Loraine Ophelia review 2 Feb 2020
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Kayaking HaLong bay in Cambodia and visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Seek out and research activities around the areas you are staying in apart from optional extras.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Not really. The homestay was disappointing and there seems to be minimal impact on reducing plastic waste in Cambodia. Should encourage use of cycles more outside of organised tours
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Read the operator's response here:
I am very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your homestay with the Chambok community, as this is often a highlight of our customers trip.
We have been working with the Chambok community for over 10 years, and we have ensured that there has always been a positive impact on the
community members. In 2006 the Cambodian Government decided to make the area of Chambok a protected area, which affected the localís way of living
which previously consisted of animal hunting and logging. In 2007 we became Chambokís biggest supporter by helping it become an area for community
based tourism. Since then we have helped give direct work for over a hundred people, and impacted more than 500 families, who have gained skills and
jobs by hosting and guiding groups, cooking for groups, and helping local children to go to school to learn English, with the help of the ChildSafe team.
Plastic waste is a serious concern for us and we as a tour company endeavour to do the most we can in the countries that we visit. In Cambodia we make
sure that all of our private transport options have refillable water tanks on board so you can refill your water bottles rather than purchase a new one.
Further to that we are always on the lookout for ways that we can improve, and are currently looking into NGOís that we can work with to improve plastic
use and educate communities to understand recycling and the impact the plastic can have on our environment.