Angkor Wat cycling tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Angkor Wat cycling tour

We passionately believe that Responsible Tourism can be of immense help to local communities; providing income, positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect the natural environment. Recognising that there is always room for improvement, we continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

Prior to our tours, we liaise with local community leaders to ensure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impact. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging our clients to donate and/or assist such projects in appropriate and sustainable manners.

In Cambodia we offer our financial and moral support to a small non-government charity called PSE - Pour Un Sourir D’Enfant, which in English means “For the smile of a child”. Run by a kind, philanthropic retired French couple, the organisation helps impoverished children receive a basic education. We visit one such remarkable school in Phnom Penh and see firsthand how a small donation provides substantial and long lasting assistance.

PSE also runs vocational training courses for those hoping to enter the hospitality industry, which we aim to expand to include a course training bike mechanics. Once qualified, these skilled local workers will assist on our tours, receiving a much-needed salary that will help them escape the endless cycle of poverty.

Through sensitive hands on experience, we encourage cross cultural interaction and education between clients and the local communities. This is achieved by limiting tour group sizes, which also minimises any social and environmental impact. We also assist in the development of local infrastructure such as rural pathways.

We make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stay at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenirs, generating income for local businesses. We employ and train local guides, drivers and assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefits not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

Adopting a “carry in – carry out” policy, we actively engage in environmentally responsible practices to minimise tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re-usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and means to help them identify and implement effective ways to positively protect local nature and communities. It is a vital ethos that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip has ended.

Reviews of Angkor Wat cycling tour

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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 18 Aug 2010 by

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

Cycling through rural villages with all the children running out calling hello!

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

If travelling with children you might want to limit the temples.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


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