Anthony Bourdain once said of Cambodia, “So, how do I sum up Cambodia? That’s the wrong question. You don’t sum it up. You open your eyes, you let it happen, you breathe it in.” In light of Tony’s guidance on the matter, when we asked Jamie for a review of GlobeKick’s Cambodia he stayed well clear of some boring old summary, “Well, if something profound isn’t happening out there, at least it feels like it is.”
Phnom Penh feels like no other place on the planet. The name itself conjures up dreamy visions of the exotic. The shining spires of the Royal Palace, the fluttering saffron of the monks’ robes, and the whirl of life (and motorbikes!) moving in all directions on the banks of the storied Mekong – Cambodia’s capital awakens something within you. Our following trek into the jungles of Mondulkiri takes us further into a growing feeling of trust and connection with this romantic land. And just then, our volunteer work with the Elephant Valley Project brings it all into focus: these big majestic creatures, like Cambodia itself, feel resilient, loved, and bigger than a summary. Bravo Tony.
1 Nights in Phnom Penh Rental House (shared rooms)
2 Night in Sen Monorom Rental House (shared rooms)
3 Nights in private bungalows at Elephant Valley Project
Day 1- Day 2 : Pearl of Asia to Sen Monorom
Day 3-5: In the Jungle
Day 6: That Certain Feeling
What's Included Airport Transfers to accommodations in Phnom Penh on first One night of lodging in Phnom Penh (shared room) Two nights of lodging in Sen Monorom (shared room) Breakfast each morning in Phnom Penh and Sen Monorom Guided city tourism experience in Phnom Penh Transport to/from Elephant Valley Project 4 day / 3 night stay with full “Elephant Experience”
Airport Transfers to accommodations in Phnom Penh on first
One night of lodging in Phnom Penh (shared room)
Two nights of lodging in Sen Monorom (shared room)
Breakfast each morning in Phnom Penh and Sen Monorom
Guided city tourism experience in Phnom Penh
Transport to/from Elephant Valley Project
4 day / 3 night stay with full “Elephant Experience”
What's Not Included Lunches and Dinners in Phnom Penh On-the-ground transport (aside from airport and EVP transfers on specified days) Insurance of any kind Alcoholic beverages and/or Soft Drinks Visas, Associated Travel Fees Items of a Personal Nature
Lunches and Dinners in Phnom Penh
On-the-ground transport (aside from airport and EVP transfers on specified days)
Insurance of any kind
Alcoholic beverages and/or Soft Drinks
Visas, Associated Travel Fees
Items of a Personal Nature
December 2018 ; December 2019
Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Daily high temperatures in December are around 87°F with daily lows between 68°F and 75°F. Precipitation is very rare in December. The chance that a given day will be muggy in Phnom Penh decreases throughout December, falling from 90% to 69% over the course of the month.
More About The EVP
We are committed to supporting programs and organizations that make our world a better place. For centuries, Cambodian elephants have faced many challenges – from war, to being overwork in the logging, construction, and tourism industries. Every year, there are thousands of elephants across Asia that are abused as a result of the global tourism industry. Elephants in captivity generally face horrific living arrangements. They are often wrapped in chains, isolated, and live with limited movement, limited diet, and limited veterinary care. The Elephant Valley Project is an elephant sanctuary. And we want to help their efforts by volunteering our time with them.
In indigenous Cambodian culture, the Bunong (indigenous people of the Mondulkiri area), highly value and regard elephants. For these people, elephants are an important connection to the spirits and have been utilized in many ways for centuries.
However, Asian elephants are highly endangered and can only be found in fragmented habitats. It is projected that if populations decline at this current rate, elephants could become extinct within three generations. EVP (with our help!) is committed to sustainable elephant conservation practices.
While many tourist organizations claim to be supporting the advancement of healthy elephant populations, it is estimated that 60-75% of wildlife tourist attractions have negative welfare impacts on animal livelihood.
The Elephant Valley Project is committed to working with elephant owners so that the last of the captive elephants can live out their lives in health and peace. Elephant Valley Project is dedicated to advocate for the care of this population to the best of their ability. Their environment is stress free and natural and a dignified habitat for these amazing elephants to exist.
***Please note that visiting the Elephant Valley Project requires a moderate to high level of physical fitness. There is a lot of hiking (5 – 7km per day) on difficult terrain in the jungle to see the elephants.***
Recommended ***specifically for The Elephant Valley Project***
***specifically for The Elephant Valley Project***
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