The Hanuman team take a breather during their epic cycle ride
Rainbow Lodge welcomes the Hanuman team
Most of the Hanuman sales and operations team from our Phnom Penh office spent their weekend taking in the sights and sounds of Koh Kong province whilst dodging the rain and getting down and dirty with a 30 kilometre cycle ride in the lee of the Cardamom Mountains. With the improved road links to this southwest region of Cambodia, it was a first-time visit for most of the team to Koh Kong town and though we arrived in the late afternoon gloom, we headed straight to have a look-see at the pleasant Oasis Resort a couple of kilometres from the riverfront. Next morning, despite a torrential downpour, we headed to Tatai River to take in the Tatai waterfall, the eco-Rainbow Lodge and lunch at the luxury floating villas at 4 Rivers. We continued by boat once we’d reached Andong Teuk, getting to the Chi Phat community in the dark, our accommodation for the night being some of the small guesthouses that have sprung up as part of the community project that has taken off at this outpost in the shadow of the Cardamom Mountain range.
Food was supplied by the community team at the visitor’s center, and excellent fare it was too, before we set off early the next morning for our 30-kilometre round-trip along waterlogged tracks, through deep streams, across rickety wooden bridges and through forested areas until we cooled off in the waters of O’Malu waterfall. Most of the team fell off at least once, some of them screamed loudly when they found leeches attached to their legs but everyone completed the 5+ hours of cycling and were well satisfied with their achievements. For most of them, this was their first truly adventurous trip and they loved it. Despite the almost continuous rain. A final lunch was provided by the Chi Phat community and our return to Phnom Penh began, via water and road, but with a new insight into the sights and sounds of Koh Kong province.