Cambodia adventure holiday, small group

“Embark on a 12 day small group tour of Cambodia travelling by private and local buses from Bangkok in Thailand through to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.”

Highlights

Bangkok | Siem Reap | Angkor Wat | Kompong Cham | Phnom Penh | Chambok Homestay | Sihanoukville | Phnom Penh | Ho Chi Minh City |

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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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travellers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travellers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your holiday.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travellers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Cambodia adventure holiday, small group

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

As 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.

Travelling 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.

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.

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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

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