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Fun for all the Family at Angkor

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hanuman’s exciting Family Angkor Tour includes temples and lots of fun activities.

Flying through the trees with Flight of the Gibbon

Flying through the trees with Flight of the Gibbon

With more families travelling together than ever before, the temples of Angkor are a fascinating attraction for young and old and we have combined these amazing structures with a series of activities that we believe will wow all of the family, in our new 5-day/4-night Family Angkor program. Arrival day will be rounded off with a dinner and classical and folk dance performance. Our first sight of Angkor will be on the back of an elephant in Angkor Thom and onto the giant faces of the Bayon. If it’s activities you seek, Jungle Junction in town is the perfect place after lunch for families and children up to ten years old, or stay at your hotel for a relaxing swim. Mini-golf at Angkor Wat Putt is the next day’s morning activity, followed by a visit to the actual majestic temple itself after lunch – the largest religious monument in the world. An early wake-up to visit the atmospheric jungle temple of Ta Prohm will get you in the mood for an exhilarating experience on the ziplines of Flight of the Gibbon, through the treetops of Angkor. The excitement continues with an evening visit to the acrobats, jugglers and modern circus antics at Phare. For our final day, it’s off to the Great Lake for a glimpse of how the locals live their lives on the water followed by a visit to wood and stone carving workshops to see how the traditions of the country are being kept alive. That brings the curtain down on your Angkor adventures, with priceless memories stored in your memory banks and on your iPhones.  To get a feel for the ziplines of Flight of the Gibbon (pictured above), watch this Lonely Planet video of this fantastic adventurous activity at Angkor; http://youtu.be/UJzEtKoITrg. Contact us at Hanuman for more details.

Behind the scenes at Phnom Tamao

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

In the latest video from Hanuman Travel TV, we take a behind the scenes tour to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center near Phnom Penh, home to more than 1200 animals, including tigers, elephants, bears and much, much more. All profits from this Wildlife Alliance-run tour go towards wildlife conservation work. For a more comprehensive tour of Phnom Penh or the Kingdom of Cambodia, contact the Hanuman Sales team on sales@hanumantourism.com or visit the website at www.hanuman.travel.

Hanuman Films produced this wildlife experience video to support the work of Wildlife Alliance with whom Hanuman enjoys a close working relationship. Hanuman offers a Wild Cambodia itinerary that includes this behind-the-scenes experience at Phnom Tamao, as well as Elephant Valley Project in Mondulkiri, dolphin-spotting in the Mekong River and the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary.

To book this trip directly with Wildlife Alliance, email wildlifetoursPT@wildlifealliance.org or visit the website at www.wildlifealliance.org.

Nam Nern Night Safari

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Take a boat upstream in the afternoon, and after dinner, float downstream at night without engines to spot wildlife including sambar deer, dhole, sun bear, wild pig and macaques. This is the award-winning Nam Nern Night Safari in Laos.

The Nam Nern Night Safari

The Nam Nern Night Safari

An ecotourism project in a remote part of Laos has won the World Responsible Tourism Award for Best for Responsible Wildlife Experience. The Nam Nern Night Safari, an ecotour in Lao’s Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area in Houaphan Province, was recognized by the World Travel Mart for its innovative approach to generating benefits for local communities. “Nam Nern Night Safari has been designed to support the conservation of tigers and their prey, as well as other wildlife, by placing a monetary value on tigers and other wildlife for local people,” said the judges. “Each reported sighting of wildlife by a tourist results in a financial reward for the villagers, and this includes people who might otherwise poach… The initiative has been very successful in increasing the number of wildlife sightings per boat – they have doubled.”

Poaching in Nam Et-Phou Louey has been a major challenge for conservation efforts. But the ecotourism project now generates funds to support rangers who go on long patrols collecting snares, looking for signs of poachers, and monitoring wildlife. The project also discourages poaching by providing alternative livelihoods for villagers in the form of employment as guides, boatmen, cooks, and handicraft makers. A local community manages an overnight ecolodge as well. Since the project launched in 2010, some 370 tourists have visited, generating revenue amounting to $200 per village across 14 villages. While the amount of money is small, it is significant in an area where cash incomes are very low. It also has created a potentially replicable model that values wildlife alive instead of dead in a cooking pot, according to the judges. “This approach should be replicable and would contribute to creating a more positive relationship between local communities, wildlife and tourism.”

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which set up the project, welcomed the award. “This award is a result of the commitment and tireless work of our local staff and 14 partner communities who believe in the importance and value of wildlife,” said Paul Eshoo, WCS Ecotourism Advisor. “Laos is a country with very rich biodiversity and important ecosystems that hold enormous potential for ecotourism. We hope that our model inspires other projects and areas to develop wildlife tourism in a way that provides tangible conservation results and economic benefits through direct incentives for protection.”

Giving Wildlife A Helping Hand

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Wildlife Alliance are offering a great opportunity for animal lovers to help secure a happy and healthy future for rescued animals at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC), just outside Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Chhouk, the Elephant with a prosthetic foot

Chhouk, the Elephant with a prosthetic foot

Animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade are brought to Phnom Tamao, primarily to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild. In many cases this is possible. Unfortunately some animals cannot be released and are given a permanent home at the Center. Take for example Chhouk, a young male Asian Elephant, found as a baby, wandering alone in the forest in northeastern Cambodia. He had lost a foot to a poachers’ snare, was gravely ill from an infection in his wound, and was severely under-nourished. After caring for him for two weeks in the forest and gaining his trust, WA transported him to PTWRC and were able to heal his wounds. Unfortunately, his foot was gone for good, so they partnered with the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics to provide him with a prosthesis, which has changed his life completely. He can now walk normally and has avoided any serious skeletal deformities. He is the first elephant in Cambodia to receive a prosthesis and is a celebrated rescue success story. Or there’s the lively Pursat, the Hairy-Nosed Otter. Pursat was rescued from the province of Pursat on Tonle Sap Lake. He is likely the only hairy-nosed otter in captivity anywhere in the world. Extremely sensitive to stress and pollution, this species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. We bring unpolluted water from Phnom Penh three times a week, and feed Pursat only live fish in an effort to reduce the chance of toxins entering his system. Pursat is a playful and energetic otter, and is doing really well in his new secluded enclosure.

To support animals like these, and others such as Araeng – the Indochinese Tiger or Bangroul – the Sunda Pangolin, Wildlife Alliance have started a Sponsor An Animal program. There are two levels of sponsorship available: basic and premium. The basic level is $5 per month and the premium level is $20 per month. They seek a 12-month minimum commitment, with each sponsor receiving a certificate, photograph, newsletter and factsheet. We think this is a great way for animal lovers to contribute to the fantastic work that Wildlife Alliance are committed to doing in Cambodia. And of course, you can come and see the animals for yourself, with a Wildlife Experience behind-the-scenes tour of Phnom Tamao with the WA team. You can find out more information on sponsoring an animal at http://www.wildlifealliance.org/page/view/423/sponsor-an-animal.

Into the Southern Cardamoms with Wildlife Alliance

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Hanuman recently travelled with NGO Wildlife Alliance across and into the Southern Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia.

Wildlife Alliance are dedicated to preserving the tropical forest, wildlife and empowering local communities to earn a sustainable income and protect their own environment. Now, WA are opening their doors and inviting interested observers into see their work at close quarters. Contact Hanuman if you are interested in an inspection tour by helicopter.

The evergreen forest cover in the Southern Cardamoms is stunning - 1.7 million acres, patrolled by Wildlife Alliance's forest rangers, are protected and is thriving

The evergreen forest cover in the Southern Cardamoms is stunning – 1.7 million acres, patrolled by Wildlife Alliance’s forest rangers, are protected and is thriving

Wildlife Alliance's Million Tree Nursery, where 99 species of tree are being cultivated, is helping to replant the forest in the Southern Cardamoms

Wildlife Alliance’s Million Tree Nursery, where 99 species of tree are being cultivated, is helping to replant the forest in the Southern Cardamoms

Despite their best efforts, WA are unable to release tigers at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Center back into the wild for fear of poachers

Despite their best efforts, WA are unable to release tigers at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Center back into the wild for fear of poachers

WA are working in partnership with experts to protect remote burial jar sites deep in the jungle

WA are working in partnership with experts to protect remote burial jar sites deep in the jungle

Sopheap, a 2-year-old sun bear waiting to be released back into the wild, as part of WA's animal release program

Sopheap, a 2-year-old sun bear waiting to be released back into the wild, as part of WA’s animal release program

The evidence room at WA's Chambok Ranger Station containing confiscated chainsaws, snares, guns and timber

The evidence room at WA’s Chambok Ranger Station containing confiscated chainsaws, snares, guns and timber

Overlooking the Southern Cardamoms and listening to the calls of wild gibbons below

Overlooking the Southern Cardamoms and listening to the calls of wild gibbons below

Cardamoms up close

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Experience the pristine Cardamoms with an exclusive Wildlife Alliance trip of a lifetime.

The Cardamom Mountains

The Cardamom Mountains

Wildlife Alliance are an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the environment, habitat, wildlife and reducing poverty. They are known in Cambodia for their care for endangered and trafficked animals, their innovative wildlife patrols, their efforts to halt deforestation as well as empowering local communities to earn a sustainable income and to preserve their environment. Now, the folks at Wildlife Alliance want to share their successes and challenges in their brand new Southern Cardamoms Experience. Aimed at the upper sector of the tourist market, their 4-day program is packed full of exciting and unique opportunities to experience their ground-breaking work, as well as getting to see a slice of Cambodian life that few have seen before.

It begins with a personalized tour of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, where 1,200 animals are housed in modern, comfortable enclosures. Wildlife Alliance has rescued more than 50,000 animals from poachers and illegal wildlife traders and many find their way to Phnom Tamao before being released back into the wild. An in-depth inspection of the elephant, tiger, bear, gibbon and waterbird enclosures are included. Next on the agenda is a helicopter ride into the Southern Cardamom mountains, a stop-over at a ranger patrol station and a visit to an inaccessible and rare ancient site containing burial jars that have remained undisturbed for centuries.

Another of Wildlife Alliance’s success stories that you will get to see, is the rural community eco-tourism center at Chiphat, which allows the community to derive benefits from tourism and appreciate the long-term incentives to protect the surrounding forest and environment. Planting your own tree at the Million Tree Nursery will precede a spot of lobster night-fishing and an overnight stay at the Koh Sathun ecolodge.

A secret wildlife rehab station, deep in the forest, will give you a first-hand insight into how WA re-introduce animals back into their natural habitat, whilst a patrol boat ride with the rangers will demonstrate the challenges they face  in countering illegal loggers and wildlife traffickers. Wildlife Alliance will also take you to see how they have helped some of the poorest farmers develop sustainable agriculture all year round, before you enjoy the luxury and relaxation offered by the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge on the Tatai River.

If you are interested in finding out more about this unique interactive tour, Hanuman will soon have all the details as we are experiencing it for ourselves this coming weekend. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the fabulous work that Wildlife Alliance are involved in.

Cambodia’s Culture and Lifestyle

Monday, October 14th, 2013

What better way to experience a country than to immerse yourself in its culture and lifestyle. Our 12-day tour of Cambodia has all that and much more. Come and join us to see the real Kingdom of Wonder.

Cambodia's unique classical ballet

Cambodia’s unique classical ballet

Cambodia’s unique culture comes under the spotlight in this 12-day tour as we explore the diversity on offer in the beguiling Kingdom. What better way to begin than in the capital Phnom Penh at the inspiring National Museum before we meet one of the country’s iconic classical artists in person. We also get an insight into the country’s more recent and harrowing history. The remote northeast minority tribes and endangered wildlife, both dolphins and elephants, await our arrival in the Kratie and Mondulkiri region. We head northwest to one of the earliest capitals at Sambor Prei Kuk before we reach the pinnacle of the Khmer Empire at Angkor. A timeless testament to the ingenuity of the Khmer people, we immerse ourselves in the numerous stone monuments including Angkor Wat as well as experience life in a floating village, the art of shadow puppetry and classical Khmer dance at its best.

Contact our Sales Team at Hanuman for more information or visit our website at http://www.hanuman.travel/Tours/Cambodia/ET_Culture_Lifestyle_Cambodia.html to discover details of this wonderful experience.

Adrenaline rush

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

High adrenaline activities at Angkor with Flight of the Gibbon zipline adventures.

Ziplining at Angkor

Ziplining at Angkor

If you are heading for the fabulous temples of Angkor in Siem Reap and you fancy an adrenaline rush, then don’t forget to save half a day and take on the Flight of the Gibbon – Angkor, the only zipline eco-adventure canopy tour in Cambodia. The adventure opened a couple of months ago but now the full course has been completed and you can now enjoy ten ziplines, tree-platforms, sky-bridges, an abseil to finish and some actual gibbons in-situ, which will be released into the wild after they get used to their new home. The longest zipline is 300 metres and you will find yourself about 50 metres off the forest floor as you wind your way through the treetops. Included in the cost are transportation and a lunch and the organisers take safety very seriously, having been involved in zipline canopy tours in Thailand for the last few years. Not for the faint-hearted but if it’s an adrenaline rush you’re seeking, then this could be right up your alley. Ask Hanuman for more details.

Flight of the Gibbon Angkor

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The Hanuman Team recently explored the treetops of Angkor by zipline, the latest adrenaline activity on offer around the world-famous temples.

Ziplining is a new activity at Angkor

Ziplining is a new activity at Angkor

Ziplining has become a major player in the world of adventure travel and ecotourism in Southeast Asia. Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai is one of the leading visitor attractions in Northern Thailand, and everyone has heard of The Gibbon Experience in Laos long before they visit the country. Cambodia is now on the ziplining map of Southeast Asia thanks to Flight of the Gibbon Angkor, a new network of lines running through the treetops around Ta Nei Temple.

We tested the new experience last weekend on a family trip to Siem Reap and it is definitely a great new addition the activities on offer around Angkor. The trip starts with a safety briefing in the jungle reception out at Angkor. Harnesses and helmets are put in place before a transfer to the Faraway Tree. At least it felt like the Faraway Tree with a spiral staircase winding upwards into the jungle canopy. Safety is paramount and guests are clipped to safety lines at all times using karabiners. Once among the uppermost branches of the tree, guests prepare for their first zipline experience, a relatively short line just to get used to the aerial experience. After some clear and concise instruction, you fly through the air above the jungle canopy, an exhilarating experience.

There are currently four lines up and running, including the longest 400m line which offers the chance to spread your arms like a bird.  The final line is a tandem line, allowing for two people to travel together, high-fiving or dancing all the way. Eventually 10 lines are planned, including a treehouse at the midway point for refreshment and rest. The trip ends with a 15m abseil to the ground from the final platform. Flight of the Gibbon Angkor adds a unique adventure to the incredible temple experience. Coupled with quad biking, horse riding, mountain biking, trekking and helicopter rides, it reinforces Siem Reap’s growing reputation as an adventure centre, as well as a UNESCO world heritage site.

This is a unique experience at a premium price, but ziplining around the treetops of Angkor will live with you long after your visit to the Kingdom of Cambodia. It’s also family-friendly with children over 120cm open to try the experience. The verdict from 9-year old Julian trying ziplining for the first time was an overwhelming thumbs up.

If you thought Angkor was all about the temples, it’s time to think again.

Close up with Cambodia’s vulnerable wildlife

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Join us and Wildlife Alliance for a close up look at Cambodia’s endangered wildlife.

Trunk-painting with Lucky the elephant

Trunk-painting with Lucky the elephant

One of many highlights from my recent tour of the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center was having my t-shirt painted by Lucky, a large female elephant, whilst I wore it. Handed paint-brushes dipped in different colours by her trainer, Lucky will swing her trunk and you end up with a unique piece of trunk-painted art to keep as a souvenir of your visit. Lucky is one of over 1,200 animals rescued by the Wildlife Alliance team that works with the forestry authorities to oversee the recovery and rehabilitation, and in some cases, a release back into specially-protected wilderness areas. There are five elephants, three females who you can walk with through the park – you can also take a bath with Lucky if you so wish – and two males, one of which is a youngster who has a prosthetic foot. Chhouk was caught in a snare and lost his foot but with loving care and attention, he’s got used to his new shoe and you get to see it being cleaned and changed and how his trainers teach him with reward-based instructions, as part of Wildlife Alliance’s new behind-the-scenes tour.

Seven beautiful tigers were the next port of call, up close and I mean literally just a matter of inches away, as they spend time in their own cages, where they come for food and rest from the hot sun. The Free The Bears organization have done great work in saving over 100 sun bears and have their own enclosures, with recently-finished viewing platforms, where three young adult bears hammed it up for the audience. I visited a few other animals such as the vulnerable binturong, aka bearcat, before heading into the off-limits nursery area to come face to face with a gorgeous baby leopard cat, who I fell in love with, and the playful young macaques, who were adorable. If you love animals, then you will enjoy this tour and knowing that your donation goes directly to helping Wildlife Alliance protect endangered and trafficked wildlife.

Changing Chhouk's false shoe

Changing Chhouk’s false shoe

Everyone loves the baby leopard cat

Everyone loves the baby leopard cat