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Nature Lodge is strongly committed to promoting responsible tourism and social enterprise practices, we implement ecological and social values and are regularly engage in the following:

Promoting Eco-Tourism in travel and tourism

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Whether you call it ecotourism, green travel, responsible travel, nature travel or ethical travel, the importance of traveling more sustainably is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the tourism industry. Read more

The truth is, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to become a more eco-friendly traveler. In fact, becoming more conscious about HOW you travel – it can actually save you money. On behalf of the team at Nature Lodge. We would like to invite you to help us reduce tourism plastic waste by checking out our packlist.
Here are 10 easy ecotourism tips so you can travel more responsibly and sustainably, not just for Earth Day but for every day!

Easy Ecotourism Tips Anyone Can Implement:

1.  SAVE WATER–   Take shorter showers, turn off the faucet while shaving and brushing your teeth, and re-use towels for multiple days as long as possible.

2.  SAVE ENERGY-   When you leave your hotel room, turn off the lights, heat/AC and TV. Consider leaving the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door so that the housekeeping staff won’t clean your room every day, which will save on harsh chemical cleaning supplies and the electricity of vacuuming and washing bed linens.

3.  REDUCE/REUSE/RECYCLE-   Take a BPA-free water bottle you can refill and a food container for takeout. Use just one bar of soap for both sink and shower, return brochures and maps once you’re finished using them. Try to avoid plastic take out containers and separate trash from recyclables.

4.  BUY LOCAL- Seek out indigenous artisan’s crafts and locally grown produce.

5.   SHOP WISELY – Choose social enterprises and ethical eco-tourism attractions. Never buy products made of wildlife parts / fur. Avoid restaurants that serve wildlife.

6.  LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS- Stick to marked trails to avoid harming native flora, and consider taking a bag to pick up trash along your journey. Not only is it a great way to help keep the outdoors beautiful, but it also protects wildlife that might eat or get tangled in the garbage.
  
7.  HONOR LOCAL TRADITIONS- Each culture has different traditions from yours. Understand and respect these traditions when travelling, or risk offending the people whose culture you’re there to experience. Read more about Khmer customs and conduct here.

8.  TAKE YOUR TIME TO BE A TRAVELER - Take time to immerse yourself in local life, music, art and cuisine. Embrace the cultural differences that make each destination unique. Get to know the locals and how they view life. You might be surprised at the things you learn when you open your mind to new ideas!

Preservation of Mondulkiri’s Natural Landscape, Floura & Founa

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The grounds of Nature Lodge, are spread over 7 hectares of conserved natural landscape. Low density construction allows us to dedicate a large area to nature and wilderness. We have chosen to mainly preserve the wild native trees and shrubbery, rather than plant a fancy tropical garden. In order to maintain a protected habitat, suitable for local species of birds and wildlife.

Social Environmental Responsibility

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Protecting vulnerable people from the negative impacts of tourism, and encouraging a safe and family friendly work environment – Both for our local staff, and their families and communities.  We strongly take stand against Sex Tourism / women / child / alcohol / substance abuse – which is a common problem in rural Cambodia. We regularly provide education opportunities to local youths who get caught up in the local sex trade.