Koh Pdao and Volunteering in Rural Cambodia
Koh Pdao Island is one of the largest islands of the Mekong River. Situated near the city of Kratie in northeast Cambodia, the Koh Pdao offers an ideal destination for e.g. educational travel or volunteering groups and responsible travel in general. Khiri Travel Cambodia can arrange trips for groups to visit Koh Pdao to join a project run by the local community called Community Rural Development Tours (CRDT), which focuses on sustainable rural development.
On this peaceful and pastoral island volunteers can help out in different activities such as farming, building houses or animal barns, planting or harvesting gardens, and taking part in the local life. Koh Pdao is a perfect place to experience the Khmer’s ancestral agricultural methods compared to more modern ones. The villagers are always eager to share their knowledge, give some cooking or dancing lessons or take travelers for a ride around their village.
Even though the accommodations offered are pretty basic, staying in a homestay in such a remote area is an amazing and authentic way to experience the rural Cambodian culture. The ultimate bonus for a volunteering trip to Koh Pdao and Kratie is to be able to watch and admire the freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins from the banks of the Mekong River. Most important is that the travelers will support the sustainable development of the CRDT.
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