All of us at Phnompenh Tour today are aware of the impact that we as humans are having on the world around us and most of us have had our behavior modified in that we now think of the effect of our actions on the environment before we act – something that twenty or thirty years ago was not a social issue.

If you act this way within our own community, consider your impact on societies less developed than your own, not only in terms of litter but in the areas of standards – dress, morality, behavior, noise and many others. With tourism developing rapidly, it is our responsibility to ensure that the environment, heritage and cultural diversity of our destinations remain untouched for future visitors and for the local people.

Phnompenh Tour suggests that you take the time to read the suggestions below so as to minimize your impact on the people and places you visit while in Cambodia. A good maxim is “take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints”.

Before you go

Enjoying your time in Cambodia will be easy. But by following the green guide of A, B, C.. to G. you’ll also be doing something active towards ensuring a long-term future for both tourism and the environment. In return, you’ll be rewarded with a richer traveling experience and the respect of the people of this fascinating country.

Accept responsibility for the environment in which you travel.

Be aware of your impacts on society and the environment, and try to minimize them.

Choose tour operators who are more environmentally and culturally sensitive and tell their competitors that you didn’t choose them on this basis.

Don’t behave in a manner which would never be accepted at home.

Explain your reasons for behaving in a certain way to other tourists and to those working in the tourist sector.

Find out and learn more about the place you visit by not taking everything you see at face value.

Guide others who are not as educated as yourself by setting a good example through practical actions.

When you go

Protecting the natural environment is paramount especially when traveling. Check out how you can conserve local eco-systems:

  • Always try and use local energy and water as efficiently as possible in line with local practices. You may come from a city blessed with heavy annual rainfall, but the odds are the village you’re staying in isn’t. 
  • Don’t leave taps running or use water-intensive practices such as hand washing only a few or single items of clothing at a time in countries where water is sparse. 
  • Check that any soaps or detergents you use are biodegradable and always wash dishes and utensils away from streams and lakes. 
  • Never ever litter. Find a bin or recycle it. Find out how to recycle your waste most efficiently from your hotel or hostel. Try not to bring any superfluous containers or packaging that you do not intend to take back home. 
  • Never put rubbish bags down beside a garbage bag or pile of rubbish sacks as wild animals are more likely to tear them open and disperse the rubbish. Worse still, bottles and cans can seriously injure animals and plastic bags suffocate animals when consumed. 
  • Travelers should be aware that not all countries employ the same levels of animal welfare protection. so be discerning when visiting zoos and marine parks. 
  • Animals are not here to amuse us, so do not support this trend by visiting circus’, festivals and carnivals where performing animals are used.
  • In natural areas, be aware that your movements are effecting your surroundings. Move cautiously, do not take any natural keepsakes and always stay to marked footpaths.

Low impact tours in Cambodia

Although there are common-sense ways in which you can avoid creating negative impressions and damaging the environment, it’s still easy to make mistakes when you are new to a place.

Here are some specific guidelines that, if appropriately followed, should make your trip more enjoyable and ensure that you leave behind a positive impression.


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