Luxury Tent Living Scoops Award

A cluster of luxury tents nestled in the ruins of a neglected collection of temples has scooped a top award for helping to conserve Cambodian culture. Khiri Travel has won the 2014 PATA Grand Award for Heritage and Culture for its Banteay Chhmar Tented Camp initiative, which offers guests glamping in the heart of the Cambodian forest, 3.5 hours away from Angkor Wat.

As part of the experience, visitors live alongside the community, experiencing first-hand rural life while helping locals. “The villagers benefit by income and skills training from the project,” says Willem Niemeijer, Khiri Travel CEO. “They don’t have any financial risk. They’ve received training and orientation. It’s one of the first viable tourism activities in their remote rural area.”

The PATA judges granting the Gold Award said of the project, “The me aims to build awareness and understanding of the significant cultural heritage in the Khmer context, enhance the villagers’ income and pride, and provide a low impact and mutually beneficial tourist-host community relationship.”

The tents sit about 100 metres from temple ruins and once they are dismantled, the area is cleared.

For more information on trips to the Banteay Chhmar Tented Camp, visit www.khiri.com.