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 by Suzanne (an intrepid American from Oklahoma) and taken over by the current owner Pete in May 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.
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, Suzanne, about life and business in Cambodia, and as the saying goes “the rest is history”.
Borey – Manager
Borey is a Kratie local who lives in a small village a few kilometres away from Kratie town. He not only looks after the day running of the kayaking business and related cafe. And as if that doesn’t keep him busy enough, he also doing part time study at the local university where he is just one year away from completely his Management degree.
Lucky, Met, Rom & Dat – Lucky and Rom are the kayaking guides, while Met and Dat provide kayak support by driving the truck, buying the snacks and cleaning and caring for the kayaks, paddles, life jackets and dry bags. Lucky was born, raised and still lives in the village of Kampi, on the banks of the river where the dolphins are. Through his childhood and younger adult life he had many jobs in the area (including fisherman, wood carver, factory worker and waiter) giving him an insight into many aspects of life in the province of Kratie. Met, like Lucky, is also from Kampi. He is a friendly individual who is always smiling. Dat is also a Kampi local who doesn’t say much, but is always keen to help. Rom is Met’s brother and the newest addition to the crew.
M, Mykor & Chimmor – M comes from a village just south of Kratie town, while Mykor and Chimmor are brothers from Stueng Treng province north of Kratie. On his days away from the café, M spends his time studying English and Management at the local university, and when needed, helps out as a back-up kayaking guide. Mykor is a recent graduate of the Le Tonle Hospitality Training School in Stueng Treng, which is sadly now closed due to a lack of funding, and also helps out as a back-up kayak guide. Chimmor is the most recent addition to the crew, and is a graduate of the local Le Tonle Hospitality Training School in Kratie. They all speak good English and enjoying talking with and serving the many foreign visitors that pass through Kratie.
Makra, SreyMoa, Seiha & Mak Sis – Makra grew up in the villages around Kratie and her husband Seiha grew up on the west bank of the Mekong across the river from Kratie. This husband wife team are joined by Makra’s sister, Mak Sis, and another family member, SreyMoa, who both live in a small village on the Mekong a few kms north of Kratie town. 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 sandwiches and egg dishes.