From scaling rock faces to hurtling through the trees,
get off the track with these intrepid adventures
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a wide-eyed tourist whooshing through the trees with the only zipline tour located within the Angkor Park. Set not far from the legendary Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom temples in Siem Reap province, Flight of the Gibbon offers the chance to swing through the trees on ten jungle canopy ziplines, an introductory hike to learn about the local flora and fauna and, possibly, the opportunity to spot real-life gibbons.
If your ethos is ‘two wheels: good, four wheels: bad’, then get in touch with Grasshopper Adventures, one of Asia’s leading operators of bicycling holidays. With half- or full-day tours on offer throughout Cambodia, including cycling at sunrise around the temples
near Angkor Wat, exploring the little-visited temple of Beng Mealea or pedalling around Silk Island, an area on the outskirts of Phnom Penh known for its intricate weaving, it is a great way to carve out the Kingdom’s terrain.
When the British mountaineer George Mallory was asked why he wanted to climb Everest, he replied: “Because it’s there.” Well, Cambodia may not boast vertiginous, glacial mountains, but there is plenty left to climb. For an action-packed day out, head to Climbodia in Kampot, the country’s first outdoor rock-climbing site. With routes for beginners and experts alike, the organisation offers both climbing and the chance to abseil through a cave.
Stand-up paddleboarding – or SUP to those in the know – is one of the fastest-growing watersports in the world, and Cambodia has not missed out on the action. Paddling on the tranquil waters of the Kampot river is a surefire way of passing an enjoyable afternoon whilst journeying deep into the heart of the country’s natural world. SUP Asia runs tours and customised trips in the Kampot area, as well as offering yoga and fitness classes.