Road Trip Cambodia

Road Trip, Cambodia

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15 people
7 days
Code: 168
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This four week long road trip will show you the best of this Southeast Asian country. Not only will you visit well-known places in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville (which cannot be missed on a tour through Cambodia!), but you will also experience the traditional culture of the countryside. Whilst visiting and participating in local community projects, sleeping in rural villages and coming into close contact with the locals, this will be a truly life-changing experience that will bring you closer to the people and culture of Cambodia. The road trip consists of four weeks, each with a different theme and setting.

Week 1: Culture Week

Culture week is designed to introduce you to the culture and pace of Cambodian life. You will get to know your town and its facilities as well as everything required to make your stay comfortable.

You will also be given basic "survival" language classes, as well as learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques (sampling your work as you go!).

Cambodia is arguably most famous for its glorious and magnificent temples. Samraong is no exception and you will be taken to the finest temples in the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.

The rural town of Samraong is where you will live during the culture week. The relaxed and slow paced way of life is sure to leave a mark on all travelers. You will have maximum interaction possible with local people, and they will be keen to learn about your culture too.

Week 2: Village Experience

Get stuck into one of our rewarding projects, either farming or social-work based depending on the season. During rainy season, you can try ploughing, rice planting, dam building, grass cutting in the rice fields, rice sowing and harvesting.

You will soon realize that you have nurtured a close bond with, and are a welcomed member of your homestay family as you share meals with and assist them in their daily routine. You have the chance to help them with making chicken/duck huts, build fences, constructing toilets, planting trees or repairing damaged areas of their home and bathing spaces. What could be a better way to get to know and understand a culture than to live as a part of it?

Week 3: Central Cambodian Tour

Explore some inspiring temples including Bayon Temple, Taprom Temple adorned with trees and once a library for the ancients, Angkor Wat (the largest Khmer temple complex in the entire world), and the Wat Thmei Temple, infamous for its fashioning from human skulls as instigated by Pol Pot under his Communist guerrilla regime.

There will be a relaxing boat trip during which you shall see some incredible floating villages. After this, you will visit the Cheung Ek Killing Fields notorious for its display of human skulls. Then on to visit the exquisite Royal Palace and the National Museum: Cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history and the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. All of this is topped off by a trip to the beautiful beach of Sihanoukville.

Week 4: Beach Week

Soak up the golden rays of sunshine as you unwind, reflect upon and contemplate your experiences of the last three weeks. Relax, read, swim in the sparkling ocean, and try snorkelling as well as some good old fashioned fishing.

Please note this trip may require you to purchase a cultural experience week with it. Click Here to find the relevant cultural experience week based on the country where this trip operates in.

During 2017

Jan 2nd

Feb 6th

Mar 6th

Apr 3rd

May 1st

Jun 5th

July 3rd

Aug 7th

Sep 4th

Oct 2nd

Nov 6th

Dec 4th

During 2018

Jan 1st

Feb 5th

Mar 5th

Apr 2nd

May 7th

Jun 4th

Jul 2nd

Aug 6th

Sep 3rd

Oct 1st

Nov 5th

Dec 3rd

Aims & Objectives
  • Offer you a complete experience of Cambodia in 4 weeks
  • Help you get familiar with your local surroundings
  • Teach you helpful phrases in the local language
  • Give you a unique experience giving back to the community while you learn about local culture
Schedule
Week 1: Culture week

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Wat Thmey, war museum, and Artisans D’Angkor
  • Lunch
  • Central market, old market, Lucky Mall (super market)
  • Dinner
  • Pub Street and night market
  • Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Siem Reap

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Silk farm, West Baray (Great water reservoir)
  • Lunch
  • Visit souvenir shop, Khmer massage
  • Relax at the swimming pool
  • Dinner
  • Free evening
  • Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Siem Reap

Wednesday

  • Breakfast
  • Leave for Samraong
  • Lunch at the center in Samraong
  • Introduction to projects
  • Walk around the village
  • Overnight stay at our center in Samraong

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Greenway School
  • Tour around Samraong and visit villages outside Samraong
  • Lunch
  • Cambodian language lesson
  • Cambodian culture lesson
  • Cambodian cooking lesson
  • Overnight stay at our center in Samraong

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit a temple where we will have a Q&A with monks about Buddhism
  • Present gift to monks
  • Overnight stay at our center in Samraong
Week 2: Village Experience

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Travel to the village by truck for lunch, a coordinator will talk to you and introduce you to the village life in Cambodia. You will learn how natives and inhabitants of the area make a living, etc.
  • Lunch
  • Visit a rice mill
  • Dinner at the center
  • Overnight stay at a villager’s home in Samraong

Tuesday to Thursday

  • Community work all day. The activities for the day depend entirely on the needs of the village at the time as well as the season. From May to November, work in the fields takes priority because it is rainy season, but from December to April, hardly any time is spent in the fields at all as it is dry. During the wet season, you will engage in activities such as ploughing, planting rice, building dams to control water flow, cutting grass in the rice fields, sowing rice and harvesting. You will work directly with one family in particular, helping to make chicken/duck huts, building fences, planting trees, constructing toilets and repairing damaged areas of the house or bathing space, etc.
  • Overnight stay at a villager’s home in Samraong

Friday

  • After working through the morning, you will have lunch with the family and then return to the center where, in the evening, you will meet with the other participants for an evaluation session
  • Overnight stay in our center in Samraong
Week 3: Central Cambodia Tour (Siem Reap + Phnom Penh)

Monday

  • Leave Samraong for Siem Reap
  • Check in and lunch
  • Visit floating village
  • Back to the guest house
  • Dinner
  • Head to pub street and the night market
  • Overnight stay at guesthouse in Siem Reap

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Explore Bayon Temple
  • Visit Taprom Temple, adorned with trees and once a library for the ancients
  • Wander around the famous Angkor Wat, the largest Khmer temple complex in the entire world
  • Lunch in Angkor Wat
  • Back to the guesthouse in Siem Reap
  • Dinner at the guest house
  • Go to pub street and night market
  • Overnight stay at guesthouse in Siem Reap

Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the guest house
  • Leave to Phnom Penh
  • Lunch on the way to Phnom Penh
  • Arrive at Phnom Penh
  • Dinner at the guest house
  • Overnight stay at guesthouse in Phnom Penh

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the biggest killing field under the Pol Pot regime (Cheung Ek) where you will see thousands of stacked human skulls belonging to the thousands of victims killed here, as well as some mass graves. Watch a short movie on the Pol Pot regime
  • Visit Tuol Sleng genocide museum, which used to be a high school before Pol Pot transformed it into a prison where soldiers imprisoned and tortured victims prior to their deaths at the Killing Field
  • Back to the guest house
  • Walk along the river and relax
  • Overnight stay at guesthouse in Phnom Penh

Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the Royal Palace, the National Museum and some markets
  • Overnight stay at guesthouse in Phnom Penh

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Travel to the beautiful beach of Sihanoukville
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Sihanoukville
Week 4: Beach Week

Monday

  • Free day for relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, etc
  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Sihanoukville

Tuesday

  • Boat trip with snorkeling, fishing and sightseeing activities as well as visits to various islands
  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Sihanoukville

Wednesday

  • Free day for relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, etc
  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Sihanoukville

Thursday

  • An excursion to Ream National Park by boat
  • Upon arrival at the beach, there will be some trekking, a visit to the mangrove trees and an opportunity to do some bird watching
  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Sihanoukville

Friday

  • Free day for relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, etc
  • Overnight stay at the guesthouse in Sihanoukville

Saturday

  • Breakfast
  • Departure to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or your next project destination

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements
Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        No

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

There are no further requirements for this program.

Additional Equipment
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag

Accommodation, food, airport pick-up (if required), full support in-country, pre-departure advice and project transport.

Flights, Travel Insurance, Visa, Vaccinations or Personal Spending Money

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