How Luxury Camps are Saving the Cardamom Mountains - Travelogues from Remote Lands - July 10, 2018

10 July 2018
Call us: +1-646-415-8092 View in your browser. HOW LUXURY CAMPS ARE SAVING THE CARDAMOM MOUNTAINS

Deep in the heart of Botum Sakor National Park in southwestern Cambodia, Chum Kheng, head ranger in these parts, is telling scary stories. Inside his ramshackle ranger station, he recounts tales of the tooled-up poachers who have long plundered these pristine jungles. Evidence of their malignant presence is all around him. Shelves are stuffed with nets and snares with rusty teeth while a collection of crude homemade rifles rest against his chair.

Nestled next to the border with Thailand, the Cardamom Mountains region (of which Botum Sakor National Park occupies a 171,250-hectare chunk) is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in mainland Southeast Asia.


Hiding behind the lantern-lit splendor of Hoi An’s Ancient Town, the ebb and flow of daily life offers that rhythmic magic slow travelers are seeking. It’s observed in wizened elders tending rice fields, local families flocking to sunset beaches, and artists patiently crafting canvases with the very soul of the city. The slow traveler has a mindset that allows them to soak up the environment and become part of local life. In Vietnam‘s Hoi An, this concept comes alive.


“When Generosity and Greed set out to visit [Orccha], they saw a huge array of forts, towns, and villages – how could I possibly recount all their names.” These words were written scholar and poet Keshavdas in the 16th century, a time of the great Rudra Pratap Singh, King of Orchha. The economic and political majesty are now gone. What remains is a forgotten medieval capital in the heart of India’s Madhya Pradesh. A small town, scattered chhatris, and a towering fortress complex are Orchha’s legacy. It is in that hollow reverence that Orchha is so unique. As Keshavdas said of a lake, “It is marvelous, clear, vast, and profound in its depths.”

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For the VIPs, yachters, and ultra-luxe travelers looking to skip even the plushest resorts on Phuket proper, there is Koh Rang Noi. Yes, there are quite a few resorts on the famous party island of Thailand‘s Phuket, but Koh Rang Noi is a private island for a select few. You can buy it out for $65,000 a night or hop in one of their villas for a room to oneself. Whatever the accommodation, this tiny island is surprisingly big on hospitality.


Japan isn’t exactly short on luxury hotels. Large hotel chains boasting five-star accommodations and bespoke service are as plentiful as Michelin stars in the Land of the Rising Sun. However, more and more travelers find themselves ditching the towering chic hotels for a more peaceful getaway at a local ryokan, especially in green areas like Hakone.

Ryokans are traditional Japanese-style inns most often found dotted along Japan’s tranquil countryside and they allow visitors a relaxing and authentic lodging experience without having to forfeit comfort.

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