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Braemar College Cambodia Community Project 2016

Braemar College Cambodia Community Project 2016

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the ancient temples, citadels and wats of Angkor with expert guides to assist your understanding
  • Assist the Treak Community Centre and classroom in a worthwhile community project which will improve the lives of the residents greatly
  • Join the "Keeper for a day" program at the Free The Bears sanctuary Phnom Tamao
  • Visit the National Angkor Museum
  • Spend time in leafy Phnom Penh
  • Visit The Killing Fields and Tuoel Sleng genocide museum

Trip Summary

A complete itinerary highlighting Cambodia's best known attractions of Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh along with the satisfaction of giving something back by way of a community project at a school. Under the guidance of trained hired help you will work alongside the students and local community to improve their local community centre. 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. We complete our 2 day community project at the Treak Community Centre and then travel to Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capitol, and visit the sobering sites made famous during Pol Pots regime. We then travel to the best wildlife sanctuary in South East Asia, the Free The Bears Phnom Tamao Sanctuary, currently housing 131 Sun and Moon Bears where we join the famed "keeper for a day" program. This is a learning experience to get excited over!

Itinerary

After so many months thinking, preparing, and planning for your Cambodian adventure to begin the day has finally arrived! Please make your way to Melbourne Airport to check in for your overnight flight to Siem Reap via Bangkok.

Meals:  Nil

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 in Siem Reap 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 adventure. Today to start out sightseeing we head straight to the Angkor Museum. This is a profound cultural landmark in Siem Reap, the world class interactive museum will give the students an ideal background on the golden era of the Khmer Kingdom before visiting the temples. Tonight we have a welcome dinner at the Nest Angkor Restaurant. Overnight City River Hotel Siem Reap or similar

Meals:  D

Today is a special day as we make our way out to the magnificent temples of Angkor! Angkor is full of magical highlights, and possibly one of the most enjoyable is Ta Prohm temple where the Tomb Raider movies were set and filmed. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most memorable of the Angkor temples. Photo opportunities abound around every corner. The largest and most impressive of all the temples in Angkor is Angor Wat. Angkor Wat was built between 1112 and 1152 by King Suryavarman II and dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. It is the best preserved of all the temples. Its layout and its scale are simply breathtaking: the wall surrounding the enclosure measures 1,000 by 800 meters in length and the moat, said to represent the oceans of the world is 200 meters wide. We have the opportunity to visit a local pagoda within the temple where we will be welcomed by Buddhist Monks and hear about their life and understand more about Buddhism in the region. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant whilst watching a special cultural performance of the "Aspara dance show". Overnight City River Hotel Siem Reap or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

We get up early for breakfast before heading to our project site at the Treak Community Centre. We will continue the great work done here by Braemar College students in 2014. You will be divided into sub groups to work on different components of the project. We will take the time to take a walk through the surrounding community whilst here gaining a better understanding of the people and their way of life. You should wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty or paint on. The people from the local village and school will be very receptive to your visit and the improvements that you are making that will bring long term benefits to the entire village. The difference which this work will make can not be underestimated. In addition the friendships which will have formed, it will foster closer relationships between your two countries and schools. At the end of our second day we say farewell to the centre and our new found friends. The project is set up alongside our Travel, Give, Grow concept offering unique experiences to help foster respect for the natural world as well as the diverse peoples and cultures that live in it. This style of travel helps develop confidence, resilience, tolerance, problem solving abilities, team work, fitness and key life skills. We will return to our hotel late in the afternoon to refresh before heading out to dinner at a local restaurant. On the second night we have the opportunity to head to the night markets where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Overnight City River Hotel Siem Reap or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we will visit Banteay Srey temple, which is considered by many to be the most magnificent of all the temples in the Khmer crown. The temple is located around 35 km from Siem Reap and we wil pass through small Cambodian villages along the way. This is a great opportunity to see local life and stop and meet the local peoples. We will have lunch in a local restaurant after our exploration. On our return to Siem reap, we will visit the mountain Mebon, an architectural and artistic temple-mountain. We can climb to the top to get excellent views of the surrounding countryside. On arrival back into Siem Reap we will transfer to the airport for our 45 minute flight to Phnom Penh. On arrival we meet our local guide and transfer to our hotel. We will have a short time to rest before we head our to a local restaurant for dinner. Overnight Ohana Hotel in Phnom Penh or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning is a very important but also confronting part of our journey as we visit the Toul Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Killing Fields of ChoeungEk. Both sites will provide an insight into the recent Cambodia history and in particular the Pol Pot era. After our visit here we will have lunch and a time for reflection before traveling back to Phnom Penh. We have some free time before heading out to the Bopha Phnom Penh restaurant located along the riverside. Overnight River Home Hotel in Phnom Penh

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast at our hotel we will head out for a very special day. We will drive to Phnom Tamao to the Free the Bears wildlife sanctuary to join their "keeper for a day program". This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get behind the scenes at one of the best wildlife centres in South East Asia as they join the Free the Bears education program. Late this afternoon we will return to Phnom Penh and enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight River Home Hotel in Phnom Penh

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we rise and have some free time to rest and relax before heading out for our final sightseeing program including The National Museum, The Royal Palace and the adjoining Silver Pagoda. The Silver Pagoda, also known as the Pagoda of the Emerald Buddha, was created by King Norodom in 1892. The floor is comprised of more than 5,000 silver blocks, weighing a total of 6 tones. There will also be some time to visit the famous Russian markets where you can pick up any last minute souvenirs. We then return to the hotel where we have a few rooms with late check out to have a shower and freshen up before packing and transferring to the airport for our onward flight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • International and internal flights ex Melbourne
  • Teachers traveling from Braemar College
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners.
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation throughout on a twin-share basis
  • Private air-conditioned vehicles used for all airport transfers and group transport
  • Expert English speaking tour leaders in Cambodia who will carry a group medical kit
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • All Cambodian Government tax and service charges
  • Boat cruise along Mekong River
  • Gloves for project days
  • Free the Bears "keeper for a day program"

What's Not Included

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied
  • Items of a personal nature ie phone calls laundry and email
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory
  • Tips - USD$40.00 approx (not compulsory)
  • Project materials and labour force estimate AUD$2500 to be fund raised by the group
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:10 Days
Countries:Cambodia
Activities:2 day Community Project
Keeper for a day program at Free The Bears sanctuary
Explore Angkor Wat
Adventure Touring
Grade:Adventure Touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3847