A complete itinerary highlighting Cambodia's best known attractions of Angkor Wat along with the satisfaction of giving something back by way of a community project at a worthwhile not for profit organization. Under the guidance of trained hired help you will work alongside locals and their children on tasks such as sanding, painting, load carrying, sweeping, or basic carpentry. The project location will be advised during the planning of your trip. This will provide lasting and long term benefits to the residents. You will also spend time learning and appreciating the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest ruins in Asia. Here we explore the highlights of the region including Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, The Bayon, Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat itself. And when you have finished walking through the ruins get ready to fly through them on an exhilarating zip lining experience! Throughout our time in Cambodia we will be meeting senior Buddhist monks and involving our self in the fascinating and complex cultures which will contribute greatly towards your understanding of this small yet very proud nation. This is a Service Learning experience to get excited over!
This trip is rated adventure touring level. Although there is no commitment to extended physical activity on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect and enhance your travel experience. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable your experience will be.
THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE - IT CAN BE TAILORED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS
After much preparing and planning for your Cambodian adventure to begin the day has finally arrived! On arrival in Siem Reap you will be met at the airport by your English speaking guide and transferred to our centrally located hotel aboard a modern coach equipped with seat belts. For the duration of the visit the group will be allocated an English speaking guide and a private vehicle which will provide all your transportation. This will make it easier and more convenient to manage the various activities, programs and site visits you will be experiencing across the six days. Due to your flights late arrival into Siem Reap we encourage for you to have an early night as tomorrow is a fascinating day exploring Siem Reap and the surrounding villages!
After breakfast at your hotel, you will join world class Flight of The Gibbon Angkor zip lining adventure! Nestled in the rain forest, not far from the majestic temples of Angkor, prepare to soar on zip lines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees, be amazed by the majesty and magic of the rain forest, and fly like never before. You will have a picnic style lunch after zip lining.
Next we turn our focus from the fun and adrenaline of zip lining to amazement and archaeology of the 7th Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat. Here you will soon realize it is not one temple, but an expanse covering several square miles, containing the remains of an early civilization as well as many temples. Angkor was an early Cambodian civilization that flourished and prospered from about 800 to 1400 AD. The majority of the temples were built between the 6th and 13th Centuries. Many of the temples are in excellent condition, however a large amount, are in poor repair and in need of extensive restoration. The surrounding forest has grown into and destroyed several of these magnificent works of art. We will visit a local pagoda within Angkor Wat and participate in a course on Buddhism to understand more on the life of Buddha, history of Buddhism and the different styles of Buddhism in Southeast Asia.
With a new level of understanding of Angkor Wat we will then drive to the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom to admire the extensive temple complex of soaring towers, elaborate carved murals, colonnades and courtyards that ushered in the classic age of Khmer art architecture. We also visit the Bayon temple located in the center, which rises on three levels, with galleries containing bas reliefs depicting daily life and historical Khmer battles won and lost. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel for time to rest and maybe even enjoy a refreshing swim. Tonight you will enjoy a cultural dance performance and dinner before trying your bargaining skills at the famous night markets where you can cheaply purchase some local products or experience fish massage.
This morning after breakfast you will have an opportunity to go and change or withdraw money before you will head for a guided city of Siem Reap on tuk tuks. Learn about daily life, visit small shops and learn more about the town and the people who call this city home. (Tuk Tuk tour around 02 hours). Once you have worked up an appetite you will learn some of the secrets of Cambodian cuisine at a cooking school. There will be a demonstration to introduce you to some local ingredients and techniques and you’ll also have the chance to prepare your own dishes. There’s plenty of incentive to pay attention - afterwards, you get to dine on the results! Feeling strong and refueled from lunch we visit the impressive Angkor National Museum. This world-class museum reveals the legend of the Golden Era of Khmer Kingdom and will give you an important grounding of information for tomorrows visit to the Angkor complex.
Next you will depart to Kampong Phluk. This is a cluster of three villages of stilts houses built within the floodplain of the Tonle Sap lake about 16 km southeast of Siem Reap. A flooded mangrove forest surrounds the areas and it is home to a variety of wildlife including crab-eating macaques. Here you will get a closer look at the flooded forest by enjoying a ferry ride through the floating forest. Afterward, you will visit Water For Cambodia offices to learn about the important work they are conducting. Since 2006 Water for Cambodia has been building and installing biosand water filters in rural villages of Cambodia. These filters are household units that produce clean water directly from contaminated sources. Polluted water is poured in the top, filtered through the sand and gravel layers and within minutes clean drinking water pours from the spout. Filtered water looks and tastes good, an advantage over well water where high iron content has an unpalatable taste. There will be time in the afternoon to relax at the hotel pool before heading out in the evening for your dinner.
We get up early to catch the beautiful sunrise over Angkor Wat then return to the hotel for breakfast before heading to the project site. You will be divided into sub groups to work on different components of the project. You should wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty or paint on. The people from the village will be very receptive to your visit and the improvements that you are making that will bring long term benefits to the entire village.
Please note specific details of the project work are finalised during the planning of your school's expedition.
In the late afternoon, we will drive back to Siem Reap for refreshment and dinner in a local restaurant.
Today is a full day at the project site. We will take regular breaks so as to monitor hydration and energy levels. Once back at the hotel you can enjoy a swim and a debrief about what would have been a day in equal parts fascinating and challenging for all involved.
In the evening we will head out for dinner at The Pizza Company before looking around the night markets one more time.
After breakfast you will return to the project site and put the finishing touches on completing the chosen project. The difference which this work will make cannot be underestimated. In addition the friendships which will have formed will foster closer relationships between your two countries and schools.
After lunch, we say farewell to the school principal and students there, take numerous group photos, and exchange some gifts before saying goodbye to your new found friends and wishing them well.
The rest of the day will be spent visiting a Silk Farm where you will witness the production of traditional Khmer silk. Next, visit Banteay Srey which loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. Built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power and territory, the temple was constructed by a Brahmin counselor under a powerful King, Rajendravarman and later under Jayavarman V. On the way back to Siem Reap, we will visit Pre Rup an architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. Beautifully carved false doors on the upper level, as well as offering excellent views of the surrounding countryside, the site is ideal for viewing sunset over the jungle and surrounding temples.
We return to the hotel before enjoying a farewell dinner at an outside restaurant where you can enjoy your last night in the land of the kings. After dinner, those who are interested can return to the Night Markets to purchase some last minute gifts or souvenirs.
At the required time we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Upon being dropped at the airport all services finish, although the memories will last a lifetime!
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