Nearly 30 years after the genocide, Cambodia still faces social challenges and a fragile economy, but tourism is playing an important role in accelerating growth. Traveling to Siem Reap? There are plenty of ways to make sure your trip has a positive impact. Start by supporting local restaurants, shops, hotels and tour operators who are working hard to build a prosperous, peaceful community. Here are six of our favorite options for those looking to travel responsibly in Siem Reap.
In Beijing’s ancient alleyways, known as hutong, time seems to flow backwards. Local merchants peddle rice, fruit, and vegetables on rickshaws, calling out the day’s prices just as they have for centuries. Groups of weathered, wizened men play leisurely games of Mahjong. Incense from local temples wafts through the air, and colorful offerings dot the feet of Buddhist icons.
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Kangaroo Island – also known as “KI” – is just a 45 minute ferry from the Australian mainland, however it offers incredible opportunities to get up close and personal with Australia’s wildlife in their natural habitat. Much like the Galapagos Islands, animals on KI have been protected from most predators and so they are very friendly and trusting.