GLAMPING VENTURE HELPS SAVE A CAMBODIAN RAINFOREST
A new tented camp in the Cardamom Mountains of southwest Cambodia has the tagline: “Your Stay Keeps the Forest Standing”.
Guests staying at the Cardamom Tented Camp in Botum Sakor National Park will be sustaining a conservation-friendly business set up to help keep an 18,000-hectare nature conservation concession out of the hands of loggers, poachers and sand mining operations.
Managed by Cambodian-based wildlife rescue and forest conservation organisations, the concession includes diverse habitats including seaside mangroves, lowland tropical forests and hill forests. Asian elephants, clouded leopards, sun bears, mouse deer, Asian wild dogs and pangolins all rely on the mature forest habitat around the camp.
Guests at the new lodge on the Preak Tachan river will be able to take guided day hikes and river trips with local rangers. They will also be able to undertake tree planting and other conservation activities.
The Cardamom Tented Camp will soft-open on 1 September 2017 with nine comfortable, furnished tented accommodations, each with an en-suite bathroom and a large patio area. The camp, with a riverside restaurant, is off-grid and largely powered by solar panels.
It can be reached by road from Phnom Penh. Trat airport and Koh Chang Island in Thailand are less than a four-hour drive away.
EXPERIENCE EUROPE AND THE WORLD AT WALKING PACE
For an authentic experience of a place, there’s nothing like seeing it on foot. For more than 27 years, Auckland-based A Walker’s World has been making travellers’ experiences even richer with a selection of independent (self-guided) and guided walking holidays in Europe, South and Central America, India and Africa.
A Walker’s World specialises in journeys that take travellers to the world’s backyard, where local people go about their daily routines as they have done for centuries. Regions are chosen for their outstanding history, culture, natural beauty and gastronomy and itineraries often follow centuries-old pathways where you see, hear and smell the uniqueness of life in that part of the world.
A Walker’s World tour is typically seven to 10 days long, although some self-guided tours such as the Camino Portugués pilgrimage route in Portugal can extend to a month. Tours allow travellers to set their own pace, with luggage being moved on to the next stop during the day’s walk. Accommodation is in typical hotels, often family-run, that are spaced a day’s walk apart.
New from A Walker’s World are appetising new walks in the Costa Brava of Spain, the Italian Lakes, the Alsace wine route and guided walking safaris in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. The experienced consultants at A Walker’s World can also tailor-make trips for solo travellers and private groups.
AERIAL YOGA ARRIVES AT EVASON SIX SENSES SPA IN VIETNAM
One of the hottest trends in the world of wellness has arrived at the Six Senses Spa at Evason Ana Mandara in Nha Trang, Vietnam. Aerial, or Flying Yoga, is a combination of stretching, breathing and meditation with gymnastics in which practitioners are suspended from aerial swings.
An aerial yoga session typically moves through a range of yoga poses that work the entire body in a whole new way from standard forms of yoga, challenging strength, balance and flexibility and enabling sensations of floating and flying.
Aerial yoga also provides an opportunity to practice inversions without any pressure on the head and to feel the magic of floating upside down.
Evason Ana Mandara is Nha Trang’s only beachfront resort, offering an extensive menu of traditional Vietnamese therapies as well as holistic wellness and pampering treatments.
The resort also offers tennis, beach volleyball and a water-activity centre, a PADI Dive Centre and a range of excursions. Aerial yoga classes are available for all levels of experience.
CYCLE YOUR WAY THROUGH PROVENCE IN SOUTHERN FRANCE
The Lubéron Mountains, Lavender Festivals, Almond Tree Blossoming and the romantic Rhône Valley (featured in one of our main stories this issue) are amongst the attractions covered in the cycling and walking tours operated by Avignon-based Walk Inn Provence.
The five-night, six-day Cycling on the Wine Roads of Provence tour, for instance, is a moderate-fitness-required self-guided tour from Avignon north to Châteauneuf du Pape and the Rhône River and back to Avignon. It blends daily cycle rides with visits to gorgeous old towns, lively local markets and fine wine.
To add to the feeling of authenticity the trip crosses the route of the famed Tour de France near Mount Ventoux, Provence’s highest peak, where the world-famous annual race begins its ascent towards the summit.
The Wine Roads of Provence route follows seldom-used country roads through cherry orchards, forests, vineyards and canyons and takes in the most prestigious winemaking villages in the southern Rhône Valley (Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Beaumes de Venise) and visits Tavel, one of France’s most reputed rosé vineyards. There are plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting along the way!
Walk Inn Provence is a registered French-based travel agency (a guarantee of safety against firms suddenly closing down or cancelling trips without notice). The company has bilingual guides and a handson approach to trip organisation that includes detailed knowledge of the terrain and the local accommodation (there’s a choice of Comfort or Charming options). Luggage is transferred each day between accommodations and E-bikes (electric motor assistance bikes) are available for tackling hills.