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CAMBODIA EXPLORER SCHOOL TOUR

PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP LAKE

Cambodia tours for students are a fantastic way to combine the key subjects of history, geography and biology, and bring them vividly to life. Starting in Phnom Penh, where students will have the opportunity to visit museums, palaces and significant historic sites (an excursion to the killing fields is part of this itinerary), they will then take in key archeological sites en route to Siem Reap, before discovering the UNESCO World Heritage temples of Angkor Wat. Our Cambodia school tours end with three days of community service projects, where students will volunteer in agriculture, learning programs, and habitat building/restoration projects. This will be a humbling and educational experience for all students, and a chance to make a real difference to the lives of those living in poverty-stricken communities of rural Cambodia.

Trip code : CB321TS

Duration : 12 days

Destination : Cambodia

Travel Dates : As required

  • Learn about Phnom Penh's history
  • Take a traditional Cyclo ride to Wat Phnom
  • Watch the sunset over the temples of Angkor Wat
  • Visit pre-Angkorian monuments
  • Watch the great annual flood of Tonle Sap
  • Hands on community projects in schools, rural communities, and local agriculture
  • Learn Khmer with the locals
  • Try your hand at making rice noodles and other delicious Khmer foods
 
Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will meet by our guide at the airport and transfer to your downtown hotel. Depending t on your arrival time but you may have a short city tour in the afternoon or just relax in the hotel after check-in. In the evening, we will have a tour briefing and a welcome dinner featuring Khmer delicacies.

Accommodation in Phnom Penh
In the morning, you will visit the National Museum, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda. The Royal Palace was built in 1866 by King Norodom and is now home to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk Mony, King of Cambodia. The Silver Pagoda is located within the Royal Palace compound, so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles; among the treasures are a solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds weighing 90 kg, and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.

In the afternoon, we continue foran educational tour to Toul Sleng Museum (S-21) and Killing field. You also have a fun experience on a traditional Cyclo ride to Wat Phnom, Independence Monument and follow by having dinner at FCC along Mekong River with a great view of Phnom Penh.

Accommodation in Phnom Penh.
Breakfast at your proposed hotel, today our next destination will be Siem Reap with our private vehicle followed by English Speaking Guide around 5 – 6 hours via Kampong Thom. On the way we visit the outside of Kampong Thom to see key archeological sites, starting with Sambor Prei Kuk, perhaps the most important grouping of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia.

Before the rise of the Angkor, this was the capital of Chenla during the sixth century, the city was known as Isanapura. Today over 100 small temple ruins sit peacefully in a forest setting. Explore the main central complex and gain an insight into the early architectural styles of Cambodia. On 08 July 2017, UNESCO World Heritage Committee listed Sambor Prei Kuk Temple as a World Heritage Site - the third Khmer monument inscribed on the World Heritage List. Continue to visit archeological “Naga Bridge” at Kompong Kdei. Continue directly to Siem Reap and arrive in the late afternoon. Check into the hotel and free to relax afterwards.

Accommodation in Siem Reap
Breakfast at hotel, today you are invited to a Local Pagoda where you will met the resident monks and offer alms. This will be followed by a Buddhist blessing ceremony. Next visit Angkor Thom (Bayon Temple), the former capital of the great Khmer empire. You will enter through the South Gate, decorated with four giant stone faces – an instantly recognizable image and example of classical Khmer craftsmanship. Your tour of the intriguing perfectly square, ancient walled city includes a stop at Baphuon (a sanctuary dedicated to Brahmanism); Phimeanakas Temple, where kings as a ceremonial stage. You expert guide will also take you to visit the amazingly well-detailed bas reliefs at the Terrace of the Leper King.

This afternoon, visit the legendary Angkor Wat until sunset, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Said by some to symbolise the soul of the Khmer people, the magnificent temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Historians believe that many of the fascinating reliefs and stone carvings immortalise many of the mighty king’s wars. Images of Apsara dances decorate the five famous towers which replicate the universe according to Hindo mythology.

Please note: visitors are required to wear respectful attire when visiting temples and religious sites, covering shoulders and knees (no short trousers). Only the Bakan tower inside Angkor Wat is closed on Buddhist Sabbath Days, religious holidays and various days in the Lunar Calendar. Tonight, you are invited to a welcome dinner accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance performance.

Accommodation in Siem Reap
Starting your orientation by driving down south to see the great annual flood of Tonle Sap Lake, you’ll take a boat excursion to see the village of Kompong Phhluk on stilts. Explore this great ecosystem by way of canoeing and hear the calls of the birds or macaque monkeys while observing the forest beneath the lake’s surface, you’ll see the Buddhist temple is standing on the island with some beautiful Buddhist life painting on the ceiling. Return to town to visit the school of fine art “Le Artisan D'Angkor”.

Tonight, you are invited to a welcome dinner accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance performance.

Accommodation in Siem Reap
Travel to Camp Tbeng nestled in the tranquil village of Tbeng, only a short 30 minute drive from Siem Reap and the World Heritage Angkor Complex is Camp Tbeng – traditional private longhouse accommodation and retreat style campsite. Upon arrival you will be greet and introduce to the campsite , before checking in the traditional long house.

On the first day of Community program you will transfer to a local family and learn all about Cambodian rice noodle production. You will instruct be instructed by local maker how to do rice milking, rice pounding and completed the pieces of rice noodle then they will indicate how to make the fish soup with coconut milk with many different ingredients such as saffron, lemon grass etc. The cooked noodle will be served to local students and teachers to enjoy as their lunch. Return to the campsite for taking lunch then and having a short rest before having another Khmer class.

Enjoy safe cycling on the countryside road about half an hour before ploughing/racking the rice field, throwing the rice seeds, transplant the rise or even rice harvesting. After collecting the crop, will be pounding and cleaning husk to complete before having the grain of rices. You will also enjoy a spot of field fishing. After having dinner we will enjoy Khmer live music/instruments with folks and dancing around the camp fire.

Accommodation in Camp Tbeng.
No need to wake up early but the rooster is the natural alarm clock always wakes up the villager to start their work before sunrise when it’s cool. Enjoy having the breakfast at the campsite then transfer to the local school for learning services program. Students from overseas school will be split into two small groups one for soft working and another hardworking skills.

Soft Skills: Interaction with local kids

1) Facilitating English and Maths classes , teaching English to local students via pictures or other teaching material (bring belong by oversea students) or songs and games, storytelling…

2) Hygiene workshop/Hygiene classes for local student topics covered brushing their teeth, wash hands, drinking boiled water etc …

3) Art Craft skills class.

4) Donate of stationary: English simple picture books, pens, ruler, notebook, etc

Hard Skills: Improving Facilities for this school

Working under the Instructions by local builder/carpenter you will work on an specific project such as making/building: Library, Toilet, replants the school garden, making the football court etc. For safely reason we won’t allow oversea students climbing or doing anything that might be deemed dangerous. Local instructor will indicate how to mix cement, erect a brick wall, building the ground, cutting wood by handsaw or nailing as well as some students will help to polish the wall before painting (We provide mask and glove)

Leave the school at 11:00 AM for a lunch break at the campsite then enjoy a Khmer class for about 30mn – 60mn. Go back to school to continue the services work.

Note: To avoid interruptions to the local students we will have different local students in the morning and afternoon activities. As they’re only available just half day for extra class then other half day they will be taught by local teacher as per their yearly schedule. Head back to the campsite at 05:00PM freshen up or having a rest before starting your dinner.

Tonight after enjoy the dinner then you will follow the local teacher for Khmer traditional dancing class.

Accommodation in Camp Tbeng.
Breakfast at the campsite and then transfer to the habitat building/restoration for locals. Poverty rates are high in rural Cambodia, where many people are still living on less than $1 a day. In many case, house is rudimentary at best and many homes are fragile structures with palm leaf walls, tin/palm leaf roof and dirt floors; many do not survive to protect from the rainstorms.

Building a new house: New house building is solid and designed to last at least 15 years and more. The houses we build are between four meters by five meters, with concrete footings, wooden sides and floorboards and a tin roof. They include one enclosed room and one room with open sides. The space underneath the house is often used as a daily living and cooking area. Each house takes about four days to build and on the fifth day a Khmer house blessing ceremony is held before the family moves into it. We employ three builders, who work under the supervision of the main builder.

House restoration: The village headman with the assistance of Camp Tbeng team chose a home eligible for improvement . Each restoration house takes from one to three days to build then the last day has a blessing ceremony is held before the family moves into it. We employ three builders, who work under the supervision of the main builder. Note: Building a new house or restore a house, it will take more days then I only planned for the group do this volunteer work as a sample. We are flexible base on the request.

Lunch will be flexible at the project site or at the campsite depending the distance.
Another day begins, have breakfast at the campsite then transfer to the local school to continue the learning services program for soft and hard skills. Before the local students return their home approximately by 10:00AM, we will have a closing ceremony to say good bye to your local friends.

Return to the campsite for lunch and packing for checking out. Transfer back to Siem Reap or your departure flight. Trip ends.

ITINERARY OPTIONS:

EXPLORER: Take your group on a fun and relaxes overseas trip to witness the local culture and history rarely seen at home. Including a little adventure or meaningful community projects. Our itineraries include: cooking classes, war history, museums, nature experience etc.

Ideal for ages 13 - 21

PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED:

  • Good level of fitness
  • Strong interest in chosen subject
  • Engaging outdoor activities/learning
  • Keen to try local cuisine
  • Sense of adventure
  • Competent swimming ability

COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROGRAMS

These programs include: building houses, school rooms and kindergartens for communities. Other activities include visiting orphanages, children's hospitals and disability/rehabilitation centres.

DURING THE TOUR:

Our local English speaking tour guide and drivers are highly trained and experienced, with safety being their number one priority. Our staff are available 24/7 to provide any necessary support for your group. We guarantee students to always be located within the same area in hotels.

Please contact us on +61 8 7226-1898 or 1300 739 652 for the price.

Price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

You'll need a visa to visit Cambodia. Tourist visas are valid for thirty days.  If you're travelling to Cambodia for tourism, you can apply for an electronic tourist visa (e-visa) online through the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. E-visas are only valid for entry through the Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville International Airports, and Cham Yeam (Koh Kong), Poipet (Banteay Meanchey), Bavet (Svay Rieng) and Tropaeng Krael (Stung Treang).

Tourist visas are also available on arrival at air and land entry points that are open to foreigners, including those where e-visas are accepted.  

For longer stays, or if you're travelling to Cambodia for a purpose other than tourism, you'll need to arrange a visa in advance through the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Cambodia.

Day trips (arriving and departing on the same day) aren't permitted, except when arriving and departing via Phnom Penh International Airport.

Land border crossings: If you plan to enter or exit Cambodia via a land border crossing, confirm before you travel that it's open to foreigners and, if required, that visas on arrival are available. Entry and exit conditions change regularly. Be especially alert to the local security situation in border regions and land crossings between countries.

Visas for Vietnam aren't available at the border.

Ensure you have a valid visa for the entire duration of your stay in Cambodia. Overstaying your visa is a serious offence. You may not be allowed to leave Cambodia until you pay a fine or serve a prison sentence. Fines increase daily. If you overstay your visa less than a month, you may need to pay the fine at the airport on departure. If you overstay your visa more than one month, you risk severe penalties, including imprisonment, deportation and/or banned from returning to Cambodia.

Check your visa dates carefully.  If your visa is issued outside of Cambodia, the expiry date on your visa is not how long you can stay, but the final date you can use the visa to enter Cambodia. You can only stay for 30 days from the date of your arrival. 

If you want to stay in Cambodia for more than 30 days, you'll need to renew your visa. Tourist visas can only be renewed once. Visas can be renewed at travel agents, hostels, guesthouses and vehicle rental companies. You can also attend the Department of Immigration office located opposite the Phnom Penh International Airport.

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