Only 540€ per week!
Explore the best of Cambodia by going on an adventurous road trip taking you to floating villages, learning about Buddhism and more!
Enjoy amazing activities, social programs, a stay in authentic rural village, learn about Buddhism, visit Angkor Wat, learn Khmer Rouge history in Phnom Penh, enjoy the beautiful beaches at Kampot province, Kep province and the Rabbit Island. This unique 30-day adventure will give you an experience of a lifetime!
This four week long road trip will show you the best of this Southeast Asian country. Not only will you visit well-known places in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Kampot province, Kep province and the Rabbit Island (which cannot be missed on a tour through Cambodia!), but you will also experience the traditional culture of the countryside. Whilst visiting and participating in local community projects, sleeping in rural villages and coming into close contact with the locals, this will be a truly life-changing experience that will bring you closer to the people and culture of Cambodia. The road trip consists of four weeks, each with a different theme and setting.
Culture week is designed to introduce you to the culture and pace of Cambodian life. You will get to know your town and its facilities as well as everything required to make your stay comfortable.
You will also be given basic "survival" language classes, as well as learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques (sampling your work as you go!).
Cambodia is arguably most famous for its glorious and magnificent temples. Samraong is no exception and you will be taken to the finest temples in the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.
The rural town of Samraong is where you will live during the culture week. The relaxed and slow paced way of life is sure to leave a mark on all travelers. You will have maximum interaction possible with local people, and they will be keen to learn about your culture too.
Get stuck into one of our rewarding projects, either farming or social-work based depending on the season. During rainy season, you can try ploughing, rice planting, dam building, grass cutting in the rice fields, rice sowing and harvesting.
You will soon realize that you have nurtured a close bond with, and are a welcomed member of your homestay family as you share meals with and assist them in their daily routine. You have the chance to help them with making chicken/duck huts, build fences, constructing toilets, planting trees or repairing damaged areas of their home and bathing spaces. What could be a better way to get to know and understand a culture than to live as a part of it?
Explore some inspiring temples including Bayon Temple, Taprom Temple adorned with trees and once a library for the ancients, Angkor Wat (the largest Khmer temple complex in the entire world).
There will be a relaxing boat trip during which you shall see some incredible floating villages. After this, you will visit the Cheung Ek Killing Fields notorious for its display of human skulls. Then on to visit the exquisite Royal Palace and the National Museum: Cambodia’s largest museum of cultural history and the country’s leading historical and archaeological museum. All of this is topped off by a trip to the beautiful places of Kampot province, Kep province and beach of Rabbit Island.
Soak up the golden rays of sunshine as you unwind, reflect upon and contemplate your experiences of the last three weeks. Travel to the tourist attractive places in Kampot, Kep and relax, read, swim in the sparkling ocean Rabbit Island.
Note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Minimum age: –
Maximum age: –
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
There are no further requirements for this program.
A route from Siem Reap to the best places in Cambodia. We are covering a lot of land during these weeks where we’ll pass several temples and beautiful sceneries. Some major stops along the road is Samraong, Phnom Penh and the amazing city Sihanoukville.
During your travels, you will stay at various guesthouses as well as our center in Samraong. For a few days, you will also get a taste of the lifestyle of rural Cambodia by staying in a villager’s home and live in very basic conditions.
Rooms in the guesthouses will be single-gender in either twin or dorm style. All are comfortable and clean with adequate toilet and bathroom facilities.
Please bring sleeping bags as these will not be provided. Hand washing your clothes will be a necessity at times.
All typical Cambodian dishes will be served unless you eat out as specified.
Throughout the program you will have access to the standard facilities, ATMs, shops and restaurants etc.
No scheduled activities outside the program.
You will be on a tight schedule.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.
Name: Kingdom of Cambodia
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Time zone: UTC +7
Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat – finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.
Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.
Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C – 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May – October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside
Whilst temperatures do not vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.
Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.
In true Asian style, the staple food in Cambodia is rice whilst fish from the Mekong river plays another major part in Khmer cuisine. You can also expect to find use of noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries and salads and so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The french colonial influence can even be seen in the use of toasted baguette with Cambodian red curry.
It has to be said that the Cambodian cuisine is relatively unknown compared to that of Thailand and Vietnam.
Taxis are becoming increasingly popular in Cambodia however there are still very few metered taxis, especially anywhere outside of Phnom penh.
This are a cheap and practical way to get around in towns/cities. In Phnom Penh, drivers can be flagged down on main roads or found waiting around markets and hotels. You should expect to bargain and set a price before the journey.
Motorcycle taxis are a quick and cheap way to get around in a city. Prices may rise at night and like the cyclo, you should expect to bargain and agree on a price before the journey. It should be noted that Cyclo/moto drivers may speak little to no English.
Cart rides are common in the more remote/rural parts of Cambodia
Whilst Cambodia has no train service, buses provide a good alternative for the longer distance journeys/ travel into neighbouring countries.
Commercial flights connect the main tourist areas in Cambodia