|Sunset from Kratie riverfront|
|Trail Map - click to enlarge|
The Mekong Discovery Trail focuses much on training and support to existing tourism related businesses with a focus on using guides over independent visits. Interestingly the trail is not actually a single trail, rather a collection of routes (either walking, cycling, motorbike, boating or a combination) based from regional "capitals" of Kratie and Stung Treng that encompasses both project supported Community Based Ecotourism communities and the town areas.
|Kratie sunsets are a main attraction|
|Rarely can a critically endangered species be seen so easily|
The trail project is not stand alone. It seeks to draw upon support and previous work done by NGOs in the region, especially Mlup Baitong and Cambodian Rural Development Team, who both have developed models of Community Based Ecotourism in various target communities, some of which are well developed.
|Impressive colonial architecture in Kratie|
So what has my role been in this? For much of the latter part of 2011 I have been a subcontractor to the project, at the same time conducting some research as part of a larger research proposal based upon heritage tourism development projects.
|Composting Demonstration in Preah Rumkel|
|Nika trains a vendor by Kratie riverfront|
|ToT Workshop in Kratie|
For pictures, please click on the following links:
English Language Training Programme
Waste Management Awareness Raising Programme
Preah Rumkel Community (by the Laos Border)
Don Det & Don Khone (4,000 islands, by the Cambodia border, opposite Preah Rumkel)
Stung Treng Town and around
Kratie Town and around