Tourism has changed my life completely. It has allowed me to learn about new places and cultures, and to be a part of helping the local community, especially, since I moved to Cambodia and worked for the Shinta Mani Hotels group.
PEDALLING FOR CHANGE, ONE TOUR AT A TIME
Tourism is the tool Samnang Nuonsimoeum a 17-year-old Cambodian and his fellow Liger Leadership Academy classmates have employed to bring about change within their communities.
FROM THE STREETS TO A BUSINESSWOMAN – SREYLEAP’S STORY
To provide for her children Sreyleap worked several jobs, day and night. Yet no matter how hard she worked, she still couldn’t put three meals on the table each day or save enough to send her kids to school. Her dream of raising her children out of poverty seemed impossible.
MY DREAMS CAME TRUE WHEN I JOINED EPIC ARTS
I started acting at school when I was 15. I loved acting, but it was something I did for fun. My wildest dream was to become a performer.
2021 MEKONG HERO – SREY BANDAUL
Srey Bandol was a truly inspirational man and a great artist in his own right. The co-founder of Phare Ponleu Selpak, his devotion has led to the development of a generation of Cambodian artists as well as a sustainable tourism-art model.
LOCALS TAKE THE WHEEL
In recent years, more locals are taking the lead in Cambodia’s growing crop of community-based tourism products, a contrast to barely less than a decade ago when the majority of such products were headed by foreigners and NGOs.