Steung Areng is located in the heart of the Cardamom Rainforest Landscape, the largest mainland rainforest in Southeast Asia. The Cardamoms is one of Asia’s seven remaining elephant corridors and is home to the last wild population of Siamese crocodiles and Royal Turtles on Earth. The Steung Areng Community-Based Ecotourism Project (STAR-CBET) was established in January 2016 in order to protect this important ecosystem from wildlife poaching and deforestation by providing an alternative livelihood for the local people through sustainable ecotourism.
Steung Areng covers a large area that includes 4 Visitor Centers for tourists: 1 main center and 3 sub-centers. Community restaurants, located in each of the visitor centers, are run by 34 workers from the local villages. Ingredients for meals are locally-sourced and freshly prepared using traditional cooking techniques. Steung Areng’s homestays offer visitors the opportunity to connect with local people by giving you a unique insight into the daily lives of the villages. At just $6 a night for one room , homestays include solar panels that supply electricity, filters to provide fresh drinking water, mosquito nets, and towels.
Guests to Steung Areng can enjoy a full range of activities to make the most of the Cardamom Mountains’ spectacular wilderness. Steung Areng’s knowledgeable staff and guides can lead walking treks, as well as mountain biking and motorcycle tours, ranging from a few hours to multiple days. Swimming at watering holes, tours of culturally significant sites, and bird watching are just a taste of some of the spectacular activities included on the treks.
To book your stay please visit the Steung Areng Community-Based Ecotourism website.