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Chi Phat

Getting there & away

Chi Phat is on the Preak Piphot River 21km upriver from Andoung Tuek. The best way to get there from Andoung Tuek is to charter a fast motorboat (016 348860, 016 565054; for 3/6 people US$25/40) or a slower wooden long-tail motorboat (016 399134; US$12). The fast boat takes 40 minutes and the slow 1½ hours. The ride is especially enchanting just after dawn, when the water is often smooth as glass. Much cheaper cargo boats (5000r, two hours) make daily merchandise runs, leaving Chi Phat at 8am or 8.30am and Andoung Tuek sometime between noon and 2pm.

By moto the trip from Andoung Tuek is a hard – and, in the wet season, muddy – slog along a forest track (30, 000r, 1½ hours).