Cambodia photography vacation & Angkor temples

“Whether you're a beginner, or a dab hand with a camera, this photography tour will leave you with more skill, great shots, and a rich understanding of Cambodian culture.”

Highlights

Phnom Penh | Central Market | National Museum | Silk Island | Udong | Kompong Chhnang | Battambang | Ride on the Bamboo train | Phnom Sampeou | Siem Reap | Kompong Phluk | Tonle Sap lake | Banteay Srei temple | Pre Rup temple | Angkor temple complex | Angkor Wat | Angkor Thom | Bayon | Rolous Group | Beng Melea

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03 Feb 2017
US $ 2900
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30 Jun 2017
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11 Aug 2017
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11 Dec 2017
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Our top tip:
Best suited to DSLR users and those with mirrorless, or advanced compact cameras.
Trip type:
Small group, 2-16 people with a tour leader.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
11 nights boutique hotels.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with no surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts.
Included:
Accommodation, all teaching and guidance, transport, entrance fees, water.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cambodia photography vacation & Angkor temples

Environment

Whilst touring Phnom Penh and the Angkor temples for the most part we use Tuks Tuks which are perfect for us as photographers. Another advantage is that they are naturally air-conditioned!
For our tours of Cambodia we tailor the mode of transport used to the size of the group. If it is a small group of up to three people we travel by car. Our regular driver has had his car modified to use LPG, which is recognized as having lower carbon emissions.
Electricity is an expensive commodity here in Cambodia and is sometimes prone to failure. So as to minimize its use and so not put too much pressure on the supply we ask that our guests use it sparingly, making sure that lights, air-conditioning etc., is switched off when they are not in their hotel rooms. We do have to have a balance between comfort and the use of electricity but feel that a gentle reminder will help to ensure that our guests are mindful of how precious this resource is in a developing country.
On all our tours we either ask our clients to bring water bottles or we provide them so that water can be dispensed from larger bottles or other potable sources.

Community

Our mission statement on responsible travel is to:
‘Offer the enthusiastic photographer the opportunity to improve their photographic skills and take memorable pictures whilst getting a privileged insight into the country that they are visiting’.
Nathan has been running tours in Cambodia for over seven years now and has built up strong links with the community. All of our team has made Cambodia their home and because of this we are able to give our clients insights into the local way of life and customs.
We start every tour with a brief on the ethics of travel photography and ask that our clients step away from the notion that we ‘take’ or ‘ capture’ photographs. Rather we encourage the concept of ‘creating’ photographs and engaging with local people in a positive ways. We also take prints back to the villages and people we visit. This never fails to delight and further build the relationships with people we are likely to visit again in the future. We also hope that the style of photographs we take will enhance a positive representation of a country that rarely gets good press.
All our journeys through the countryside are very much a part of the tour. On these journeys we often make spontaneous stops at the roadside when we see something of interest to photograph or see a roadside stall offering something unusual to eat. Our driver has been trained to spot photographic opportunities as they appear. Both Nathan and our driver are well rehearsed in breaking the ice between our photographers and potential photographic subjects.
An important element of our photography tour is that our clients get out and about amongst the people, Our itinerary not only visits the iconic sites but also goes out of the way to stop at markets in small towns along the route and go to villages rarely visited by tourists. We buy the local products and we encourage our clients to bring materials suitable for the schools we regularly visit. We find that we are warmly welcomed by the people who do not normally benefit from the tourist dollar
Nathan believes in supporting the people he meets on his tours around Cambodia and over the years has donated and encourages donations to those people. Sometimes our clients more than just donate on their visit. Here is an example of a client who went that bit further.
We had a client, who when visiting a family home on Silk Island, met a single mother of 2 children who just had a motor bike accident and injured her foot so badly that her bones were bare. He couldn't believe that she was not in hospital, but the simple answer was that she couldn't afford the treatment. She had been told it would cost her $15 a day but she would need to be there for at least 6 weeks. Before he left the country our client donated $1000 to see her both through her treatment and to feed her children during the time she could not work. She remains forever grateful in a scenario where she might well have lost her foot.
We encourage our clients to buy handicrafts directly from the villagers and handicraft makers. On Silk Island, located in the Mekong River just outside Phnom Penh, we make regular visits to the village where they weave silk into scarves. Over the years they have been very generous to us by allowing us into their homes to photograph them spinning and weaving. Most of our clients leave the island with a bagful of goodies for themselves or to give away as gifts. This income goes directly to those who make the products rather than a middle man.
Accommodation is chosen carefully to give a reasonable degree of comfort and is, where possible, locally owned. Similarly local restaurants are the preference for eating. This again puts money into the local economy and gives the client a taste of the local cuisine.
At the end of the tour it is hoped that the clients go away with a greater knowledge of travel photography, a set of fantastic photos and have had a sympathetic experience of the country they have visited on the way.

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