Cambodia off the beaten track tour
Description of Cambodia off the beaten track tour
This tailormade tour of Cambodia is bursting with unforgettable moments. A packed itinerary includes visits to treasured ancient sites, including the temples of Angkor and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, as well as sombre reminders of recent history in the Killing Fields.
For those of an active disposition, there is the chance of a scenic stand up paddle-boarding trip on the Kampot River, countryside cycling, or trekking to a waterfall through lush mangrove forest.
And foodies will be in seventh heaven. Picture a gourmet private breakfast in the beautiful surrounds of Srah Srang as the sun comes up over the temples, or an aromatic tour of the famous Russian market. Then there’s a Khmer cookery class aboard a river cruise and, er, the opportunity to snack on some fried insects including… tarantulas!
From Siem Reap, you’ll dodge the crowds at the best-known Angkor temples, and head instead for Koh Ker, the 10th century capital, to explore spectacular ruins that most people are not even aware of. On the journey to Phnom Penh, you’ll spend a day wandering local villages that see very few visitors, travelling by ox and cart. If you want to pick up some truly unique handicrafts this is definitely the place to do it.
Other highlights include a visit to the legendary Foreign Correspondents Club in Phnom Penh, a fascinating tour of a pepper plantation, and an idyllic stay in a lodge on the banks of the Tatai River.
PlanetThe aim of our journeys is to enhance the communities and countries that we visit through helping to preserve and encourage local traditions and economies and limit any negative impact tourism can have such as pollution. For this reason throughout the tour you will be travel by land throughout avoiding any domestic and unnecessary flights as well as participating in walking and cycling tours especially within the smaller and more remote communities, to limit the amount of impact had on the country’s pollution as well as on the local communities.
Minimize plastic usage.
We launched our 'one bottle at a time' initiative to replace disposable plastic water bottles with refillable canisters across our destinations including Cambodia. We also send our guests a wooden toothbrush to help avoid using hotels’ disposable plastic brushes, and whilst in country your local guide will also be on hand to advice with regards to recycling.
In order to truly contribute towards a healthier planet, we believe in putting our efforts into travelling responsibly and donating towards conservation projects. This is why we’ve put together the Selective Earth Programme, which offers all our clients the opportunity to contribute towards conservation projects in Asia. We have teamed up with the World Land Trust (WLT) – an international conservation charity who actively conserve Asia’s rainforest whilst supporting local communities. We work closely with the trust to identify which projects are a priority for funding, to ensure our donations keep on making a difference. We are currently contributing towards the conservation of the Khe Nuoc Trong forest, in Vietnam, as well as planting fruit trees in the surrounding communities.
PeopleStay & Eat local.
One of our core values is to collaborate with local, responsible companies and partners who share our focus, beliefs and passions. We work with local guides, local operators and hotel partners, and will always offer small, local accommodation options to clients such Rainbow Lodge or 4 Rivers Lodge. Our holidays are designed to enable our clients to immerse themselves in local places and experiences, and we make sure that, wherever possible, the income they bring to a destination goes back into the community.
Whilst in Phnom Penh you also have the opportunity to eat at a local kindness restaurant ‘Friends’. The aim of this programme is to help educate and train local street children in hospitality and catering so as to provide them an income and housing in the short term, and skills to provide for themselves in the future.
We hire local guides and drivers whenever possible. We also insist that any travel partners we work with adhere to our responsible travel policies, and ideally put responsible tourism at the heart of everything they do. We work collaboratively with them to ensure an ongoing exchange of information, so we can all continue to improve our work around responsible tourism.