Angkor Wat tour

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Weekly departures on Tuesdays throughout the year
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Small group adventure holiday

These small group journeys have a maximum of 16 like-minded travellers which ensures that all travellers have an amazing overall experience with the destination and that they enjoy the flexibility that comes with the small group dynamic. On this trip you will stay at boutique accommodation with character. Our numbers are discreet enough for us to interact with local families in their homes and meet people in markets, bazaars and temples – something that’s just not possible when you arrive as part of a large tour group. Along with our unique combination of Western tour leader and local English-speaking guide this will ensure an unforgettable travel experience.

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Environment

OVERVIEW:

We believe that travel should entail an exchange of knowledge and perspectives, a sharing of wealth, and a genuine appreciation of Cambodia’s beautiful natural environments. This philosophy underpins the heart and soul of our style of travel. We recognise that poorly planned itineraries or poorly informed tourists contribute less to cross-cultural understanding and less to the livelihoods of local people.

ARCHAEOLOGY:

Our most popular Cambodia journey combines some of her best-kept secrets with the highlights including the temples of Angkor. Here we have facilitated a very significant donation to the World Monument Fund in Cambodia, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the maintenance of a select number of archaeologically precious temples in Angkor.

YOUR GUIDES & OUR LOCAL TEAM:

Our local guides are trained to share their knowledge of cultural and local issues in a balanced, informative way; you are likely to meet several guides from different areas in Cambodia. They share real experiences from their own lives and insights into their family life, influences and beliefs, providing our travellers with a deeper understanding. This is what motivates them, not shopping commissions. Our Cambodia offices are staffed with local people wherever possible and we aim to fill management roles with competent local staff. This local presence means we are able to control the content, the actions of our suppliers, and the style of our small group journey.

Community

CHILDSAFE 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.

ANGKOR HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN

Over a number of years, Travel Indochina has paid for the training and employment of a nurse at this Siem Reap hospital, which provides healthcare to needy children, with a focus on primary intervention and on the training of local healthcare workers

Reviews of Angkor Wat 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 23 Jan 2008 by

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


First sight on Angkor Wat before sunrise, silhouetted against a dark sky.

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


Bring sunscreen!

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


We had a great local guide, but I was concerned about the impact of our big, air-conditioned bus & noisy diesel longtail boat during the trip up Tonle Sap. I'd like to know more about how money from tourism actually infiltrates the local economy. I'm concerned that tourism is creating a dependent, vassal class of native servants & merchants.

Read the operator's response here:

We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your holiday and thank you very much for your comments! We are happy to reply to a couple of queries you raised from question three:

Air-conditioned vehicle: Unfortunately vehicle standards in Cambodia are not as high as they are in neighbouring countries such as Vietnam, Thailand or even Laos. In particular, there is a paucity of very modern vehicles in Cambodia, so the vehicles we use can be less fuel efficient than modern vehicles. We do the following things to minimise effects on the environment:

i) Insist that our vehicle suppliers sign supplier agreements (annually), which demand for proper maintenance and therefore maximise engine efficiency.
ii) Pressure our vehicle suppliers to provide more modern vehicles.
iii) Use larger tour vehicles only when they are essential. ie we make a balanced judgement against the need to transport tourists for (sometimes) six hours in a day, against the use of cyclos, tuk tuks and walking as alternative modes of transport.

Use of boat: The boat excursion to Choeung Kneas does attract a wide range of comment from our travellers. We have in the past considered removing this excursion from our tours, however in consultation with our guide team in Siem Reap and our Siem Reap office staff, decided to keep the excursion for the following reasons:

i) Tourist vehicles entering the north-western end of the lake pay a significant amount of money as an 'entrance fee' (we pay for this). This money is (at least to some extent) is channelled to the Choeng Kneas community.
ii) Through supplier payments and tips (which we handle), several boat crews on the lake rely heavily on us for an income.
iii) More generally, we expect that our travellers behave with sensitivity to the fact that they are visiting a village, while on the boat
iv) Most importantly, feedback given to our management staff in Cambodia from the lake community indicates that the community does want tourists to visit.

How does tourism benefit the economy?
Generally we would make the point that tourism is the second largest industry in Cambodia (after garment manufacturing) and thus allows for the creation of jobs, income, as well as exposure to international cultures and work skills. Most importantly, tourism crates business revenue, and thus tax income, which in turn allows for the capacity for road, school, hospital, public service and other

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