Cambodia photography holiday

COUNTRY:
Cambodia
LOCATION:
Angkor Wat
DEPARTURES:
CHECK AVAILABILITY2015: 12 Feb
PRICE:
From £2550 (10 days) including UK flights
MORE INFO:
From £1450 excluding flights. Price includes twin share bed & breakfast accommodation.
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Book now and receive a 5% discount for travel between 20th April and 20th July 14.
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Cambodia photography holiday

Cambodia photography holiday

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The story of the provider of Cambodia photography holiday

This family-run company started in 1999 after the director, Mark, spent many years researching guide books in Asia and decided he could put together more exciting itineraries. His passion for the diversity and character of Asia is reflected in the unique, locally-owned places that the tours visit and travel groups are kept small so that closer interaction with their hosts is possible. Although Mark could happily survive for weeks on jam sandwiches while sleeping under the stars, he realises not all customers want this and goes out of his way to ensure all facilities used are pleasantly comfortable, clean, warm and welcoming.

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Cambodia photography holiday

Reviewed 16 Jan 2011 by Phillip Edwards5 star rating

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


I will admit that the main (only?) reason I booked this trip was to visit Angkor Wat and a photography tour that included the main temples at Angkor suited my requirements. I am pleased to say that sunrise at Angkor Wat was as spine tingling as I had hoped.

However, this trip was so much more than Angkor Wat.

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


This trip would suit a novice photographer, as there was plenty of opportunity for playing with camera settings and practising new skills. Bring your instruction manual so you know how to change these settings! The tour leader provided some theory sessions to help get you started, and these were conducted during the heat of the day when taking pictures is least favourable. However, the more advanced photographer will not be disadvantaged, as there is time to explore at your leisure.

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


Where possible, we used local services.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Before this trip, I was very reluctant to take pictures of people, and those that I had tried were not very natural. The people of Cambodia were so friendly and so relaxed about having their photo taken that it was a pleasure to be in their company. This helped me relax and the charm of the locals is evident in my photos.

Without exaggeration, this trip has caused me to rethink my photography as well as my holidays in general.

Reviewed 25 Feb 2011 by Peggy Mckenzie4 star rating

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


Making our way to Angkor Wat early morning whilst still dark and standing by the reflecting pool waiting for dawn. As the sky gradually lit up we were able to pick out the shape of Angkor Wat and focused our cameras as the sky gradually
lit up - very exciting. Also to be with Nathan (who took the photography group) who was on hand to enable us to get some good shots!

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


Take plenty of memory cards for your camera and enjoy talking to the locals.

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


Hopefully in a small way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


First rate for a photographic holiday - I learnt lots and very helpful being with a professional photographer who lived there and knew the local language and the best places to go to.

Reviewed 11 Apr 2010 by Sharon Brayley4 star rating

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


Nathan had infectious enthusiasm throughout for both the local people, culture and photography. A fantastic experience and I met some great people both in the group and locally. I also learnt a lot more about photography and how to get the best out of my camera.

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


I didn't need my walking boots! Felt very safe . Exchange to dollars.

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


yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


brilliant , definitely would recommend it if you have any interest in photography and local culture/ people
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Responsible travel: Cambodia photography holiday

In marked difference to some photography trips, and in keeping with our philosophy, this tour emphasizes photography that appreciates local people, their cultures and religions, and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.

Please note that all group sizes are between 2 and 9 persons. Groups are accompanied at all times by Gary Latham a professional photographer and one or more local guides. All transportation is organized by local operators and using local drivers. We feel that our ‘discreet’ group sizes lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with the high ratio of guides/tour-leader to clients.

With regular visits to the sites (and if present souvenir shops) we help sustain local businesses and enterprises, such as the handicraft school for handicapped persons in Siem Reap, to the ‘land-mine museum’ in Siem Reap where we help support the organizer’s mine clearance operations through donations.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

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