Cambodia tailor made holiday, Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cambodia tailor made holiday, Siem Reap to Phnom Penh


Travelling by bicycle, cyclo or on foot for many of the excursions mean that environmental impact has been kept to a minimum.

To ensure you have the best experience possible on the Tonle Sap lake, we use a specialist bird-watching company called Sam Veasna for this tour. Sam Veasna is one of the most impressive eco-tourism NGOs operating in Cambodia and organise responsible tours to remote habitats that benefit rural communities and promote wildlife conservation. Founded in 2003 to serve as a focal point for conservation initiatives in northwestern Cambodia, Sam Veasna works with communities in remote areas to develop and promote their eco-tourism enterprises.

Le Plantation Hotel in Phnom Penh is a classic example of urban heritage conservation. In an ever modernising world many beautiful heritage buildings are being lost forever so the work that is being done here in preserving the architectural history for future generations is fantastic. The hotel supports many local and regional artists by displaying their art at the hotel. Le Plantation also has strong cultural, social and environmental responsibility to ensure that tourism does not impact on their country and people in a negative way. The development of a globally carbon neutral hotel concept, including solar powered air-conditioning and lighting is one of the ambitious research projects they have been undertaking.

We encourage all our clients to take carbon reduction seriously and endorse Friends of Conservation’s 'Carbon Reduction Map' system, whereby you can easily calculate how much you should contribute for your flight. The suggested donation for a return flight to Cambodia is £15 per person.*

*The suggested amounts are in line with DEFRA’s current guidelines for the cost per tonne of carbon and are based on the approximate levels of CO2 emitted on an average flight. We are very grateful to TICOS, the Travel Industry Carbon Offsetting Service, for kindly providing this information.


On the ground in Cambodia we use an excellent, local, family-owned agent who demonstrates care for the environment, preservation of their culture and commitment to the community as well as providing employment opportunities for many local people throughout the country.

Angkor Wat is one of the most important world heritage sites in Southeast Asia but sadly much of the majestic complex is in a state of disrepair and ruin. The entrance fee, which is included in the cost of your trip, goes to the very much needed conservation, restoration and upkeep of the site.

The Shinta Mani Hotel in Siem Reap is a leader in responsible tourism through its not for profit Shinta Mani Foundation. This NGO focusses on the three core areas of education, small business start-ups and health care in order to improve the lives of individuals in the local communities. Supporting hotels such as this increases the amount of money brought in by tourists that will actually stay within the local community rather than leaving Cambodia and going to international companies.

The Cambodia Landmine Museum is a Cambodian NGO, run by and for Cambodians. It exists to tell the story of landmines in Cambodia, how they have impacted the country’s past, present and will continue to impact its future. The Museum also hosts a Relief Facility for at-risk village children. The money raised by the museum allows this facility to continue.

Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS), which means “the brightness of art,” is a cultural organisation in Battambang, Cambodia, that offers young people a way out of poverty by training them to become professional artists and performers. Set up in 1994 by young returnee Cambodians from the refugee camps who learned about using art as a means of coping with trauma, PPS has played an influential role in promoting and developing Khmer culture over the years after the Khmer Rouge genocide. This Cambodian non-profit association steers underprivileged children and youth towards a better quality of life through cultural, artistic, educational and social skills. Your visit here helps them with their work.

Soksabike bicycle tours is a social enterprise offering people all around the world an insight into the traditional livelihoods of the Cambodian countryside. They place an emphasis on educating guests in the realities of life in rural Cambodia, and ensure that every visit makes a positive impact on the local communities – economically, socially and ecologically. The guides are all Battambang locals and we work hard to support their pursuit of ongoing education as they work with us.

For your sunset tour in Phnom Penh you will be guided by a driver from the Cyclo Centre, an NGO set up to support the drivers of these vehicles.

For the Smile of a Child (PSE) Centre and school, provides education, but also excellent vocational training from silk weaving to gardening for children and young adults who have come from a life on the city's municipal dump at Stung Meanchey. You will be able to take a tour of the facilities and enjoy lunch here if you wish (not included). There is a small yet excellent training restaurant called Lotus Blanc (there are several other outlets also in Phnom Penh) for hospitality and catering students of PSE. It is worth stopping for a drink or a light lunch as all profits go straight back into the project. A visit to PSE provides an uplifting and positive end to the day particularly after experiencing the horrors of Cambodia's past at Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek.

Private audience with Em Theay : The art and culture of Cambodia is making a comeback after its virtual annihilation by the Khmer Rouge and this excursion offers a rare opportunity to meet a master of the iconic classical Khmer dance - Em Theay. You will have the opportunity to meet the lady known as the Tenth Dancer (only one of every ten dancers survived the Khmer Rouge regime) in person and find out more about her special talent as a classical ballet dancer and teacher, her family dynasty and to hear her first-hand account of the hurdles she had to overcome to resurrect a dying art form.

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