The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.
On this no frills journey through Cambodia, youíll stay in small, locally owned, fairly basic hotels with one nightsí accommodation at a rural homestay. Our focus on this trip is to give travellers a genuine, real life experience and so this isnít an organised tour in the most traditional sense. As well as staying in accommodation reflective of the local area, weíll travel quite a lot using local public transport; including our journey to Phnom Penh over the Vietnam / Cambodia border and on our journey to Siem Reap. Youíll have lots of free time to tailor your days to your own interests (itís your holiday not ours!), and be accompanied by an English speaking local guide who will be on hand to help you with any arrangements or activities you might want to do.
Travelling in this way not only gives travellers a great independent holiday experience with the safety net of a group and leader, but itís also very effective at directing the money created by our tourism straight into the pockets of the communities we are visiting. We support the smaller businesses; from the family run restaurants we visit throughout the trip, to small local companies like the one hiring out bikes in Kompong Cham, the cyclo operators in Phnom Penh and the traditional Khmer cooking class in Siem Reap.
When travelling through South East Asia, we encourage our travellers to dress conservatively and respect the culture, particularly outside the major cities where more traditional values are dominant. For example, knees and shoulders should be covered particularly when visiting temples and places of religious significance. This is another of the areas that your guide will come into their own offering advice and guidance as you go.
As well as being aware of cultural sensitivities, we are also very conscious of the potential environmental impact of our trip. Our use of local transport reduces our carbon impact somewhat, but we know that isnít enough. As a carbon neutral company for a number of years we offset all of the ground emissions of our passengers travelling with us. On this particular trip, that equates to 113kg offset per passenger, per departure.
Throughout your trip you will be encouraged to take steps to ensure that your journey is environmentally responsible as possible. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with the appropriate disposal of rubbish en route, recycling wherever possible. We also encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles rather than purchasing regular supplies of bottled water.
The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. Once discarded a large proportion of these end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments and we believe that their use should be discouraged.