We passionately believe that Responsible Tourism can be of immense help to local communities; providing income, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect the natural environment. Recognising that there is always room for improvement, we continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
Prior to our tours, we liaise with local community leaders to ensure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impact. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging our clients to donate and/or assist such projects in appropriate and sustainable manners.
Our tours are never more than 16 people to minimize any social and environmental impact. The itinerary for this trip, and indeed the whole brochure, can be downloaded from our website, reducing the need for printing in most cases.
We actively engage in environmentally responsible practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. We provide clients with the best information and means to help them identify and implement effective ways to positively protect local nature and communities. It is a vital ethos that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip has ended.
Although bottled water is preferred by most of travelers on cycling tours we encourage our riders to have individual water bottles that can be refilled when necessary.
In Cambodia we offer our financial and moral support to Friends restaurant in central Phnom Penh. This non-governmental organization was established in response to the needs of street children, their families and their community. The projects aims to facilitate the children's social reintegration into their families, the public school system, the workplace, and their culture.
The wonderfully preserved and majestic history of Cambodia's temples sites are visited with care and full attention to local customs and manners. Time permitting, we schedule a visit to The Landmine Museum, run by a former child soldier, as a human reminder of more recent events in Cambodia and to continue to raise awareness of the continuing problems caused by these munitions.
At the Stung Sen River a picnic lunch prepared by the local community gives great opportunities for close social contact in a relaxed setting.
We offer moral support to the Phouk Silk Farm where the processes of independent local silk production can be viewed throughout all stages in this local farm/workshop.
Through sensitive hands on experience, we encourage cross cultural interaction and education between clients and the local communities. This is achieved by limiting tour group sizes, which also minimises any social and environmental impact. We also assist in the development of local infrastructure such as rural pathways.
We make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stay at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenirs, generating income for local businesses. We employ and train local guides, drivers and assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefits not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.