Unique Vacations in Cambodia’s Outdoors

Cambodian adventure travel holidays have been slowly gaining popularity in the last few decades. This south Asian country has seen an extremely rich and colorful history, which has left an indelible imprint upon it’s people and their heritage. Angkor Wat Temple, its most fabled site and the adjoining Angkor Archaeological Park, are the most prominent examples of this heritage, but the Cambodian landscape offers adventure travelers a wealth of opportunities – the provinces of Siem Reap, Koh Ker, and Preah Vihear afford a gateway to Cambodia’s rich history, with their temples and shrines. The Mekong lowlands which Include the areas Of Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Thom and Kratie and extend to the beaches and islands in the elephant and Cardamom mountain regions in the west are another great area for explorers. For those seeking excitement and adventure there are plenty of heart stopping, pulse racing activities that Cambodia has on offer.

Cambodia is a very verdant country, and has several thousand acres of virgin wilderness, especially at the base of the Cardamom Mountains. These forests, though once the hub of dangerous Khmer Rouge activity, are now the den of less militant life forms, like the flying squirrel, the gawking monkey, and the elephant. In order to prevent the rapid erosion of the forest land by illegal poachers and the villagers who live on its fringes, the Cambodian government has introduced several guided excursions into the heart of Cambodian Cardamom forests, which enable outsiders to get a unique view of this country, and provide gainful employment to the locals. On these trips, the intrepid traveler will trek through tropical trees, braving the damp and leeches, to encounter every type and size of fauna – the wood spider, the rhino, the boar, and of course, the Asiatic elephant. On the way, trekkers will view occasional roaring waterfalls and picturesque bamboo huts at the forest fringes, while enjoying meals typical of the region – traditional rice and meat wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Cycle tours- If the quirks of nature are not your cup of tea another great Cambodian adventure outdoors is a cycling tour across the country. An activity geared to the entire family and individuals of all ages, this is a wonderful way of experiencing the untainted beauty of rural Cambodia, joining in with other cyclers and, staying at local taverns en route. As well, you’ll have the chance to see Cambodian artisans at work and acquire hand-made handicrafts and textile typical of the region as you travel along the countryside

Rafting and mountain biking – are popular on the mountainous northwest Cambodian regions and the Mekong River. Biking up the hillsides or rafting in the steamy streams are part and parcel of activities that go hand in hand in this region in an area unlike any found in the west.

After strenuous activity and adventure, birdwatchers will appreciate the Prek Toa Bird Sanctuary on the banks of Tonle Sap Lake, and home to large waterbirds and fowl. Kratie River is great place for rest and relaxation, as well as the place to spot the Irrawady Dolphins. Additionally, Cambodian beaches offer plenty of leisure activities to end a great adventure travel holiday in Cambodia.

The Camping Hammock – A Great Sleeping Alternative

A camping hammock is a great alternative to a camping bed for anyone who is camping and they make an excellent addition to your camping and outdoor equipment. When backpacking they are easy to transport and very lightweight. When folded up properly the camping hammock will only take up as much space in your backpack as a tennis ball and weighs only approximately 18 ounces. And when unfolded and hung correctly the hammock will give you as much sleeping space as any decent sized single bed. And do not worry if you are of the large-sized human being, These hammocks are able to support weights of up to 500 pounds which is more than enough tolerance for the majority of us.

When camping the majority of campers use a sleeping bag and tend to sleep on the floor. Some will use sleeping pads and a fine majority may use an inflatable bed. Now sleeping on the floor of a tent can prove to be rather uncomfortable and if you don’t use a sleeping pad it can be rather cold as well. However with a camping hammock these comfort issues are not a case to be dealt with. With the hammock the sleeper is elevated from the ground and will be kept both warm and dry as a result. There is no need for any insulation from the cold and sometimes damp ground and providing a sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner is used to sleep in when on the hammock, there is no fear of suffering from any sudden drop in temperature during the night.

The camping hammock has been slow to catch on as a useful piece of camping equipment but nowadays it’s popularity is increasing many fold amongst the outdoor set. Enough so for manufacturers to invest in a little research and design to come up with many more models for us to choose from. As well as being used to sleep in the camping hammock can be quite versatile and be used as a seat or even as storage space for food and equipment in any tent.

So when you next go camping give the hammock some consideration. They are extremely comfortable to sleep in, versatile in their use and are certainly easier to carry around in your backpack than a sleeping pad or inflatable mattress. They are not expensive to buy and when you are not using them for camping you can even set them up in your own garden to relax in and enjoy a long summer evening.