3-Day Ratanakiri Rafting Adventure Trek
Follow Kavet hill tribe rangers for a unique 3-day bamboo rafting adventure trek experience into Kok Lak forest of Virakchey National Park in Ratanakiri. It’s thrilling and fulfilling adventures in this amazing jungle. If you have never had bamboo rafting experience before, this is your spot. Overnight camping near the waterfall, homestay in the farmhouse of indigenous people.
3 Days / 2 Nights
Evening brief: Each tour begins with an evening briefing. At 4:30 PM, we will meet at your hotel in Ban Lung, Ratanakiri for a journey briefing. It is the first opportunity for everyone to meet the guide on their trip and to run over the final details so everyone knows what to expect.
Day 1: Approximately 4-6 hours trek (-/L/D)
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8.30 AM and travel 45 km north to Veun Sai village approximately 60 minutes away. From Voen Sai we continue by a small boat that take us upstream towards a small river of O’Lalai. Our boat journey continues on O’Lalai River for about 30 minutes passing through some of the very beautiful nature with almost all kind of vegetations on its bank. We reach Kok Lak village where we start walking through verity of landscapes forest.
Lunch break at a farm house or stream. Prepare and get changed to avoid getting cut from the jungle and beaten by insects as we are heading deeper.
Carry on the trek. The further north we go the dense forest. Soon we’ll enter the primary forest and it’s up the hills. During the trek we take some breaks to enjoy the surrounding and to rest a little bit. We’ll arrive the camp site which is near the waterfall around 4.30 PM and a beautiful clear river at its bottom is waiting for you to rinse the sweat off your body and invigorate your muscles. In the evening, your guide and ranger will set up a shelter, prepare the food, dinner at the camp-fire and overnight in hammock with mosquito net near the waterfall.
+ Accommodation: hammock with mosquito attached
Day 2: Approximately 4-6 hours trek (B/L/D)
Early in the morning, you can enjoy hot coffee or tea. Breakfast will be prepared on wood fire. Today trek is mainly of the beaten track so you can expect dense vegetation where the path is often cut with machete. Around noon, we’ll get to a nice spot for lunch at bamboo forest near the river. After lunch break, your guide and ranger will start to build bamboo raft and you are welcome to give a hand for your experience. After everything has set up, we’ll put our stuffs on the bamboo raft and start rafting on the river down stream through forests to a minority farm house where we spend another night. You can enjoy the swim sunset on the hill top with a beautiful scenery. A small party with minority rice wine is available after dinner.
+ Accommodation: hammock with mosquito attached
Day 3: Approximately 3-4 hours walk (B/L/-)
In the morning after breakfast, We start to prepare our stuffs and ready to continue our rafting adventure again with beautiful scenery along the river. The rafting tour ends around noon at our ranger’s village. After lunch break at the village, we continue by fast boat back to Voen Sai where where our driver is waiting to take us back to Banlung. Estimated arrival time in Banlung 4.30 PM.
This itinerary is written based on our tour research expeditions. It should be read in order to get a good general impression and NOT as a detailed hour by hour itinerary. As we care about your safety and always want to increase customer’s experience, Cambodian Pride’s team can change parts of the tour due to weather terrain conditions depending on the season and customer requests. If the program is changed upon customer’s request, possible additional costs will be charged directly to customers.
During the trek:
For overnight in the jungle, you will be staying in a covered hammock with forest furniture to relax and eat our meals (each hammock has its own mosquito net attached). Sometimes we even build a roof tent above our hammocks depends on the weather. There are however no facilities to support camping in the forest so we organize an expedition from local villagers to take in our food and equipment. There will be also cooks, rangers and English speaking guide. These guys will cook and prepare hammock for you in the forests. Though every one of the group will need to help carry some stuff like a hammock and a bit of water. The toilet facilities are rudimentary and ‘back to nature’ in style and bathing is in the stream.
What food is provided during the trek?
All meals are provided with the trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Please note that there is no possibility of cooking different food for individuals. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are a vegetarian.
Is there Malaria?
Like much of rural Cambodia, the site has mosquitoes that may carry malaria.
Malaria can be potentially fatal if contracted and as such clients are advised to seek medical advice concerning malaria avoidance prior to visiting the site. Avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes is the most effective way to avoid malaria.
Many travelers to Cambodia also choose to take malaria prophylaxis, a medication which prevents malaria in the case of infection. If you become ill after leaving the site, be aware that you may have malaria and need to seek immediate medical advice.
What happens in the case of bad weather?
Cambodia experiences a dry season and a green season. The dry season occurs each year from about November to June. The wet season comprises the remainder of the year, with rain and flooding occurring in varying degrees of intensity. Hence we will only be running treks for 8 months each year. During this period, we plan to take back to back treks, however, at certain times it can be difficult to walk up and down the mountains. If the weather is particularly bad then there could be some blackout dates during this period. We will endeavor to take treks with limited interruptions.
What to bring
We recommend bringing with you the following:
- A set of neutral – coloured cloths of natural fibers (cotton)
- Long trousers
- Long sleeved shirt x 2 (A clean set for the night)
- Walking Boots
- Walking Socks
- A hat
- Fleece Jacket or sweater
- Sandals or flip flops
- A spare pair of socks
- Some Personal toiletries
- Sun scream
- Insect repellent
- Swim Suit
- Travel towel
- Torch or headlamp
- Personal first aid kit including any necessary medication such as anti-malarial pills.
- A small day-pack to carry your camera etc…
TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
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