Laos and Cambodia tour, off the beaten track
Description of Laos and Cambodia tour, off the beaten track
This trip is ideal for adventurous types seeking a journey off the beaten track to uncover some of Laos and Cambodia's best kept secrets. Starting in Vientiane you will have time to adjust to the Lao culture and explore the tree flanked boulevards by bicycle. From here you take the road to Hin Boun National Park with the highlight being Kong Lor Cave before travelling up river in the Nam Theun Protected Area. Here you will camp overnight with only the stars for company. Head further south taking in the little known caves at Xe Bang Fai, the riverside town of Thakhek and the southern pilgrimage site of Wat Phou. Crossing into Cambodia you will visit the once inaccessible temple of Preah Vihear and spend some time staying with the locals in Banteay Srei. The trip ends in Siem Reap to explore the spectacular temples of Angkor.
PlanetTheir is a big push in Cambodia currently to reduce plastic waste and we use a number of hotels who work with Refill not Landfill. Refillable water bottles are provided by some hotels and 'one use' plastics are limited.
The Nam Theun Protected Area has been established to retain an environment hampered by human interference. Various projects have allowed this area to flourish once again and it is now home to an array of wildlife including Gibbons.
The use of boats is also a more eco-friendly way to explore the countries and does not have such an adverse effect on the environment.
Travelling by bicycle, cyclo or on foot for many of the excursions mean that environmental impact has been kept to a minimum.
PeopleOn the ground in Cambodia we use a local, family-owned agent who demonstrates care for the environment, preservation of their culture and commitment to the community as well as providing employment opportunities for many local people throughout the country.
Angkor Wat is one of the very important world heritage sites in Southeast Asia but sadly much of the majestic complex is in a state of disrepair and ruin. The entrance fee, which is included in the cost of your trip, goes to the very much needed conservation, restoration and upkeep of the site.
The Shinta Mani Hotel in Siem Reap is a leader in responsible tourism through its not for profit Shinta Mani Foundation. This NGO focusses on the three core areas of education, small business start-ups and health care in order to improve the lives of individuals in the local communities. Supporting hotels such as this increases the amount of money brought in by tourists that will actually stay within the local community rather than leaving Cambodia and going to international companies.