The idea of eco-tourism is growing in popularity. This is especially true among backpackers who prefer to minimise their carbon footprint on holiday.
Cambodia, land of temples and tropical beaches, is increasingly draw for visitors with a eco-friendly aim. You may be keen to learn about Cambodian history, shop in vibrant markets, or try the delicious, fresh local food.
These days there are plenty of activities for eco-conscious travellers in Cambodia. If you’re interested in travelling sustainably in this picturesque South East Asian country, don’t miss these eco-tourism experiences:
In the province of Koh Kong, you’ll find Chi Phat Community-Based Ecotourism. This is a company that caters to tourists who wish to experience a remote village and all it has to offer.
Visitors can visit majestic waterfalls and see animals that have been rescued from illegal operations. There is even an option for multi-day journeys through the nearby forest with experienced guides.
With options for travellers of all ages and temperaments, and a range of accommodation in traditional Cambodian houses or with a local family.
Chi Phat is a great way to experience the magic that Cambodia has to offer outside of mass tourism.
Taking a scooter trip
If you want to travel as the locals do and enjoy seeing things off the beaten track a scooter tour might be the perfect thing for you.
Based in Siem Reap, Moto Adventures Day Tours aims to give tourists an authentic Cambodian experience by showing them hidden villages, temples, and incredible views.
During the your you will also learn about the history of the area.
Run by locals, the tours are a great way to learn about life in Cambodia while respecting the environment and local culture.
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Eating sustainable vegetarian food
Vegans and omnnivores alike won’t want to miss Chamkar in Siem Reap. This vegetarian restaurant has two locations in Cambodia.
Chamkar aims to provide traditional food to visitors without harming the earth.
Set among plenty of greenery, the restaurants, whose name means ‘the vegetable garden’ in the Cambodian language of Khmer, create delicious meals. These are made with local vegetables, many of which are also organic.
The creative menu, which offers decadent cocktails and desserts alongside delicious mains, will keep you coming back during your stay in Siem Reap.
Staying in eco-tourism accommodation
Eco-friendly hotels and other types of accommodation are designed to minimise their impacts on the environment. These hotels typically use renewable energy sources, non-toxic cleaning products, and minimal plastic. They might also grow their own food and encourage guests to recycle wherever possible.
But what benefits can you expect while staying in eco-friendly accommodation? For one thing, it’ll help you to have a guilt-free trip.
Many travellers worry about the amount of waste they leave behind on their travels. Staying in the most sustainable accommodation may help relieve any unease you feel about your environmental impact.
Additionally, staying in eco-friendly accommodation may give you a chance to meet like-minded people with similar values.
You’ll also be giving money to a worthy accommodation provider – often, eco-friendly hotels are locally owned – instead of a worldwide hotel chain.
Finding the ways of eco-tourism may feel difficult to begin with. However, if you try to seek out sustainable activities and avoid mass tourism, you’ll be able to look back at your time away knowing that you did your best to travel sustainably.
You’ll be able to better connect with the locals, too, which is what travelling is all about!
Harper is a freelance writer from New Zealand who especially enjoys writing about travel and lifestyle topics. She is hugely passionate about sustainable living and always tries her best to choose eco-friendly accommodation options during her travels. See more of Harper’s work here.