Cambodia cultural & beach holiday, tailor made

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cambodia cultural & beach holiday, tailor made

Environment

Having offices on the ground across Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) means that we are able better manage our environmental impact, and those of our partners in destinations where we do not have a direct presence.

On this journey in south Cambodia:

• On this trip we avoid big busses and use small and efficient modern cars to travel between Kampot, Kep and Sinahoukville. We also walk through protected areas and take a fun boat rides along the coast and to the remote temples of Angkor Borei.

• Avoid the chains and dine at some of the local (and highly rated) seafood restaurants in Kep and Kampot. This supports local producers and limits the need to costly and wasteful food imports.

• As this is still a little-visited region of Cambodia, accommodation options are limited and typically family or small business run. With the exception of Song Saa Private Island, environmentally focused accommodation options are almost non existent in most areas of southern Cambodia.

• Your local guide will be on hand to guide your choices when travelling through southern Cambodia. Being local to the region, their well versed on the environmental challenges to the region. Whether it is how to dispose of plastic, refill a water bottle or protecting the environment in which you are travelling, they're on hand to help.

• On this trip all three hotels have a good selection of local dishes and beverages so you can support local producers and limit the wastage involved in international imports. Again your local guide can provide answers to your specific questions on the ground.

• We issue all our travellers in Cambodia with a 'tread lightly' guide that is filled with information about how best to limit their environmental impact in Cambodia. It covers what goods/produce to avoid, how to support local environmental projects, best practice for preserving the local environment in which you are travelling as well as offering best practice advice.

The bigger picture: how we, as an operator, help the local environment in Cambodia and beyond:

• On all of our private and small group journeys our local guides and Western tour leaders are on hand to help clients reduce their impact on the local environment. As with almost all travel it is the little things which really help the local environment.

• In Laos we work with the NGO Elephant Asia and currently pay for the production of specialist ‘Elephant First Aid Kits'.

• In northern Thailand we work with the Himmappan Project. In this case we've purchased a plot of land in the very north of Thailand dedicated to reforestation.

• We now offer carbon offset on 12 of our best-selling journeys in Asia, including Vietnam and Cambodia. With this program we will offset the carbon emissions for every passenger on every departure.

• Our local guides and tour leaders are essential to our responsible travel policy and can contribute immensely to our impact ‘on the ground’. As well as offering guidance their local knowledge is an invaluable resource that our travellers regularly call-on when they are exploring Asia.

• They advise on how to shop ethically, like avoiding rare produce or goods that may have been sourced from endangered or at risk environments.

• In more rural areas we can guard against any potentially damaging actions like hiking in delicate areas, littering and avoiding certain shops/industries

Cleaner Climate project:

We work with Cleaner Climate carbon consultants to fully offset emissions from our Australia and UK offices. The funds from the offsets support clean energy projects in Thailand, India, and China. Moreover, as a local and international operator we are in a unique position that allows us to better mitigate our effects on the local environment. Examples include using modern vehicles that reduce carbon emissions, avoiding poorly run hotels and educating our local guides on environmental issues.

Community

On this journey in south Cambodia you can:

• Visit the charity-run Epic Arts Cafe for a drink or bite to eat.

• Visit and support a local museum just outside of Kep which showcases some of southern Cambodia's oldest artifacts as well as local wares and traditional produce. Donations can be made to help support the museum.

• In Kampot shop at the local artisan store, Lily Pearls, and help support this fledgling local enterprise.

• As with all of our journeys (from working with our local partner Child Safe) this tour of southern Cambodia follows responsible travel best practices around the non-visiting and patronage of exploitative and damaging school visits and orphanage visits. Please contact the operator for further details.

• This journey starts and ends in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. Many travelers choose to extend their stays and those that do can take advantage of many NGO-run projects in Phnom Penh. These include the chance to donate to the Angkor Hospital for Children (as a patron we can facilitate this), visit the social enterprise restaurant, Romdeng, and visit the Child Safe center which supports disadvantaged youth across Cambodia.

• We issue all our travellers with a 'tread lightly' guide that is filled with information about how best to limit their environmental impact in Cambodia. This includes tips on how to engage in friendly barter for goods with the locals, how help local businesses, tips on how to deal with street beggars and, from eating to shopping, how to limit your environmental impact in China.

The bigger picture: how we help the local wider community in Cambodia


• Child Safe Network. Our Cambodia journeys visit the ChildSafe Centre in Phnom Penh, dedicated to the elimination of child exploitation, and travellers receive a useful guide on how to help protect children in Cambodia.

• Over a number of years, Travel Indochina has paid for the training and employment of a nurse at this Siem Reap hospital, the latest is nurse Soy. AHT provides much needed healthcare to children from across Cambodia, with a focus on primary intervention and on the training. We also undertake numerous ad-hoc donations throughout the year.

• Ad hoc support. We also offer support in many of our destinations on an ad hoc basis. In Vietnam we have offered logistical support for victims of flooding, we financially support a rural school in southern Vietnam and also run annual fundraising events in our offices in Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as in in our offices in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Other things we do in Cambodia and Asia:

As always, it is the little things that really help.

• We try and dine away from large hotels, instead frequenting smaller family-owned or charity run restaurants. This is a great way for travellers to experience authentic cuisine and support local business.

• We identify and encourage our clients to use social enterprise projects like the KOTO restaurants in Vietnam and Romdeng in Cambodia.

• Our guides and Western tour leaders are always on hand to assist with travellers equations around responsible travel and can help travellers avoid common pitfalls (like begging, child labour) that do little and often encourage irresponsible practices.

• As well as having offices in Australia, the United Kingdom and North America, we have offices in several cities in Indochina. Our direct presence in Asia means that we are much better able to control the content of our itineraries, the actions of our suppliers, and the style of our Small Group Journey and tailor-made travel arrangements. In short, our offices in Asia give us leverage in implementing our responsible travel policy.

• We run exchange programmes between our offices which helps increasing cross cultural understanding. We currently have exchange programmes operating between our Oxford, Sydney and Saigon offices.

• Although sincere, many attempts at responsible travel can breed dependence (an increasingly disturbing and typical example is the rise of 'orphanage tourism') and are not always as they seem. By working through NGO's and local groups we are able to avoid such pitfalls.

• In Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos we directly recruit, train and offer development to all of our local guides. We also run a local guide training programme with a Vietnamese University with successful graduates receiving a job with our company.

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