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CAMBODIA FOR A CAUSE

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AUD$49.98 PER WEEK OVER 52 WEEKS
From$2,599
AUD$49.98 PER WEEK OVER 52 WEEKS
From$2,599
August 23, 2019

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13 Days
Phnom Penh
Min Age : 18
Max People : 12
Want to explore UNESCO listed temples while making a difference in the world?

Partnering with KNGO, a grass roots organisation empowering Cambodian youth  through a range of education and housing initiatives, we’ve developed this unforgettable and authentic off the beaten track adventure for the philanthropic, adrenaline loving explorer in you. Add ziplining, elephants, a home stay in a rural village and much more and we guarantee this adventure will blow your mind.

Highlights
  • Explore historic Angkor temples
  • Fly through the sky on one of Asia’s best zipline courses.
  • Fundraise to educate disadvantaged students
  • Meet, live and interact with the locals
  • Learn from The Killing Fields and S21 Genocide Museum (optional)
  • Eat bugs at the delicious Bug Cafe
  • AND MUCH MORE!
Availability

25 Sep – 7 Oct 2019         |      9 Spots Left      |       $2,599 per person

22 Sep – 4 Oct 2020        |      11 Spots Left      |      $2,599 per person

 

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Full itinerary

Day 1: Depart Australia

Flight assistance and bookings available upon request.

Day 2: Arrive in Phnom Penh (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Arriving in Phnom Penh, you’ll be met at the airport by Adventure Out Loud and transferred to your guest house. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool, visiting the Royal Palace or explore the bustling streets of Cambodia’s largest city. At night, we visit a real Buddhist Pagoda and celebrate with a traditional Khmer feast.

Day 3: Learn from the past (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Between 1975 and 1979, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge slaughtered more than 1.5 million Cambodians. Today we visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and The Killing Fields to learn more about the genocide and pay respect to those who needlessly died. In the afternoon, relax by the pool or explore the bustling Phnom Penh.

Tonight, we have a special dinner guest who will help us reflect and learn from the Cambodian genocide while teaching us about modern Cambodia.

Day 4: Travel to Battambang (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Today we drive to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city. Battambang is the country’s largest rice producer and the area is extremely beautiful from July – December when the rice paddies are green and lush.

On the way, stop for a picnic lunch before visiting Phnom Sampeau, a mountain temple that is home to literally millions of bats. Explore the temple, get up close and personal with the local monkeys, visit the giant Buddha’s head and enjoy a coconut sundowner as the crimson dusk sky fills with bats.

Day 5 - 6: Village immersion (Homestay | Meals: B, L, D)

Today we visit, Khmer New Generation Organisation (KNGO), a passionate, grass roots school working hard to empower young Cambodians through English and computer skills.

This is your chance to truly immerse in Cambodian culture, wander the local village, get to know the amazing people that live here, learn to cook traditional food and make a difference in the world by sponsoring the education of disadvantaged students. Overnight home stay with a Cambodian family.

Day 7: Temples galore (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Bouncing out of bed, we start the day with a magical sunrise at Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most recognisable temple. Today we also visit Bayon, the temple of many faces, and Ta Prohm, made famous by the 2001 blockbuster, Tomb Raider.

Day 8: Ziplines & bugs (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Tackle one of Asia’s premier zipline courses, professionally designed and operated by a New Zealand company, Angkor Ziplines will get your adrenaline pumping.

After lunch, explore more of Angkor’s historic temples, shop to your heart’s content or relax with an afternoon swim and massage.

Day 9: Elephants (Bungalow | Meals: B, L, D)

Today we visit a fantastic elephant conservation project. This is your chance to get up close and personal with these gentle giants. Overnight in bush bungalows.

Day 10: Circus time (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Enjoy a relaxing morning in the forest before making our way back to Siem Reap for dinner and Cambodia’s greatest fusion of comedy, acrobatics and theatre – the Phare Circus (no animals).

Day 11: Siem Reap (Hotel | Meals: B, L, D)

Enjoy your final day in Cambodia however you wish. Spend more time exploring the thousands of temples, wander the bustling streets of Siem Reap or relax by the pool with cocktails or two. At night, we feast and celebrate our epic adventure with a traditional Khmer BBQ and friends who have become family.

Day 12: End of tour (Meals: B, L)

Begin the journey home, departing from Siem Reap International Airport. Transfers organised by Adventure Out Loud based on your flight itinerary.

Other details

Start

Phnom Penh International Airport

End

Siem Reap International Airport

Includes

Being travellers ourselves, we hate hidden surprises. We understand how frustrating budget blow-outs can be. When you adventure with us, we make it easy by covering all of your in-country and non-personal expenses.
  • All activities listed in the itinerary
  • 10 nights accomodation (twin share)
  • Meals (B: 10 | L: 11 | D: 10)
  • All entrance & park fees
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 Western guide who has lived in the country you're visiting
  • Travel with the 'Travelling Monk'

Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Compulsory travel insurance
  • Personal spending money & tips (see below)

Spending money

US$500 cash recommended to cover personal expenses during your adventure.
  • Souvenirs, drinks, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Visa

Complementary

  • Pre-departure support and info kits
  • Fundraising support
  • Adventure Out Loud shirt
Make a difference
Sponsor a disadvantaged student as part of your adventure.

Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge slaughtered most of Cambodia’s educated population. 40 years on, the country is still feeling the social, emotional and economic impact of these tragic events. Today, education is free in Cambodia but with a shortage of schools, teachers and resources, Government school students only attend school for part of each day (i.e. either the morning or afternoon but not both). This limited education means that many do not get a high quality education and as a result find it hard to get a job that will earn them enough money to survive.  

Our Cambodian charity partner, Khmer New Generation Organisation (KNGO) is working hard to empower rural youth by offering supplementary English, Math and Computer lessons which the students can attend when they are not at school. With approximately 500 students enrolled at KNGO, there is so much work for the teachers to do. Adventure Out Loud is committed to supporting KNGO and the fantastic work they are doing. This is why we ask all of our Cambodian adventurers to fundraise to support the salaries of KNGO’s hard working teachers. 

As part of your adventure, we will take you to meet KNGO’s teachers and students so that you can immerse in their community and see the huge impact that your fundraising is having. For less than $200, you can support a teacher’s salary for more than one month. Simply tick the fundraise box when you register and we’ll send you a fundraising information kit. 

FAQs

Do I need a visa for Cambodia?

Yes. Australian passport holders can obtain a tourist visa on arrival for US$35.

What is the quality of accomodation?

We like to stimulate the Cambodian economy by supporting local businesses. Most of the places we stay are small guesthouses with less than 20 rooms. Accommodation is equivalent to 3 – 4 star and is very comfortable. During our homestay in Battambang, you will be staying in local houses which will not be as comfortable but will be extremely authentic and a lot of fun. You will have access to a toilet and shower for the entire trip.

Is tipping customary in Cambodia?

No. Tipping is not mandatory but it is recommended for activities like tours (i.e. Angkor Wat tours, etc.).

Is Cambodia safe?

Yes. The Australian Government advise that Cambodia is a safe place to travel. From our experience, we find the people incredibly friendly and accommodating of tourists.

What is mobile and internet reception/access like?

You will have wifi access every day at the guesthouses we stay in. You may also have wifi during your rural homestay but it is not guaranteed. It is possible to purchase a local SIM and credit for approximately $10 for the 2 week period we are in Cambodia.

Can I drink the water?

No. Bottled water is readily available throughout Cambodia but the tap water is not safe for drinking.

What our customers say...
  • “Every dollar was worth it. I could have done every single day two times over.”

    Lucy | Australia
  • “Going on a holiday that makes a difference is something truly special. To meet the young person that I sponsored, to visit their home, family and friends, and to create some amazing life long memories with them is just another level.”

    Kelly | Australia
  • “I was so amazed by how friendly the people were. Having Monk show us around his country was definitely a highlight and the temples were incredible.”

    Daniel | Australia
    Australia
  • “AOL’s style of holiday is less about ticking off the bucket list, and more about immersion in a different culture – it left me with memories more poignant than any selfie-opportunity!”

    Laura | Australia
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