Extreme holidays in Cambodia are appealing more and more to adrenaline junkies looking to get their fix whilst still enjoying the holiday of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Wonder. While the extreme sports and extreme tourism are still relatively new in Cambodia, there are still more than a few alternative experiences that will set your heart and the adrenaline pumping, especially if you’re a like dirt biking, flying high and exploring deep into the pristine jungle.
Microlighting in Cambodia
If heights are your thing, then Microlight Cambodia offers a unique way of making Angkor’s temples even more majestic. The company is run by an American expat who has a remarkable more than 2,000 hours in the air above Cambodia in a microlight aircraft, which travels from 10 to 100km/h. Please note that although no aircraft are permitted to fly directly over Angkor Wat, the 3km radius is more than enough to see the structures in all their incredible beauty. Flights also allow you to take in the floating villages on the Tonlé Sap Lake and the Rolous Group of temples.
Dirt biking in Cambodia
Dirt biking is Cambodia’s most popular and accessible extreme tourist activity, with many companies specialising in half-day and upward tours of the provinces and more. With many of Cambodia’s rural areas and provinces only connected by a network of winding dirt tracks, sandy lanes and pot-holed roads, it’s the perfect place for some off-road riding. Torch Tours has a range of options for you depending on your timescale and level of experience, offering a range of bikes and tours that take in Cambodia’s sprawling countryside and temples.
Walking on water
Fancy being able to hover above the water and dive through it like a dolphin? If you like the sound of that then you should try the Ultimate Flyboard Experience in Sihanoukville. Using a specially converted jetpack that has the power to shoot you up to 15 meters in the air or dive headlong into the water. The experience will have you wanting more and more as it is as close to flying above water as you’re going to get anywhere in the world.
Who cares if you are visiting Cambodia in the rainy season, hit Sihanoukville’s dirt tracks and back roads in some off-road four-wheel buggies. You can plan to get absolutely covered in mud as you rattle through the countryside in your clutchless and gearless buggy. Various tours are offered, taking in waterfalls, remote villages and jungle, with tuition given ahead of you getting behind the wheel. If you don’t feel confident enough to drive one yourself or just want to kick back and enjoy the ride. Children are also welcome, with extra seat belts and cushions fitted into the vehicle for them. For those wanting to give it a quick go, one and two hour tours are also available.
For those wanting to explore Kampot’s untouched countryside and caves from a different perspective, then try our climbing tour, which comprises of rock climbing, via ferrata, abseiling and caving. One of the most popular tours will take you to parts of Phnom Kbal Romeas, this area is home to a network of caves that have been classified as a Natural Heritage Site because of the geological wonders they are home to. The tours cater for all experiences and are led by trained professionals. Torch Tours also offers higher level technical and lead climbing courses at a fully-equipped site just outside Kampot.
Adventure Trekking in Cambodia
Cambodia has some incredibly remote nooks and crannies so with the right tour guide and company you can get right in the middle of completely untamed, wild natural beauty. The options are extremely varied depending on your other travel preferences when visiting Cambodia. From Cambodia tallest mountain, Phnom Aural in the western province of Kampong Speu to exploring the extremely remote Arang Valley in Koh Kong to the deep mixed forests of Cambodia’s Eastern Plain landscapes in Cambodia’s far eastern Mondulkiri province.
Your trekking explorations can be as easy or as hard as you wish, depending on your time and fitness levels. You can start with an easy one day trek around forests and waterfalls or jump straight into committing yourself to five or six nights in a hammock to genuinely see what very few tourists will ever see of Cambodia.