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Why Betelnut Jeep Tours is special ?
Betelnut Tours does daytrips from Phnom Penh to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC) where you will see an array of wildlife indigenous to Cambodia including Gibbons, Sun Bears, Otters, Deer, Leopards, Tigers and Elephants. Our trip is inclusive of an informative guided tour which. Your transport, entrance fee, and lunch is also included.
No 1, Street 258, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This is a fantastic way to visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Park. We met Adam and 4 other visitors in the Lazy Gecko cafe and were shown to the jeep. He was chatty, friendly and very helpful explaining his experiences in Cambodia. It took around an hour to get to the park but it was a fun ride the whole way.Once at the park, it is clear that people like Adam care deeply for the animals there. Previously a zoo, it has been converted into one of the best reserves I have ever seen. With over 1,200 animals it is also one of the largest. Roughly a third of the park is secluded from the public and is reserved for the animals that need the greatest amount of care.The locals we saw there are clearly not very respectful of the park and see it more as a zoo, Adam however, did a great job of educating those that we did see whilst also ensuring that we, as a group, were very well looked after, toured, and taught about each of the animals in turn. He knows each of the animals personally, their history, their future and has a real connection with each of them. He is very knowledgeable about the animals and really made the park come alive. Without Betelnut the experience would have been very different.Lunch was home cooked Khmer food Prepared by Adams wife and was served in hammocks under the huts. Delicious food in a great setting.Look out for Ottello and Amelia ;)
I had a fantastic time on this tour from start to end. The jeep ride out to Phnom Tamao is a great way to see a little of the countryside for people who are based mostly in the cities. Once you are at the wildlife center every single second it amazing. There are monkeys, otters and deer to feed, gibbons to pet and a whole host of other animals to see. I got so up close and personal with so many of the animals, and even got to see some animals I didn't even know existed (e.g. binturong and leopard cats)! Plus, as other people have mentioned the food at lunch time is delicious. I also had to cancel my original booking due to illness and they were so accommodating and nice about it! I often find zoos and wildlife centers to be a bit depressing, but the animals here are almost all rescues, and all seemed very content. In my opinion this tour is a must-do if you're in Phnom Penh.
My favourite day in Cambodia! Good value at $33 - including an AMAZING lunch. Adam and his wife are really lovely and will take you on this great day through the wildlife sanctuary. You can feed the otters, hold hands with the gibbons and get kissed by Lucky the elephant! Unfortunately they do now have less access than the wildlife alliance but I really didn't feel like I missed out on anything. If you love animals go for it!
Easily organised through email, we were so looking forward to this day trip - and we weren't disappointed! At Lazy Gecko Cafe (where you might have the pleasure of meeting the owner's pug Chook Chook, so cute!), we met with Aram who would be our guide for the day. We hopped in to a open ex-military jeep and set off on our way to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary. Due to a collapsed bridge, we had to go the long way around but we weren't complaining because we got to see the beautiful countryside while chatting with Aram and other people on the tour. Arriving at the Sanctuary, you already see monkeys roaming around trying to get a banana where they can. You're introduced to an array of animals where you can get really close (and often touch), especially the gorgeous gibbons. Lunch is a selection of dishes cooked by Aram's wife, seriously such good food. Aram has such a wealth of knowledge about the sanctuary and all of the animals, you can tell he is so passionate and grateful that he gets to do this as his job. This is a MUST on your Phnom Penh list!!!