How Soksabike was Started
Kinyei, an association which promotes social entrepreneurship among Battambang's local university students, was formed in 2010, and soon after, the idea of Soksabike came about when Sarah, a bicycle and travel enthusiast, and Racky Thy, Kinyei’s local Renaissance man, got together and discussed ways to incorporate tourism with community development.
They wanted to create vocational training opportunities for local university students, educate tourists on real Cambodian way of living, and contribute to positive development of Cambodia through tourism. They decided to hire local university students as tour guides and started working with them to develop a tour itinerary. In December 2010, they launched the Local Livelihood Tour.
To provide all Soksabike goers with the opportunity to spend time in Cambodian homes and local businesses and gain insight into the daily lifes of Cambodians in the countryside. You will be sure to experience all this and more as Soksabike’s charasmatic, totally unique but most of all fun guides take you on a bicycle adventure around Battambang.
We are committed to maintaining a high-quality, authentic, and sustainable tour. We always put the well-being and best interests of the families and businesses we support before our own and are committed to keeping our tour in line with our beliefs.
Soksabike is committed to practicing tourism responsibly through contributing to Battambang’s social sustainabilty, environmental conservation and tourist education.
- Give tourists the opportunity to see the real Cambodia.
- Put tourist dollars back into the local community.
- Give tourists a good time.
- Contribute to helping the local community through job creation and responsible tourism practices.
- Offer education to tourists on different aspects of Cambodian life and culture.
- Establish a communication channel between tourists and local Cambodian families.
- Realign tourism with community interests.
- Contribute to Battambang’s economic growth.
Soksabike fosters social sustainability through:
- Tourist interaction with local businesses and families.
- Compensating local businesses for their hospitality on our tour.
- Providing employment for local Battambang residents.
- Providing scholarship so the staff can study at a University or a take a foreign language class.
- Supporting local economies with the purchase of local goods and participation with small, local businesses.
Why the bicycle:
- Soksabike wants to preserve and protect Cambodia’s natural environment and bicycles don’t pollute.
- The slow pace allows tourists to get a better insight into the lives and routines of Combodians in the countryside.
- Tourists get to experience the most common form of transport in Cambodia, ‘THE BICYCLE’.
Soksabike educates tourists on:
- The CULTURE, POLITICS, ECONOMY and social CHALLENGES of the communities visited.
- Respecting local cultures, expectations and assumptions.
- Supporting local cultures by visiting businesses which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values