Cambodia activity holiday, hike, bike & kayak
Description of Cambodia activity holiday, hike, bike & kayak
What a gift Cambodia is for active travellers looking to mix up their cultural discovery while escaping from the regular tourist track.
Why cruise the serpentine Mekong River by boat when you can kayak along it instead? Why limit yourself to a few key sites at the majestic Angkor Wat when you explore on foot when you can get around by bike? And rather than limiting yourself to the cities, as entrancing as they are, you could hike in the beautiful countryside to picnic beside waterfalls, or in search of elusive river dolphins.
This small group activity tour of Cambodia takes you north from Phnom Penh, then west to Siem Reap over nine unforgettable days that are just packed with thrills. The itinerary is accompanied by a professional tour leader and local guides at certain points, but a lot of the time you are free to arrange your own sightseeing. In Phnom Penh of course a must-visit is the infamous Killing Fields, and the heart-rending Choeung Ek Memorial. In Siem Reap there is the opportunity to book yourself a Khmer cookery class, or take in the Cambodian Circus.
Between Cambodia’s two best-known cities there will be a stop in Skuon, where lunch is not for the fainthearted – fried tarantulas are the local delicacy. You’ll hike and cycle around peaceful villages, fruit orchards and rice fields. And spend a night on a picturesque Mekong island in a Khmer homestay, a great chance to try traditional foods, spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins (if you’re very lucky), or just rest tired limbs in a cosy hammock.
Your passport may get a workout soon. This sociable, exciting tour of Cambodia - hiking, biking and kayaking, could well make you a believer in the joys of solo travel.
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1 Reviews of Cambodia activity holiday, hike, bike & kayak
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2019 by Evelyn Vickery
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Too many to list - crammed a lot in good balance of included and optional activities.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Do a little reading beforehand and get help from leader to plan free time.
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?
PlanetTravel is an opportunity to experience different cultures, meet new people, taste weird and wonderful foods and – for many – to get close to wildlife you may have only seen in books or David Attenborough documentaries. We actively discourage the participation of travellers in any activities that exploit wild, domestic or working animals. Sadly, tourism can be one of the main contributors to animal cruelty.
In 2014, we were the first global operator to ban elephant rides on all our trips, and we don’t permit any activities that allow passengers to pet or walk with wild animals. We believe that wild animals should be viewed – without contact or interaction – doing what they do best: living in the wild. This trip includes an excursion by boat along the Mekong River to view the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in their natural habitat. Irrawaddy dolphins are freshwater dolphins, which spend the dry season in nine deep water pools along the Mekong between Kratie and the Laotian border. The importance of these animals and preserving their natural environment has been a focus for this region of Cambodia since 2010. With highly skilled staff working in this region, the dolphin population has increased and local community members have become familiar with the project and the importance of their work.
In the destinations we visit, we use a "take in, take back out" system in particularly fragile environments, remote areas and national parks. All travel on this itinerary which is completed by private vehicle includes a large tank of drinking water. Travellers are encouraged to bring their own re-usable water bottle so that they can re-fill it from this tank. This reduces the number of single use plastic water bottles disposed of by our travellers.
PeopleOur philosophy is to act local and that means respecting local traditions like the wearing of a headscarf for all women at appropriate times and ensuring that both men and women are conservatively dressed with arms and legs covered. We also take care to form genuine and mutually beneficial relationships with local people. There are opportunities to visit several temples on this trip. It is respectful to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting temples in Cambodia. Our leaders dress in this manner and encourage travellers to do the same in order to show respect for the sites they’re visiting and the local people for whom these sites hold great significance.
Your leader will explain the range of projects we support in Cambodia. While visiting Wat Ty Pram Kbal Koh Trong our travellers are encouraged to contribute to a tree-planting project. During the Khmer Rouge reign, many of the forests on the island of Koh Trong were cut down. Local villagers started the tree-planting project and appreciate any travellers who wish to plant a tree in the grounds of the pagoda alongside them.