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Cambodia – Kingdom of Water: A One of a Kind Expedition on the Mighty Mekong River
December 30, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - January 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm$3,800
Join expedition guides Nick Gordon of NOW Outdoors and Garrett Cooper of Feral Human Expeditions for this one of a kind paddle adventure in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Check out our video from last year!
Our time in Cambodia will be spent paddling the mighty Mekong River and the Tonle Sap Lake. We’ll paddle the “back streets” of a village built on stilts towering over the water, explore an otherworldly flooded forest, and see the endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin. Accommodations include camping on islands, staying in remote villages, sleeping in floating houses, and spending a few nights in hotels/lodges. In addition to paddling, we’ll investigate Cambodia’s dark past with the Khmer Rouge, explore the awe inspiring Angkor Wat, and visit a bird sanctuary.
Where: Fly into Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For your flight home you have the option to fly out of Siem Reap on the last day (more expensive), or come with us on the 6 hour drive back to Phnom Penh.
Included: Lodging, most meals, starting with dinner on day 1 and ending with lunch on day 15, boats, gear usage for paddling/and camping, most entrance fees, airport pick up and drop off, all ground transportation during the tour, local Cambodian guides/interpreters, and all day tours
Not included: Flights, entrance visa, alcoholic beverages, beverages between meals while in cities, 8 meals, entrance to Angkor Wat, personal travel insurance, laundry, tips for local staff, and any unscheduled activities
Level of Difficulty: Moderate, paddling up to 6 hours a day while going down river. You should be comfortable maneuvering your boat in a light current, getting in and out of your boat, walking up a fairly steep river bank, and being outside in any weather. You must be comfortable camping for up to 3 consecutive nights with no facilities.
Food: We will eat at a variety of restaurants in cities and villages. While camping, meals are prepared by staff. Most food is included but expect to purchase 6-8 meals while in cities.
Lodging: In cities, we’ll stay in a wide variety of hotels including basic rooms that may not have air conditioning. Two person tents are provided for camp. We will spend one night as a group on our sleeping pads in a house during a home stay in a small village. Another night will be spent on a floating house on beds with approx. 4 to a room.
Total trip tuition: $3800
$500 deposit to secure your spot (non-refundable after April 1st 2019)
Paypal Link: www.paypal.me/nickofthewoods/500
Cash, checks, and payment apps are also accepted. Please contact me with any questions
I cannot fit the full itinerary in the space provided here on meetup but I am happy to provide details via PM or email. PM Nickofthewoods for more info
Nick Gordon, NREMT and Wilderness EMT, is owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, emergency readiness, and survival courses throughout the Great Lakes region and abroad including Canada, Nepal, SE Asia, Peru, and Colombia. In addition to running the largest outdoor themed meetup community in Wisconsin, he also volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.
Garrett Cooper, owner & founder of Feral Human Expeditions, is an adjunct professor for the Expeditionary Studies department at Plattsburgh State University and also teaches Wilderness Medicine for SOLO. He is an accomplished expedition medic with experience paddling throughout Cambodia and Vietnam teaching CPR and the Heimlich maneuver in several villages. He is a Wilderness EMT, Geo Medic, ACA level 2 river kayak instructor, BCU L1 coach, and a BCU 4 star trainee for both canoe and sea kayak.