Beyond Limits Events introduces you to some of the lesser known, or even unknown, charms that the small kingdom of Cambodia has to offer. Let yourself be seduced by Phnom Penh, a capital rich in surprises. Then wrap in the gentle way of life of the South. Immerse in the wilderness of the Cardamom Mountains, discover the best pepper in the world in Kampot and relax on Koh Rong, one of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia.
PHNOM PENH, THE VIBRANT CAPITAL
Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, has adopted a frenetic development rhythm. Located at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers, this booming city multiplies skyscrapers and trendy establishments, while retaining a village soul in some districts. By tuk tuk, cyclo pousse, electric vehicle, and even walking , you will enjoy the city from the tree-lined boulevards to the sidewalks filled with small merchants, and to its quays along the river.
Explore old Phnom Penh on foot during an urban adventure punctuated by friendly encounters with Cambodians and the discovery of traditions related to their daily life. Discover 2000 years of the kingdom’s history through the multimedia museography of the very modern Sosoro Museum. From the emblematic sites inherited from the past to the “Manhattan of Phnom Penh”, take the measure of the contrasts of a capital in full evolution. Dine on street food or gourmet cuisine. At sunset, a cruise or a drink at a rooftop bar will give you another perspective on this amazing city and allow you to take magical photos. You’ll finish the evening off in the vibrant nightlife the city has to offer.
THE CARDAMOM, MAJOR ECOTOURISM DESTINATION
Covering more than 4 million hectares of tropical forest, the Cardamom Mountains are home to a wealth of endemic flora and fauna. Protected by national parks, these vast expanses of plains and forests, with winding rivers and cool waterfalls, are a prime destination for wilderness lovers. Whether it’s guesthouses in a community-based tourism village, cozy eco-tents in a camp, comfortable bungalows on the water, or ultimate luxury into the jungle (Have you ever imagined arriving at your hotel by zip line?), the accommodations are as varied as the nature-related activities. Accompany a ranger patrol and check camera traps for animal sightings. With a botanist guide, discover the flora and pick wild herbs to enhance your meal. Hike to a beautiful waterfall for a refreshing swim, mountain bike through the rainforest or explore the river by kayak.
Come and enjoy the wonderful Cambodian nature!
THE BEST PEPPER IN THE WORLD
Capital of the best pepper in the world, Kampot is a quiet town bathed by the Prek Teuk Chou River. It still has a beautiful set of colonial houses and Chinese shophouses. A stay here allows you to explore a bewitching countryside where rice fields, salt marshes and, of course, pepper plantations are scattered. The mangrove forest is another treasure, a veritable cathedral of greenery.
Explore the karstic area of Kampong Trach and search hidden shrines in the caves. Take a walk on the Bokor Mountain to enjoy panoramic view. Stroll along the river. Participate in the preservation of the ecosystem by planting a mangrove. Admire the largest salt production of the country. Visit a pepper plantation to discover the famous Kampot pepper recognized worldwide as a « premier cru ». Enjoy the Kampot rural life and the kindness of the people.
GO TO THE BEACH IN …PARADISE
Did you know that Cambodia has some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia? Scattered off the coast of Preah Sihanouk province, in the Gulf of Thailand, these small paradises are still preserved from the big real estate developers and constitute, each in their own way, dream beach destinations. Koh Rong is one of them, an island with miles of powdery white sand bathed by warm, translucent waters. Here the days come alive with beach walks, swimming and sunbathing, diving in a wonderful underwater world, exploring the interior through fishing villages, jungle and lush mangroves. In the evening, take a night dive illuminated by bioluminescent plankton, and above all enjoy the warm atmosphere of the beautiful hotel you have chosen. Absolute bliss guaranteed!
Author: Deb Davad