Bossley Park High School: Cambodia Service Adventure 2019

Bossley Park High School: Cambodia Service Adventure 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Participate in a service learning project to improve the Treak village school
  • Explore the ancient temples, citadels and wats of Angkor with expert guides to assist your understanding
  • Explore the Night Markets in Siem Reap
  • Cambodian cuisine cooking class
  • TukTuk Tour in Siem Reap & a Cyclo Tour in Phnom Penh
  • A ziplining adventure

Trip Summary

This itinerary is jam-packed with activity, featuring Cambodia's best known attraction, Angkor Wat, and combined with a meaningful 2-day service learning project at TREAK community. We explore the bustling capital of Phnom Penh where we visit the Royal Palace and learn about the harrowing Pol Pot regime. Next on the itinerary are the world famous temples of Angkor Wat, which are arguably the finest ruins in Asia. We take a guided tour of Banteay Srei, The Bayon, Angkor Thom as well as Ta Prohm (made famous by the Hollywood blockbuster film Tomb Raider). Team work is called upon as the group embarks on an exhilarating zip lining adventure in the jungle. A hands on cooking demonstration starts with a walk through the market purchasing fresh ingredients before preparing a traditional Cambodian meal which you will enjoy for lunch. We visit the Centre of Khmer Studies, an independent institution promoting a greater understanding of Khmer culture. Here, Buddhist monks will celebrate a private blessing ceremony for the group, wishing for your health and a safe journey – a very special experience indeed. A trip to Cambodia wouldn’t be complete without a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh and a TukTuk tour of Siem Reap.

The safety and well being of the Bossley Park High students is our priority. The complete service includes modern air conditioned vehicles, expert local English speaking guides, and well-appointed, comfortable, centrally located hotels.

Sample Itinerary

After all your preparations and anticipation, the day is finally here when you set off for Cambodia on a life-changing service learning adventure. Please arrive at the airport three hours prior to the scheduled departure. Your flight departs Sydney at 9:05am and arrives in Singapore at 2:15pm. You depart Singapore a few hours later at 4:30pm and arrive into Phnom Penh at 5:25pm Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia! You will be met by your local guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Phnom Penh. After getting settled into the hotel, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby where a trip briefing. A welcome dinner will be served at Pasta Mania, a western cuisine on the terrace of a breezy terrace restaurant with sweeping river views. After the dinner you can either be dropped back at your hotel or at the night market on the riverfront. Overnight: OHANA PHNOM PENH PALACE HOTEL SQ5008 19APR SINPNH 1630 1725 (flights are subject to change)

Meals:  D

After your breakfast, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you on a tour to the most remarkable sights of Phnom Penh in a cyclo (2 hours), an original Phnom Penh means of transportation and a fun way to explore this lively city. First, we visit the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze. Continue to visit the National Museum, built in traditional Khmer style. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony. This afternoon, we gain an insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. We also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. A grim, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better. After learning about some of Cambodia’s tragic past it is time to put a smile back on your face and experience modern Khmer life. End the day with a delicious Khmer dinner at Romdeng. A charity restaurant housed in a restored colonial building where former street children are taught the principles of hospitality. Overnight: OHANA PHNOM PENH PALACE HOTEL Note: To see the Royal palace and silver pagoda in Phnom Penh, visitors are required to wear appropriate clothes. Guests wearing short pans (above knee level) and sleeveless tops are not permitted.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning, we drive overland to Siem Reap in our private air-conditioned vehicles (duration 5-6 hours). En route, we stop in the town of Skuon to see their most famous specialty being sold - deep-fried tarantula is a favourite snack of many Cambodians. We continue to Siem Reap, the base for exploring the fabled temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Upon arrival we check into our hotel and after a short break, we drive to our scheduled private cooking class to learn some of the secrets of Cambodian Cuisine at Kompheim Village Cooking Class. 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 for dinner. Overnight: SOKHA ROTH HOTEL

Meals:  B,L,D

After your early breakfast, explore Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. 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. After lunch we travel to join Angkor Zipline Eco-Canopy Tours inside the UNESCO World Heritage designated Angkor Archeological Park. The full course (15 different zip) takes about 2 hours and offers Cambodia’s only world-class Zipline eco-tour experience. It includes a safety briefing and all equipment (the program is not suitable for children below 100cm in height, and the maximum weight is 125kgs). After dinner, those who are interested can enjoy some shopping at a night market where you could purchase some gifts or souvenirs. Overnight: SOKHA ROTH HOTEL Note: Appropriate attire when visiting Angkor temples is long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover shoulders. Skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within the temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples when wearing revealing clothing.

Meals:  B,L,D

The next two days are dedicated to working along-side volunteers from Treak village to improve their school environment. This is a real opportunity for us to give something back to a remote community in need and bring long term benefits. Our work here will be a mixture of labor and construction duties around the new school building along with helping in the classrooms with the current school program. At the project site the students 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 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, teamwork, fitness and key life skills. At lunchtime we will return to Siem Reap for lunch and to relax at the hotel before we do a Tuk Tuk (3 people per tuk tuk) orientation tour around Siem Reap. Tonight, dinner will be arranged at The Pizza Company. Overnight: SOKHA ROTH HOTEL

Meals:  B,L,D

Following breakfast, we return to the Treak Community Centre to apply the finishing touches on the project. The impact your hard work will make cannot be underestimated. In addition the friendships which will have formed it will also foster closer relationships between your two countries and schools. We bid farewell to our new found friends and return to our hotel late in the afternoon to refresh before heading out to dinner with Apsara cultural show. After dinner, we have the opportunity to head to the Night Markets where you can purchase gifts and souvenirs. Overnight: SOKHA ROTH HOTEL

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, the morning is free to pack your bags, check out, and do some last minute shopping before your guide and driver will provide transport to the airport for the onward flight. The flight departs Siem Reap at 3:50pm and arrives in Singapore at 7:20pm. Departing shortly after a 10:40pm. SQ5025 25APR REPSIN 1550 1920 SQ 221 25APR SINSYD 2040 0740 (26APR)

Meals:  B

Your flight is scheduled to arrive in Sydney at 7:40am. We hope you enjoyed your Cambodia Adventure and learnt much along the way. SQ 221 25APR SINSYD 2040 0740 ( 26APR ) ( flights subject to change)

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 6 nights comfortable hotels
  • airport transfers
  • private air conditioned vehicle transfers
  • sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • expert bilingual guide with medical kit
  • economy seats on Singapore Airlines international flights from Sydney to Cambodian return (including taxes)
  • A group donation of AU$2250 to cover the costs of the project work at TREAK community. To be used to pay for the materials and equipment required at the project

What's Not Included

  • any meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • visa fees
  • personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • any optional tours, sightseeing and entry fees not listed in the itinerary
  • tips and gratuities
  • expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Cambodia
Starting Point:Sydney
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5258