the following day.

Dirt Bike RidingDirt Bike Riding
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
Cambodia is a playground for bikers. We can arrange anything from day tours to multi-day countrywide trips that take in all of the best sights. We will also be able to arrange beginner courses for those that are interested in building their confidence first.

The Cambodian CircusThe Cambodian Circus
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 1 hour
Story-telling, acrobatics, music, dance and culture. This show is organized by the performing arts school within the NGO Phare Ponleu. They have provided the platform for young Cambodians to develop their skills and now their show is a spectacle all over the world.

Escape the Room ChallengeEscape the Room Challenge
Minimum Number: 2 People
Duration: 1 hour
Search for the clues, solve the puzzles and try escaping in less than one hour. Test your wits and your problem-solving skills in four different games to choose from.

Moto AdventuresMoto Adventures
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
The Cambodian preferred mode of transport is their trusty moto (Honda Dream 125cc). So what better way to discover a country? Our tours range from half-day countryside adventures to full-day discover tours, as well as overnights in traditional homestays.

Traditional Village DiscoveryTraditional Village Discovery
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: 2 hours
The short tour is a great opportunity to meet some of the families (mostly farmers) and learn what typical village life is all about. You will have the opportunity to look around people’s houses and ask questions to get an insight in how other people live.

Temple Sunset TourTemple Sunset Tour
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
You will be picked up from your hotel for an introduction to the temples and sunset at Pre Rup Temple. After picking up your temple pass you will take a short 20-minute walk up to Pre Rup. Once here you are free to enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding rice fields, jungle and village houses.

Kayaking AdventureKayaking Adventure
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
If you want to get a different perspective of the waterways around the Tonle Sap Lake, then a Kayaking adventure is the perfect opportunity. We are able to offer half-day trips to full-day discovery tours that include lunch and sunset drinks, and even overnight stays.

Traditional Buddhist Water BlessingTraditional Buddhist Water Blessing
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: 1 hour
Water blessings are sacred rituals that are performed in pagodas by Buddhist Monks all across Cambodia. They bring cleansing luck and happiness. Choose from a light sprinkling to a full dousing and experience Cambodia’s traditions first hand.

Photo Dinner (150 years of photography)Photo Dinner (150 years of photography)
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
Gain a deeper understanding of the modern history of Cambodia through photos and video while you enjoy dinner and lively conversations with your host and other guests.

Angkor WatTemple Sunrise Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
Arriving in the dark to Angkor Wat is a very exciting. You will walk down the main promenade and to the outskirts of the temple to try and catch that perfect shot of the sun rising over the three main towers. Once the sun as risen you will then enjoy a temple tour of Angkor before returning back to your hotel for breakfast.

Siem Reap Photography Tour

Siem Reap Photography Tour
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: 1 day
On this tour your professional photographer will take you to all the very best places to help you take amazing shots in perfect light. Our day tours are suitable for all ages and abilities, from professionals to the beginner.

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Floating Villages Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 5 hours
Enjoy a fascinating half-day tour out to the unspoilt floating community of Kampong Phluk, which is best known for its stilted-house villages and flooded forest. We’ll set off to the largest fresh water lake in SE Asia, Tonle Sap, before returning back to town.

Jewellery Making Course (Ammo)Jewellery Making Course (Ammo)
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 3 hours
During this easy and fun three-hour class, you will learn how to heat metal using a traditional blowtorch and bellows, create patterns with hand-made Cambodian stamping tools and cut and form your metal into a design.

Mountain Bike ToursMountain Bike Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
If you are looking for something a bit more energetic when visiting Cambodia, then try a two-wheel adventure. On all of the mountain biking tours you will be guided by local experts. Experience the Angkor Complex by bike, as well as various rides that will take you to hidden temples and the stunning Cambodian countryside.

Angkor Golf Resort

A Round of Golf
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
With three fantastic golf courses in Siem Reap it is no wonder why more and more people are wanting to play 18 holes during their break away. . There is also no need to bring your clubs with you as at each of the courses there are some very good-quality rental clubs.

Kulen Mountain TourKulen Mountain Tour
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 6 hours
The mountain range stretches over 12.8km and holds a special symbolic importance as it is venerated by Cambodians as the site that the Khmer empire originated. See the beautiful underwater carvings of the 1,000 lingas, visit the large Buddha ‘Preah Ang Thom’ and enjoy a dip in the mountain waterfalls.

Activities in Kratie

  

Kayaking (2)Irrawaddy Dolphin Kayaking
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 2 hours
Spend the morning kayaking through the flooded forest and sandy islands in the Mekong River as you enjoy a unique perspective of the rare and endangered Irrawaddy dolphins from the kayak.

Irawaddy Dolphin

Irrawaddy Dolphin Watching
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 1 hour
Board a traditional fishermen’s boat and take a cruise out to the largest dolphin pool on the Mekong River. On this activity you will get to see the critically endangered Mekong Dolphin (Irrawaddy Dolphin) swimming in their natural habitat, where you will get to follow them for up to an hour.

Sambok MountainSambok Mountain
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 1 hour
Climb to the top of Sambok Mountain and visit the pagoda where you can see carefully painted depictions of Buddhist beliefs.  You will have time to explore the area and admire the beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding rice paddies and countryside as you go.

Day in the life on Koh Trong IslandDay in Koh Trong Island
Minimum Number: 1 Person
Duration: from 4 hours
Take a ferry and cross over to Koh Trong Island, where you can discover the island’s hidden secrets by bicycle. Suited for travellers fond of nature and discovery, by following the trail around the island you will witness some of Cambodia’s most rural and traditional life, home to only a few villages and plenty of unspoilt scenery.

Activities in Sen Monorom

Elephant adventureElephant Experiences
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 1 day
Visit the Elephant Sanctuary and help with the daily tasks from feeding to washing these fantastic creatures. Alternatively, enjoy a day trekking with the elephants through the jungle and to a river. Here you will enjoy a picnic lunch and have the opportunity to bath the elephants in the river.

Zip Wire

Zip Wire in Sen Monorom
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: 2 hours
The new zipline in Sen Monorom is a fantastic addition to the emerging adventure scene in Cambodia. You start on the far banks of the river and have to navigate six different lines and a suspension bridge, before adventuring in a 300m line that passes straight over the top of Bou Sra Waterfall.

Ban Lung

Jungle Trekking
Minimum Number:
1 Person
Duration: from 6 hours
Visit the Pou Tang Village and venture through the jungle, passing spectacular views and mountainous areas along the way. Your guide will point out the various types of trees, plants and wildlife that reside there until you reach the Leng Oung waterfall.

Expat Tips

Top Expat Tips

  • Get on a motorbike and go and enjoy the sunset at Phnom Dokramom.
  • If you’re up for a dirt bike adventure then this is the perfect spot (request for details).
  • Looking for a little more adrenaline then how about booking a zip wire experience.

Challenges:

  • Enjoy a glass or two of rice wine with your BBQ host Hong and his family (How many children does he have?).
  • See if you can track down long-time local resident Bill and his monkey (Mimo?). He runs a small shop on the high street and selling local ethical products.
  • Take the best picture of an elephant you can and send it to us (Prizes awarded at the end of each season).

For Families:

  • Ask to be taken to the local market and buy a few toys for the local children.
  • Book a two-wheel adventure and explore the surrounding area by mountain bike.
  • Extend your stay and check out the nearby Bousra waterfall.
  • Wait until dark and show your children the incredible stars in the sky as there is hardly any light pollution in the area.
Information

Tour Includes:

  • Land transportation within Cambodia by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation listed
  • Breakfasts each morning on the tour
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • All admission fees at activities mentioned in the itinerary, temples and attractions.
  • All taxes

Tour Excludes:

  • Flights to/from Asia. (Our team can help you arrange flights if requested)
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa fees, currently $30 US per person
  • Meals, unless otherwise mentioned
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Other excursions and entrance fees
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation and evacuation in the event of accident of illness).
  • All other services not listed in “Tour Includes”.

Flights

We will arrange all flights and transportation within Asia as mentioned in the itinerary. Our team can arrange bonded ATOL flights to/from Asia upon request. Please complete the enquiry form with the necessary information to issue a quote for your international flights.

Visa

A visa is required to enter Cambodia, the current cost is $30. Our team will happily advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure your passport has a validity of at least six months beyond stay. Also at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting and 4 passport-size photos are needed.

Insurance

Please make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance adequate for your holidays and the activities you want to undertake. Your insurance must cover medical costs related to hospitalisation, repatriation and emergency travel.

Vaccinations

Please consult your doctor, clinic or your national Department of Health for recommended vaccinations and medication when travelling to Southeast Asia. It is important to arrange the necessary appointments well in advance of your trip.

Currency

US Dollars (USD) are widely accepted in Cambodia as well as the local currency Khmer Riel (KHR). For currency conversion please click here.

How to Book

Only once you are fully happy with your tailor-made itinerary you will receive an invoice. In order to secure availability for your booking, tour, activities and accommodation we require a 20% deposit.

Responsible Travel

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Please note: 

Our prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are subject to changes and can only be confirmed after receiving an enquiry.

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We can tailor this experience to suit your needs. Please complete the enquiry form specifying any requirements or alterations to the itinerary.