Test Terres Rouges Lodge, Labansiek, Ratanakiri, Cambodia

The hikes

Tour IA - The forest of the Kroeung

5 to 7 hours hike, back the same evening.

We start early on this journey for the Kroeung territory. We drive for about 15 kilometers until we stop in a big village with a superb view : hills covered in forest roll for ever from West to East. The hike starts by going down a trail and then crosses a few fields before progressively entering the forest. This timber forest is exploited by local villagers for the first kilometers of the hike an then recovers its integrity. We cross a number of streams, some with small rapids in the shade of the forest. The hike is usually easy but can become more difficult when trees have been fallen or when the track goes up a slope. If we wish for more sport, it is possible to go towards a small waterfall by leaving the track and cutting through the forest. This waterfall is nothing like the Victoria Falls, but the hike to get there becomes much harder and one must often use the macheta to make way through the bush and thorns, it lengthens the trip by about an hou rand a half. The first slash and burn fields that we encounter mark the quick ending of the forest, as a matter of fact, half an hour later we reach the road where our car is waiting for us. Back to the lodge for dinner.

Tour IB - The forest of the Kroeung

Overnight in a field house.

Same Tour than IA but we then reach slash and burn fields where a small bamboo hut shall be our home for the night. The following morning we bid farewell to our hosts before reaching the place where our car shall hopefully be waiting for us.

Tour IC - The forest of the Kroeung

Overnight in a village

Same trip than IA then at the first slash and burn fields that we encounter mark the quick ending of the forest, as a matter of fact, half an hour later we cross the road and reach the village where we shall overnight with a local family.

Tour III

The North of Taveng, 3 days & 2 nights adventurous jungle trek.

On this trek our guides will take you to one of the most remote areas of Cambodia close to the borders of Laos and Vietnam. Due to its remote location this place it is rarely visited by tourists, therefore the chances of seeing wildlife are more important. The area is also the habitat of several hill tribes where families live in small settlements. During our trek we have lunch in a Brao village and will spend one night with a local family. We will quite likely experience the fishing and hunting techniques of the local people. Please note that we do not accept any kind of hunting on protected animals for tourists entertainment nor consumption !

Landscapes are very diverse, with wide views contrasting with the dense jungle. You will pass small villages flanked by rice fields while some parts of the trek are crosscountry. This means that our way is cut through the dense jungle. Small streams have to be crossed. The Steung Khampha is not so easy to cross as it is too deep. Therefore we look for a small boat or resort to building our own raft.

We spend two nights during this trek. One night in the jungle and one with a tribal family. One thing they have in common: pitch black skies with countless stars. The sounds of insects and animals completes the blend of life in the jungle.

Tour II

Cha Ong Kalay jungle trek two day one night.

Cha Ong is one of the waterfalls close to Banlung. It is where the trek starts. It leads us through small family villages, fields, secundary and primary forest. We spend the night at a river where we can have a swim. On the way we meet the locals (Kroeung people). We see some of their daily activities and learn about their culture and their way of living close to nature.

First day.

We leave at 08.15 am. It takes about half an hour to get to Cha Ong waterfall. We spend 30 of 45 min at the waterfall. After that we walk until noon and have lunch in a small settlement. ‘Round 15.00 pm we reach the campsite. There you can have a swim and relax.

Second day.

We leave around 08.00 am. We go for the highlight: the primary forest. Huge trees that makes us humans appear very small. We go up hill and down hill. Never on the same path. Regularly we check our position in order to determine the course which leads us to Kalai. Some parts are kind of difficult to pass. Our way has to be cut and speed is often limited to 1 km/hour. The time we spend walking the second day is approx. six to seven hours.

Tour IV

Katcha Tribe Mountain Trek 3 days / 2 nights.

Beauty is waiting to be discovered! A wonderful area with breath-taking remote views, a superb waterfall and areas of untouched primary forest. The three steps waterfall measures at least 40 meters and the pool at the bottom is awaiting you for a welcome swim ! Landscapes encountered are very diverse. Experience a boat trip on the Tonle San river, spot rare birds on its shores, locals fishermen, water buffaloes cooling off with white egrets on their back. The Se San river unwinds ahead of you revealing the breathtaking scenery of majestic mountains in the distance.
Nature on this three day trek is anything but boring. Remote views contrasting with the enclosed jungle. Bamboo forests, rocky hills, mountains, small streams*. The huge trees of the primary forest makes us feel very small. The trek through the primary forest is really off the beaten track. In some areas, wildlife tracks are the only paths available. Your foot prints might mix with the foot prints of the giant Gaur: a wild buffalo.

The Kachah people are very friendly and will often invite you in to their homes. According to the season you can watch their daily activities.

Khmer rouge
During the Khmer Rouge regime, Kachah people were closely involved. Many villagers were forced to hard labour. Men were forced to join the armed forces. People were executed. An attempt to mass murder the whole village was about to be a fact. For uncertain reasons they were kept alive. The mass grave dug by the villagers for this purpose can still be seen. A dam complex was build in order to gain two rice crops each year. Remnants of this structure are silence witnesses today.
We spend two nights during this trek. One night near the waterfall and one at a tribal family. Each has its own charm. *some streams run out of water in the late dry season.
What’s included?
• Professional English speaking guide. • Indigenous ranger expert tracker. • Save transport by car • Boat trip on Sesan River 24km two way • All necessary equipment like backpacks, hammocks, blankets and rain ponchos • Breakfast, lunch and diner • Water coffee and/or tea • Entrance fees

Tour V - Katcha Tribe Mountain Trek 4 days / 3 nights

Beauty is waiting to be discovered! A wonderful area with breath-taking remote views, a superb waterfall and areas of untouched primary forest . The three steps waterfall measures at least 40 meters and the pool at the bottom is awaiting you for a welcome swim ! Landscapes encountered are very diverse. Experience a boat trip on the Tonle San river, spot rare birds on its shores, locals fishermen, water buffaloes cooling off with white egrets on their back. The Se San river unwinds ahead of you revealing the breathtaking scenery of majestic mountains in the distance.
Nature on this three day trek is anything but boring. Remote views contrasting with the enclosed jungle. Bamboo forests, rocky hills, mountains, small streams*. The huge trees of the primary forest makes us feel very small. The trek through the primary forest is really off the beaten track. In some areas, wildlife tracks are the only paths available. Your foot prints might mix with the foot prints of the giant Gaur: a wild buffalo.

We spend three nights during this trek. One night near the waterfall, one night in remote jungle and one at a tribal family. Each has its own charm. *some streams run out of water in the late dry season.

What’s included?
• Professional English speaking guide. • Indigenous ranger expert tracker. • Transport by car • Boat trip on Sesan River 24km two way • All necessary equipment like backpacks, hammocks, blankets and rain ponchos • Breakfast, lunch and dinner • Water coffee and/or tea • Entrance fees