Phnom Penh > Kratie > Stung Treng > Ratanakiri > Mondulkiri > Phnom Penh> Koh Kong > Sihanouk Ville > Koh Rong > Kep > Phnom Penh
From the wilderness of the beautiful northern provinces of Cambodia, to the magical south coast, this tour takes you on an adventure-packed 14 days of exploration. With a mix of time spent on and around the mighty Mekong River, exploring jungles, including at a unique elephant rescue project, and taking in tropical islands, you will have memories to last a lifetime.
Arriving from and departing from Phnom Penh, we start our adventure by heading to the province and charming town of Kratie — home of the rare and endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins. We visit peaceful river islands, and discover amazing riverine systems. We then head to Stung Treng, and witness the changing nature of the Mekong and the way its shapes daily life. Onwards, we travel to Ratanakiri, and discover this remote province, famous for its gems and mountains. Our final jungle destination is Mondulkiri. Here, you will discover beautiful waterfalls set in incredible jungle landscapes. Spend time feeding, swimming and interacting with a heard of rescued elephants deep within a tropical valley forged by a mountain stream.
We then move on to discover the beautiful south west coast of Cambodia on the second leg of our adventure. Discover jungle waterfalls, riverine systems and traditional fishing villages, as we take in the unique province of Koh Kong. Then, we move on to the coast playground of Sihanouk Ville to escape to the tropical island of Koh Rong. We continue through beautiful tropical landscapes to Kep, and explore its islands, fishing communities and markets.
Take a magical journey to discover the mighty Mekong, jungles, riverine systems and tropical islands. This group tour offers a great mix of time to relax and for unique activities.
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|TRAVEL STYLE||Relaxed group travelling, offering fresh and fun adventures|
|SERVICE LEVEL||Unique accommodation and more inclusions than on other competing tours.|
|PHYSICAL RATING||Light walking, kayaking and suitable for most fitness levels. Please note that this tour visist the Mondulkiri Project (elephant rescue sactuary) and it is a 20 minute walk down into and out of the jungle valley that can be slippery in the wet season. Thus, due care must be taken.|
|TRIP TYPE||A small group of maximum 18 people|
|NOT INCLUDED||Gratuities, Additional Offerings, Donations, and Meals not shown on intinerary|
- Twelve night’s accommodation in double/twin-shared room
- One nights accommodation in a shared Island Community homestay
- Breakfast at your overnight hotel
- All transfers in private A/C vehicle
- Private boat tour for river experience
- Private boat tour for waterfall exploration
- Traditional Khmer welcome banquet dinner
- Traditional Koh Trong dinner
- 4 Lunches at traditional Khmer Restaurants
- 2 Picnic lunches at all remote locations
- Entry and lunch at the Mondulkiri Project jungle elephant sanctuary
- Morning tea on all private tours
- Chilled water during your transfers
- Private boat tour for jungle waterfall experience
- Picnic lunch on boat tour
- Khmer Banquet farewell Dinner
- Fast ferry transfer to Koh Rong
- Local boat transfer to Coconut Beach
- Private boat tour on Koh Rong for snorkeling and island exploration
- Private boat tour from Kep for snorkeling and island exploration
- Morning tea on all private tours
- Chilled water during your transfers
- All government taxes excluding Visa.
- All tours booked within the Peak season includes a gala dinner either on Christmas Day or New Years Eve at your Hotel or if you tour does not include these dates on a night within the tour.
Accommodation – Hotel (4 nights), Island Community Homestay (1 night), Boutique Resort (4 nights) Tree Lodge bungalow (2 Nights), Island Bungalow (2 nights)
Meals - 13 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 3 dinners
Transportation – Private air-conditioned bus, walking, boat, fast ferry
Staff & experts – Group Tour Leader throughout, local guides
My Own Room
If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have a private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process. Or, talk to your booking agent when you make your reservation.
Day 1: Kratie
Phnom Penh > Kratie (L, D)
Welcome to Phnom Penh and Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonder. Your Green Cutural Travel tour leader will arrange a group meeting, where you will be briefed about the tour, and become acquainted with your fellow travellers. To make sure we make the most of our first day, we need to depart Phnom Penh by no later than 11am. We will be travelling to the northeast, to the province and town of Kratie, following the mighty Mekong River. We will pass through rice fields, traditional villages and beautiful landscapes before we arrive at this little-known, but charming riverside town. To celebrate the start of our adventure, we will enjoy a traditional Khmer banquet in Kratie.
Day 2: Koh Trong
Kratie > Koh Trong (B L D)
Today, we'll explore Kratie, starting with a visit to Wat Roka Kandal, a beautifully restored 18th century pagoda in a style not found anywhere else in Cambodia. A must-do, is to sample the favorite local snack, "Krolan", which is sticky rice mixed with coconut, beans and cooked in bamboo tubes.
We then cross the majestic Mekong River by local boat to Koh Trong, which is a beautiful, quiet island, opposite the riverfront of Kratie town. You can choose to take a bike on this easy flat path, or a horse and cart to take in the traditional houses, tropical gardens and farms. As part of our commitment to local communities, we are planting a tree on the island for each guest, and you are free to participate, or leave it to us and the locals.
We then descend to the river, and take a boat to Kampi, where we hope to see the rare and endangered Irawaddi dolphins. The area of Kampi on the Mekong River is a stunning natural environment, and the sunset over the river can be spectacular. We return to Koh Trong for a unique night in an Island Community Homestay, including a traditional Island dinner. The accommodation is clean and basic, and your welcoming hosts make this a beautiful experience.
Overnight Koh Trong
Day 3: Ratanakiri
Kratie > Stung Treng > Ratanakiri (B & Picnic Lunch)
After breakfast, we leave Kratie, and continue to the northeast through the province of Stung Treng. Your guide will take you on an exploration of Koh Han Island by local boat, and this is a great way to see the locals, whose lives are shaped by this mighty river. The landscapes are unique, with trees growing out from the river, with their root systems exposed. You can continue to explore around Koh Han by boat, or kayaks are available to take in the fresh air and the stunning landscapes.
As we move onto the province of Ratanakiri, you can swim in the refreshing waters of the beautiful Yeak Loam (Volcanic Lake) located in the middle of a crater of a long extinct volcano. We continue through lush jungle landscapes before ending our day at a local exhibition center that specializes in the artworks of ethnic minorities.
Day 4: Ratanakiri
Ratanakiri (B & Picnic Lunch)
Your guide today will take you to the northwest through bamboo forests before reaching the village of Voeune Sai, located on the left bank of the Se San River. Enjoy the stunning views of a traditional Chinese village on the opposite bank of the river. This Chinese enclave in Cambodian territory is unique, as most of the villagers' families came in the thirties, and many still do not speak Khmer.
Again along the way, we will stop, relax and enjoy a picnic in this stunning landscape.
Upstream on the Se San are a number of Tampoun villages that specialize in carving funeral statues. If river and weather conditions permit, we will take a scenic boat trip to the village of Ka Choan, which is famous for its superb totems. Heading back to your hotel in Banlung — the provincial capital, we will stop and visit the volcanic rock at Veal Rumplan, and walk to a stunning cave, which local people call “Tiger Cave”.
Day 5: Mondulkiri
Ratanakiri > Mondukiri (B, L)
We continue our journey today to Mondulkiri, which is the last destination of this north-east adventure. Your base here will be the provincial capital, Sen Monorum. After check-in, we head out into the hills that surround the town, to Sen Mororom Waterfall, for a chance to swim and relax. The landscapes and views are amazing, with rivers running through lush jungle valleys. We return in the late afternoon, and the time is yours to relax at the hotel, or explore this unique hillside town.
Day 6: Mondulkiri
Mondukiri (B, Picnic Lunch)
Make sure you have a good breakfast, as today, you will visit the Mondulkiri Project. It is a community-based project committed to the rescue and care of elephants. Set in a stunning protected jungle valley, and created to assist the local indigenous people, this is an unforgettable day.
It is a 20-minute walk down into the jungle valley, and during the rainy season, it can be muddy and slippery, so care must be taken. After an introduction at the community center, you will meet and interact with a herd of elephants, which have been rescued by the project.
Get to know more about their history, character, behavior, body language and relationship with the Mahout family, who are their protectors and keepers. Feed them their favorite snack, bananas, as you follow and observe these majestic creatures as they move through the jungle, eating bamboo, grass and plants.
At noon, the elephants and you will enjoy a leisurely lunch and have time to relax. Your guide will then take you to explore the jungle valley, with many species of birds and other wildlife. Then we rejoin the elephants to swim with and wash them, which helps keep their skin clean and healthy.
After saying goodbye to the elephants, we walk back out of the jungle to our starting point for the short drive back to Sen Monorom, taking in the hills surrounding the town, and an amazing panoramic view of the jungle forests, or as the locals call them, "Sea Forests".
Day 7: Mondulkiri/Phnom Penh
Mondulkiri > Phnom Penh > Departure (B)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we start the journey back to Phnom Penh. Travel through lush tropical landscapes, which transition into the rice fields as we get closer to the city. We will make sure you have time to stop to enjoy the wide selection of tropical fruit and local snacks along the way.
We will arrive in Phnom Penh in the late afternoon and we will relax at the hotel and enjoy the facilities after the first week on our adventure.
Overnight Phnom Penh
Day 8: Phnom Penh/Koh Kong
Phnom Penh > Koh Kong (L)
We may possibly meeting new friends today, as guests can elect to do the second leg of our tour. Once we have greeted any new members of our tour, we head first to the lush Kravanh Mountains, also known as the "Cardamom Mountains", to truly experience nature at its finest. You will also discover the river of Tatai filled with aquatic life in its pristine waters. Surrounded by beautiful forests and part of the greater Koh Kong, your journey would not be complete without stopping to sample delicious seasonal fruit.
We'll arrive in time to settle into our resort, and relax, taking in the magic of the surrounds.
Overnight Koh Kong
Day 9: Koh Kong
Koh Kong (B & Picnic Lunch)
Following a leisurely breakfast your guide will take you to explore this nature’s playground. We start with a visit to the must see Tatai Waterfall. Your day, depending on the tide, starts at around 10am for the 45-minute boat ride past Tatai village to the falls. Turning on to a tributary, you head into the heart of the Cardamom jungle, to the far-off sounds of exotic birds and its secretive wildlife. Within minutes, you are at journey’s end, gazing out into the turbulent waters of the falls.
After enjoying a picnic lunch, and even a leisurely hydro-massage, we give you time to relax and soak in the sights and sounds of the jungle. For those wishing to add a little adventure, we have kayaks to explore the river. After leaving the falls, depending of the season, you have the opportunity to paddle your kayak to a traditional Cambodian farm, and get a glimpse of traditional rural Khmer life.
Overnight Koh Kong
Day 10: Koh Rong
Koh Kong > Shinaouk Ville > Koh Rong (B, L)
We continue on, today, to Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia’s number one coastal destination, and we head onto the magical island of Koh Rong, the second largest island in Cambodia. The fast ferry is approximately 45 or 90 minutes depending on if it stops at the sister island of Koh Rong Sanloem. For those that like to party, the landing point on Koh Rong is home to many guest houses, back packers, restaurants and bars. But take a short boat ride, and you will discover deserted beaches, coral reefs and beautiful tropical landscapes. We prefer to escape the party scene, and in this package, we will take you on a 30-minute local boat ride to Coconut beach, which is a small enclave of accommodation set on a beautiful bay.
Overnight Koh Rong
Day 11: Koh Rong
Koh Rong (B, Picnic Lunch)
Take in this stunning retreat over a leisurely breakfast before jumping on a local boat to explore the island. Your guide will show you some beautiful coral reefs, where you can snorkel, and then explore deserted beaches, or even visit a local fishing village.
Then the rest of the day is free to relax, or head out and explore the island.
Overnight Koh Rong
Day 12: Kep
Koh Rong > Sihanouk Ville > Kampot > Kep (B, L)
We return today to the mainland, and onwards to Kep. Located just a few kilometers from the border with Vietnam, it was historically the seaside escape for Kings. Kep had fallen on hard times due to the Khmer Rouge, as can be witnessed by many abandoned French colonial buildings. It is now going through a renaissance, as visitors are starting to rediscover the charm of this area.
On the way, we explore the province and town of Kampot — home of beautiful old French colonial architecture. Also renowned for the quality of its fruits (durian, coconut, mango and many more), its spices, and of course, the famous Kampot Pepper. The special fresh climate and soil type of Kampot, as well as the experience from generations of pepper farmers, make this pepper unique and much sought-after by gourmets worldwide.
The journey to Kep takes in some beautiful tropical landscapes, with many plantations and small villages. We will be sure to stop and enjoy fresh tropical fruit straight from the orchard.
Day 13: Kep
Kep (B L D)
Today, we continue our exploration of Kep, and travel by boat to Koh Ton Say Resort — a nature resort, sometimes known as "Rabbit Island". There are two beaches suitable for swimming, with white sand and safe shallow water. Snorkel over coral reefs with colorful fish, plants and other sea life. It is great opportunity to relax on the beach and sample fresh local seafood.
Returning in the late afternoon to your hotel, we will take time to relax before heading out for one more beautiful sunset, and a traditional farewell banquet dinner.
Day 14: Phnom Penh
Kep > Phnom Penh > Departure (B)
Following a leisurely breakfast, we visit the famous seafood markets, and explore Kep with its salt farms, amazing old French Colonial architecture, and stunning hinterland. Then, it will be time to transfer to Phnom Penh to connect with your departure flight, or to your hotel for your next Cambodian adventure.
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Cambodian Extended Group Tours
The information in this detailed-trip document has been compiled with care, and is provided in good faith. However, it is subject to change and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal to the itinerary. Or, it may be a larger change that results in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure, you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: To check if there have been changes that affect your plans, please ensure that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Details several days before you commence travel.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary. On occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region. Mention of specific wildlife is by no means a guarantee you will encounter it. Listed travel times are approximations only and subject to variation due to local conditions.
The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public.
Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.
In some major cities in Cambodia, many hotel rooms do not have windows.
Due to the nature of travel in Asia, a backpack is more suited to this trip than a suitcase.
- Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday price
- More than 45 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
- More than 21 days before arrival– 30%
- Less than 14 days before arrival – 50%
- Less than 7 days before arrival – 80%
- Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%
GCT Group Tour Leader Description
All Green Cultural Travel Group Tours are accompanied by one of our Tour Leaders. The role of the Tour Leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to see and do, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting. We believe this approach provides the best of both worlds.
Group Size Notes
Eating is one of the most enjoyable aspects of holidaying in a foreign destination. When travelling with Green Cultural Travel, you will experience a vast array of excellent food available throughout Cambodia. We believe in providing choice and have therefore included some meals within each Tour, but also provide opportunities for you to explore and discover dining experiences on your own.
Our groups tend to eat together to enable everyone to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. However, there is no obligation to join in if you prefer not to. If you wish to venture out alone, your Tour Leader can always provide suggestions for recommended restaurants in the area.
Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited.
While trekking in remote regions all meals are included. We ensure they are plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.Please refer to your trip details for information on which meals are included, along with a suggested budget for those that are not.
Private bus with air-conditioning, walking, boat and ferry
There are no flights on this tour
We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel. Our group trips are therefore designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers are paired with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip and stay in a twin room or multi-share accommodation.
Hotels 4 Star where available - 6 nights
My Own Room
Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will be provided with a single private room each night.
For details of your joining hotel, please refer to your Green Cultural Travel tour voucher. Alternatively, contact the Green Cultural Travel office or your travel agent.
When arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be met by a Green Cultural Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. Your driver will be waiting for you with a Green Cultural Travel sign with your name on it. Please check carefully for your name when you exit the baggage hall as it can be busy outside the arrival area.
If you are unable to locate our Green Cultural Travel representative on arrival, please wait up to 30 minutes. Unavoidable delays occasionally happen, and our representative should be there as soon as possible.
If they have still not arrived you can:
- call our emergency number to contact local staff for assistance, or
- take a taxi to the joining point hotel, and we will reimburse you for the cost of this inconvenience.
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled for any reason, please contact your starting point hotel as soon as possible. Request to speak to your Group Leader, or leave a message. If you are unable to get in touch with your Group Leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.
If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.
An airport transfer is included in the tour; please note that your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer. However, we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area, please take a taxi to your start point hotel.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
Green Cultural Travel Office Phnom Penh, Cambodia
During Office hours GMT +7 (Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 8:30am to 12:00pm
From outside Cambodia: +855 23 900 534 or +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 23 900 534 or 012 536 791
After hours emergency number
From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791
From within Cambodia: 012 536 791
What to Take
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit during your entire vacation. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible. Most travellers carry a small to medium size backpack or rolling bag. No XXL ones, please! You will also need a day pack or bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.
Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash (small denominations preferred)
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
Green Cultural Travel vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
Any entry visas, additional passport photos or vaccination certificates required
Small towel and swim wear
Sturdy walking shoes/sport sandals
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry
Clothes for temples – long pants or sarongs
Some of our hotels offer laundry facilities for a charge.
Please note that visas for entry into Cambodia are the responsibility of each individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from, and where you are going. Rules do change. For the most up-to-date information, please check your government’s foreign ministry website or contact your travel agent.
CAMBODIA - Visas can be obtained in advance from your local Cambodian Embassy or Consulate OR on arrival for $30 USD. Please bring at least two passport photos.
You will require two clean pages (minimum) in your passport and at least six months validity.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others, while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs. Consider your likely spending habits when budgeting for drinks, shopping and tipping.
We have provided some specific recommendations below to assist you to plan your budget and manage your money while on tour.
During this tour, you will use both the Cambodian Riel and US Dollar as local currencies. Because currency exchange rates in South East Asia do fluctuate quite frequently, we ask that you refer to the following website for the most up to date information on exchange rates: www.xe.com
The best way to access local currency in Cambodia is from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) with a debit card. ATMs are readily available throughout South East Asia and will usually accept cards from both the Visa and MasterCard international networks. If possible, travel with both a Visa and a MasterCard to provide backup in case of loss or access problems with one card. Please note, your bank will usually charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.
USD Cash is recommended for those occasions when ATMs are not accessible. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations (please refer to our trip dossier) but not a substantial amount as carrying only cash is high risk. The ideal mix is two or more ATM card/s with some cash as back-up.
If you are bringing US Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 2003, or with any tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!
Credit cards are accepted at some upmarket hotels and restaurants, and some larger stores if shopping for big items. They are of no use at smaller establishments. Cash advances with your credit card are also possible at some banks. However, the process is time-consuming and tends to attract high fees.
Traveller’s cheques can be tricky, time-consuming and expensive to exchange. While we do not recommend that you bring them as your primary source of funds, you may choose to bring one or two cheques in case of emergency. Thomas Cook or American Express travelers’ cheques in US currency are the easiest to exchange.
Please ensure you have access to an additional USD $250 (or equivalent) as a minimum. This 'emergency' fund is for use if circumstances beyond our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets.
Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your Group Leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person, per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. If unsure, ask your Group Leader for a recommended amount based on the particular circumstances at the time.
At the end of each trip, if you felt your Green Cultural Travel Group Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal decision. However, as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week, can be used.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a small First Aid kit, hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes, and any personal medical supplies you might require.
Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons, our Group Leaders are prohibited from administering any drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In Asia, pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs available in your home country, but they are usually locally produced and may have different names. To ensure you can access to the right treatment, ask your doctor for the details of the active components and dosage instructions if you think you might need to purchase prescription medication while here.
When selecting your trip, please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Green Cultural Travel reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all, or part, of a trip without refund if, in the reasonable opinion of our Group Leader, they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Safety and Security
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. We recommend a lock for securing your luggage.
When travelling on a group trip, please note that your Group Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
Your Group Leader will accompany you on all included activities.
During your journey, you will have some free time to pursue your own interests. You can relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your Group Leader can assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary. We, therefore, offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your personal judgment before selecting an activity in your free time.
Although the locations we visit on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering about at night. We recommend our guests stay in small groups and take taxis for any night time excursions, including restaurant visits.
Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.
Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun, and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our Group Leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by a guide(s).
Swimming, including snorkelling, is always at your own risk.
Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. These requirements ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to complete their chosen trip comfortably. While our Group Leaders work hard to ensure all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
A Couple of Rules
We do not tolerate illegal drugs on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of the local culture in some areas of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers.
Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our Group Leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
A Word of Warning
When exploring on your own carry only the necessary minimum with you and use a well-hidden money belt for cash and credit cards. The majority of your valuables, including your passport, should be left in the hotel safe. You can organise use of the safe at the reception of your accommodation. There is no need to get paranoid, just be cautious.
Please do not buy gems in Cambodia unless you know what you are doing. Even if they are genuine, you should not expect to be able to sell them at home. If you fall victim to a gem scam, we are unable to assist you.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory to participate in any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the tour until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Group Leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy, please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability,
cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance, we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage, and emergency contact telephone number.
Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs
For every package purchased directly on line through our website, Green Cultural Travel Pte Ltd will donate 2% of the package price excluding the value of any airfares to our affiliated charity Guarding Glory Limited.
Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and for an understanding of the Hub” visit www.gcthub.com Members of our Hub receive a monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support.
Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Guarding Glory Limited.
In Cambodia, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot and humid Asian climate.
Green Cultural Travel Hub
When you purchase a Green Cultural Travel package you automatically become a member of the Green Cultural Travel Hub. This is connects you to us and like-minded travelers. Our monthly magazine is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories, special offers and contests. We also include more information on how you can give back, and support, the people and places we love to visit through our local Community Programs.