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.
This three day short break takes you to some of the lesser visited sites of the Angkor region, along with the biggest draw to the area, the Angkor temple complex. Despite its brevity, this trip is still operated with our basic ethos in mind, working with the concept of low impact and hopefully positive impact tourism. This trip aims to support local businesses; directing money spent back into regional economies rather than towards bigger organisations and tread carefully from an environmental standpoint.
You’ll travel through remote villages, stopping along the way to purchase local delicacies from small vendors and witness Cambodia rural life on a day to day level. You’ll eat lunch both days in small, family run restaurants specialising in traditional Khmer food, and get the opportunity to try a cooking class if you’d like to learn some regional dishes.
Although not accompanied by a tour leader in a traditional sense on a short break trip, you will have local guides with you each day, whether guiding your tour of the Angkor complex or journeying with you to Tonle Sap to visit some of the floating villages. Using locals not only supports economies by creating employment in country, but it also gives you, our traveller some unique insights into the culture and life in Cambodia that you just don’t get from ‘outsiders’. We believe that local knowledge really does go a long way.
We do use some traditional transport on this trip travelling to and from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Tonle Sap by remonk (Cambodian tuk tuk) with local drivers and our guide, but we mainly travel by private vehicle. We are very aware of the negative effect carbon emissions have on our environment and as such we operate a carbon neutral policy, offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. This equates to 69kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure on this particular tour.
On this trip you will get the opportunity to see some of the conservation work our foundation supports in action, visiting the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity; a centre providing a home for animals that have been saved from trafficking.
We ask that all of our travellers journey respectfully not only of local cultures and sensibilities, but also of the environments through which we are visiting. On the jungle trek, please stick to the marked trails and throughout the trip dispose of rubbish carefully, recycling where ever possible (your local guides can help you with this) These are pristine, fragile environments and we encourage all visitors to help us keep them that way.
We also encourage all our travellers to use refillable water bottles alongside purification products 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 the 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.