Cambodia photography holiday

“A thirteen day, small group photography holiday with superb guidance in sublime places. Angkor Wat at sunrise is not only a photographer’s dream but everyone’s dream. ”

Highlights

Phnom Penh | Killing Fields | Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum | Wat Phnom temple | Siem Riep | Angkor and Angkor Wat | Phnom Bahkeng Temple | Ta Prom | Beng Melea | Tonle Sap Lake | Prek Toal bird sanctuary | Sangkar River | Battambang and bamboo train | Pursat Town | Kompong Chnang | Tonle Sap River

Description of Cambodia photography holiday

This thirteen day Cambodia photography holiday, led by one of our professional travel photographers, Gary Latham or Jeff Perigois, takes you around the heart of Cambodia’s cultural highlights but also into rural areas to enjoy the sights and sounds of real Cambodian life. These expert photographers know Cambodia inside out, so as well as sharing their technical skills and creative inspiration, they will take you to locations and local communities where you can not only develop your skills but meet and learn about Cambodian people.

Each day on this Cambodia photography tour will focus on different themes, depending on the landscapes, cultural gems or communities that you are visiting. Starting in the capital of Phnom Penh, this is a buoyant city now thankfully in recovery after a difficult history, with its hectic markets, omnipresent tuk tuks and wonderful French colonial architecture – as well as its museums and palaces.

We also explore these street and market themes in Siem Reap, which is far less touristy than Phnom Penh and feels like a truly local town. Definitely one for people watching and getting to know people well enough to ask them if it is fine to photograph them, which your guides will help you with. Although you will find in Cambodia that people are exceptionally kind and welcoming. In and around Siem Reap we will also visit spectacular sites such as Angkor Tom and the dramatic Bayon Temple.

Jungle and ancient architectural themes are abundant on this holiday, the greatest being our visit to Angkor and its vast ruined empire and temples being reclaimed by nature. We spend four days in this area, taking plenty of time to shoot not only one of the most magnificent architectural sites in the world, but also the natural heritage that envelops it. The sunrise visit to Angkor Wat is one of the holiday highlights for many of our guests.

Another recurrent theme in Cambodia is water, with so much life happening on and around it. We take a boat trip across the beautiful Tonle Sap Lake where the flooded forest makes for unforgettable shots, and then down the Sangkar River where we will drift past and try to merge in with floating villages with their striking stilt houses and boats travelling to and from market stalls and homes. The town of Kompong Chnang is almost entirely floating, and bustling with riverside life.

Note: There is an option for our guests to adapt this to a nine day itinerary, starting in Siem Reap. Discuss with the tour operator for more details. We also offer an optional beach extension.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cambodia photography holiday

Environment

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 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.


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.

Community

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.

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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Reviewed on 25 Feb 2016 by

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


The whole trip is something I will remember for a lifetime for all the right reasons, the people, the places, the adventure.

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


Take it for what it is, don't expect 5* luxury and don't expect to be waited on hand & foot, it's an adventure, take every day as it comes and expect the unexpected, eat with the locals, laugh with the locals and don't take yourself too seriously. Our photographic guide will be a friend for years to come.
Ohh and don't expect to come home nice and refreshed as if you have had a beach holiday, take an extra couple of days to recover!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe so, all local companies & people used for accommodation, travel and food with exception of the main flights.

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


10 of of 10, now got to start saving for the next one.

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2011 by

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 on 25 Feb 2011 by

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 on 11 Apr 2010 by

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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