Ethical elephant tourism in Cambodia


As tourist numbers develop in Cambodia the quantity of elephant ‘sanctuaries’ is also on the enhance. Understandably, men and women want to encounter these majestic creatures in their organic habitat but as their numbers decrease this is becoming much more and much more complicated.

The death of an elephant that was becoming employed to present vacationers the ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ chance to ride an elephant inside the Angkor Wat complicated received big media consideration worldwide, as men and women have been rightly outraged that this had occurred. Sadly, nothing at all has changed at Angkor Wat much more than a year later the identical firm are providing the identical encounter to vacationers that definitely must know superior. All the time that the demand is there from vacationers to ride elephants, there will be an organisation prepared to exploit these stunning creatures.

Very basically, we must never ever ride elephants or assistance any project or organisation that delivers this encounter. If it is not achievable to see wild elephants in their ever dwindling organic habitat, then going to an ethical elephant sanctuary is the most effective choice.

Elephant Valley Project has been operating in Mondulkiri considering the fact that 2006 and was the 1st correct elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. As a registered NGO they have worked tirelessly to safeguard the atmosphere from fast deforestation while at the identical time giving a space for elephants to reside with independence and dignity.

Asian elephants are an endangered species and without the need of protection their numbers will continue to shrink. There are only an estimated 500 wild elephants in Cambodia of which about 300 are in Mondulkiri with other people living in Preah Vihear and the Cardamom Mountains. For that reason organisations such as Elephant Valley Project are crucial to their future.

You will not obtain any swimming with elephants, riding elephants or feeding elephants right here but you will have the possibility to observe these stunning creatures from a respectful distance, recognizing that your donation from volunteeering is going to a really fantastic trigger. Not only does your income fund the elephant care and therapy but it will be employed to safeguard the forest and for many neighborhood assistance initiatives like healthcare and education.


Mondulkiri is a province in the East of Cambodia, on the border with Vietnam. It is a six hour drive from the capital city of Phnom Penh and about 9 hours from Siem Reap, the residence of Angkor Wat. So soon after a handful of days (or much more) volunteering at Elephant Valley Project what superior than to verify into a luxury hotel for some rest and relaxation?

On the outskirts of Siem Reap, just a handful of kilometers from Angkot Wat and set inside pristine grounds is Templation, a correct oasis and the ideal spot to recharge your batteries. With 41 fashionable suites and villas to pick from, some boasting their personal private pool verify in right here for the ultimate in luxury and take pleasure in the 1st price service.

In the centre of Phnom Penh and adjacent to the Royal Palace is Pavilion, a luxury hotel housed in four period buildings with wealthy architectural heritage. Supplying 36 rooms and suites like Private Pool Suites and Jacuzzi Bungalows guests can be positive to obtain one thing that suits their requires and take pleasure in peace and tranquility at the finish of their Cambodian adventure.

Cambodia has so considerably to present and it is wonderful to know that ethical elephant tourism is definitely alive and kicking in the Kingdom. We adore to go to and assistance projects that have safeguarding the atmosphere and wildlife at their core. When this is combined with a tiny luxury as well then that tends to make for a ideal trip, so ending our trip at 1 of these luxury hotels seemed like a excellent way to finish our most current Cambodian adventure!

Paul Eyers is Founder of Vegan Meals Quest. Vegan Meals Quest have come to be luxury vegan travel specialists as they continue to obtain, consume and create about the most effective vegan meals in the planet.

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