Responsible tourism: Cambodia and Laos Mekong adventure vacation
Low Impact Transportation: This trip gives you the chance to try out the local bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and overnight sleeper train from Nong Khai to Bangkok, opotion to do a cyclo ride around the center of Phnom Penh and using the local tuk tuks to get around in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Getting around as the locals do not only allows you to experience the culture on a deeper level, but the same way it is at home, using public transport is the most sustainable way to go – after walking and cycling of course! Supporting local culture and businesses: There are a multitude of opportunities to support local businesses and immerse yourself into the culture of Indochina on this trip. From the colourful markets to the bustling food stalls and cafes, the choices for eating and handicrafts are endless and the money is staying in the local economy - a vital way for tourism to make a positive impact. Activities that take you to markets, locally-owned restaurants, locals’ homes and villages are vital to the local peoples’ ability to truly benefit from tourism.
Our style of trip, traveling, eating and staying with the locals, puts you right at the heart of the culture in Cambodia, Lao and Thailand. In Siem Reap you will have the chance to visit New Hope, one of our Planeterra projects in Cambodia, in south of Laos we stay overnight in a traditional home stay and enjoy local meal on the island of Dong Deng. In all the places we visit you have the chance to explore local restaurants, coffee shops and market stalls where you can meet local people. Chatting with the locals will give you an amazing insight in local life. It may not be apparent that learning about and respecting other cultures is part of being a responsible traveler, but we believe that this discovery is a natural way for people of all backgrounds, nationalities, and religions to interact and learn from each other, fostering peace and understanding. And it’s just plain fascinating!
Support World Heritage: On this trip there are numerous opportunities to visit important heritage sites on foot or by bicycle such as the famous Angkor temples, Wat Phu in southern Laos and the beautiful town Luang Prabang. Celebrating world heritage is an important way to participate in sustainable tourism. Many world heritage sites are designated for protection so that all the world’s people can share in these fascinating and historical wonders for generations to come
Other optional unique experiences on this trip that allow you to support the local economy and learn about the culture in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand include: Visit Toul Sleng and the killing fields in Phnom Penh and learn more about the Khmer Rouge, an optional boat trip to see Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie, beautiful bike ride on Don Khong island, get up early in the morning on Dong Den or in Luang Prabang to see the monks collect alms. Spend some time on the river side in Phnom Penh in the afternoon seeing local people doing excersice, arobic of just enjoying them self with family chatting, playing and having a picnic.