“An extraordinary 18 day small group vacation, led by professional travel photographers, taking in many of the enchanting visions of both Vietnam and Cambodia. Your memories will be bursting. ”
Saigon | Vietcong tunnel system at Cu Chi | Cai Be boat cruise | Floating markets | Xe Quit | Can Tho | Chau Doc | Sam Mountain | Phnom Penh | Killing Fields | Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum | Wat Phnom | Mekong River | Koh Dach, or ‘Silk Island’ | Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Beng Melea Temple | Tonle Sap Lake | Battambang | Bamboo train | Pursat
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This is a 'small group adventure' - you will be sharing your experiences with like minded people. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 11 persons, a genuinely small group. Experience has taught us that smaller groups are less intrusive to local cultures and environments whilst allowing more interaction with local people. Furthermore it means greater flexibility on a day to day basis and on a social level it proves to be fun. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! The intention is to travel as a group of friends rather than a typical tour group, so don't expect stick-on name badges or any following the umbrella.
Responsible tourism: Photography tour in Vietnam and Cambodia
In marked difference to some photography trips, and in keeping with our philosophy, this tour emphasizes photography that appreciates local people, their cultures and religions, and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.
Please note that all group sizes are between 2 and 12 persons. Groups are accompanied at all times by a professional photographer and one or more local guides. All transportation is organized by local operators and using local drivers. We feel that our ‘discreet’ group sizes lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with the high ratio of guides/tour-leader to clients.
The Overland crossing (by boat) from Vietnam into Cambodia is only recently opening up so tourists are being introduced to many small towns and communities new to Western tourism. In the Mekong Delta, we encourage visits to local community craft and cottage industry - the brick works is a revelation. We also visit a plant nursery, a family rice paper business, and blacksmiths workshops.
In Cambodia, too, through our regular visits to sites (and if present souvenir shops) we help sustain local businesses and enterprises, such as the handicraft school for handicapped persons in Siem Reap, to the ‘land-mine museum’ in Siem Reap where we help support the organizer’s mine clearance operations through donations.
Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travelers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices
Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.
Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.
Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.
Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.
Reviews of Photography tour in Vietnam and Cambodia
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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 10 Mar 2017 by Helen Smith
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
All parts were memorable and the pagodas and temples were amazing.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Street photography is easy here. Most people are friendly and don't mind you taking their pictures. Take 100% Deet mosquito repellent my 50% Deet didn't stop the bites.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes as we were able to contribute in a small way to conservation when purchasing handmade goods from craft centres such as the Water Hyacinth Project.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and highly recommend it as I had a brilliant experience. This was helped along by our excellent photographer guide, Jeff, and the local guides. What an adventure!