Forest in Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains

The Comprehensive Guide to Nature Retreat at Osoam Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains

Cambodia has a lot of popular tourist attractions from historic site Siem Reap Angkor Wat to rich nature. Yet, a hidden nature among tourists is the Cardamom Mountains. The Cardamom Mountains are located in southwestern of Cambodia. It is said to be the last greatest rainforest in Southeast Asia, and as well as an essential home to wildlife.

Covering as much as 4.4 million hectares, the Cardamom Mountains offer plenty of natural resources and places to explore, especially major stunning ecotourism sites such as Chi Phat, Steung Areng, and Osoam.


Osoam Cardamom Community-Based Ecotourism site, on the other hand, is nestled between a crocodile sanctuary and Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary (the second highest mountain in Cambodia) at the heart of the Cardamom Mountains, recently enchanting conscious nature and digital detox enthusiasts from around the globe.

In mid-2019, I traveled there for my digital detox in nature for several days. And now I share with your more to help you an insight into Osoam Cardamom Mountains.

Osoam Cardamom Community Center

Found by Mr. Lim, a former park ranger for the Ministry of Environment with a strong will to promote ecotourism in Osoam area, Osoam community-based ecotourism site has remarkably gained fame in recent years due to his efforts.

He explains that Osoam community-based ecotourism project plays an important role in developing income sources for locals that encourage sustainable development of the community, and it also prevents illegal hunting and further deforestation of the unique Cardamom Mountains of Cambodia.

Indeed, your support has a great impact on the sustainability of the community. When you volunteer in the community or participate in tours, you help contribute to the local residents as they build the community for a better future. Your experience will directly support local community projects, guides, workers, rangers for law enforcement projects, local food suppliers, and recycling projects.

Osoam Community Pepper

Another initiative that can also benefit the whole community is Osoam Community Pepper. The idea is to promote some of the organic, natural products in the area, providing local growers with a fair and sustainable market price.

Osoam community pepper project allows you to take a small consignment of cardamoms mountains organic pepper back to your home country. This small thing can really help the Osoam community, whilst providing a fantastic gift for your friends and family back home.

Sharing local production with communities all over the world is the great pride and honor for the community. Thus, paying a visit is pretty helpful to spread awareness of their products.

Activities during a nature retreat at Osoam Ecotourism Site

Set deep in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains, Osoam offers extraordinary beautiful scenic nature. Take the time to unwind and experience a peaceful life at a laid back pace, enjoy local organic food and learn about the sustainable development of the local community.

To explore the hidden gems or even get to know the village, you can consider any options Osoam Cardamom Community Center designs for you.

A waterfall in Cardamom Mountains. Photo credit: Wildlife Alliance

1 Day Tours

Mountain Jungle Waterfall

You will see hidden waterfalls, wildlife, mountains, rivers, untouched jungle, and cardamom mountain birds.

  • With own motorbike
    • 1-4 people (1 guide) : 25$ per tour
    • 5-10 people (2 guides) : 40$ per tour
  • Without own motorbike
    • 1-3 people (1 guide) : 20$ per person
    • 4-6 people (2 guides) : 18$ per person
    • Above 6 people (1 guide) : 16$ per person

Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary (Second Highest Mountain)

You will see the dense jungle, wildlife, mountains, rivers, jungle, cardamom mountain birds, elephants, and mysterious places.

  • 1-4 people: 20$ per person
  • 5-10 people: 18$ per person

Fishing by Boat (include transportation + lunch pack + water + fishing gear)

You will see monkeys, mountains, rivers, jungle, and cardamom mountain birds.

  • 1-3 people: 35$ per tour

Overnight Trekking

Jungle Overnight Trek(include transportation + accommodation + water + food)

You will see Sunbear, elephants, Siamese crocodiles, buffalos, wildlife, mountains (climb up), rivers, jungle, and birds.

There are a lot of options around for overnight trek, and it can be customized to your interests. 

  • 2 days / 1 night
    • 1-3 people: 60$ per person
    • 4-7 people: 50$ per person
  • 3 days / 2 nights or longer
    • 1-3 people: 30$ per person / Day
    • 4-7 people: 25$ per person / Day

Jungle Tour From Osoam to Koh Kong and from Koh Kong to Osoam

(include transportation + accommodation + water + food)

You will see mountains, wildlife, waterfalls, rivers, jungles, and cardamom mountain birds.

1 Day tour

  •  2-3 people: 45$ per person
  • 4-6 people: 40$ per person
  • 7-10 people: 35$ per person

2 days / 1 night – including fishing

  • 2 people: 60$ per person
  • 3-4 people: 40$ per person
  • 5-7 people: 40$ per person

Half-day Tours

Village Tours (3-4 hours)

You will see farms, villages, gardening, sunset, landscapes, mountains, and jungle.

  • 1 person: 10$ by motorbike
  • 2-4 people: 5$ per person
  • 5-10 people: 4$ per person

Boat Trip

You will see monkeys, fish, local farming, wildlife, mountains, rivers, jungle, and birds.

  • Up to 4 hours
    • 1-3 people: 20$ per tour
    • 4-6 people: 40$ per tour
  • 1 Day Tour
    • 1-3 people: 30$ per tour
    • 4-6 people: 40$ per tour

Explore on your own

  • Kayak: 2$ per hour
  • Bamboo Raff: 1.5$ per hour
  • Normal Bike: 5$ per day
  • Mountain Bike: 10$ per day
  • Motorbike: 10$ per day

Homestay at Osoam Cardamom Community Center

As an isolated place, there aren’t yet many accommodation options at Osoam ecotourism site. There, Osoam Cardamom Community Center provides basic homestay with local traditional wooden houses. Food and beverages are available and affordable as well.

The accommodation price ranges from 10$ to 30$.

Traveling to Osoam Community-Based Ecotourism Site

From Siem Reap to Osoam Cardamom Mountains

If you’re traveling from Siem Reap to Osoam you have to head to Pursat province first. Capitol bus offers a seat directly to Pursat bypassing Battambang province. As you may arrive in Pursat in the late afternoon, you should have to spend a night in the city.

From Pursat to Osoam Cardamom Mountains

In Pursat, you have to go to the taxi station from 8:30 am to 11 am and ask for a taxi to Osoam. A shared taxi costs 12$ per person (one way) or taxi unit costs 50$ (one way).

The distance is about 170 km and it takes around 4 hours to reach Osoam.

From Koh Kong to Osoam Cardamom Mountains

In Koh Kong, you need to go to Koh Kong bus station around 1 pm to 1:30 pm and ask for a taxi to Osoam. A shared taxi costs 10$ per person (one way), or the taxi unit costs 50$ (one way).

The distance is about 115 km and it takes around 2.5 hours.

However, Osoam Cardamom Community Center will arrange a taxi for you from Osoam to Pursat or Koh Kong when your trip ends.

Best time to go on a nature retreat at Osoam Cardamom Mountains

Apparently, the Cardamom Mountains receive a lot of rainfall during the rainy season from May to October. Roads accessing Osoam are in a difficult condition—slippery and muddy. Trekking or adventurous motorbiking in the deep jungles is not recommended.

You may find yourself immersive in nature paradise with a different mood, just relaxing with healing rain, thunder, and lightning when you are in there in the wet season.

However, the perfect time to go on a nature retreat at Osoam is between November and April. The weather is so great that you can get an abundance of experience by exploring the wonderful beauty of untouched nature, hidden waterfalls, rivers, and wildlife.

Important things to pack

You don’t need a lot of stuff. Of course, you just need some gears, boots, long-sleeve shirts, and jeans or pants for an outdoor adventure into the woods. It’s also nice to take mosquito or insect sprays and as well as medicines against fever, malaria, and diarrhea along with you. 

Let’s go and explore nature!

Conclusion

Going on a nature retreat in the Cardamom Mountains at Osoam Community Based Ecotourism is absolutely a great experience. You can immerse yourself in the nature paradise in the heart of Southeast Asia’s largest rainforests, where you will get a fantastic healing relaxation and rejuvenation. Being in the deep forest gives you a unique experience of finding balance and peace for your body, mind, and spirit.

To book a tour and for more details, contact Mr. Lim

Phone: +855 89 899 895/16309075

Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

Are you ready for your nature retreat at the Osoam Ecotourism site?

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