The founder of Vespa Adventures Siem Reap is Akim. She was born near Siem Reap province during the time Pol Pot was in power. Life was tough and schools were not available. At this time her grandfather, Loung Sake, was the Chief Monk (Grand Abbot) of the entire Angkor complex, respected through the ages as a sanctuary. This is where Akim was raised. It is unusual for a girl to be educated by monks, but as Loung Sake’s granddaughter she enjoyed that privilege and lived in the Wat Angkor Kang Chuong (Angkor Wat Pagoda). Under his guidance the monks at Angkor educated her Sanskrit by the scriptures on bamboo scrolls, elaborate prayers and rites. After Pol Pot’s defeat schools started to become available in town and Akim traveled the many miles and persevered to undergo as much education as they could afford at the time. Vespa Adventures Siem Reap was founded in 2013. The mission of Akim is to introduce the Cambodia as she knows it and the heritage of which she is proud. It is important to her that this is done in a manner that is fun and fresh, innovative and sustainable and above all with responsibility and respect. Akim made it her goal to showcase her country in a personal, truly instructive and above all, fun way. It was decided that real engagement with the local people, their environment and culture had to be the guiding principles and the tours were developed on the basis of that foundation. Akim feels strongly about gender equality and therefore female employment, including drivers, is an important part of the Vespa Adventures Siem Reap's way. Today about 40% of our employees are women. After extensive preparations and the counsel of numerous other friends, we are proud of the quality products that we offer our customers. Whether you are an individual, family or friends group or a team building company, we welcome you to the truly exclusive, unique and fun experience that Vespa Adventures Siem Reap is. The Team of Vespa Adventures Siem Reap is a group of fresh young people, with a ‘can do’ attitude. The enjoyment, comfort and safety of our customers are paramount to the team. Countless training sessions preceded actual operations, including First Aid courses with the Cambodian Red Cross in Siem Reap, safety, scooter driving skills, guest relations and some English. The amount of approx. 40% female staff reflects the gender equality policy of Akim, founder of Vespa Adventures Siem Reap. Our Local Vision Although Vespa Adventures Siem Reap is only a small company, we fully embrace the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Akim and her team strive to be a positive and contributing participant to the local community! We are not merely showing and sharing the Cambodian life with our customers, but we do it in active and positive cooperation with all who make the tours possible. That includes a mature contractual relationship which observes all rights and embeds realistic rewards to our staff members, suppliers and other contributors. We also permanently work on development and skills through training of our staff. • 90% of our staff is Cambodian • 40% of our drivers are female • 90% of our suppliers are Cambodian These principles are integral part of a long-term company vision for our successful participation in Cambodia!