Cambodia is renowned for its ancient temples and beautiful countryside. This itinerary includes plenty of interaction with locals so that you experience the true flavours of the country, including cooking demonstrations and street food tours.
Day 1 – Departure from Canada.
Day 2 – Arrive in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s busy capital, and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will explore the enticing sights of the former French Quarter by cyclo. End the day with a scrumptious welcome dinner at an NGO restaurant.
Day 3 – This morning expand your sense of history by visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn about the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. In the afternoon, visit the National Museum & Royal Palace. After dinner, to complete this educational and enjoyable day, you will set off on a beautiful sunset boat cruise.
Day 4 – Today you will travel by coach to the Free the Bears Center to join the experienced team that looks after more than 120 sun & moon bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Experience a 90 minute Khmer traditional dance workshop, followed by a magical after-dinner performance of dances from Khmer and different ethnic groups.
Day 5 – Depart Phnom Penh and travel several hours to Battambang with a stop at a pottery making village. In Battambang, walk to Phnom Sampov Hill for sunset views and soft drinks. In the evening, you will relish a local street food tour.
Day 6 –Today you will visit a local market, an arts gallery, and Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus and Performing Arts School to engage more fully with all the region offers. After lunch, take a tuk tuk tour and discover an array of home-made industries.
Day 7 – Depart Battambang and travel to Banteay Chhmar for an overnight homestay at the commune. Explore the charming village and awe-inspiring temples before an evening dinner at the temple grounds.
Day 8 –Take a 3 hour drive to Siem Reap, including a stop at an Angkor Silk farm. After a mid-afternoon orientation and pleasant walk, eat dinner at a Marum NGO restaurant.
Siem Reap is the gateway to the ruins of Angkor, the seat of the Khmer kingdom from the 9th–15th centuries. Angkor’s vast complex of intricate stone buildings includes the main temple of Angkor Wat, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 9 – Rise early to watch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Return to the hotel for breakfast before visiting Banteay Srei temple and the Landmine Museum. In the afternoon, you will have an orientation stroll through the village and experience home-made artisanal food, followed by a cooking class in the serene countryside before dinner.
Day 10 – Start your day with a cycling excursion to a Buddhist pagoda. Students will have the opportunity to meet with monks and learn about Buddhism, along with participating in a blessing ceremony. Head to Tonle Sap Lake for a boat trip and picnic lunch at a stilt house. Later in the afternoon, you will visit Bayon temple, with its 200 smiling carved faces and 50 gothic towers.
Day 11 –Ziplining will be your adventure for today. Then, after lunch, you will have the chance to participate in a crochet workshop with the international organization, Rehash Trash (a social enterprise).
Day 12 – Savor a morning visit to Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm temples. You will have some free time in the early afternoon before attending a fun Phare circus workshop, followed by an after-dinner circus performance.
Day 13 –You will depart from Siem Reap, excited by all the wonders you have seen.
- breakfasts & dinners (lunch where indicated)
- transfers and transportation throughout
- full time tour director
- entrance to all sites
- medical insurance