Since November 2021, it has again been possible for tourists to travel to Cambodia. The country wants to focus on sustainable tourism (eco-tourism) after a long period of strict entry restrictions. In this article you can read more about sustainable travel to Cambodia and how you can offset the CO2 emissions of your trip during your visa application.
Travel to Cambodia possible again
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was impossible for tourists to travel to Cambodia for a year and a half. In the meantime, the number of COVID-19 infections in the country has been at a consistently low level for months, which led the government to decide to open the borders again in November 2021. With the second highest vaccination rate in Southeast Asia, the government of Cambodia considers it safe to allow travellers back into the country. However, travellers do have to apply for a Cambodia visa in advance. This makes it possible for everyone to visit world-famous attractions such as the Angkor Wat. Furthermore, Cambodia has a lot to offer to environmentally conscious people and nature lovers.
Visit an untouched rainforest
The Cardamom Mountains have become a hotspot for sustainable tourism in recent years. The mountain range is located in western Cambodia, in the middle of one of the largest and most untouched rainforests in Southeast Asia. The area is home to a great diversity of wild and rare animals, such as the Indian civet cat, the Chinese tiger, the Malayan bear and the Indian elephant. It is estimated that more than 100 different mammals and at least 62 endangered species live there.
The municipality of Chi-Phat in the Cardamom Mountains is the ideal base for a sustainable visit to this area. A unique feature of Chi-Phat is that all tourist activities are facilitated by the indigenous people. This gives visitors an intimate insight into the life of this remote community and their relationship with the surrounding nature, while contributing to the sustainable development of this region. Another option for a trip to the Cardamom Mountains is an overnight stay at the award-winning Cardamom Tented Camp. Here, travellers far from mass tourism can sleep in well-equipped, comfortable tents. The attached restaurant serves local dishes and drinks. A stay at Cardamom Tented Camp also contributes to the protection of the surrounding rainforest.
Sustainable tourism in Siem Reap
Travellers to Cambodia cannot avoid visiting Siem Reap, as it is close to the temple complex Angkor Wat. Also in this tourist centre, travellers can support sustainable developments in Cambodia by making conscious choices. The Made in Cambodia market offers visitors the opportunity to buy handicrafts produced locally. Are you looking for a handmade souvenir that supports local crafts? Then the Made in Cambodia market is definitely worth a visit. The market is open every day of the week from 12pm onwards.
Do you fancy a special circus show without animals? Phare, The Cambodian Circus connects stories of Cambodia‘s recent history, indigenous culture, dance and music with talented acrobatic performances. The circus is organised by a social organisation and training centre. By visiting Phare, visitors not only get to see a unique performance, but also contribute to the education of artists and young people in Cambodia.
Furthermore, environmentally conscious visitors to Siem Reap can look out for hotels associated with the "ReFill Not Landfill" campaign. More than 40 companies in Siem Reap participate. Participating hotels promote the use of reusable drinking bottles, by providing taps with drinking water to their customers. This should drastically reduce the amount of plastic ending up in the environment.
Are you inspired? Apply for your visa now
Have you already made plans to travel to Cambodia? If so, you can start applying for your Cambodia visa now. When applying for your visa, you can choose to offset the CO2 emissions of your flight. For this you pay a surcharge that goes entirely to VCS-certified climate projects that compensate CO2 emissions. This way, you can fly to Cambodia without having to worry about the associated climate damage.