Christmas is a time when we tend to give gifts to our loved ones at the end of the year. While these are usually the kind of gifts that can be wrapped in nice paper and slotted beneath a tree, why not do something a little differently this season, and give a gift that will live on for years to come. Plant a fruit tree with locals in Siem Reap.
A Chinese proverb advises:
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is now”.
We are offering you the second best time to plant a fruit tree in Siem Reap. Siem Reap is the jewel in Cambodia’s crown. The city is just a stone’s throw away from some of the most remarkable temples in Southeast Asia, most notably, the incredible Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world and a hallmark of the ancient, mighty Khmer empire.
No one should leave Siem Reap off their itinerary when traveling to Southeast Asia. And if you’ve traveled to Cambodia and are wondering what to do in Siem Reap, why not get your hands in the soil and give back.
There are communities in Siem Reap that are struggling, and we want to lend a helping hand.
Though the tourism industry is in good shape and the poverty rate has fallen in the past ten years, there are still many vulnerable communities that fall through the cracks.
After years of dictatorship in the 1970s where a quarter of the population was wiped out under the Khmer Rouge it’s no surprise the successive generations of Cambodia are feeling the ripple effect of this tragedy decades later.
So, you have no idea how much it can help a community to plant a simple tree with locals and we want to continue planting in villages, schools, orphanages, homes for the elderly and hospitals.
These trees will not only offset carbon but also prove bountiful for local communities, providing a sustainable food source for years to come.
A Nursing center in Saigon where we do our little garden there
Since we opened our doors a little over a year ago, we made sure that implementing sustainable practices, responsible travel and respecting local culture were strong foundations underpinning Sens Asia. We believe every business has a responsibility to give back in some way, whether that is to the environment, or on a social level.
But, we cannot do this alone, and we need the support of our travelers to make a difference. We feel lucky that we’ve already attracted many people who care about culture, communities and the environment; and so far we’ve planted 500 trees all over Southeast Asia and will continue to plant more.
If you decide to plant a tree with locals in Siem Reap, you’ll be able to choose between mango and jackfruit, of course, keeping in mind which tree is most suitable for the soil and weather conditions. And after you experience the satisfying feeling of digging your hands into the soil and mingling with locals, you’ll be invited to a lively outdoor cooking class and to eat lunch at a green garden.
You’ll head home knowing you’ve given back in some way, reduced your carbon footprint and acquired a few new cooking skills to show off to your friends back home.
We think planting a tree should be one of the top things to do in Siem Reap. As it’s good for visitors, the earth and communities.
So, forget tinsel, Christmas decorations and traditional gifts this year and try something a little unconventional. The earth will thank you.