Smiling Tours was established in 2005 by Smey and is locally owned. As a boy, Smey fell in love with the jungle and naturally, he wanted to share the feeling with those unfamiliar with the natural beauty of Ratanakri. He transformed this passion into what is now known as Smiling Tours, giving his guests a once in a lifetime experience.
Smiling Tours employs and is operated by ethnic Khmers and indigenous minorities. Together, we have over 20 years of trekking experience and have completed over 2,000 treks, making us “experts” of the jungles of Ratanakiri. Our staff can communicate in 4 ethnic tongues, as well as Khmer and English, allowing us to give our guests an authentic and culturally immersive experience. Whether it’s a simple day trip or an extended 2 week journey, Smiling Tours can do it with a smile!
Smiley was born in 19** in the heart of the jungles of Ratanakiri. He’s locally known as the “Spirit of Banlung,” while some refer to him as the “Tarzan of Cambodia.” As a child, he lived with indigenous tribes and frequently journeyed into the jungles to fish, hunt, and gather raw goods or to simply gaze and admire the flora and fauna. Having done so many treks in his life, he can now navigate the jungles blindfolded (just kidding). He enjoys eating barbecued bamboo stuffed with fish from the Smey River, along with wild vegetables. His favourite drink is a tea brewed from wild trees found in the lush jungles of Ratanakiri.