Cambodia highlights tour, 7 days

“A week’s tour of Cambodia, with lots of time to explore the fascinating Angkor region in depth and at leisure.”

Highlights

Phnom Penh | Killing Fields | Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum | Siem Reap | Kuhananokor Temple | Banteay Kdei Temple | Angkor | Phnom Bahkeng Temple | Preah Khan | Beng Melea

Description of Cambodia highlights tour, 7 days

This exciting Cambodia highlights tour, 7 days, takes you overland from the riverside capital Phnom Penh, through the timeless landscapes of rural Cambodia, to the world famous temples of Angkor. We devote ample time to Angkor, so you have the time to explore this extraordinary region in depth and at your leisure over four days, with a chance to enjoy Siem Reap’s markets and cafes, too. As you may only visit Angkor once in your life, it makes sense to do it properly – this tour allows you to do that, seeing Angkor Wat at dawn, the ruined city of Angkor Tom, the jungle-clad ruins of Preah Khan, and Ta Prom, the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ temple.

Phnom Penh is also a highlight of this tour – a hectic, chaotic city that’s lots of fun, too – and throughout you’ll meet friendly local people, enjoy comfy accommodation and expert local guides, and tuck into plenty of excellent local food (deep fried tarantulas optional!).

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Responsible tourism

Cambodia highlights tour, 7 days

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Overall, the intention is to combine the well-known tourist sites with off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations, thus diverting tourist revenue and contact into areas not usually benefiting, as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

We do that in a number of ways -
Group sizes are deliberately kept small in order to limit impact on site and communities as much as possible. (Groups of less than 12) Small numbers also permit us to use local cafes plus street and market stalls for drinks, meals and shopping.
Hotels are small and independently owned with proven responsible travel credentials.
All our guides are fully-licensed and along with our drivers are locally employed.

On the tour, contributions are made to local restoration/conservation/ local economic development. Part of the entrance fees to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, Prasart Kuhanokor, the Angkor Archeological Park and Beng Melea Temple are used for both restoration and conservation purposes as well as for salaries for the numerous local people employed at such sites. All sites are important sources of income and employment for the local communities. We also hope that visits to ‘off the radar’, unregulated temple and historical sites will increase residents’ awareness and encourage conservation.

Community

We help support local projects. All hotels and several of the restaurants used on this tour participate in educational and training projects for underprivileged youths. In addition, during free periods, guests are encouraged to visit projects such as Artisans Angkor which is involved with the education and welfare of people from poor rural communities as well as the organisation Phare Ponleu Selpak which supports children, young adults and their families with educational programs and social support.

We avoid any chain or international hotels and all accommodation used on this tour is independently owned by local residents with the exception of the 252 Hotel in Phnom Penh which is owned by long-term European residents of Cambodia. However, a portion of their profits goes towards funding educational projects for local, underprivileged children.

Meals are provided in either locally-run restaurants or local-style cafes, market and street stalls. All products are locally sourced and all staff are local residents. The emphasis is also very much on traditional Khmer food which we hope increases an interest and pride in the region’s cuisine. Additional food products - for takeaway lunches, picnics etc – is deliberately purchased from local bakeries and /or fresh produce markets rather than chain supermarkets.

All transport is locally owned – whether minibuses or boats and tuk-tuks for shorter journeys.

With regards to souvenirs purchases, our clients are taken to markets or outlets attached to aid educational organizations such as Artisans Angkor where the advantages of purchasing there, as opposed to larger purpose-built souvenir stores, is self-evident.

Our Phnom Penh Hotel funds educational projects for local children and orphanages, providing corresponding information for guests as well as suggesting appropriate donations. All staff members are local residents. While our Siem Reap Hotel has a policy of employing all of its staff members from underprivileged families. The aim is to educate, train and reintegrate young people and orphans from poor backgrounds whose opportunities are otherwise limited by a lack formal education.

As a small company our support for projects is localised and targeted and we currently assist aid schemes in both northern Thailand and Myanmar’s Shan State. But any need which our tour leaders see on their travels which they feel we can help with is considered and support given where possible.

All guides and most leaders are local, while any foreign leaders employed have lived in the local communities for long periods and are experienced in customs, culture and as much as possible, language. Leaders and guides provide 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

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.


By limiting groups to a maximum of 12 persons 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 offering a greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allowing us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators on a personal and friendly basis rather than dealing with establishments primarily equipped for larger groups.

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Reviewed on 08 May 2017 by

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


Walk through a jungle to get to a temple and seeing snippets of wildlife along the way including a snake!

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


Although hot and humid I am so glad I went during low season in April as I got to take everything in without huge crowds getting in the way.

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




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


Just a really lovely holiday. Perfect pace with lots of sightseeing but also lots of free time to relax. Tour guides were fab, very knowledgeable and friendly and not in your face! A great country with a fascinating history and great people. I felt very well looked after.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2016 by

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


The sites I visited in Cambodia were spectacular, and being able to just relax knowing that my tour operator was looking after everything was so valuable for
me. They made me feel truly immersed in the local environment, food, people in a very short time (1 week) and I loved my tuktuk trips just taking in the
scenery.

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


Trust the tour operator choices for food and sites to visit. People who usually manage their own trips (like me) may tend to be drawn to tourist places and
direct the trip too much. Don't ... these guys know what they are doing and why, just take it all in and enjoy not having to organise anything for once. It's a
holiday.

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


I very much felt that the trip was oriented towards local communities in the sense that while off course you want to do all the tourist stuff and sites, we often
chose to eat in local places rather than on the main street. The tour operator knows a lot of local people and deals directly with them instead of going through
third parties.

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


Excellent holiday. Being a very critical person, I must admit this was one of the best holidays I ever had (and I have travelled a lot in my life). It's the first time I
actually booked a tour, as I usually plan my own visits. But it will not be the last one. If you can afford it, this is the best and most relaxing way to spend a
holiday. Thanks a lot to Mark and Mr Nak!!

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