Cambodia photography holiday
on a single room basis (boutique-style 3*) & certain meals as per itinerary.
(Visas & local tips not included.) Return flights from the UK from £650.
(Fully licensed, ATOL protected.)
Description of Cambodia photography holiday
Images of Cambodia is a fully guided, small group, photography tour of Cambodia led by one of our experienced professional travel photographers. The tour is open to anyone from beginners or casual amateurs up to budding pros. For the former, hands-on, individual teaching, assistance and tips are available while, for the latter, our knowledgeable photo guides will do their best to ensure you get to the right place at the right time.
Unlike many photo specials, the emphasis on this tour is not only the famous sites and iconic clichés but everyday village and rural images as well as getting behind the scenes with street-life and local markets. The intention is genuine travel photography and, while you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with and meet the exceptionally friendly locals, we strictly avoid using ‘models’ or set-up, contrived scenes.
This itinerary takes in widely varying subjects, from the chaotic and colourful street scenes of Phnom Penh’s back alleys and bustling markets, to the fabulous jungle-clad temples of Angkor – surely one of Asia’s most photogenic spots – by way of bucolic landscapes, river scenes and traditional villages.
We include a comprehensive but leisurely-paced 3-day Angkor itinerary, allowing plenty of time to check-out the famous and lesser-known parts of this vast World Heritage site as well as a boat trip on the Tonle Sap Lake and Sangkar River to visit the spectacular stilt settlements and unique floating villages.
Finally, note that this tour of Cambodia’s best-known sites and hidden secrets is equally suitable for non-photographers, perhaps considering accompanying a photo mad partner.
1. Phnom Penh – famous sites, bustling markets and colourful and vibrant street-life
2. Hands-on assistance, tips and advice from experienced professional travel photographers
3. Explore the jungle clad ruins of Angkor - one of Asia's most evocative and photogenic destinations
4. Travel by boat up the Sangkar River - floating villages, bird-life, unique scenery; 'Like being on a Nat Geo programme'!
5. Discover the timeless and picturesque Cambodian countryside; emerald rice paddies and traditional stilt houses
6. Village life and cottage industries of Battambang's countryside
1. Add on a few days to explore south Cambodia with our 4-day Kampot and Kep mini-tour
2. Squeeze the most out of your airfare with our fascinating Bangkok Behind the Scenes extension
3. Day 10 offers the alternative of heading over the border for some quality island time on Thailand’s Koh Mak or Koh Chang
4. Take a flight from Phnom Penh to lush, tropical Phu Quoc Island
Note groups sizes are 2 to maximum 10 persons with single room accommodation in boutique-style 3* hotels.
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4 Reviews of Cambodia photography holiday
Reviewed on 18 Feb 2018 by Greg EvansThe interaction with local people, the temples and local markets plus Jeff the guide was fantastic! It was fantastic! Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2018 by Hector MainarReally amazing. My first time travelling alone, and was a really authentic and different holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jan 2018 by Charlys TrevinoThere were many memorable parts to this holiday. I would say the road trip to Seim Reap was filled with several cool stops along the way. The remote, not so known temples in Angkor were really nice. I also believe the dynamics of the people in our small group made the trip really memorable. I made friendships that will continue far beyond this holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2016 by Jon LaneThe whole trip is something I will remember for a lifetime for all the right reasons, the people, the places, the adventure....10 out of 10, now got to start saving for the next one. Read full review
PlanetIn marked difference to some photography trips, and in keeping with our philosophy, this tour emphasizes photography that appreciates local people, their cultures and religions, and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.
Please note that all group sizes are between 2 and 10 persons. Groups are accompanied at all times by a professional photographer and one or more local guides. All transportation is organized by local operators and using local drivers. We feel that our ‘discreet’ group sizes lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit, as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with our higher ratio of guides/tour-leader to clients.
Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; helps 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, encouraging them in sustainable tourism practices
Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes 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 greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.
Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.
PeopleOn this particular tour we help sustain local businesses and enterprises by including visits to cottage industries in Battambang and the Prek Toal community tourism project as well as offering options to the handicraft school for handicapped persons‘, land-mine museum’, Phare Ponleuk Circus and Apopo, giant African rat demining school, in Siem Reap.
Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.
Instruction: 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.
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