ABOUT SORYA KAYAKING
Sorya Kayaking Adventures & Cafe is a small business based on the Mekong River in Kratie, Cambodia. The business was established in 2012 and taken over by the current owner Pete in early 2015. The goals of the business include connecting travellers to the nature of Cambodia and providing jobs for local people.
The Kingdom of Cambodia is actively trying to grow its tourism market and empower its young people through employment and training opportunities. Sorya Kayaking Adventures & Cafe is proud to be part of this evolution.
CAPTAINS OF THE CREW
Pete – Owner
Originally from NZ before moving to Australia in the late 1980s, Pete turned his back on the corporate world in Sydney to immerse himself in the challenges and joys of life in Cambodia.
Being an avid traveller and never needing much of an excuse to board a plane, Pete first visited Cambodia in 2011. He returned in 2014 and spent a couple of weeks on and around the Mekong. After enjoying a half day kayaking trip with Sorya Kayaking Adventures & Cafe one afternoon, he was chatting with the then owner about life and business in Cambodia, and as the saying goes “the rest is history”.
Borey & Bora – Managers
Borey and Bora are brothers who live in a small village a few kilometres away from Kratie town. Between them they look after the day-to-day running of the kayaking business and related cafe. And as if that doesn’t keep them busy enough, Borey spends his spare time travelling while Bora fills his days spending time with his young daughter.
Sithal, Met & Keat – Sithal is the kayaking guide, while Met and Keat provide kayak support by driving the truck, buying the snacks and cleaning and caring for the kayaks, paddles, life jackets and dry bags. Sithal was born, raised and still lives in the village of Rokakandal just outside Kratie town. When not on the water, Sithal can be seen driving his tuk-tuk around town. Met is from Kampi, home of the dolphins, and recently became a father for the first time. He is a friendly individual who is always smiling. Keat is also a Kampi local who doesn’t say much, but is always keen to help.
M, Chenda & Nuch – M comes from a village just south of Kratie but now lives in town. Chenda comes from the same village as M, where she still lives, while Nuch comes from a village a few kms north of town. On his days away from the café, M spends his time studying English and Management at the local university. Nuch is the most recent addition to the crew, is married to Bora, and when not at work is at home looking after their young daughter. Always keen to improve their English they enjoy talking with and serving the many foreign visitors that pass through Kratie.
Sokry, Net & Bunthan – Sokry and Net are both from Koh Trong island and worked in a local restaurant before starting to work here in April. Bunthan is M’s sister and lives in a village north of town with her 2 daughters. After being trained by a chef from Sydney, together they create delicious thin base pizza & pasta dishes, freshly baked bread, muffins and cookies, as well as a variety of toasted sandwiches and egg dishes.