October 10, 2015
15 days Meaningful tour Cambodia
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What if you had the chance to not only visit Cambodia and enjoy its touristic offer, but work as a volunteer with children in need? Our new 15 day Meaningful Tour gives you this unique opportunity! The first few days, you will be working at a shelter set up by local people, where you will be able to help educate these children, encouraging them to develop an enthusiasm for education and helping them develop their skills. You will provide children with essential attention, support, care and the vital education they need, like English, performing arts and sports, and help them develop enthusiasm for learning, and developing their skills. This gratifying experience will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the nation’s culture, and see first hand how Cambodia is moving forward. The second part of this tour you will be traveling through from Phnom Penh, Battambang to Siem Reap.
Day 1: Arrival Phnom Penh
Welcome in Cambodia. We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel, called King Grand Boutique, where you will be offered a welcome drink and will be given information about Cambodia and the fantastic trip you are about to embark on. Because we are very aware of the fact that travelling can be exhausting, we will give you the opportunity to take it easy today.
Day 2: Phnom Penh
After your breakfast, our coordinator will take you to visit some touching projects initiated by well known Mr. Kimlay and his teams. We will also do some sightseeing in the city. Later on, you will receive some orientation information about Cambodia, the projects you will be participating in, and the tour. At the end of the afternoon, your coordinator will take you to a pagoda where you will learn more about Buddhism. To top this visit off, you will be blessed by a real monk; a very unique experience.
Day 3: Phnom Penh
Today your exciting projects begin! After breakfast, a tuktuk will be ready to bring you from your hotel to the project sites. You will meet the coordinators and the children you will be working with the coming days
Day 4: Phnom Penh
Full day at the project.
Day 5: Phnom Penh
Full day at the project.
Full day at the project.
Full day at the project.
In the morning, you will be taken by tuktuk to the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings, that functions as the Royal Residence of the king of Cambodia. Here, we can enjoy pure Khmer architecture. Next, we will visit Wat Phnom, from which Phnom Penh derives its name. Wat Phnom is a pagoda built on a hill of 35 meters high, surrounded by trees where you can see monkeys jumping around. In the afternoon, you will travel to the genocide museum, called S21 Tuol Sleng. This place used to be a high school and was used as the most notorious prison S21 of the Red Khmer-regime that lasted from 1975 until 1979. We will continue our day tour by leaving the city and visiting the horrible place called Choeung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields, where thousands of people were tortured and buried in mass graves. On the way back to the hotel we’ll stop at one of the local markets.
A cycling tour of half a day. Away from the tuk tuks, the motorbikes, the massages, the pizza and the bars, is a truly unique experience. It’s as simple as going on a pedal through the Mekong Islands that lie just north of Phnom Penh. Return to the city with a new view of Phnom Penh and of Cambodia. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the city yourself.
We will take the local bus to Battambang. This ride takes approximately 6 hours and the bus will make a few stops. Battambang is known for its tasty oranges and delicious rice. You can see the rice fields stretch out for miles. Upon arrival in Battambang, you’ll be picked up and brought to Battambang resort. This resort is also situated in between the rice fields and all the fruit is plucked in its own garden.
After breakfast, we first visit a 12th century Wat Banan mountain temple. Here, we can enjoy the beautiful Lotus pond at the foot of the mountain. The lotus flowers are most beautiful in the morning. Today, the ride with the famous bamboo train is part of the itinerary. This train is probably the smallest train in the world and is a unique local invention. The train consists of a bamboo platform on the 2 pairs of train wheels and it is driven by a small petrol engine. Since there is only 1 train track, the train has to be taken off the track regularly to allow passers-by to pass. Or perhaps the opposing trains will have to make way.
Today, we’ll leave Battambang and travel to Siem Reap In the rainy season, we can choose to make a boat trip. Depending on the water level of the river, the trip will last for 5 to 8 hours. However, if we take the boat, we will have to get up early, because we should depart from the hotel at 6 o’clock. Having to rise early is rewarded with a beautiful boat trip that allows you to intensely enjoy life on the riverbanks. We’ll see people bathing, children fetching water and animals wading through this important source of life. If the water level is too low, the boat trip is unfortunately not possible and we’ll have to travel by taxi. This drive will take approximately 3 hours. Naturally, the taxi is always available should you prefer not to travel by boat. If you choose to take the taxi, we can leave later in the morning.
After you freshen up a bit at the hotel, we will take you to “Smile of Angkor”, the first grand epic show that revives the Angkor dynasty in all aspects. From foundation to prosperity, tale to folk customs, past to present, Smile of Angkor expresses the original culture with the highest technology. Buffet dinner is included.
After breakfast, you will be picked up by a tuk-tuk (the famous Asian tricycle consisting of a motorcycle and a cabin) to explore one of the largest and most beautiful temple complexes of the world, Angkor Wat, together with a guide. The world heritage temple originates from the 12th century and is an experience of mystique and beautiful sculptures. First, we will visit Angkor Wat itself and we will walk between one of the most important temple of the no less than 110 temples. Before we continue we will quench our thirst with a soda or perhaps a fresh coconut? A short drive takes us to Angkor Thom, which consists of, among others, the 12th century Bayon. The 54 four-headed Buddha statues are one of the most impressive sights of the temple complex. Later that day, we will visit the Ta Phrom temple. This is one of the few temples that has been kept in its original state. It has become famous because of the movie Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. The temple is partly overgrown with trees with gigantic roots, that have ‘nestled’ themselves on and in the stone blocks.
In the morning we will visit the mysterious 12th century temple in the middle of the jungle in Beng Melea. This temple is heavily overrun by vegetation, like tress, vines and moss. After this we continue to the largest floating village of Kampong Kleang. During the dry season you can walk between the stilts on which the houses are built, rising up to 10 meters in the air. In the wet season the lake reaches peak level and water rises till one or two meters of the building floors. You will enjoy a boat tour through the village and have the chance to meet the locals. On the way, you will get water and fruit and a pick nick lunch. Later, we will have jeep ride back to your hotel.
Free leisure time in the morning. Depending on your flight time, we will pick you up from the hotel to take you to the airport. It is time to say goodbye. We hope to welcome you back to our beloved country. We hope you enjoyed your volunteer work and tour in Cambodia.
– Accommodation mentioned
– Meals: (B)reakfast, 5x Lunch, 1x buffet dinner & show at Smile of Angkor
– All transfers airport – hotel – airport
– day2-7: tuktuk transfer hotel- project- hotel, coordinator, orientation meeting, donation for the project.
– back up 24 hours during your tour in Cambodia
– day 8: tuktuk, guide, entrance fee to Royal Palace, Killing Fields, Toul Sleng Museum, Wat Phnom, Lunch
– day9: Half day bicycle tour Mekong Island, guide, lunch box
– day10: transfer to bus station, bus tickets, transfer to hotel
– day11: Battambang tour: guide, tuktuk, bamboo train, entrance fee, lunch
– day12: transfer to boat station, boat tickets, transfer to hotel
– day13: Temple tour: guide, entrance fee, lunch, jeep/tuktuk
– day14: Beng Melea temple and Kampong Kleng: guide, entrance fee, lunch, jeep/car, entrance fee to Beng Mealea, boat
– day15: Transfer to airport
– Airtickets to Cambodia
– Personal expenses, drinks
– Meals (not mention in the program)
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