Cambodia tailor made tour, nature & heritage

“The temples of Angkor, busy Phnom Penh plus hiking, biking and birdwatching in Koh Kong Province – this tailor made trip is a perfectly poised mix of culture and nature.”

Highlights

Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Angkor Thom | Ta Prohm | Tonle Sap Lake cruise | Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary | Chong Kneas floating village | Phnom Penh | Koh Kong Province | Chi Phat ecotourism area | biking and trekking | bird watching excursion by boat on Stoeng Prat River

Description of Cambodia tailor made tour, nature & heritage

Spend 10 days exploring the natural wonders and fascinating heritage of Cambodia, on this tailor made tour. This suggested itinerary combines unforgettable Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument of the ancient world and perhaps Cambodia’s most famous destination, with community tourism projects that don’t occupy such a prominent position on the tourist trail. There will be time for river cruising, bird watching, trekking and mountain biking, too, with one internal flight to help cover the ground and make sure this is a brilliantly rounded and exciting holiday.

The tour begins in Siem Reap, for exploring the Angkor Wat temple complex, before taking to the water for a cruise on Tonle Sap Lake and up the Sangker River to Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, an important site for endangered large water birds, including species of ibis, stork and pelican. You will also visit colourful Chong Kneas floating village before taking a domestic flight to Phnom Penh.

After the sights and vibrancy of Phnom Penh head to the Cardamom Mountains and Koh Kong Province. Take a tour and enjoy homestay at Chi Phat Ecotourism Site, which protects the area’s natural and cultural resources and creates work and income opportunities for local people. Then enjoy some biking, trekking and birdwatching in the beautiful countryside, with three nights camping, before rounding off your tour back in Phnom Penh.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cambodia tailor made tour, nature & heritage

Environment

We aim to raise awareness of the need for environmental and cultural conservation among young people and local residents.

The biggest threat that wildlife in Cambodia faces today is the loss of habitat due to the clear-cutting of tropical forest for commerce. The southern Cardamom Mountains are the site of one of Asia's last seven fully intact wild elephant corridors and Cambodia's largest remaining contiguous old-growth forest.

The local villagers at Chi Phat had previously been extracting wildlife and timber from the nearby forests to supplement their meager farming incomes, resulting in an increasingly degraded local forest environment and devastation for the indigenous wildlife. The Community Based Eco Tourism project here aimed to provide these villagers with an alternate livelihood – ecotourism – while also setting up schooling and training opportunities to better their lives. In this way, the community becomes an integral part of the effort to preserve the area’s forest habitat, making the project sustainable.

Your visit provides local people with worthwhile jobs, enabling them to sustainably support their families. Your visit contributes to improving their health care, education and environment. Ecotourism helps prevent unsustainable use of forest resources, protecting the area’s natural heritage and culture.

Accommodation on the trip includes homestays in sustainable accommodations and transport by bicycle, a low-carbon form of transport!

Community

This tour fits our philosophy of responsible and sustainable tourism. Wherever possible, we generate income for people living in poor areas by using local materials, transport, food and guides, and paying directly to the individuals concerned rather than intermediaries. By booking this tour, you’ll be helping us to support small businesses, boat owners, national park rangers and other poor people in these communities.

With the assistance of Wildlife Alliance, Chi Phat community members are working together to preserve the environment, while providing exciting and unique experiences for visitors. Villagers who once roamed the forest, their efforts to survive depleting the area of its environmental heritage, are now employed as guides leading trekking, mountain-biking, camping, and river boat tours through the wilderness surrounding both communities. Over 200 kilometers of hiking trails meander through the jungle, leading you to the rainforest’s natural wonders, deserted waterfalls, campsites, and post-Angkorian burial jar sites.

Villagers also operate homestays, guest houses, motorbike taxi services, and restaurants, giving visitors further insight into rural life in Cambodia. CBET Committee members are elected to manage the project and are provided ongoing training as they perform bookings, arrange itineraries, manage the accounting, and oversee community ranger patrols. A community waste management system has also been developed - one of the first of its kind in Cambodia.

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