Cardamom Tented Camp
Recommended Packing List
Aside from your normal packing for travel in tropical climate, we like to share some recommendations of items that you may find come in handy during your upcoming stay at our remote jungle location and while joining some of our nature-based activities
Our camp is located in low-lying rain forest, and the hiking trails frequently cross through rivers and creeks and muddy patches. Count on part of your clothing items to get dirty and wet. We suggest to take:
- Sunhat and / or a bandana
- Light long trousers (easy drying)
- Shorts (to wear at the camp)
- Swimming trunks
- Sandals or flip-flops (to wear in the camp)
- Closed hiking shoes with good profile
- Insect Repellent
- Anti-histamine cream
- Camera (ideally with zoom lens)
- Memory Card
- Zip-lock bags
Electricity and Internet
Our camp is solar-powered, which means that we are not able so support heavy power-draining equipment such as flatirons or hairdryers. You will be able to charge cameras batteries, phones, etc. We have limited access to the Internet, but cannot guarantee connectivity at all times.
Getting to our camp involves a boat journey. We have limited luggage capacity on the boat and in the tents, but we offer the opportunity to leave large luggage items at our Trapeang Rung Jetty. Duffel bags or airplane cabin-sized luggage is ideal for the stay.
We do not offer laundry services. Should you want to wash clothing, take your own biodegradable detergent.
Do’s and Don’ts
We have a good selection of drinks in our bar, including a wide selection of wines and several locally produced beers, the sale of which helps to support our project. However, should you wish to bring your drinks, a bottle of fine wine, a bottle of whiskey, or a beer case, please be aware that we charge a “corkage” fee.
Our corkage fees:
1. Beer/Soft drink: $30 per Box
2. Wine/Whiskey/Spirit: $30 per Bottle
No pets allowed
This is a strict policy to ensure the safety of both pets and the local wildlife. Botum Sakor is home to a wide array of species including many rare and endangered ones and we cannot risk the possible transfer of diseases between pets and the local wildlife or vice versa.
Sadly, we must insist on no children aged under six years old as the jungle is not an ideal place for inquisitive youngsters. A responsible adult must accompany children aged from 6 to 14 at all times.
Dressing for the Occasion
We suggest bringing a pair of sturdy boots that preferably cover the ankle and long socks and trousers to keep out leeches when trekking, particularly in the rainy season. Note, we will not allow anyone to go trekking in open shoes, sandals or flip flops. A wide brimmed hat is also a good option to have when kayaking and while our current mosquito population is not particularly bad, mosquito repellent is also recommended for the evenings.
Cardamom Tented Camp does not suffer from any particularly unusual health risks in this regard, but we obviously recommend you seek advice from your doctor about the normal relevant vaccinations before travelling to Cambodia. In the case of Malaria, which is still a serious problem in some parts of the country, it has not been a problem in this particular area for many years.
Health and Safety
We have detailed plans in place for almost every eventuality, from forest fires to emergency evacuations. In addition, all our staff receive annual training in First Aid and how to deal with snake bites, and we conduct regular fire drills to ensure our readiness in an emergency. All tents are fitted with smoke alarms and fire extinguishers.
We have multiple universal sockets and 2 USB sockets in every room. Mobile phone networks are accessible from the Bar/Restaurant and occasionally even in the tents. Local networks that currently work here are Smart and Metfone, in case you are considering purchasing a sim card while in Cambodia.
The coolest and most pleasant season of the year runs from November to February, with it heating up during March to June. The rainy season tends to run from July through October but we will have occasional rain from mid-April. September and October historically receive around 90 percent of the year’s rainfall (around 5 meters of rain) and the river can rise quite dramatically.