Cambodia holiday with Angkor Watt

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20 Dec 2020
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The way we operate this trip helps to minimise the purchase and waste caused by single-use plastic as much as we can. Before travelling, we advise customers to take reusable water bottles, preferably with an inbuilt filter, and reusable lunch boxes such as tupperware to use for picnic lunches whilst hiking.

On this walking trip we explore Cambodia's towns, villages and countryside on foot, thus minimising the carbon footprint of our travel. In the capital, Phnom Penh we discover the city's sights, markets and backstreets on a walking rather than bus tour, a small contribution, but nevertheless a step in minimising traffic congestion and air pollution.

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

The Impacts of this Trip

We have worked with our in-country partners in Cambodia for over 20 years, a partnership that has seen tourism in both countries grow and mature along with our own businesses. During this time we worked together with them to switch from sending UK based tour leaders with our groups to using local Cambodian tour leaders. We helped to recruit and train a team of local tour leaders. One of the reasons we prefer to use local tour leaders is that they can give a real insight into the culture and history of their home country by sharing their own stories and experiences. In addition we are helping to support them financially through employment, as well as the other members of staff of our in-country partners.

This trip spends time off-the-beaten-track in Cambodia's Sen Monorom Province, home to the Phuong Minority Group and by visiting an area that not so many visitors to Cambodia reach we are helping to spread the economic benefits of out visit wider than just the typical places. While here we hike in the Seima Protected Forest where wildlife such as black-shanked douc monkeys, giant squirrels and great hornbill may be seen. The cost of our trek goes towards helping the upkeep of the forest and employment of local naturalist guides.

We stay just outside the provincial capital, Mondulkiri at the Nature Lodge where simple, rustic, stilt bungalows have been hand built and decorated using recycled timber and blend beautifully into the peaceful natural landscape. The resort is also a social enterprise that provides vocational training and fair employment opportunities to locals in need from various backgrounds.

Our trips spend a day walking with elephants at Mondulkiri's Elephant Valley Project (EVP), the cost of our visit going towards helping the project in its goals. EVP is a sanctuary that cares for a herd of 10 previously worked elephants in 1500 hectares of protected forest. Over 50% of the funds raised by EVP go towards other local causes. Through its programs more than 2,400 local people receive full health care coverage, 300 + school children receive education, impoverished families receive food subsistence, and as a major employer in the region local people have access to stable jobs with opportunities to advance and grow.

Whilst in Siem Reap we visit the Cambodian Land-mine Museum, where the entrance fee helps towards the education and support are provided for children who have been affected by land-mines.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.


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