If you’ve visited Angkor Wat, looked on a map of Cambodia and wondered what the rest was like, then this is your chance to find out! This 2 week tour of Cambodia will push back the tourist boundaries with visits to an array of fantastic and rarely visited sites such as the sacred mountain of Phnom Kulen, the stunning Beng Melea Temple, the pre-Angkor ruined cities of Sambor Prei Kok and Koh Ker, the French colonial architecture of Battambang Town, atmospheric Bokor National Park with it’s ghost-town French hill station and the scenic coastal towns of Kep and Kampot. Primarily aimed at previous visitors to the kingdom this trip is also easily adapted to accommodate first time travellers to Cambodia looking for something a bit different.
We are able to use smaller types of transport as well as making public transport more practical. i.e. pick–up trucks and minibuses instead of large coaches. This has practical as well as ecological benefits. Similar benefits arise with respect to any nature based activities: hiking, snorkeling, bird watching etc. Not only do smaller groups have less negative impact on the natural environment but, as above, it is easier for a guide to transmit instructions and knowledge. There is also far more chance of spotting birds and wildlife with lower numbers.
If governments see that creating and maintaining National Parks can create revenue, then it is an incentive for them to preserve such areas and create new ones instead of short term gain from logging, plantations etc. If local communities can see that National Parks, Forest Reserves, Wildlife Sanctuaries etc bring in revenue for local communities and employment for local people then it is an incentive for them to respect such protected areas and participate in tourism schemes.
We therefore feel it is essential to incorporate as many such protected areas into our itineraries as possible – not only to show the scenery and exotic flora and fauna to visitors, but also to encourage authorities and local people to establish and take care of such areas.