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PAC HOPE For Cambodian Children Service Adventure 2017

PAC HOPE For Cambodian Children Service Adventure 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Complete a Community Service Project at HOPE For Cambodian Children charity
  • Explore ancient temples, citadels and wats with expert guides
  • Explore Battambang and Siem Reaps vibrant streets, museums & historical sites
  • Discover the World Heritage listed Angkor Wat temple complex and learn of its history
  • Attend a 'hands on' Cambodian Cooking Class
  • Learn about one of Australia's most important 'neighbours' and transfer that knowledge into your studies

Trip Summary

Continuing in the tradition of previous PAC Cambodian service departures, we will first explore the bustling colonial streets of Battambang where we spend time working alongside the dedicated staff of the HOPE For Cambodian Children charity, whilst also having the opportunity to get off the beaten path and discover local markets, floating villages and local temples. From Battambang we will travel to the renowned complex of Angkor where we will explore the numerous temples. We will take part in a street food tour of a wet market where exotic meats, fruits and spices are in abundance then enjoy a hands on cooking class. We have a chance to do some last minute shopping before catching a flight from Siem Reap back to Sydney.

This itinerary has been designed to provide unique experiences to the participants and engage all involved with the local communities we travel through. This is a travel experience to get excited over!

Suitability

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. Please ensure that you discuss with your excursion organiser all health related issues which may impact on your enjoyment of the tour.

Itinerary

After all the planning and preperation today is the day your service adventure finally begins and you depart for the wonder and adventure of Cambodia. Your flights are with Singapore Airlines from Sydney and you are forced to overnight Singapore enroute to Siem Reap. Accommodation will be provided at the Ambasador Hotel within the terminal. No meals provided. SQ 222 12 JAN SYD SIN 1610 2120

Meals:  Nil

Sua s’dei! Welcome to Cambodia! You are greeted by our guide and driver at Siem Reap International airport and travel through the beautiful Cambodian countryside and rural villages to Battambang (transfer time: 3 hours). You will be taken directly to your hotel to check-in and have time to freshen up. An arrival briefing will take place at the hotel before an orientation walk where you will have an opportunity to change money. A welcome dinner will be provided tonight at a local restaurant. Distances and journey time: Siem Reap – Battambang (174 km): 3 hours Accommodation: STUNG SANGKE HOTEL www.stungsangkehotel.com SQ5030 13 JAN SIN REP 0840 0950

Meals:  L,D

Today we commence our Service time at HOPE For Cambodian Children. Hope for Cambodian Children (HFCC) is a charitable foundation that cares for abandoned children and assists those from the poorest areas of the community. We will meet with the staff and be given a tour of the centre and learn more about the work which you will undertake in the coming days. The kids will be expecting our arrival and we will be welcomed into the centre like family, prepare for lots of noise, singing and above all appreciation for the work about to get underway. In the afternoon, you will travel to a few of the villages around Battambang, where they will learn how the locals produce rice paper, “grolan” (sticky rice stuffed in bamboo), and other Cambodian treats. From here, guests can experience a short ride on the famous Bamboo Train, an original means of transportation on the old train tracks leading to Phnom Penh - a true rollercoaster ride without loops! (Note: the train tracks from Battambang to Phnom Penh are currently being rebuilt. The long-term future of the Bamboo Train cannot be guaranteed. Should the service stop we will arrange alternative sightseeing). Accommodation: STUNG SANGKE HOTEL www.stungsangkehotel.com

Meals:  B,L,D

After your breakfast, enjoy a half day service project at Hope for Cambodian Children - project activities – To be advised. In the afternoon head towards Phnom Sampeau, meaning “Ship Hill” in Khmer due to its distinctive shape, and one of the few hills standing out in this otherwise pancake-flat plain. From the small temple on the top, guests will have a fantastic view over the typical landscape of paddy fields and sugar palm trees. Phnom Sampeau is home to the notorious “killing caves”, which are cruel reminders of Cambodia’s troubled past. Serenity and inhumanity represented in one place make this an interesting visit. The visit will last until dusk, a time when millions of bats emerge from a cave and create patterns as they fly in formation across the sky – a spectacular nightly show of nature! Accommodation: STUNG SANGKE HOTEL www.stungsangkehotel.com

Meals:  B,L,D

After your breakfast, enjoy service project at a HOPE for Cambodian Children supported primary school - project activities – to be advised. Return back to your hotel for a brief rest before departing on a walking tour to the main market, Psar Nath where you can try the local coffee. Then walk visit the Sangker River, a quiet body of water which winds its way through Battambang Province and connects the Cardamom Mountains with the Tonle Sap Lake and feeds the paddy fields with water. This results in Cambodia’s best rice, which can be found here in Battambang Province. This evening a special visit awaits at Phare Ponleu Selpak. A school of music, visual and performing arts, Phare Ponleu Selpak uses the arts to provide education, support and entertainment to the poor communities. This project is an example of how humanitarian aid work can turn into a display of zest for life, genuine warmth and creativity, against all odds. A visit to one of their circus shows will leave guests with a lasting memory of the wonderful Cambodian people and should not be missed when in Battambang! (Note: The circus performance is only performed regularly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On other days private performances are available on request and for a supplement). Accommodation: STUNG SANGKE HOTEL www.stungsangkehotel.com

Meals:  B,L,D

Visit a nearby village with the staff from HOPE to see how they work with the community to relocate orphans back with their relatives. Accommodation: STUNG SANGKE HOTEL www.stungsangkehotel.com

Meals:  B,L,D

After your breakfast, complete service project at Hope for Cambodian Children - project activities – To be advised. There will be a farewell ceremony and an opportunity to take numerous group photos and exchange some gifts before saying farewell one last time. Accommodation: STUNG SANGKE HOTEL www.stungsangkehotel.com

Meals:  B,L,D

We depart from Battambang for the 3hr drive to Siem Reap where we visit the surrounding countryside with its paddy fields and sugar palm trees which is very typical for Cambodia. From here, depart to visit 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. 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. (Note: Due to low water levels during the dry season, the boat trip is only possible from Jul/Aug to Feb/Mar. However an alternative floating village at Chong Kneas can be arranged instead). We return to the hotel for some time to relax before your dinner time. Overnight in Siem Reap. Accommodation: Sokha Roth Hotel – ww.sokharothhotel.com

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning there is an optional early wake up call for those wanting to have an unforgettable experience by seeing the sunrise at Angkor Wat. This is a magic time to see the temples silhouetted and the details slowly emerge and is worth the 4am wake up! (Your guide will have checked the conditions prior to alerting the hotel to proceed with wake up calls to those who were interested). We return to the hotel for a well deserved breakfast before returning to take an orientation tour of Angkor Wat, giving us our first extensive look at this amazing site. First, we will reach Angkor Wat - one of the great wonders of the world where you will soon realise it is not one temple, but an expanse covering several square miles, containing the remains of an early civilisation as well as many other temples. Angkor was an early Cambodian civilisation 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. From here, continue to visit Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered: a photogenic and atmospheric maze of trees growing out of temple ruins amidst jungle surroundings, making it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors. As the day warms up we return to the hotel for a swim and a relax before heading out in the afternoon to learn 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! (Note: Cooking class can accommodate a maximum 30 people so we will split into 02 groups taking place in different locations.) We return to our hotel to refresh and relax before heading out for dinner and a look around the Night Markets. Accommodation: Sokha Roth Hotel – www.sokharothhotel.com

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after an early breakfast we transfer to the airport for your flight to Sydney via Singapore. You have an extended delay at Singapore Airport waiting for your connecting flight to Sydney. There are numerous activities to fill in time from watching a movie, enjoying a free massage, visiting the rooftop garden or wondering through the butterfly enclosure. Each participant will be provided with AUD$12 to put towards dinner. MI 619 21JAN REP SIN 1040 1415 SQ 251 21JAN SIN SYD 2315 1015+1 (arriving Sydney 22 Jan, 2017)

Meals:  B,D

Upon arriving in Sydney all services conclude yet the lessons learned and friendships made at HOPE will last a lifetime.

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • Return Singapore Airlines economy class flights from Sydney to Siem Reap return via Singapore in both directions. Including all taxes valued at $173
  • Singapore transit accommodation at Ambassador Hotel or similar.
  • Most meals. 8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners, 1 soft drink/bottle of water p/person p/meal. Snacks and fruit during the project days
  • Private air-conditioned coaches used for all airport transfers and group transport
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation throughout with air conditioning
  • Expert English speaking tour leader who will carry a group medical kit
  • Sightseeing and all entry fees as listed in the itinerary. (Including all museum and temple visits, Tonle Sap boat cruise, and cooking class)
  • Snacks and fruit during the community project days
  • Pre Departure Information kit and pre departure briefing (details TBA) to help you plan and prepare.
  • Suresave Necessities Travel Insurance Policy valued at $70

What's Not Included

  • Mineral water or drinks beyond that supplied
  • Additional meals beyond what is listed in the Itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls, laundry and email
  • Entry visa fees Cambodia
  • Tipping for crew and guides (approx US$30). This is not compulsory yet is customary in this part of the world
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:11 Days
Countries:Cambodia
Starting Point:Sydney. From 25 Participants
Activities:5 days HOPE For Cambodian Children service work, Battambang
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3921