Sitting in Siem Reap reading about potential next destinations on Trip Advisor, I found Be Treed Adventures. After a quick series of emails and a few phone calls with one of the owners, Sharyn, my transit to and lodging in this rural piece of Cambodian forest was confirmed.
Ben, the other owner of this destination, is a self-proclaimed Tree Hugger from the United States. Through him and his family I learned about the serious deforestation challenges in Cambodia. Here are some details:
- In 2010, 60% of the land in Cambodia was forest but this number is quickly decreasing (Huffington Post).
- Much of the logging is illegal with a few elite people earning the majority of the profits.
- The illegal logging is usually focused on the rarest and most endangered species of wood, including Siamese Rosewood or Kra Nhung in Khmer (The Cambodian Daily).
I was also at Be Treed during the U.S. elections. I planned to be in a place with internet, television and many fellow citizens. Not all plans work! When I mentioned to Sharyn via email that I was hoping to follow the election returns closely, she told me her girls had been captivated and also that her husband is a U.S. citizen. Additionally, she advised purchasing a different company’s SIM card so I could get “E” speed wifi (that is as slow as it goes). For those wondering, I was in a gorgeous piece of nature with limited wifi texting with my family and patiently waiting for online news to load as I learned the outcome of the 2016 elections.
The chance to visit Be Treed was a highlight experience in Cambodia!
Sharyn found me passage in a van from Siem Reap to this gas station drop point en route to the van’s final destination. Tri, one of the staff members from the lodge, met me at the gas station. He drove this motor bike with me on the back and the sack packed full with vegetables between his legs for about 90 minutes to the lodge. The best road we traveled on was this dirt road maintained by a rubber company. The rest of the way was bog, mud, and some wood 2x4s. My big bag stayed at the gas station thanks to Sharyn and Tri’s coordination.
I stayed in the Stilt House. The experience was how I imagine glamping to be.
The Stilt House has beautiful rosewood floors from reclaimed wood and an outdoor shower.
Lots of relaxing on my balcony.