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From £480 (was £599), 14 days, Cambodia Trip code: CATT

  • 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 one of the most enchanting countries in the world
  • Explore the world heritage site of Angkor Wat
  • Work at a local orphanage in Phnom Penh helping to look after some amazing children who have not had the best start in life.
  • Visit the impressive Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
  • Learn more about the Khmer Rouge by visiting the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields and gain a clearer understanding of the terrible atrocities committed during this era. 

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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 4 days volunteering at a local orphanage in Phnom Penh helping to look after children who have not had the best start in life – you will get involved in a variety of activities but above all you will be giving the children some much needed love and attention. 


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What will I be doing?

  • Welcome to Cambodia (2 days)

  • Time to volunteer (5 days)

  • Siem Reap here we come (2 days)

  • Temples! (2 days)

  • Time to say goodbye (2 days)

Welcome to Cambodia: 2 days

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Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by 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
Welcome to Cambodia! Today you will be met at the airport and taken directly to the accommodation where you will be staying during your time in Cambodia’s capital city.

 

You will have the rest of the day to rest and recover from your journey. If you are feeling adventurous you can head out and start exploring your surroundings!

 

If you aren’t able to arrange a flight to get you into Phnom Penh on the specified arrival date we’d recommend you fly in a day early. We can arrange an early airport pick-up for you including one night’s accommodation, please call us for more information.

 

Day 2: Exploring Phnom Penh
After breakfast you will visit the most beautiful and interesting spots that the capital city of Cambodia has to offer. You will visit the Royal Palace and the most important temple in Phnom Penh, Wat Phnom. Phnom Penh still has more to offer, especially when it comes to learning about the terrible history of the Khmer Rouge period. You will visit the Toul Sleng Museum and The Killing Fields to give you a clear understanding of the terrible cruelties committed during that era. 

 

You and your fellow arrivals will receive an orientation which will cover important information such as what it’s going to be like at your project and on the tour, dos and don’ts, fun things to do in Cambodia and how to stay safe on your trip. This is your prime opportunity to ask any burning questions that you haven’t yet had answered.

Time to volunteer: 5 days

Next Leg

Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by 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 3: Introductions at your project
This morning you’ll be up bright and early for your first day volunteering! After breakfast you will be taken to your project for introductions with the staff and children. Today is all about settling in and getting to know your way around the project, and you’ll spend the rest of your day learning the ropes and starting to get stuck into some work.

 

Day 4 to Day 7: Volunteering in Phnom Penh
Now’s your chance to really get involved with work at your project. Your time here is limited so get stuck in and make the most of it and you will be able to really make a difference to the lives of the children at your project.

 

You’ll get involved with a variety of activities, which could include helping staff with the day to day running of the project - providing a safe shelter for the children by assisting with cooking, cleaning, washing and other general duties. You may also be playing games, singing songs and helping the children with their schoolwork. English lessons will also be a big part of your day, so come prepared with some ideas for lessons and get ready to be the centre of attention as your pupils will be eager to learn as much as possible from you!

 

You will be able to contact the in-country team at any time during your volunteering period, and will have access to a bicycle for travel to and from your project, should you wish to use one.

 

Day 8: Free Time!
Today is the day that you can do what you want! Explore more of Phnom Penh or just relax and take a beer at the side of the river, the choice is yours! Remember though that this is your last day in Phnom Penh so make the most of it!  

Siem Reap here we come: 2 days

Next Leg

Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by 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: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
After breakfast you’ll be taken to Phnom Penh bus station in time to catch the early morning bus to Siem Reap. The journey takes approximately 6 hours. You won’t be accompanied on the bus but don’t worry – a guide will be waiting to meet you when you arrive in Siem Reap.

 

Once you’ve settled into your accommodation there will be a short orientation before you’ll be whisked off for a city tour by tuk tuk – hold on to your hats!

 

Day 10: Temple Time!

After breakfast this morning you will head off to explore the beautiful ancient temples of Angkor. You will visit Angkor Thom, The South Gate, Bayon, The Elephant Terrace, The Terrace of Leper King, Ta Prom and of course the most famous and important building: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is not only famous for its breath-taking architecture but also for it’s unique decorations, and is such an important symbol in Cambodia that it appears on the country’s flag.

 

At the end of the day you will climb Phnom Bakeng mountain. The effort of the climb will all be worth it when you see the view of several temples and hopefully enjoy a beautiful sunset. This is where memories for life are made.

Temples!: 2 days

Next Leg

Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by 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 11: Temples Take Two!
As Angkor is the largest temple complex in the world, it’s easy to understand that 1 day visiting the temples is just not enough, so today after breakfast you will explore some beautiful jungle temples. Your guide will provide you with more information on the ancient history of the Khmer empire. Just close your eyes and imagine yourself living during this glorious period. It isn't that hard to imagine how things might have been. You will visit Bantey Srey temple, Kbal Spean.

 

Day 12: Temples - the Trilogy, and the Floating Village
After breakfast on the morning of your final day in Siem Reap you will visit the Lolei temple and the Roluos group, which includes some of the earliest permanent structures built by Khmer. They mark the beginning of classical period of Khmer civilization, dating from the late 9th century A.D.

 

In the afternoon you will take a trip to the floating village to see how people have adapted to a life on water. The villagers have their own floating school, clinic, shops, bars – everything you would expect, but all floating! It’s a unique way of life and will be a fascinating way to spend your afternoon.

Time to say goodbye: 2 days

Destination info

With a population of over 14 million Cambodia is a small country bordered by 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 13: Helping and Handicrafts
After breakfast today there’s a visit to projects such as the Sangkheum Centre for Children, where you can help the children with English lessons or handicraft classes. You will also visit the Artisan Angkor centre, which helps young craftsmen and women train and earn a living. You will see traditional Khmer handicrafts and have the chance to pick up some souvenirs!

 

Day 14: Time to say Goodbye
Having said goodbye to all your new friends, taken your final photos and packed your bag full of souvenirs you’ll travel back to the airport. The return transfer from Siem Reap to your departure airport is not included; however our in-country team will be able to make recommendations.

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What's included?

  • Shared room in guesthouse
  • Breakfast only (or US$2.50 allowance)
  • Airport pick up
  • In country orientation
  • Local in country team and 24hr emergency support
  • Activities and excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all attractions as listed on the itinerary

What's not included?

  • All flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks and meals not included in the programme
  • Local transport while at the project
  • Food (lunch and dinner not provided)
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

This trip requires minimum numbers to operate.

 

Accommodation

While in Phnom Penh you’ll be staying in a guesthouse, which is home to all of our Phnom Penh volunteers. Rooms are shared by up to 3 volunteers of the same sex (couples can normally be accommodated – please ask us if you are travelling as a couple and require a private room) and bathrooms are also shared with other volunteers.

While working at your project you will stay at Narin 1, which is between 2 - 9km from the project, depending on where you are volunteering. You should budget approximately US$12 per week for these journeys.

In Siem Reap you will stay in a unique family run guesthouse. It is situated in the centre of Siem Reap in a quiet area, not too far from the hustle and bustle of the bars and shops so that you can explore in your free time.

Accommodation facilities

Phnom Penh

Bedrooms are equipped with fans and a safety deposit box can be requested from reception if you would like one for your valuables. There is a laundry service at the guesthouse which volunteers can use, as well as commercial facilities in the nearby town. Internet is available at the guesthouse for approximately US$0.50 per hour, so there’s no excuse not to send an email home gloating about how much fun you’re having! Pure drinking water can be refilled for free, and there is electricity for charging mobile phones and ipods! Bathrooms have western style toilets, running water and showers. A small charge of US$1-2 per day is payable if you require hot water, but in sweaty Cambodia a cool shower may be just what you’re after!

Siem Reap

You will share a fan room with up to two other volunteers. You will either have an ensuite in your room or it will be adjacent to your room and access will be exclusive to the occupants in your room. The guesthouse offers internet access and a restaurant. The guesthouse has a safety deposit box for you to keep any valuables

Where is the accommodation?

Phnom Penh

The guesthouse is located near Orussei Market so you can easily pop over for some shopping! It is approximately 1.5kms from the Cambodia in country team office. Banks are found just 250m away and there is a modern hospital with good facilities 1km away, although we hope you won’t need to use it!

Siem Reap

The guesthouse is situated in the centre of Siem Reap in a quiet area, not too far from the hustle and bustle of the bars and shops.

 

Meals

Breakfasts are included throughout your programme in Cambodia, however most lunches and dinners are not included so that you have the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine and eat out in some of the local restaurants and bars.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

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.

 

FAQ

1. What are the typical group sizes?

Groups sizes vary depending on the time of 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?

You will need between £80-£100 per week. If you want to do some extra activities in your free time then you will need a bit more.

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

The majority of participants on this program are aged between 18-30, however it is popular with travelers of all ages.

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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?

The majority of our participants are solo travelers, so you will be one of many in the same position. We e-mail out a buddy list 2-3 weeks before you start, so you can begin to get to know one another beforehand.

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5. Is Cambodia safe?

Absolutely, and you have co-ordinators with you at all times to ensure your safety.

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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. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

No, you will not need to take one with you.

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

Yes, this will be available to you.

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Sarah%20 Collier - November 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Awesome experience, learnt lots and had so much fun

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(6/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the kids was fantastic. Temples and floating village in Siem Reap were also great

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Pack light clothes that will cover your knees & shoulders 2. Bring stickers for the kids 3. Be open to new experiences

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Suzanne Sim - November 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, very worthwhile! Life changing! Made friends for life!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(6/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The volunteering was very worthwhile and the itinery in Siem Reap allowed us to see most of the sights

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Take plenty of stickers for the kids, they love them! You need to have shoulders covered for childcare but it does get very hot, pack light clothes! Take American dollars only, they must be in good condition (no ripped notes accepted, no matter how small the rip) in low denominations only

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A visit to the slums so we could see where the children we volunteered with lived would have been very interesting.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Vikash Patel - July 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Great all-round experience, lots learnt about Cambodian culture.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(6/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

My highlight of the trip was definitely teaching at the school in Phnom Penh. I would definitely have liked to have continued this on for longer than one week. The children were so friendly and eager to learn new things. Making lesson plans and thinking of new fun ways to engage the children proved challenging yet rewarding, as their knowledge of the English language improved. I would recommend thinking of lesson plans and games before hand. The children really enjoyed expressing their individuality through colouring, so I'd also recommend bringing in colouring books, or drawing things on the board that they can copy and then colour in.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Prepare lesson plans before you travels (what games you want to play, your teaching artless and bringing equipment with you). Bring a raincoat out with you at all times during rainy season, as even during a sunny sky, the rain can come out in seconds and pour down within seconds and ruin whatever electronics you have in your pockets. And finally, feel free and talk to the locals/your guides as much as possible! I learnt alot whilst talking to a teacher at the school about the government system and corruption in politics in Cambodia.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Longer stay in Phnom Penh. I'd like to have experienced and explored the city a little more. Although we did have a week here, we would leave the guest house at 8am and return at 4pm, which left us minimal time to visit places during the day. I'd also like to have volunteered for longer at the school. A trip to the local boxing ring in siem reap? Cambodian boxing is very entertaining, and good way to see some traditions of Cambodia.

Any other comments?

I'd Like To Know Exactly How Real Gap Used Our Money In Terms Of Accommodation. In The Trip Notes We Were Told That We Would Be In A Guesthouse Took Which Had Hot Water And Air Conditioning. However, We Had Nether. We Were Told We Had To Pay If We Wanted To Upgrade Our Rooms. We Checked Into A Nice Looking Guesthouse (victory Guesthouse), But Then Were Taken Round The Back Behind It, To Another Guesthouse (advisor Angkor Villa). It Was Very Misleading. Our Rooms Were Pretty Bad. This Was Very Deceitful From Realgap. Also, The In Country Representatives Were Hardly There. In Phnom Penh, We Saw The Guy Once Before Our Trip To The School And Then We Had To Call Him The Night Before We Took The Bus To Siem Reap To Find Out What Time We Were Leaving. In Siem Reap, The Lady Was Very Helpful On The Day We Arrived, However That Was He Last We Ever Saw Of Her, She Didn't Even Come To See Us Off Or To Help With Travel Arrangements Back To The Airport. When We Saw The Reps, They Were Very Helpful, We Just Hardly Ever Them.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

No

Lauren Rudd - June 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(9/10)
Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(9/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(7/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(7/10)
Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

No

Sam Noakes - June 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Awesome, crazy, stunning, met some great people, a true experience.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Learning about the Angkor temple complex and experiencing daily life.

Any other comments?

The Only Problem With This Experience Was The In-country Orientation Which At Times Was Slightly Misleading.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Georgina Witham - February 2013

How would you rate your overall experience?
(8/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Opened my eyes to the magic of working with children.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(7/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(9/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the children in Phnom Pehn and getting to know the local teachers and Kinlay our in country representative who gave a really good service. Seeing the temples was also awe-inspiring and our guide gave a really good tour, but working with the children in Phnom Pehn was definitely the high light for me.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Stay for longer in Phnom Pehn if you can. Prepare lesson plans - word searches, crosswords, matching pictures to words etc which you can photocopy at the school. Chat to the local staff as much as you can as you'll learn the most about the culture through them!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

A free afternoon or morning in Siem Reap would have probably been more beneficial than a visit to a silk farm or to the floating village in dry season. I'm sure the floating village in the wet months when it is actually floating would have been great but for us it was a long journey to a dirty shallow river looking at the stilts underneath the "floating" houses.

Any other comments?

I Think That Real Gap Should Be More Open About Where Our Money Goes. While I Do Feel That Just Over £500 For A Weeks Volounteering And All The Tours We Did In Siem Reap Was Good Value I Think It Would Be Beneficial For Volounteers To Understand How Much Of A Contribution(if Any) They Had Already Made To The Project.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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