For $50 a night (food included), Janet, a chatty British woman who left her job as a barrister to pursue a dream of opening an eco lodge in the jungle, takes meticulous care of her guests. She and her team of kind, English-fluent Khmers cook delicious meals of local, fresh foods and lead guests on jungle treks and along the river that cuts through the mountains' valley.
Outings include free kayaking to a nearby waterfall and $10 guided treks to a more impressive one about two hours away. Warning: while the facilities ease the nature novice into the lodge's rustic surroundings, the trek drops them--head first--into it.
Be prepared to trudge through stagnant pools, flick off dozens of leeches, and scramble through dense brush if you plan to hike.
Though a reward meets you at the end, when Janet sends a boat filled with a fantastic lunch and much-needed beers that you can snack on during the smooth cruise back.