Cambodia country tour, temples & sea

“Cultural, thought-provoking and relaxing, with plenty of free time to take things at your own pace; this tailor made trip is all about discovering Cambodia, warts and all.”

Highlights

Hindu pyramids | Historic temples | Traditional Apsara show | Sunrise at Angkor Wat | Floating village | Phnom Penh | Cyclo tour | Royal Palace | Silver Pagoda | ‘Killing Fields’ | Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum | Sihanoukville beaches | Optional: boat trips for fishing, snorkelling and beach barbecues

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Departure information

This trip is only for tailor made departures throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Although the genocide museum, Tuol Sleng, can be tough it’s such an important part of understanding Cambodia and always resonates when meeting locals.
Trip type:
Tailor made trip with departure dates throughout the year.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Scenic walks and a couple of longish drives.
Accomm:
Selection of local hotels to suit tastes and budget.
Included:
Accomodation, transport, transfers, entry fees, activities and English speaking local guide.
Meals:
Breakfast included alongside 6 lunches and 2 evening meals.
Vouchers
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Responsible tourism

Cambodia country tour, temples & sea

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

As with all our vacations, the accommodation you will stay at has been chosen to meet at least our basic responsible criteria, which includes putting in place measures to conserve energy and reduce water usage. The exact mix depends on the individual hotel, but some initiatives we look for are solar heating and lighting, using energy-efficient lightbulbs, treating waste water and recycling paper, glass, plastic and food waste. We also try to particularly promote hotels that go even further to be as sustainable as possible.

Our hotels provide advice on how you can reduce your own environmental footprint while you’re in Cambodia, for example by switching off air conditioning and lights when not in your room and reusing your towels and plastic water bottles. All the places you stay at buy their food locally, cutting down transport emissions and helping local farmers and some even grow their own organic food on site.

Before your trip, we will also send you information on some of the biggest environmental challenges facing Cambodia, as well as our advice about how you can make your stay as green as possible. You can always ask your guide too - we have chosen our Cambodian partner because they share our strong commitment to protecting the environment so if they don’t know the answer immediately they can always find out.

Community

It is essential for us that our vacations help to create sustainable jobs and livelihoods for Cambodian people. For example, at Angkor Wat you will be accompanied by a trained and licensed guide who lives in Siem Reap – guiding is an important source of income for the local economy. In line with our ethical policy, all the places you will stay at are locally-owned or responsibly-run and we ask that hotels employ people from the area in management positions and give them training. In addition, all our hotels must at least raise funds for local charities and projects.

Again, we particularly promote hotels and other accommodation that go that bit further to support local people. There are some outstanding examples of socially-responsible hotels in Cambodia, such as Song Saa and Soria Moria which have been shortlisted for Responsible Travel Awards in recent years.

Another of our key principles is that we support organisations that use tourism to generate tangible social benefits. For example, you can have lunch at the Sala Bai restaurant, which trains some of the most deprived children in the country in hospitality trades like cooking and table service. You can also choose to take a tour of Phnom Penh with drivers from the Cyclo Centre, an organisation which helps destitute rickshaw drivers to get work. This means that you are helping disadvantaged Cambodian people directly just by enjoying your vacation.

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Reviewed on 24 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Traveling around, meeting the local people, trying new foods - including tarantula. All memorable, an amazing country.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make the effort to spend time with the local people and to visit places where they are helping the local community. It is an incredible country.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Tried to support the local community where possible. Sadly think Cambodia needs to learn to reduce its environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Truly amazing vacation. Great, knowledgeable guides. Lovely people.

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We loved our time in Banteay Chhmar spending time getting to know the town and its people with a local guide. The
overgrown temples were gorgeous and almost empty of other tourists.
We also really loved our knowledgeable guide from Siem Reap. He shared his passion for local politics, his difficult years
under the Pol Pot regime and his wonderful, blossoming country. It was great to be with two guides who were both
proud of their country and their communities and proud to share this with us.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It was eye-opening to travel to a small town in the country and live without power and running water. To see what it is
like to be in an agrarian community and to feel welcome in a small town was very wonderful for us.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We are hopeful that our stay in the small community of Banteay Chhmar helps the townspeople.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great vacation that included history, temples, people, animals and as little motorized travel as possible.

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