Cambodia Experience
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From £720 (was £799), 21 days, Cambodia Trip code: CMXP

  • Adventure 1 out of 5
  • Relaxation 1 out of 5
  • Culture 1 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 incredible world heritage site of Angkor Wat
  • Volunteer with one of Cambodia's leading NGO's (non government organisations) supporting over 13,000 people from Siem Reap's poorest areas
  • 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. 

 

Please note that this package is for all bookings departing after January 2015. Looking to do the Cambodia Experience in 2014? To check out our 2014 package, please click here 

 

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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. Choeung Ek, better known as ‘The Killing Fields’ 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.

 

From there we’ll head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum for a tour – this isn’t as macabre as it all seems and is on every travellers ‘must-do’ list when visiting Cambodia.

 

It’s then back to the guesthouse to shower and change before head up to the main evening entertainment area on the riverside. Here we’ll enjoy a slap-up welcome meal and officially toast the start of this epic trip over a few cold beers.

 

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. You’ll learn about the Cambodian Royal Family and more about Khmer culture and customs. Located next to the Royal Palace is the excellent National Museum. If you’re interested to know more about a truly amazing history then this is well worth a visit.

 

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: 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 5 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.

 

Day 10 to Day 14: Roll Up Your Sleeves, it’s doin’ it time!
That’s right, it’s time to get down and dirty and give back to the communities who live where you holiday. We’ll lay on your transport to and from the NGOs base each day. On arrival at the base you’ll head off to join your chosen project under the caring guidance of the NGOs own team of 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.

 

Day 14 is your last day volunteering. In the morning you’ll make sure that you’ve finished off any jobs that need finishing, everything is squared away as it should be and that you’ve said your goodbyes. 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.

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. The streets are perfect for cycling and your guide will take it easy on you, we promise. Battambang has an excellent ‘coffee culture’ and is home to some seriously cool coffee shops where we can take a break and enjoy this beautiful city.

 

Day 16 and 17: Fun, Sun and Beaches
From Battambang to the beach today! This is what you’ve been waiting for and by now you’ve earned it. Another coach journey in style will have you at the beaches of Sihanoukville in around 8 hours. 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. 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!

 

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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