Cambodia photography holiday

“A 13 day photography holiday, lead by an experienced travel photographer, with plenty of time to capture Angkor’s temples, plus lesser visited sites, too.”

Highlights

Phnom Penh | Killing Fields | Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum | Wat Phnom temple | Siem Reap | Angkor and Angkor Wat | Phnom Bahkeng Temple | Ta Prom | Beng Melea | Tonle Sap Lake | Prek Toal bird sanctuary | Sangkar River | Battambang and bamboo train | Pursat Town | Kompong Chnang | Tonle Sap River

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.


Featuring:

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

Optional extensions

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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25 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.

Environment
In 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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On 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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6 Reviews of Cambodia photography holiday

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Reviewed on 18 Feb 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The interaction with local people, the temples and local markets plus Jeff the guide was fantastic!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Leave with open minds and open hearts, the people of Cambodia are fantastic The photography was great and you learn heaps from Jeff.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely, the number of times I was thanked for coming to Cambodia indicated the benefits directly affecting the locals. The visit to a local primary school was also a highlight.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was fantastic!

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being in the markets, surrounded by local people who didn't seem like seeing a lot of occidental people around. Under the rain, with all the kids playing
around, people selling their stuff on the floor. Authentic Asia.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Prepare for travelling on a non-conventional way: you won't see the monuments or hotspots. You will mix among the local people, and see their daily routine.
You will take more portraits than the typical travel photography. Forget about massive tourism!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We travelled in a sustainable way, with local people, buying in markets, having lunch at local spots.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really amazing. My first time travelling alone, and was a really authentic and different holiday.

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There 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.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do your research on the country , known what you are signing up for. This holiday is not for the resort minded traveler. Ask more questions regarding the details of the long hauls. I didn't realize the days we traveled either by boat or land would be such long distances. If you enjoy integrating with the local people this is the best part of the this tour!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe it did benefit the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall I would rate this holiday good but needs improvement. The photography part of the tour was great, I learned tons from Gary on taking pictures. He was helpful and patient with the many questions. He graciously accompanied us for dinners even though I am sure he was tired of being with us all day. He was knowledgeable about the country and the people and showed great compassion for them. I would have liked some debriefing at the end of each day to get a pulse of how well I was doing with his suggestions etc.

The boat we took for almost 8 hours down the Sangkar river was far from optimal, the toilet facility on board was not good and I avoided drinking much water in order not to need to use it. Not staying hydrated on an approx. 8 hour boat trip in the sun was not my idea of a good time. I do believe the cost of the tour warranted a decent boat. The accommodations once we reached Battambang was again less then optimal. The hotel was overall dirty and worn. Towels and bed linings were stained etc. My roommate and I found better accommodations and stayed there instead. I would definitely recommend this hotel to be taken off the list of places to stay for future tours. There also was an expectation to tip all in this tour. A little forewarning of this expectation would have been good so that I would have come prepared to do so. Tips were requested for all drivers, guides etc. I thought this was covered in the cost. Of course I wouldn't mind tipping above and beyond for impressionable service etc. but this should be spelled out.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments Charlys and we are delighted that the photography aspects of this tour matched up to your expectations and that the photographer was not just informative but also enjoyable company.

I appreciate your comments regarding the final leg of the tour which takes you off the beaten track through the Cambodian countryside to Battambang. Toilets on the boats although usually basic, are normally of an acceptable standard and it is regrettably on this occasion you did not find them so and that you were caused discomfort by this. We will review the accommodation in Battambang.

Our advise to all who travel with us concerning tips is that the staff are all paid at least the going rate for the country and that tips are for excellent service and for this reason we don't add them automatically to the cost of the tour. Sorry this was not made clear to you.

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole trip is something I will remember for a lifetime for all the right reasons, the people, the places, the adventure.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take it for what it is, don't expect 5* luxury and don't expect to be waited on hand & foot, it's an adventure, take every day as it comes and expect the unexpected, eat with the locals, laugh with the locals and don't take yourself too seriously. Our photographic guide will be a friend for years to come.
Ohh and don't expect to come home nice and refreshed as if you have had a beach holiday, take an extra couple of days to recover!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe so, all local companies & people used for accommodation, travel and food with exception of the main flights.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 of of 10, now got to start saving for the next one.

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


I will admit that the main (only?) reason I booked this trip was to visit Angkor Wat and a photography tour that included the main temples at Angkor suited my requirements. I am pleased to say that sunrise at Angkor Wat was as spine tingling as I had hoped.

However, this trip was so much more than Angkor Wat.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This trip would suit a novice photographer, as there was plenty of opportunity for playing with camera settings and practising new skills. Bring your instruction manual so you know how to change these settings! The tour leader provided some theory sessions to help get you started, and these were conducted during the heat of the day when taking pictures is least favourable. However, the more advanced photographer will not be disadvantaged, as there is time to explore at your leisure.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Where possible, we used local services.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Before this trip, I was very reluctant to take pictures of people, and those that I had tried were not very natural. The people of Cambodia were so friendly and so relaxed about having their photo taken that it was a pleasure to be in their company. This helped me relax and the charm of the locals is evident in my photos.

Without exaggeration, this trip has caused me to rethink my photography as well as my holidays in general.

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Making our way to Angkor Wat early morning whilst still dark and standing by the reflecting pool waiting for dawn. As the sky gradually lit up we were able to pick out the shape of Angkor Wat and focused our cameras as the sky gradually
lit up - very exciting. Also to be with Nathan (who took the photography group) who was on hand to enable us to get some good shots!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take plenty of memory cards for your camera and enjoy talking to the locals.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Hopefully in a small way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


First rate for a photographic holiday - I learnt lots and very helpful being with a professional photographer who lived there and knew the local language and the best places to go to.

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