Luxury Cambodian Resort Doubles as a Leader for Cultural Reform

Rory and Lelita Hunter, an Australian couple on a two-week exploration of the Koh Rong Archipelago in Cambodia’s remote southwest, first stumbled across the Cambodian twin islands known as Song Saa in 2005.

The Hunters were shocked by the toll that human activity had reaped on the local environment: Reefs showing the effects of destructive fishing practices and islands littered by trash and deteriorating due to the fact that there’s no waste management system in place.

In the wake of their 2005 visit, the couple has since established Cambodia’s first private island resort and the Kingdom’s first marine protected area. They’ve also been instrumental in the building of the Song Saa Foundation, established to carry out their aspirations of a vibrant and sustainable Koh Rong Archipelago in the future.

Led by Dr. Wayne McCallum, the Foundation plans to construct their first-ever floating education center known as the “Boat of Hope” in the lower Mekong region, which will, once completed, allow the Foundation to carry its sustainability message to all the communities in the Koh Rong Archipelago.

But the Foundation isn’t just focused on effecting Cambodian culture. Next, they’re turning their focus toward other social reforms including better health care for communities isolated from medical care.

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