Cambodia cycling tour, tailor made

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Responsible tourism: Cambodia cycling tour, tailor made

Environment

Bike Around Cambodia is one of our most eco-friendly programmes as most of the transportation is powered by your own two legs! While there is a support vehicle which accompanies the group, it is not being used for sight-seeing, which enables us to cut down the distance it travels and run it at more efficient speeds.

As with all our holidays, the accommodation you will stay at has been chosen to meet at least our basic criteria, which includes putting in place measures to conserve energy and reduce water usage and providing advice on how you can reduce your own footprint while youíre there. All the places you stay at buy their food locally, cutting down transport emissions and helping local farmers.

Before your trip, we will also send you information on some of the biggest environmental challenges facing Cambodia, as well as 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 donít know the answer immediately they can always find out.

Community

It is very important to us that our holidays help to create sustainable jobs and livelihoods for Cambodian people. 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 and give them training. At Angkor Wat, you will be accompanied by a trained and licensed guide who lives in Siem Reap Ė guides are an important source of income for the local economy.

Another of our key principles is that we support organisations that use tourism to generate tangible social benefits. For example, you can have dinner at the Friends restaurant, which teaches former slum children to work 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 holiday.

Our Bike Around Cambodia itinerary includes a lot of opportunities to interact with local people as you cycle through rural areas or visit villages. This often leads to a new perspective for both sides (especially the Cambodian kids who have often not seen tourists before) and useful income if you want to buy some small presents or food. On this trip you can also visit the New Futures orphanage in Takeo province, specially chosen by our Cambodian partner, which runs a variety of community projects as well as taking care of up to 50 children. Unfortunately there is a large fake orphanage industry in Cambodia that preys on well-meaning tourists, so it is even more important to support the real ones.

Reviews of Cambodia cycling tour, tailor made

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2016 by

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


Our guides were fantastic and it great to be able to get to know them - would not have been able to do this with a big group.
Thought the Cambodian people were really lovely, also.
Food was fantastic - every meal was excellent.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for the heat and use lots of sunscreen

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


Definitely benefited local people through employment and spending in different geographical areas.

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


Sensational!

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2015 by

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


Getting off the beaten track and seeing what Cambodia was really like.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Come prepared with proper cycling equipment- gel seat, bike shorts

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


Not really - The only thing was going to the Friends restaurant where vulnerable young adults were employed.

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


Holiday was excellent!

Read the operator's response here:

Thankyou for your kind feedback and we are very happy that you enjoyed your holiday so much. The tip about gel seats is a good one - we do in fact provide gel seats upon request, however we will make this option clearer in the future.

Regarding benefits to the community and environment, our aim is to build these into all of our holidays ways that may not always be noticeable. For example, your city tour provided money to a co-operative of rickshaw drivers who have lost income because of changing habits towards motorbikes and cars in Phnom Penh. Also the hotels you stayed at were chosen for their green practices and contribution to local employment and, of course, a bike tour also cuts down pollution and carbon emissions, particularly in Siem Reap.

If you would like any further information on how this trip benefited local people and environments in the places you visited, please do let us know.

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2014 by

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


Our wonderful guide, Noi

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The cycling element was the best - wish we'd done more!

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


Hopefully our trip benefitted the locals and maybe supported conservation.

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


Excellent.

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