Just 30km West of Kampot, at the foot of Bokor Mountain, lays Prek Tnaut, where since 2002 a local community is trying to establish a 176ha eco-tourism site and to raise environmental awareness for locals and villagers.
Supported by the WWF from 2003 until October 2010, the community is now self-sustainable and welcomes tourists & local visitors alike to come and enjoy the natural beauty of this mainly fishing community. Beside still being fisherman, the community is split up into 3 groups: traditional medicine makers, rattan producers & construction, and maintenance workers for the eco-project.
All proceeds and benefits are equally shared and re-invested into the community.
The village chief, Mr. Chhoum, believes that besides promoting nature and preservation of the area, this project might also protect them from land grabbing by corporate companies or other people with devastating plans on their mind.
Popular with locals during the weekends who come to enjoy the river and serenity of the surrounding nature, Prek Tnaut also offers home-stay possibilities ($3/pax) for tourists to support the community and to experience true Cambodian country life. One traditional village house can host up to 8 people. Khmer seasonal home-cooked food is served at $3/meal. Book your home-stay at least 1 day in advance.
Spend your day exploring the area, chill at the river, head upstream to the ''Temple of 100 Fields'' or take a boat trip into the sea and do some dolphin spotting ($20-$30/boat).
There is a $3 entrance fee for tourists. To leave your motorbike at the entrance the community charges just 1000riel.
For bookings and info, call 088 9022 099.
No English is spoken on the phone so get your guesthouse to help you out.
Inside the community, English-speaking guides are available.