Meet the new HeroDOGS in Temple Town (Siem Reap)
By: Bamboo Travel
The breed selected for the operations is the little-known Belgian Malinois. Once talented dogs have been identified from European breeders, they are flown to Cambodia and trained to become technical survey dogs.
Training is carried out in simulated minefield environments and the dog must complete all tests with 100% accuracy to pass. Once awarded the coveted title of HeroDOG they are ready to search areas of land to sniffing out the chemical compounds of explosive found in landmines, with the aim of either declaring the land mine-free or sending in the HeroRATS to locate each piece of explosive.
The HeroRATS Visitor Centre has now become an unexpected tourist attraction for visitors to Siem Reap, and the experience can be enjoyed on several of Bamboo Travel's itineraries, including the 11-day Highlights of Cambodia (https://www.bambootravel.co.uk/
The itinerary starts with two nights in Phnom Penh, including a private half-day tour which includes the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and the infamous Killing Fields at Choeung Ek.
The next two days and nights are spent in the Battambang area to see local lifestyles and exploring the surrounding countryside, including a cycle tour.
The adventure continues across Lake Tonle Sap on a private boat to the lively city of Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor – where the visit to the HeroRATS Centre is included.
Spend the first day at Angkor Wat and Bayon, visiting the most significant temples close to the city, then head off piste with a trip to the remote temples of Beng Melea and Koh Ker.
There is also the option of extending the tour with some serious R&R – or snorkelling/
The holiday can depart any day of the week and costs from £2295 per person (two sharing a room), for departures in May.
The price includes flights (Vietnam Airlines), eight-nights' B&B, all road transportation and tours on a private basis, activities, sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed on the itinerary, and private guides.
Call 020 7720 9285 or visit www.bambootravel.co.uk.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR