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From £640 (was £799), 21 days, Cambodia Trip code: CMXP

  • Adventure 3 out of 5
  • Relaxation 2 out of 5
  • Culture 4 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

 

  • Explore the rich history and culture of this enchanting country
  • Visit the incredible world heritage site of Angkor Wat
  • Try your hand at volunteering in a local community
  • Party or relax at one of Asia's top beach destinations, Sihanoukville
  • Learn about the Khmer Rouge and the infamous regime of Pol Pot 

 

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Discover Cambodia's troubled past as well as its bright future on this fascinating tour from the enthralling capital of Phnom Penh to the truly stunning temples of Angkor Wat.

 

As well as learning more about the tragic past of the Khmer Rouge period by visiting the Toul Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields you will also spend 5 days volunteering in Siem Reap teaching English, helping at a local kindergarten or getting your hands dirty on one of many community development projects– you will get involved in a variety of activities but above all you will be giving the children some much needed love and attention. 

 

Psst... want some insider knowledge? Check out our blog post HERE written by our Cambodia Experience guide Arron.


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What will I be doing?

  • WELCOME TO CAMBODIA (Days 1 to 4)

  • ANGKOR WAT (Days 5 -8 )

  • TIME TO VOLUNTEER (Days 9 to 14)

  • BAMBOO TRAINS, CITY TOURS AND BEACHES (Days 15 to 18 )

  • TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (Days 19 to 21)

WELCOME TO CAMBODIA : Days 1 to 4

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Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. It has long been a place of great interest for travellers from far and wide and for good reason with its incredible cultural diversity.

 

Cambodia is a deprived yet fascinating country with the rich history of the Khmer empire encompassing such world
renowned sites as the temples of Angkor. Its turbulent past has witnessed the loss of nearly two million lives during the Khmer Rouge. In spite of this, the country remains an enthralling place to explore with friendly locals, tropical climate and beautiful wildlife.

  • Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 1: Arrive into Phnom Penh
You will be met at the airport by our in country coordinator and transferred Cambodian style, to your first guesthouse in the capital city of Phnom Penh. You’ll have time to unpack, settle in and wash the jet-lag away before an informal evening get-together in the guesthouses’ own bar where you can meet up with the other group members.

 

Not flying in to Phnom Penh? No worries! If you’re arriving overland then just let us know where you’ll be coming in to and we’ll have one of our on-the-ground team meet you there.

 

Day 2: Exploring Phnom Penh

Your first morning will begin with breakfast at the guesthouse before an in-depth chat about your trip, the country, your volunteering and anything else we can think of to really whet your appetite! We’ll teach you a few key Khmer words and phrases so that you don’t look too much like a newbie traveller and make sure you understand local customs, traditions, taboos and the culture. We’ll make sure you’re armed with everything you need to know so that you get the most out of your time in this amazing country.

 

After our little chat, we’re going to take you on a visit to somewhere very special and of great importance in recent world history. First we’ll head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for a tour of this ex-school converted into a prison. This isn’t as macabre as it all seems and is on every travellers ‘must-do’ list when visiting Cambodia. From there we will then head to Choeung Ek, better known as ‘The Killing Fields’ following the route that prisoners from Tuol Sleg would of taken, this is a destination where you will learn a lot about the recent genocide these people incredible had to endure. It’s estimated that around ¼ of Cambodia’s entire population were killed or buried here during the regime Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. After that a little light relief with some shopping at the famous ‘Russian Market’ in the heart of the city, here you can literally buy anything and everything at bargain basement prices

 

It's then back to the guesthouse to shower and change before heading up to the main evening entertainment area on the riverside. Here we'll enjoy a slap-up welcome meal and officially toast the start to of this epic trip over cold beers and traditional, delicious Khmer food. 

 

Day 3: History to Happenin’
We know that yesterday’s unbelievable tour will have left you fairly breathless, not to mention last nights ‘few’ beers by the riverside! So today we’ll take it easy and walk from our guesthouse to the stunning Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. You’ll learn about the Khmer Royal Family and more about culture and customs. Located next to the Royal Palace is the excellent National Museum where you will find some artifacts that are 1000's of years old.

 

Once we’re all history’d out, it’s time to jump in a tuk tuk and head off to the Russian Market for some retail therapy. This market is great for grabbing some serious bargains and practicing your bartering skills. Here you’ll find some great copies and some authentic items too. A few of the major international high street brands have their products made in Cambodia so it’s not too difficult to find the genuine article at hugely discounted rates.

 

Day 4: Go Wild!
We don’t want to overload you with history and breathtaking awesomeness all in one go so today we’re letting you decide what you want to do. This is your first free day to choose your own activities. Sleep, hang around the guest house or get out and about and check out any of the other amazing places that Phnom Penh has to offer. Our team will be available to you all day so if you want any help, have any questions or need somebody to hang-out with, we’ve got you covered.

ANGKOR WAT : Days 5 -8

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Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. It has long been a place of great interest for travellers from far and wide and for good reason with its incredible cultural diversity.

 

Cambodia is a deprived yet fascinating country with the rich history of the Khmer empire encompassing such world
renowned sites as the temples of Angkor. Its turbulent past has witnessed the loss of nearly two million lives during the Khmer Rouge. In spite of this, the country remains an enthralling place to explore with friendly locals, tropical climate and beautiful wildlife.

  • Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 5: Back to the Future!
It’s time to say goodbye to Phnom Penh, for now, as we take from the capital to the northern city of Siem Reap. Watch the stunning landscape of Cambodia change from a bustling city to the flat-as-a-pan farmlands of central Cambodia, to the quaint Siem Reap.

 

On arrival in Siem Reap we’ll transfer you to your guesthouse and give you time to unpack before we meet in reception to chat about the plan for next few days. The centre of the city, and the infamous Pub Street, are just a few minutes-walks from your front door so after we chat let’s getting out and explore.

 

Day 6: Smart Siem
Morning briefing to start the day. We’ll explain to you the differences between the north and the south of the country. We’ll give you the low-down on the incredible temple compound that’s just a stone’s throw away from where you’re sitting and run through your next few days itinerary in more detail. By now you’ll have a whole host of questions so please grill our team on what, when, where and how.

 

Once we’ve drank enough coffee and done enough talking it’s time to get out and about explore. Weather permitting this will be done by bicycle. The roads of Siem Reap are smooth and easy to navigate. There are no hills and the ride along the riverbank, that dissects the city, is as beautiful as any you’ll find in Europe. This is an easy bicycle ride so don’t worry about not being able to keep up. We’ll visit a host of interesting places, markets and most probably end up at Pub Street for a few ‘light’ refreshments before heading back to the guesthouse.

 

Day 7: Back to the Future….again? No, really!
ANGKOR WAT! This is it, the day that will most likely be the highlight for many and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Some of these incredible temples date back over 1,200 years yet they still stand as a testimony to the years and years of intense labour, skill and craftsmanship that went in to creating them. We promise you that they will take your breath away! Your guide will explain the history of the area, the meaning behind the very intricate stone carvings, why they were left untouched during the Khmer Rouge genocide and the mystery of the Bayon smile.

 

We’ll spend all day at the Angkor Wat compound so bring your camera, your sunhat, suncream and maybe a spare t-shirt as it can get very hot. We’ll ascend the steps of the Sunset Temple in the early evening from where the view is incredible, some would say inspirational.

 

Day 8: Up To You, Up To You
We know you’ll be shattered after your experiences of yesterday so to help you out we’ve given you a day off! Siem Reap has heaps of interesting sights and places to visit. Barter with a tuk tuk driver to use his services for the day – you’ll pay around £9 – and choose from one or more of the many incredible places to visit. As always, our team will be around to offer suggestions, advice, hints or to answer any questions that you might have.

TIME TO VOLUNTEER: Days 9 to 14

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Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. It has long been a place of great interest for travellers from far and wide and for good reason with its incredible cultural diversity.

 

Cambodia is a deprived yet fascinating country with the rich history of the Khmer empire encompassing such world
renowned sites as the temples of Angkor. Its turbulent past has witnessed the loss of nearly two million lives during the Khmer Rouge. In spite of this, the country remains an enthralling place to explore with friendly locals, tropical climate and beautiful wildlife.

  • Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 9: An Ancient Reservoir 

Today we will take you on a journey through the Siem Reap countryside. Don't forget your swimming costume and suntan lotion as we chill by the 'beach-like' waters of a beautiful man made lake from the Angkor period.It begins with a gentle 6km bike ride to a place unknown to tourists. If you're not up for a swim, just chill out in one of the many hammock bars on the waters edge. Blissful relaxation before the work that is coming up in the following days. 

 

Day 10-13: A New Hope
Today we’ll be transferring you to the base of the Cambodian non-government organisations (NGO) who we support through our volunteering efforts. They are one of Cambodia’s largest and most successful NGOs thanks in part to the efforts of volunteers from around the world and the work undertaken by their own incredible team. You will receive an introduction to the NGO, listen to them explain about what they do and why and learn about how your efforts will make a difference. This NGO is responsible for the support, care and welfare of over 13,000 people from over 4,000 families living in the slums in the shadows of Angkor Wat itself.

 

As a volunteer here for the next 4 days we’re extremely lucky to be able to give you the choice to help teach English, work with the kindergarten kids or get your hands dirty on one of many community development projects taking place each and every day. All we ask is that you make your choice at the time of booking your place on this trip. If you feel that you have a particular skill that could be of use to these communities, please inform your Real Gap advisor. Are you a computer whiz, do you have a musical ability, can you knit (!). Whatever skill you feel you have in abundance, please let us know as we may be able to put you to a particular use.

 

We'll lay on your transport from the NGO's base each day. On arrival at the base you'll head off to join your chose project under the caring guidance of the NGO's own team and staff and of course our own awesome team of guides. 

 

Because we know you’ll have worked extremely hard all morning, we’ve even thrown in lunch. BUT, this is no ordinary lunch, oh no! You’ll dine at the training restaurant owned and operated by the NGO. Here youngsters can learn culinary skills and hospitality skills on the NGOs own hospitality training course. The skills they develop can then be used to find employment in the larger hotels across Cambodia. This restaurant is a one of a kind here in Cambodia, entirely self-sustaining, offering free training and seriously tasty food.
 

After lunch it’s back to work before heading back to the guest house in the late afternoon to clean up and relax.
 

If you do not choose, we will assume you are up for getting your hands dirty and will be used as a development volunteer - Happy days!

 

At the end of your volunteer project we will celebrate with a pub crawl party! 

 

Please note; You will need to have a hard copy of your DBS Certificate with you in Cambodia in order to work with Children. Please contact us for further information. 

 

Day 14: Transfer to Battambang

After a potentially heavy night let’s wake up slow but not for too long as In the early afternoon we’ll be saying good bye to Siem Reap and continuing our incredible journey on to Battambang, our one and only stop-off en-route to the beaches. The transfer takes approximately 4 hours so we’ll have you in your rooms and relaxing before you know it. Battambang is an old colonial market town which still has it’s charm from a bygone era.

BAMBOO TRAINS, CITY TOURS AND BEACHES : Days 15 to 18

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Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. It has long been a place of great interest for travellers from far and wide and for good reason with its incredible cultural diversity.

 

Cambodia is a deprived yet fascinating country with the rich history of the Khmer empire encompassing such world
renowned sites as the temples of Angkor. Its turbulent past has witnessed the loss of nearly two million lives during the Khmer Rouge. In spite of this, the country remains an enthralling place to explore with friendly locals, tropical climate and beautiful wildlife.

  • Location: Battambang & Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Day 15: Just Plain Old Good Fun!
Ever ridden on a train made of bamboo, strapped to an outboard engine, running on a track through a jungle to a hidden village? No! Well you will today! The world famous Bamboo train awaits you. Sit back and enjoy the shake, rattle and roll as the jungle passes by, at a little over walking pace…. It’s perfectly safe and good ol’ fashioned fun. As the train reaches its destination you’ll be treated to the genuine sights, sounds and smells of a rural Khmer village where you can barter with the locals, play with the kids and maybe pick up a few reminders of this awesome trip.

 

This afternoon, weather permitting, we’ll be heading out on a bicycle tour of the city. We don't want to give too much away, let's just say it involves caves, views, sunsets and the local wildlife! 

 

In the evening, we will be taking the night bus to the Sihanoukville beach, affectionately known as 'snooky' by team RG. So get comfy, stick in the Ipod and catch some Zzz's for the ride ti the south of Cambodia. 

 

Day 16 and 17: Fun, Sun and Beaches

This is what you've been waiting for and by now you've earnt it. Once we're all checked-in we'll have another group meeting to run through the plan and let you know more about this laid-back, fun town. 


Your guides will give you details about the local area and information on the wide range of local activities and places of interest and will be around 24/7 if you need any advice or support. The time in Sihanoukville is your free time, so your reps won't be able to attend every activity that you wish to participate in. 

 

There's always a party or two in the evening that you're most welcome to join so get showered and changed and then, dear traveler, the night is yours! 

 

Day 18: Islands in the Sun
Had enough of lying on the beach, soaking up the sun and staring at the islands on the horizon? There are heaps of local activities to keep you busy from windsurfing and jet skis to snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Let our team know what’s floating your boat, and they can make it happen – easy as that!

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE: Days 19 to 21

Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. It has long been a place of great interest for travellers from far and wide and for good reason with its incredible cultural diversity.

 

Cambodia is a deprived yet fascinating country with the rich history of the Khmer empire encompassing such world
renowned sites as the temples of Angkor. Its turbulent past has witnessed the loss of nearly two million lives during the Khmer Rouge. In spite of this, the country remains an enthralling place to explore with friendly locals, tropical climate and beautiful wildlife.

  • Location: Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Day19: It’s Your Last Beach Day!
So make the most of it. There are lots of activities you can choose to join here. Our team will be around and available to you all day, every day so if you require any help with bookings, more information, or just want somebody to talk too, you know where we are.

 

Day 20: Back To The Start
That’s right, it’s time to say goodbye to the golden sands and crystal clear water of Sihanoukville as we take a midday transfer back to bustling Phnom Penh. The transfer will take approximately 4 hours, back to the same guest house as on arrival. We want you to remember the very best of your time here in Cambodia so tonight we’ll have a last-night get-together to talk over the trip, remember the good times, recount those hilarious stories and bore ourselves to tears looking at the thousands of photographs!

 

Day 21: Sob…Sob….
You’ve done it! You’ve officially survived the best three weeks of your life and we’ll have the hugs and hi-5’s to prove it. Our team will be around the guesthouse all day to help you organise your onward travel so please do drop them a thanks, give them a big hug or swap addresses and emails. We guarantee you’ll have the most unforgettable time!

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What's included?

  • Single, twin, double or triple room accommodation in a guest house throughout the tour
  • Breakfast throughout & Welcome Dinner on first night
  • Airport pick up
  • All city to city & in country transfers
  • Orientation on first morning in each new location
  • Entry in to Phnom Penh attractions as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance to the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Angkor Wat with transport & guide
  • Local in country team and 24hr emergency support

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Return Airport Transfer
  • Drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 17 

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip does have minimum numbers 

 

Accommodation

During your time in Phnom Penh your group will stay in a very pleasant little guesthouse. This place is plush and very comfortable, in a great location surrounded by bars, cafes and a short walk from the riverside! The rooms will be single, twin, triple or double occupancy and we’ve included your breakfast.

 

In Siem Reap your group will stay at a Lodge with single, twin or triple share options available. Breakfast is included in your stay. The location of this little gem is ideal for exploring the city and for transfer to and from the volunteering project.

 

For Battambang your group will stay in a city centre based Guesthouse with single, twin, double or triple rooms available. Breakfast is included in the stay at a small café just a few meters away. Located in the centre of that city, and only 2 minutes from the bus station, you’ll have your own little oasis in this up and coming city.

 

In Sihanoukville the accommodation is located just a couple of hundred meters from Serendipity beach and surrounded by bars, restaurants and cafes. It’s the perfect place to relax when you’re not relaxing on the beach, chillin’ in the bars or exploring the area.

 

Meals

Breakfasts are included throughout your tour. Whilst volunteering we will pass on to you a $4 credit voucher to use to purchase in the NGOs training restaurant only. We have also thrown in a traditional Cambodian Welcome Dinner to give you the perfect start to your culinary journey through the Khmer Kingdom.

 

We also urge our travelers to try the various foods on offer at the markets and street vendors. Some amazing delicacies can be purchased easily and very cheaply so don’t miss out!

 

DBS Check 

You will need to have a hard copy of your DBS Certificate with you in Cambodia in order to volunteer with Children. 

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout you’re your tour the group will have the support and guidance of at least one of our dedicated local guides and coordinators. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay. In addition, there will be regular meetings throughout the tour to discuss any issues that may have arisen to allow our team the opportunity to assist.

 

There is also an on-the-ground project advisor who is waiting to hear from you in regards to any volunteering-related questions that you may have before beginning your placement.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

Your comfort and safety is our number one priority throughout the trip so we urge you to listen to and adhere to all safety advice given before and during this tour.

 

FAQ

1. What are the typical group sizes?

Groups sizes vary throughout the year, but generally you can expect to be with between 3 and 8 fellow travellers.

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2. How much spending money would you recommend I take?

It’s pretty easy to live on around $20 - $30 (£12 - £18) per day, so £75 - £95 per week. However, if you plan to take trips during your free time, or you like to party, or you’re a market shopaholic, then we suggest adding more to your weekly budget

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3. What are the average ages of travelers on this trip?

This trip is one that can be taken at any age. For the most part our travellers are aged between 18 – 30 years.

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4. I am a first time traveller, and a bit apprehensive about travelling on my own. Do many people do this by themselves?

First-time travellers are awesome and we welcome them with open arms. Our team will take exceptional care of you throughout the trip so you have nothing to worry about. The majority of our travellers are first-timers and solo so you’ll have plenty in common from the moment you meet. 2-3 weeks before your arrival in Cambodia we will email out a buddy list so you can all start to getting to know one another before meeting in Phnom Penh.

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5. Is Cambodia safe?

Cambodia is as safe as every other country in the world. On the whole, it’s a very safe place for travellers to discover but we do insist that all customers listen to the safety advice from the guides and coordinators at all times.

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

No, all bedding is provided for you.

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7. Will I need to bring a towel?

We recommend bringing at least one towel. If you decide not to and discover you wish you had, they can be purchased cheaply.

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8. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, but you can if you want to. Take the usual precautions in your rooms, such as keep doors and windows closed and you’ll be fine

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9. Will there be a safe/safety deposit box?

Safety boxes are available in most locations.

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Matthew%20 Harwood - September 2015

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Volunteering Killing Fields

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Pack lightly DON'T SCRATCH YOUR BITES! Get stuck into the volunteering

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Ellie Atkins - August 2015

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Incredible country, friendly people, unforgettable moments, buzzing for future travels.

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There were so many ! For me it would be the sunset coming back from island hopping to Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. Visiting the bat cave in Battenbang where over 5 million bats came out. Volunteering in the village of Bakong building a house for a family in desperate need of a new home which was an overwhelming sense of achievement and the Ta Prohm temple where Tomb Raider was filmed.

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Bring DEET ! Suncream Aftersun

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Lawrence Holmes - August 2015

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Amazing 3 weeks, gutted it's over, see you next year!

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The volunteering, the team do a great job (Mark is a legend). Arron the tour guide was brilliant and makes the trip what it is. Time in Siem Reap and Sinhoukville hreat, as was the day in Battambang. Best days are when activities are organised for us.

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Have an open mind, be positive, be grateful for the experience.

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Catherine Avey - August 2015

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Amazing experience, can't wait to go back to Cambodia!

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There were so many! Angkor wat is truely amazing and lives up to its reputation, Angkor Thom was very picturesque and the tomb raider temple was just beautiful. The killing fields, killing cave and the genocide museum were big eye openers, and I'm grateful to now know more aboutCambodias history. The day in battambang is so much fun, the bamboo train and the bat cave were some of my top highlights. Also make the most of your free days! The floating village in Siem Reap was a great little trip out, and you pass a big hill with a temple on top on the way which is also worth the hike. And the Waterfalls in Siem reap are also worth a visit. Other than that the itinerary was great and theres not a day that I didn't enjoy.

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Definitely take a backpack. Make the most of your time. Enjoy every day!

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Kate Christley - August 2015

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Amazing trip, great friends, Angkor WHAT?! ok finish, 2 dollar

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Learning about pol pot and the Khmer Rouge was harrowing but I'm glad I know more about it now as before I came on this trip I knew almost nothing about what happened here! I loved seeing Angkor wat & ta prohm, I also really enjoyed the bike rides! Siem reap was lovely and the nights out there and in Sihanoukville were some of the best I've had. Yolo bar is always a good shout :D the pub crawl was a lot of fun (as far as I can remember) and many crazy tuk tuk adventures were had! The volunteering was brilliant, felt so worthwhile to be working with the family to repair their house and we were so proud of ourselves! Despite the sweat and hammered thumbs we had a great time nailing (haha), and the food at the training kitchen is really good! Get the red curry. The day in Battambang was a lot better than I had expected and the bamboo train definitely a highlight. Sihanoukville was a great way to end the trip, I just wish we had more time there! The food in Monkey Republic is so good and make sure you try out horse riding, we got to ride the horses into the sea which was amazing! Koh Rong was beautiful, it was a shame we went on a overcast day but despite that it was still good and watching the sunset off one side of the boat and a huge lightning storm off the other was amazing and definitely made up for it! And our last night out dancing on the beach in the rain was the best. I am so glad I got to meet so many great people on this trip!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be afraid to travel on your own, it really helps you grow as a person, plus people will like you even if you are quiet! DO NOT take a suitcase yes it is easier to live out of but it's so annoying to carry around plus I died a little inside when everyone got out their traveller backpacks and I had to wheel around my stupid white suitcase. Make sure you bring a passport photo for your visa and watch your bag! Also just be open minded, sometimes the accommodation may not be what you expect or things will get lost or food will take ages to come or you will get weird stripey sun burn on your face because you didn't put your sun cream on properly but just embrace it and make the most of your time here because it goes really fast! Finally bring tissues and sanitizer with you to the toilets and hold your breath in the squatters ;) far more than three top tips sorry

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10

Cambodia Experience2015-08-22

Kate Llewellyn - August 2015

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Amazing 3 weeks with awesome people - thanks to Torror and Aaron for giving us such an awesome time!!

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Learning about the history of Cambodia in Phnom Penh - visiting the killing fields and S21, was a really powerful way to start the trip. Partying in Siem Reap and volunteering with New Hope - the volunteering was organised really well and it felt like we were really making a difference for the family by building them a new home. Finally, the boat trip round the islands on our last day - just wish we had had longer there!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Don't stress too much before hand about making friends - everyone is so friendly and lovely and the co-ordinators make you feel right at home. 2. You don't need a sleeping bag and all the accommodation you stay at is very clean and pleasant so nothing to worry about there :) 3. Prepared to work hard and get dirty during the volunteering !! But don't worry it's honestly one of the most rewarding things I've ever done - trust me when I say the 3 weeks will fly by so make the most of them!!

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10

Cambodia Experience2015-08-15

Bethan Marchant - July 2015

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Eye opening and unforgettable

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Meeting some great people. Everything in Siem Reap, especially Angkor Wat and the nightlife. Embracing the often unexpected experiences of travelling Asia.

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1. Take enough insect repellant and an extensive first aid kit. 2. Expect an experience not a holiday. 3. Make the most of every single moment, it flies by.

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-31

Eden Noble - July 2015

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The best thing I've ever done in my life.

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I struggle to sum up the best parts of this trip when I talk to people, never mind in a little box like this. The best thing about this trip is how varied the activities on it are, and how you truly get a perspective on all sides of the country. Therefore, it becomes impossible to compare them. So, I guess my answer has to be everything.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. MOSQUITO REPELLANT - and lots of it. I only brought one can and ran out in the last week and my legs got bitten to shreds. Use that stuff religiously. 2. Don't bother getting your money changed to Riel. I changed only half my currency to dollars, and planned on changing the rest to riel on the other side. Don't bother, american dollars works perfectly. 3. As authentic as backpacks look, suitcases work just fine.

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10

Cambodia Experience2015-07-31

Sophie Marsh - July 2015

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Unforgettable 3 weeks, eye opening, cultural and great fun!

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Trip highlights would have to include our visit to the temples of Angkor Wat! So many amazing photo opportunities and things to see that day. I also really enjoyed the beaches in Sihanoukville and taking a boat trip to the islands which were pure paradise and had postcard perfect beaches! Volunteering for New Hope organisation was a definite highlight. Such an eye opening and rewarding experience to be a part of!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take with you a first aid kit to cover any possible injuries and illnesses for yourself and others. Get used to wearing flip-flops as they are the easiest and most comfortable shoes (believe it or not) to wear most days when it's hot. Enjoy every day and take on as many opportunities and experiences as you possibly can!

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10

Cambodia Experience2015-07-31

Claire Gilchrist - July 2015

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Best 3 weeks of my life, unforgettable experience, great people

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Volunteering with New Hope was definitely the best experience of the trip, New Hope is such a great NGO. The bike rides and Angkor Watt were also really good, and the beaches on the islands! It is hard to choose the highlights when the all parts of the itinerary were great.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take a raincoat when in rainy season, make the most of every part of the trip, don't worry about travelling alone as you will definitely meet great people

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-27

Rebecca Mcmonagle - July 2015

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Unforgettable experience full of fun and culture with amazing tour guides!

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The volunteering and bike rides in Siem Reap were amazing and definitely my favourite parts of the trip.

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1. DON'T SCRATCH YOUR BITES NO MATTER WHAT. 2. Be positive about everything. 3. Remember you are touring asia, not beverly hills.

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-26

Zoe Mcvicker - July 2015

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Extraordinary experience; new friends, delicious food, incredible sites... Different world!!

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Volunteering, bike rides

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-26

Taryn Grieve - July 2015

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Friendship, laughing till I cry, eye opening, humbling, sun burn.

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There are so many! Not too sure where to start! One major highlight was Angkor Wat, it is truly breathtaking and took up a vast amount of space on my camera roll. Visiting New Hope School was also a personal high point, meeting all the children and seeing how great the school is was a lovely morning. Also just the whole of Siem Reap in general, the nightlife, the scenery, the people, it was all great, I'd go back tomorrow if I could.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Just throw yourself in at the deep end- I spent a lot of the first week nervous about bloody everything, would the people like me?, did I just accidentally swallow tap water?, is this safe? It was just a waste of time. Just embrace everything and enjoy it without worrying! 2- pack light! I packed way too much and in addition I wanted to buy loads in the markets but had no room! 3- Bring a hefty first aid kit, I was always borrowing plasters, bite cream and paracetamol!

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-26

Julia Whitehouse - July 2015

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An experience which everyone should partake in if they have the opportunity.

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This is a difficult question as the whole trip was amazing! Learning about the history of Cambodia through visiting the killing fields, the killing cave e.t.c was horrific but fascinating. Ankgor Wat was mind blowing!! The bamboo train was also very good fun.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Do not over pack!! I certainly did and ended up returning home with a very bloated and broken rucksack. Bring mosquito spray and actually remember to use it. I brought loads and had good intentions but always forgot to use it. Travelling is not a typical holiday; things are not always 100% comfortable (although in the Cambodian Experience they almost always are) but you're there for the experience, and remember to savour it.

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-12

Shauna Kearns - July 2015

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A wonderful experience with great people I will never forget!

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Going on the long bike ride around Siem Reap- it was such a great way to see the rural villages. Visiting Angor Wat which was amazing and getting some really good pictures. The volunteering which was the most rewarding and special thing I've ever done- something I will never forget!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Write a travel diary daily so you don't forget a thing! Don't overpack!! (I did) and you can buy things really cheap in Asia- you have to carry your rucksack a lot so make sure it isn't too heavy. Any amount of time will go so quickly so often remind yourself to enjoy it as much as you can before it's over.

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-04

Madeleine Faiers - July 2015

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Amazing experience, beautiful country, fabulous people, so much fun!

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Where do I even begin? The trip was full of highlights and it is difficult to pick a few. Visiting the Angkor temples in Siem Reap was amazing and you can see why Angkor Wat is one of the seven wonders of the world. Just wow. I'll admit though, my favourite was Ta Prohm (the Tomb Raider one) because it is just incredible to see the trees growing all over it. Such a stunning sight. Another highlight for me was the volunteering. The work that is being done out there is inspiring and to be a part of it was such an honour. Meeting the family and then building them a house was so rewarding, but also great fun all thanks to the Real Gap team, the other volunteers and the locals. Such a brilliant week that I'll never forget. The last highlight I'll mention is that cliche one that everyone puts (but it is so true): meeting so many incredible people. Everyone on the trip made it what it was and we were like one big family almost instantly. Plus, it wouldn't have been the same trip without the in-country team, Arron and Torror, who bent over backwards to make the trip what it was. Basically, it is a fantastic trip where you will meet amazing people and see/do incredible things.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Don't pack your rucksack/suitcase so it is completely full and you have to sit on it to shut it before even leaving home. You will buy so much out there, you'll end up throwing stuff away, so you need the space before you even get there. Sitting on your rucksack to shut it is always fun, but it is so not worth it when you're meant to be leaving in a minute and it won't shut, because you bought five coconut bowls from the market, along with all the other bits and bobs you've collected. 2. Embrace every minute of the volunteering and get stuck in as much as you can. Even if it is really hot and getting difficult, keep going; the end product is so worth it. 3. Eat all the amok you can. It is now my favourite curry and I have craved it since getting home. Sadly, I've not found anywhere that does it in the UK yet, so make the most of it whilst you're out there. Don't forget to eat other Khmer dishes too though, because the food is great and it's important to try the local dishes.

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-04

Lauren Patterson - July 2015

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Unforgettable trip, made so many memories and met amazing people.

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The volunteering at New Hope was amazing!! The trip was extremely well run and Arron and Torror go above and beyond to make everyone happy. They both are amazing at what they do, thank you for introducing me to Cambodia and giving me such an unforgettable experience.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Make the most of every day! especially free days as it goes so quick. Throw yourself into the volunteering, its worth it in the end when you see what you have achieved and bring clothes that you don't mind getting dirty for it.

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-04

Jake Harris - July 2015

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Unforgettable journey, great sights, new-found understanding

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The volunteering was amazing, so rewarding and fun at the same time.

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Pack less, prepare for a LOT of rain if it's rainy season, and make the most of each day - it goes far too quickly

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Cambodia Experience2015-07-01

Natasha Douglas - June 2015

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Amazing 3 weeks, wish I could do it all again!

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Volunteering with new hope- building a new house for a family. Angkor Wat, the 2 bike rides, the bamboo train, the Phare acrobatics circus, meeting such an amazing group of people and having the best tour guides ever!

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Take lots of insect spray. If you get chance go to the circus in Siem Reap- its amazing. Enjoy every minute of it because it goes so fast!

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-29

Andrew Lawrence - June 2015

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Great time, lovely people wish I could go again

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Volunteering with new hope in Cambodia

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Don't pack too much Take plenty of suncream Don't be afraid of going alone

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-28

Grace Cavanagh - June 2015

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Fantastic time in an amazing place with some awesome people.

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The volunteering was so rewarding, building a house for a family in need is an amazing experience! Going to ankor wat and the other temples was insane, our guide was informative and pretty hilarious! Not forgetting the lovely tourguides Arron and Torror who made it an unforgettable trip.

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1. Bring clothes that are ok to get dirty, not your best ones. 2. Depending on the season remember your raincoat 3. It goes so quickly so cherish each day!

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-28

Annette Beauvoir - June 2015

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Magical experience, new lifelong friends, new outlook on life, heartwarming

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Temples, bike ride in the countryside, volunteering and meeting the family, tuk tuk rides, exploring with the fellow travellers, bamboo train. Arron and Torror were amazing! They became our friends, not only our leaders, throughout the experience. You can see that they really know this country well and have done their history research. We were given an endless amount of information and every single one of my questions was answered with a very detailed response. They wanted us to get a real feel for the country, so at night time, they took us around to their favorite spots to eat and drink so we could feel a bit like locals in a foreign land. Thank you guys for always spreading the jokes and joy, teaching us, helping us, caring for us, carrying our bags (haha) and going above and beyond! You are amazing and inspring people with big hearts and open minds who always want to keep people happy. I am so glad that I chose the Cambodia Experience and even more happy that I had such a great team/group to truly "experince" it all with!

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Bring comfortable shoes, come with an open mind, make the most of it and do as much as you can because this is a once in a lifetime experience

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-28

Annette Beauvoir - June 2015

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Temples, bike ride in the countryside, volunteering and meeting the family, tuk tuk rides, exploring with the fellow travellers, bamboo train

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Bring comfortable shoes, come with an open mind, make the most of it and do as much as you can because this is a once in a lifetime experience

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-28

Annette Beauvoir - June 2015

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-28

Megan Terry - June 2015

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Great trip, great guides, great country!

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The volunteering project in Siem Reap was incredible. I was dubious about doing a building project but it was honestly one of the best things I did in three months away. You really feel like you're making a difference - we managed to build a family a new house just in time for the rainy season!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Remember you're on Cambodian time, just relax and go with the flow. 2. Pack light. You can buy pretty much everything over there - and it's so cheap! 3. Make the most of your time, it'll be over before you know it.

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-15

James Seddon - June 2015

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Phenomenal, a real eye opening experience. And a really good laugh

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hard to choose favourites but first the volunteering in siem reap, second was the boat trip in Sihanoukville and third was the pub crawl night. But I'd also have to say that the leaving meal was a really nice touch as it was a great way to open and close the trip with the people and guides (arrow and torror) who I'd got quite close to, something that didn't happen in the thailand which I regret a lot

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When at the bars on the beach in sihaunoukville don't wander off by yourself. You can haggle everything and have a bag for smelly clothes, when dirty ones are on clean ones, the smell spreads...

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-10

Beth Western - June 2015

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Hot and sweaty- all the time but so rewarding and an experience you'll never forget.

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By far the best three weeks of my travels, made special by the people you're with and the amazing country you are in. Shoutout to Arron out tour guide (sorry I never got a chance to write in your book) but wanted to say a big thank you for an awesome few weeks of fun, an amazing birthday cake and my birthday and the whole trip in general! And of course to Torror, who was always there to fix anything and everything including my bike chain several times...with a brick... Best bit most definitely was volunteering with New Hope and building a new house for a family of 5, although it was a hard few days of sweat, blisters and bruises it was all completely worth it to see what it meant for the family to have a proper roof on a new house especially with the rainy season on its way!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. White goes brown in Cambodia, so I wouldn't recommend taking your best clothes! 2. Try everything thats there to have a go at...it's well worth it 3. Make the most of the time, it'll be over before you know it

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-09

Ella Brown - June 2015

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Would definitely do it again, our tour guides Arron and Torro were great and made it so much fun.

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Staying in Siem Reap was great! All the activities were really fun and I loved getting around on the bikes. The volunteering was really rewarding and it was really fun working with the group.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Take a suitcase not a backpack, you don't need a backpack and suitcases are much easier to move around and live out of. 2. Don't worry about travelling alone, most people on the trip will be and you'll make so many new friends. 3. Enjoy it!

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-05

Lauren Calladine - June 2015

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incredible expereinces, amazing people, had the time of my life.

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the volubteering! we built a house for a family of 5! it was the best thing I've ever been able to do for someone and seeing how grateful they were once it was complete was an amazing feeling! I really loved beach week to! especially going to a few islands on one of the days, including koh rong. although the killing fields and s21 were sad it was interesting to learn about the Khmer rouge.

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don't over pack! my backpack weighed 17kg and I regretted bringing so much unnecessary things every time we had to carry them about! travel solo! I was nervous to travel alone but once I got out here I was glad I had! met some amazing people and made great friends. bring ear plugs, the night buses can be rather noisy!

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-03

Mark Coulter - June 2015

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Unforgettable, Brillant, Cultural, Interesting, Superb, Great Fun and overall excellent experience!

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The whole of the Cambodia Experience was excellent! Killing Fields was sad but very worthwhile and interesting, Angkor Wat was very cool and Siemreab was an awsome place (especially the pub crawl where you are guaranteed a fun filled night - lets get ella'd!!) But the thing that made my trip was the volunteering project where we built a brand new home for the Barang Family! We had great fun! There was a ton of sweat, blood and some more sweat but helping the family was an honour and pleasure for me!

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1. Suitcases are just as easy as rucksacks! consider bringing a suitcase with wheels as it makes it alot easier! 2. Travel solo, it may seem daunting but you'll not regret it and make some great friends along the way! 3. Don't expect luxury! Embrace the experience! All the hotels are perfectly good but some bus journeys may be interesting and you will see some poor places and people! Make the most of the experience!

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Cambodia Experience2015-06-01

Thomas Smith - May 2015

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Truly unforgettable - definitely returning to Cambodia (Siam Reap).

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Siam Reap - I absolutely loved it there. Angkor Wat and the temples around it were amazing and the tour organised for us was great. The volunteer work there was also fantastic, I truly felt my money was going to a worthwhile cause and saw the results in front of my eyes when we helped build the house. Meeting the family who we helped and actively supporting them - money can't put a prize on the feeling of accomplishment. Finally, the whole vibe of the city and the nightlife rounded it off to my favourite place i've been to.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1) Stay calm and just accept that you're in a third world country. Things will shock you at times and might not be up to what you would expect at home - but just go with it. It's all part of what makes the experience. 2) Pack lighter than you think - a lot of the things you won't need and you can buy it here if you really need it. It just means you will have more to carry around. 3) Whilst you're there try and embrace the culture as much as you can - you'll get far more out of it that way.

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Cambodia Experience2015-05-31

Carys Ewen - May 2015

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Lovely country, rewarding volunteering, plenty of culture and time for relaxation

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Very friendly country, great food, worthwhile volunteering, beautiful beaches and meeting fellow travellers.

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Be prepared to get hot and grubby, take a book/music/cards for the travel days, make the most of your time- 3 weeks will fly!

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Cambodia Experience2015-05-03

Jakob O%27connor - May 2015

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Amazing country, great tour leaders and awe inspiring voluntary work

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Personally, i really enjoyed Siem Reap. Very good night life and incredible volunteering for New Hope. Additionally, the group and leaders really made the trip what it was. This tour showed Cambodia in its best light.

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Enjoy every moment (including the driving bits) Get to know your group well Take all of the country in

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Cambodia Experience2015-05-03

Zoe Hague - May 2015

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Banterous, absolutely fab tour guides, friends for life, #cambofambo

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Siem reap in general was brilliant, lucky enough to be there during their new year, volunteering was amazing and visiting the islands in Sihnaoukville

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Try not to arrive in Phnom Penh too early because there won't be much to do as you do it all on the tour, keep hold tight of all valuables when walking about the streets and have fun :)

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Cambodia Experience2015-05-03

Ella Kilkelly - May 2015

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Friends for life, unforgettable trip, funny, Cambodia for life

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Visiting Siem Reap has to be one of the best thing I have done. This also includes the volunteering, which was such a rewarding and insightful experience.

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Make the most of everything, be careful of belongings and most importantly, enjoy yourself!

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Cambodia Experience2015-05-01

Niamh Sweeney - May 2015

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Great memories, Great people, definitely an unforgettable trip.

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Volunteering was amazing and so rewarding, Siem Reap was up there with my favourite places I've ever been. I loved every minute the people, culture and scenery are second to none.

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Be street wise, Try everything once and come with an open mind.

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Cambodia Experience2015-05-01

Hayley Moore - March 2015

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Life changing, magical, exciting, spontaneous, banter, culture shock, friends for life

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For one the reps were absolutely amazing, it was also very good to have a Khmer local on board to be able to translate are help with any problems he was on top form all the time, well they both were! They made the trip. My highlight must of been the volunteering, feeling of helping someone with so little was very rewarding!!

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Enjoy everything!! Try everything! Always have your whits about you!

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Cambodia Experience2015-03-29

Amelia Temple - March 2015

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Beautiful country, memorable, worthwhile, great nights out & great travel companions

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Volunteering in Siem Reap which is different to anything I've done before and would recommend. Seeing the bat cave in Battambang was amazing. Learning a lot about the country's past at the killing fields.

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Savour every moment, be prepared to experience a completely different culture and expect the unexpected!

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Cambodia Experience2015-03-10

Carly Mapp - March 2015

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Made some unforgettable memories in an incredible, inspiring country.

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Visiting Angkor Wat was incredible. I met some amazing people- fellow travellers in the group and the Real Gap guides who made everything so much fun. They had obviously put a lot of thought into all aspects of the trip to make it so enjoyable. The volunteering project was also a great, rewarding experience. There was an overall good balance between work and play too!

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Try everything, be prepared to go with the flow and most importantly, have fun!

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Cambodia Experience2015-03-10

Jessica Parsons - March 2015

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Incredible country, unforgettable trip, great guides, lots of fun!

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Volunteering Angkor Wat

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Be open minded Throw yourself into the volunteering Prepare to be surprised!

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Cambodia Experience2015-03-10

Corey Voigt - March 2015

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self actualisation, eye opener, fun , made some great friends , memories forever

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it was amazing and sad at the same time as we took the trip many Khmer people did, seeing s21 and the killing fields, the temples were obviously great and even the little things like the bamboo train was so fun

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be prepared, try everything and just do it

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Cambodia Experience2015-03-02

Alana Russell - March 2015

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Amazing, new family, never be forgotten, recommended, fun, brilliant experience.

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I honestly don't think I could pin point specific highlights of the trip because the whole time was amazing and it's been the best time of my life so far!!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Probabaly, be open to it all and soak up as much information as you can because there's so much to learn. Be prepared for an all round amazing trip Make sure you do absolutely everything because there's nothing worse than regret

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Cambodia Experience2015-03-01

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