Cambodia adventure holiday, small group
Late availability on these dates: 11 Oct, 01 Nov
Description of Cambodia adventure holiday, small group
If you’re longing to tour Cambodia, bookended between Vietnam and Thailand, this 12 day experience thrusts you into a world of adventure alongside chances to revel in the remarkable capitals of Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.
As you’d hope from a Cambodia adventure holiday, this 12 day itinerary is packed full of cultural interest and an all too raw political back story with visits to Phnom Penh just as memorable as days spent on the beaches of Sihanoukville, but, obviously, for completely contrasting reasons.
Siem Reap and Angkor Wat will be inevitable highlights however, public bus journeys and staying with a local family overnight in Chambok are equally as rewarding experiences, if not more so.
With a DIY attitude when it comes to optional activities and excursions, this small group Cambodia tour offers the ideal mix of adventure and cultural experiences with untold chances to find out more about what makes this country such a remarkable prospect for responsible travellers.
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1 Reviews of Cambodia adventure holiday, small group
Reviewed on 10 Jul 2015 by Anna Haigh
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
day trip on the back of a motorbike, snorkelling off Nha Trang
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
budget more money than the trip notes say for food not included in the trip costs
pack lots of sunscreen
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
definitely benefited local people, some benefits to the environment, not sure about supporting conservation
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
excellent trip with a diverse range of experiences a lots of optional extras
PlanetAs a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of our minds. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.
We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. For example on trips like this one through Cambodia where dress standards are conservative, particularly outside of the major cities, we recommend that our travellers (both male and female) wear loose, lightweight clothing so as not to offend, particularly when visiting religious sites.
Across Cambodia, our foundation actively supports five different projects and causes. These include the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, a programme focussed on education and training to raise awareness of conservation issues, and Ptea Tuek Dong (PTD) working to improve the lives of street families and victims of abuse or trafficking, they run a training centre, school and over 10 hectares of rice fields, assisting over 200 people a year.
PeopleTravelling through remote areas of southern Vietnam and Cambodia, the Cambodia Adventure itinerary has been designed to pass through these regions as considerately as possible, while maximising the experience of our group. We use local transport where ever possible, from the public bus that takes us from Siem Reap to Kompong Cham and on to Phnom Penh, to the cyclos we use to explore the city. Throughout, we stay in small, locally owned hotels reflective of the local flavour, while a night at a homestay in rural Cambodia is basic but not to be missed. Our visits and other like them are a vital source of income for our hosts.
All produce used throughout the trip is sourced locally en route. We eat at local restaurants, sample the food from the local street vendors, encourage our travellers to only purchase souvenirs from local artisans and recruit our on the ground team (including the group leader) from the local communities that we travel through. In Phnom Penh, we recommend visiting the Seeings Hands Massage parlour, for a traditional Khmer massage. Not only are they the best in the city, but your visit helps support the visually impaired masseurs whose years of training can work wonders on muscle aches and pains! All these small elements on tour combine to not only give a fantastic insight into the country and a snap shot of day to day life, but also put valuable financial resources back into the local economy, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.
As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002, from health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.