This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Cambodia tailor made vacation
On your adventure you will visit an authentic floating village on Tonle Sap Lake to experience a glimpse into a traditional way of life in Cambodia. Some tour companies take travelers to artificially created villages which have been built to be easily accessible all year round. Unfortunately this has also created unnatural effects on local ecosystems and we refuse to be a part of this practice.
The carbon emissions created in Cambodia by this vacation are all offset in Southeast Asia through our partnership with a local environmental charity. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.
Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!
To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.
Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.
In this Cambodian experience you spend an amazing night at the Chambok community based eco-tourism site in Kirirom National Park. The project was initiated in 2002 by a local environmental organisation to address the issue of deforestation and improve the livelihoods of villagers who depend on the forests.
We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travelers for livelihoods.
Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our vacations.
We encourage all our travelers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.
In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.
Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Cambodia and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travelers.
Reviews of Cambodia tailor made vacation
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 22 Feb 2015 by Gerhard Kordmann
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
How to decide between so many great moments. It must have been either the cooking class or the circus. But generally, as cliched as it is, the best part were the people. Both our wonderful guides and the others we met. So friendly and releaxed, not as in your face as in other Asian countries I visited.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
When you visit the Killing Fields, also visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The two sites belong together to grasp the history of the country, and can easily be done in one day. If you are interested in the recent history, the Landmine museum, which is on the way to the Banteay Srei temple. And if you see a blue pumpkin cafe, go for the ice cream!
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
It includes several social projects (Circus, the recommended cooking class, Chambok village ecotourism). It also provides much loved jobs to guides and drivers, something I hadn't considered in my backpacker days. Environmentally, it's as good or bad as any long distance journey involving inland travel.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Wonderful! I was sceptical that the guide and car would somehow isolate me from the "real" traveling, but instead I found it extremely relaxing and time saving not to have to hunt for guest houses, buses and information. Staying with a guide for over a week, you build up a level of friendship that you may not get otherwise. Maybe it's getting older, but I definitely enjoyed the extra luxuries.