Burial Jar Trail

Additional Info

  • Country: Cambodia
  • Holiday Style: Classic + Adventures
  • Durations: 3 days
  • Destination: Chi Phat
  • Tour Code: BJMTB-3D

After a 6-hour journey by road and long-tail boat you arrive at the remote village of Chi Pat surrounded by the Cardamom Mountains. Cycle through meadows, bamboo thicket, lowland rainforest, splashing rivers, and enjoy some refreshing waterfalls en route to the mysterious ancient burial jars.

Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains are one of the last places in South East Asia with large expanses of intact lowland rainforest, where contiguous forest connects mountaintops to the ocean, pristine rivers cascade to the sea, and wildlife is still in relative abundance.

Asia Adventures, in partnership with Wildlife Alliance, offers a series of multi-day treks and mountain bike tours into the unspoiled, forested Cardamom Mountains. You can find various natural and cultural sites in the forest such as waterfalls, ancient burial jars, bat caves, and wildlife animals like elephants, hornbills or flying squirrels. These multi-day tours lead you deep into the forest and include sleeping under the stars.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Phnom Penh to Chi Phat
Start early as you have to drive 190 kilometers (118 miles) to the riverside community of Andoung Teuk. Board the Chi Pat Community boat for a 2 hour upstream journey along the Preak Piphot River. During this ride, be on the lookout for birds and mammals coming to the water's edge to drink. Upon arrival in the small, remote community of Chi Phat you meet the eco-tourism staff and get a short introduction regarding their hard work within the community. Afterwards have lunch and discuss the activities for the following days. Then check-in to your home-stay, a traditional Khmer home with basic facilities (mosquito net, fan, toilet, bathing area), and meet your host family. Walk to the nearby Chhay Chrey rapids with a local guide (about 2km, 1 mile), swim and relax and enjoy a lovely sunset atop 'Bald Mounatin' before returning to the village for dinner.

Meals included: L, D
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

Day 2: Burial Jar Trail Mountain Biking
After an early breakfast you meet your cycle guide and the mountain bike gets fitted. Once you have stocked up with water, you head north through a village. Cycle along single tracks and pass many banana plants before coming to your first river crossing. Spin along old logging trails which are reclaimed by the surrounded vegetation. After passing through a mix of open meadow, bamboo thickets, lowland rainforest, and being treated to fine views over the surrounding forested hills you arrive close to the Burial Jar Site. Leave the bikes for the final short climb to a rock outcrop where you can discover the mystical ancient burial jars, and small wooden coffins. After lunch you follow the same trail back to Chi Phat and stop off to visit the Teuk Vet waterfall. Furthermore you cycle to the 'hidden' waterfall of O'Spot which you can walk behind and explore the 'bat cave'. This waterfall is perfect for taking a refreshing shower and jumping into the plunge pool! Just before reaching the village you once again cross the wide Steung Chhay Chrey River, a great opportunity for a late afternoon swim if you wish. After freshening up a tasty dinner will be served at the Community Restaurant. The rest of the evening is free at leisure to wander around the village and experience rural community night life.

Meals included: B, L, D
Distance cycled: 45km (28 miles)
Level of difficulty: Beginner

Day 3: Chi Phat to Phnom Penh
You may wish to rise early this morning in order to walk down to the river and watch the magical sunrise and the villagers slowly waking up. After breakfast you bid farewell to Chi Phat as you journey back by motorbike taxi to Andoung Teuk. On arrival at Andoung Teuk you will catch bus and return to Phnom Penh, allowing you time to reflect on the wonderful and unique Cardamom Mountain trekking experience you have enjoyed in the seldom visited mountains of Cambodia, and taking away very fond memories.

Meals included: B
Distance cycled: n.a.
Level of difficulty: n.a.

• All sightseeing tour and transfer services as detailed in the above itinerary
• Community Guides (limited English)
• Accommodation in Chi Phat (basic no a/c)
• All necessary entrance fees
• All necessary boat trips
• Mountain bike & helmet hire
• Daily drinking water
• All meals as detailed in the above itinerary (B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner)

• Services not detailed in the above itinerary
• Travel to tour start location (Phnom Penh)
• Cambodian Visa fees
• Expenditure of a personal nature
• Drinks with included meals
• Discretionary tips
• Travel insurance
• Any payment / money transfer charges 

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