Cambodia

Cave exploration around Kampot

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning

tour highlights

Explore the hidden caves of Phnom Chhnork
  • See ancient cave wall animal carvings
  • Admire a 7th century shrine dedicated to Shiva
  • Visit the serene and picturesque Secret Lake
  • Enjoy a picnic with a beautiful countryside backdrop

tour details

The landscape between Kep and Kampot is peppered with forested limestone mountains, many of which contain hidden caves and simple Buddhist Shrines. We’ll first travel by Tuk-Tuk, or motorbike, and visit the caves of Phnom Chhnork, known for their pre-Angkorian carvings and a well-preserved 7th century brick shrine dedicated to Shiva. We’ll also explore the caves, where you’ll see various animal carvings and figures made from protruding stalagmites and stalactites. We’ll then head to ‘Secret Lake’ built under the Khmer Rouge regime and known to locals as Tomnop Tek Krolar. The lake was originally created as an irrigation dam and is situated in between mountains and bright rice paddies and provides the perfect location for a picnic or a swim.

tour description

The landscape between Kep and Kampot is dotted with jungled limestone mountains, many of which contain hidden caves and simple Buddhist Shrines. On this tour you will first visit the caves of Phnom Chhnork known for their Pre-Angkorian carvings and a well-preserved 7th century shrine to Shiva. As you explore the caves, keep an eye out for the various animal carvings and protruding stalagmites and stalactites. About 300 meters from the main cave is an entrance into a deeper section, requiring some climbing and sturdy shoes.
The next stop on the tour is the so-called 'Secret Lake', which was established through hard labor under the Khmer Rouge. Originally created as an irrigation dam, the lake is situated in between the mountains and the rice paddies and provides the perfect location for a picnic or a swim.
Note: This excursion can be booked via tuk-tuk, but due to the condition of the roads, it is recommended to experience this tour via motorbike.

includes

Private transportation
All entrance fees for the places as mentioned in the program
English-speaking locally-stationed guides (guides in other languages are on request and may be subject to supplements)
Bottled water and cold towels

    excludes

    Surcharges for other language guides
    Personal travel insurance
    Personal expenditures such as drinks, souvenirs, gratuities etc.
    Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
      Tour code: KEPKNCAV

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