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.
Ben & Met – Ben is the kayaking guide, while Met provides kayak support by driving the truck, buying the snacks and cleaning and caring for the kayaks, paddles, life jackets and dry bags. Ben can usually be spotted driving his tuk-tuk around town when he’s not in a kayak, and lives in Kratie with his wife and young children. Met, who always seems to have a smile on his face, is from Kampi (15km north of town where the dolphin pool is located) and has recently become a dad.
Guesthouse & Cafe Crew
M, Yanin & Meas – Even though M has spent periods of time away from Kratie over the last few years, for most of his time since 2015 he has been a welcome and smiling member of the crew. Yanin and Meas are more recent additions to the crew, having both come on board in early 2022 after two years of covid chaos. Always keen to improve their English, the crew enjoy talking with and serving the many foreign visitors that pass through Kratie.
Nuch, Net & Leng – Nuch is a keen cook and married to Bora, so her spare time is taken up spending time and caring for their young daughter. Net is originally from Koh Trong island but has recently moved into a new house in town. Leng is the freshest member of the crew, and newly married, so her life has gone through many recent changes. After Net and Nuch were trained by a chef from Sydney, together they and Leng create delicious thin base pizza & pasta dishes, freshly baked bread, muffins and cookies, as well as a variety of sandwiches and egg dishes.