AUTHENTIC. ORIGINAL. OFF THE BEATEN PATH. TRAVEL WITH ZIN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
“Recommended, check it out, both the tour and the guides are probably the most unusual offer of this kind in the city”
- GOOD LUCK CITY TOUR OF Phnom Penh
“This was such a fun, informative, and diverse tour! At the end of the tour we were able to see giant hornbills flying in the wild. This surprise capped off an already fabulous triP…”
KIRIROM MOUNTAIN OF JOY TOUR
“AN INCREDIBLE TOUR OF THE TONLE SAP RIVER, RECALLING THE DUTCH-KHMER BATTLE OF 1643-1644. A FORGOTTEN EPIC TALE.”
BOAT TOUR OF THE TONLE SAP RIVER/Phnom Penh
“AN UNCOMMON SHOPPING ADVENTURE WHERE FEW FOREIGNERS HAVE VENTURED. ORUSSEY MARKET, ONE OF THE MOST LOCAL MARKETS OF Phnom Penh.”
- ORRUSEY MARKET MYSTERY SHOPPING TOUR
ZIN AdventureS IS a travel adventure company lead by members of the deportee community in Cambodia. ZIN offers 1-3 day tours to Kirirom Mountain, 2.5 hours from Phnom Penh, to share with visitors the history and wildlife of the mountain.
ZIN was born in April 2018 with the goal of creating meaningful jobs for the deported refugee community. We started on the eve of the largest group of deportees - 43 - arriving in Cambodia from the US. There are now 700+ deportees in Cambodia. We remember how hard it is to integrate in Cambodia. We have committed to use our skills and resources to create an incredible adventure tourism company for Cambodia and to provide meaningful jobs for our “DP” community.
While ZIN has started to create jobs - along the way, ZIN has become a path of positive energy, reconnection, hope and healing. And it’s become a way for our community to reconnect with our motherland.
The ZIN team has been trained in entrepreneurism, group dynamics, storytelling and leadership and we have conducted extensive archival and oral history research on Cambodia’s history, especially the 1950s - 1980s. We have focused on the joyous and history of Kirirom Mountain and two killing field sites - Wat Snguon Pich and Amphe Phnom.
ZIN has been about finding peace in a pine forest on a mountain not far from our motherland’s capital city of Phnom Penh. ZIN’s reshaped us.
Meaning of ZIN
ZIN means "original" or "pure" in Khmer.
"Born in Thai refugee camps, they grew up in America; expelled to Cambodia, a country they’d never known, many struggle but a tour agency is changing that" — SCMP
"Months were spent trawling the internet and scouring history books for facts, followed by site visits and interviews with locals. The result is an insightful day trip, which can be extended to three days, that goes into the heart of the sprawling pine forest of Kirirom National Park. " — SCMP
"The Good Luck City Tour of Phnom Penh was launched in January. Again, months were spent seeking out hidden relics, intriguing spots and stories absent from guidebooks and in peril of fading.
Stop-offs include the grave of French opium distributor J. Fourcros (who died in 1876), hidden beneath overgrown foliage at Wat Phnom, and the house of Lon Non, the younger brother of Lon Nol, a key figure in the civil war of the early ’70s. " — SCMP
"Through the Gold Luck City tour, an itinerary has been curated to capture fading parts of the city’s more prosperous past. These include an ancient colonial church, a former Chinese assembly hall and a striking Chinese Hokkien temple.” — TTG