RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

Adventurous Asia Responsible Travel focuses on preventing illegal commitments that may harm the social security, avoiding negative impacts on the environment, respecting local people and culture, protecting the nature and ruins by getting back to the local people and community with the benefits in economic, education and public welfare through our charity support.

We set up the guidelines of our Responsible Travel policy for our clients to feel secure and earn positive travel experience. We want our clients to learn about the history and culture, and enjoy the nature without harming the environment.

Adventurous Asia supports the local community and economy by organizing a visit to local art schools, orphanages, providing funds and school materials, workshops by disabled people, local community and restaurants; we also offer bikes students, build water well and houses for poor villagers.

It prevents the negative impact of tourism / tourists to society; and builds cultural, social and environmental respect, more over the Adventurous Guide will teach you the historical truth.

Adventurous Asia promotes a responsible tourism program which focuses on preventing illegal and undesirable activities that may harm social structure, the environment, or disrespect local people and culture. We seek to protect nature, historical places of interest, and Cambodia as well as Asia's unique culture, and at the same time, to use our resources to help local communities.

Safety

Adventurous Asia does everything to measure and make our Adventurous People as safe as possible. We never accept the risky adventure that commit without taking advice and instruction of your Tour Guide or Leader. Travelers should take own responsibility for personal safety. Speak to your tour guide or leader if you are unsure about food and drink. You must buy a travel insurance concluding the medical emergency evacuation before you travel. Let us know if you are not mentally and physically fit with our adventure.

Photography

Before taking photo, you ask for a permission or do not it if the people are not satisfied with the situation; sometimes they erupt what the photos will be used. Respect people who do not wish to be photographed. Speak with the guide for the situation.

Begging

Giving the money is not a solution for their situation to encourage them to stop begging. We should aware that begging is not the culture and structure to raise the country’s reputation and value. It also encourages children to skip school. Disabled adult beggars and begging children are often forced by gangs to beg. Asians are poor; they struggle for living by ending up bagging on the streets. Tourists are annoyed by the situation but they should walk away by respecting and leaving them alone.

The better way you have to help disabled adults, beggars and homeless people is to support the Non- Profit Organizations with in the projects that provide food, health care, basic education, language courses and vocational courses to them. Adventurous Asia supports the ELMA foundation found in Siem Reap area helping the poor and homeless by providing the English language courses for free.

Prostitution and Child Sex Tourism

Prostitution in Cambodia is prohibited and illegal; it is a human labor that happened too a lot to the poor and illiterate. Sexual exploitation of children by travelers is one of the saddest sides of tourism. Some countries, prostitutes chose their profession out of "free will". They force themselves into prostitution against their will in most of the countries we visit. In many developing countries

Bargaining and Tipping

The bargaining is great idea in search of lowing down to a fair price for both parties. Be realistic about prices when shopping at the non-fix price products. Haggling over 1 dollar makes you or the seller loose face.

Tip whenever you can. If you are satisfied about a provided service, show your appreciation with a tip. One dollar is nothing for us, but can mean a real need for local people. Many staff in hotels and restaurants, local guides, drivers and porters are dependent on tips for their income. There is no minimum wage and no social security in many countries.

Food

The exploration of the cuisine of a country can be one of the highlights of traveling. Discovering special and unique dishes of an exotic cuisine is a delight. During our Exploration Tours we try to eat in small, local restaurants to support the local people and communities. When eating out in the streets or in markets, eat only hot food prepared in front of you and eat in places with a high turnover, so that it is more likely that the food is fresh. Avoid eating raw or undercooked food and food washed with unpurified water. Avoid drinks with crushed ice or ice cubes. Unpurified water may have been used to make the ice.

Your tour leader can make recommendations for restaurants. Bon appétit!

Environment and Nature

Traveling through the beautiful nature is one of the highlights of the discovery. You must respect the environment and natural resources. Do not stay away from the trail and create a short cut and new route. Your tour guide will inform you the distance you can approach on footprints without disturbing and annoying the environment that may bring you in danger. Pay attention by not walking through the jungle, you may be harming yourself in to the danger from hidden ordnances.  You should wear the proper cloth that blends the environment.

Drugs

Drug use is illegal in Cambodia, please do not use it, it breaks the law and you may be imprisoned for many years. Within the Adventurous Asia Travel, you are the people taking the advantages to encourage the people stop using the drug and illegal commitment. Stay away from drugs.

Local Customs and Tradition (Etiquette)

Exploring the country tourism attraction, you learn the history, culture through meet local people and discovering their ways of life is the highlight of an Exploration Tour. Other cultures are sometimes strange for us. Local people do things different than we do. Keep an open mind; do not judge their customs and traditions. And respect their way of life. Please respect the local customs of the people we visit.

Nudity or inappropriate dress (revealing too much "flesh") often causes offence. Dress modest ("cover up") and you will get a lot more respect.

Showing affection in public places is strongly disapproved in many countries. Holding hands with your partner and kissing in public is not done in many countries.

 

Greetings and goodbyes are sometimes quite different than ours. Ask your tour leader for the appropriate way of greeting and saying goodbye, or look at the locals how they do it.

Do not touch local people on the head, even children. The head is regarded as the highest part of the body. For many people the head is a holy place where the soul lives. Don't sit on pillows meant for sleeping.

The foot is the lowest part of the body, spiritually and physically. Never point your feet at somebody or something. This is very rude in many cultures. Never step over someone, but walk around people or ask them to move.

Learn some words in the local language, even if it is only "hello", "thank you" and "goodbye". Local people will appreciate your effort to learn some words of their language.

Respect private properties. Ask permission first to enter a house. Take off your hat and your shoes before entering a house. You are a guest here; behave as you would a guest to behave in your home.

Visiting Buddhist Temples and other Religious Sites

Keep the following in mind when visiting Buddhist temples or other places of worship. Dress neatly and modest. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are considered improper dress when visiting temples. Wear a long trouser or skirt and cover your shoulders. You have to respect the foreign cultures where you visit. Take off your hat and your shoes when entering the holy chapel of a Buddhist temple. Look at the local people where they take off their shoes. Never point your foot at a Buddha image. When sitting make sure your feet point the other way. Never stand behind a Buddha image to have your photo taken. Never climb on a Buddha image! Women should never touch a Buddhist monk. If a woman wants to give something to a monk, hand it over to a man or place it on the ground in front of the monk. In busses and trains, women should not sit next to a Buddhist monk. If a monk is touched by women he has to undergo ritual cleaning ceremonies. Never disrupt religious ceremonies or prayers. Keep your distance. Ask monks for permission if you want to take their photograph. It is appropriate to leave a small donation at the temple.

Visiting People Minority and Tribal Villages

Visiting hill tribe people and minority villages can be a highlight of an Exploration Tour. Please keep the following guidelines in mind; your visit will be more rewarding for you and for the local people.

Ask your local guide about the local customs and taboos.

Many hill tribe people fear photography, so always ask for permission before you point your camera at people or houses. Avoid touching spirit houses, village totems, house altars and other religious objects. Keep your distance when there are ceremonies, unless you are invited to participate. Do not enter a village house without the permission or invitation from the inhabitants. Do not give presents to hill tribe people. Food, medicine or clothes are not always appropriate gifts. If you want to help the people, make a donation to the village school or other community fund. You can support the local people by buying food or drinks from the local village shop or by buying handicrafts made by the villagers.

Before you travel

Adventurous Asia gives you more scenes of understanding once you just search for information on its pages. Because many countries do not have waste collection services, try to pack as little as possible.

Asian countries have modest dress codes. Local woman and men cover a great part of their body. Revealing too much "flesh" is considered very rude and offensive in many cultures. And prevent you from real contact with local people. Leave high cut shorts, sleeveless tops and revealing swimming suits at home. Instead pack loose clothes that cover your arms and legs. This way you will be more readily accepted by local people, and also be protected against the sun and insects. Modest dress will also minimize the risk of sexual harassment; local men won't assume that you are "available".

Leave expensive jewelry and watches at home. You do not need them while traveling and there is no need to show off your wealth to local people. We are rich in the west, but there is no need to remind the local people of our wealth.

What to Bring and How Long to Stay in Siem Reap Angkor

You must possess an admission pass to visit the temples and sites in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Passes are sold in one-day ($20), three-day ($40) and seven-day ($60) blocks that must be used on consecutive days. Free photos are provided at the main entrance, though this can be a time consuming process at peak entrance hours.

Visiting hours are 5:00AM - 6:00PM. Angkor Wat closes at 6:00PM, Banteay Srey closes at 5:00PM and Kbal Spean at 3:00PM. Always carry your ticket. It will be checked upon each park entry and at major temples. There is a significant fine for not possessing a valid ticket inside the park. A regular admission ticket is not required to visit Phnom Kulen, Koh Ker or Beng Melea, but there is a separate entrance fee of $20, $10 and $5, respectively.

What to Bring

Wear light, airy, covering clothing to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes. The sun can be intense so bring a hat, sunglasses and perhaps sunscreen. Consider buying a traditional Khmer scarf (krama) to keep the sun off your neck. Carry a raincoat during the wet season, though you will probably only need it in the afternoon. You should have mosquito repellent for sunrise and sunset hours. Wear practical shoes for climbing narrow steps and walking on uneven surfaces. For serious temple explorers, a flashlight, notebook and compass can come in handy. Books, refreshments, trinkets, postcards and film are available from small vendors throughout the temple complex.

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