Cambodia tailor made vacation

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Cambodia tailor made vacation

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

All our adventures are privately guided vacations and as such we retain a commitment to working with small group sizes. By traveling in small numbers and using expert local guides we can limit the potential for damaging ancient temples and trails.

You will visit several world heritage sites and national parks on this itinerary, including the Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, Ream National Park and Kirirom National Park. In our detailed pre-departure travel pack we have included a note to remind you not leave any litter around these environments – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to wildlife.

On your adventure you will also 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.

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, including encouraging travelers to bring reusable water bottles on their vacation.

Community

On this tailor made Cambodian experience, you’ll spend an incredible 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.

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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.

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