WFF – Gordon Congdon
“Booking a trip with CRDTours is a great way to see the wonders of the Mekong River in northern Cambodia. The area between Kratie and the Lao PDR border contains some of the most intact, bio diverse, and ecologically important habitat on the lower Mekong. This beautiful area is home to many species that have nearly disappeared from the rest of SE Asia, including the Irrawaddy Dolphin, Mekong Giant Catfish, Giant Freshwater Stingray, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle, White-shouldered Ibis, River Tern, and Mekong Wagtail.
The many channels, islands, rapids, and whirlpools in this section of the river have long made it a challenge for travellers on the Mekong. The rapids that French explorers cursed 150 years ago still provide challenges and thrills for adventure travellers today. CRDTours will help you plan a safe, fun, and fascinating trip through this area. If you are a serious birder, accomplished kayaker, or simply want to kick back on a beautiful beach, CRDTours will design a trip that is right for you.
This area is also home to rural villagers who are highly dependent on the fisheries and natural resources of the Mekong. WWF has been working closely with CRDT to help these people develop alternative livelihoods that reduce the pressure on dolphins and fisheries and help local people diversify and improve their incomes. CRDT staff live and work among these villagers. They know the people and the place so they will make sure that CRDTours conducts business in a way that benefits local people and protects the environment. Eco-tourism, as practiced by CRDTours, is an important part of WWF’s vision for the protection of wildlife and the sustainable use of natural resources along the Mekong.”