Eco-tourism is generally defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education”. Tourism in Cambodia is definitely a power of development, but also comes at a high price, such as oppression of local cultures and exploitation of the environment. Eco-tourism can be a more sustainable alternative to this development, concentrating on advantages for the local community and environment as opposed to striving for high profits on the shoulders of the poor.
Mlup Baitong established and supports four eco-tourism sites through its projects. By following the community-based approach, they ensure an alternative way of income generation for members of the community, who might otherwise have been engaged in illegal logging or fishing activities in protected areas. The sites also enable an important cultural exchange between tourists and the community, where both staff and guests profit from an educational experience.
We would like to present and welcome you to our four eco-tourism sites. Stay for a few days to experience and feel the real rural lifestyle of Cambodia, far away from the hectic touristic centres. It is definitely worth a visit!
Watch the short video below to find out more about the concept and benefits of eco-tourism. Credit: Elisabeth Keuten.
Our oldest eco-tourism project in the little village of Chambok is one of the most successful ecotourism sites in Cambodia.
Located nearby the Laotian border in the North of Stung Treng province at the banks of the Mekong River, the village Preah Rumkel is the gateway to the famous Sopheakmith waterfalls.