Cambodia | Essential Cambodia

14 Night Adventure Tour | From $1495 USD

Overview

Step off the plane in Siem Reap and start your Adventure with a guided expedition of the magnificent Angkor Wat Archeological Temples. Then exchange your explorer’s boots for a construction hat & work together with other volunteers you will build a house from scratch for a severely poor family. We celebrate the completed house with a day trip to Cambodia’s most sacred mountain & fresh waterfall. Then dance the night away with one final party in town at infamous ‘Pub St’.

 

Leave the brown plains of the north for the shimmering turquoise water, white sandy beaches and remote oasis of Koh Rong. Swim, snorkel, explore or simply laze about at Otres beach in Sihanoukville. Take a pitstop in the sleepy town of Kampot and embark on a one of a kind rock-climbing and caving experience.

 

Last but not least is a visit to the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Where your Adventure Leader will guide you to several key locations throughout Phnom Penh, including a visit to S21 Prison and the Killing Fields.

 

This Adventure packages Cambodia’s must see sights and an important community project into 14 well-paced nights designed to take you off the beaten path & into its unexplored depths.
MyGapYear arrange all accommodation, transport & general trip logistics so you can concentrate on enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.

Itinerary


You will be met on arrival in Siem Reap by your MGY leaders & taken to your accommodation. Followed by a group welcome dinner.

Notes:

  • Accommodation Type: Hotel
  • Airport Meet & Greet Included

Your Adventure Leader will dedicate a full day to explore what thousands of people travel halfway across the world for every year, the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Archaeological Park. This ‘Small Circle Tour’ will take you through some of Cambodia’s most stunning & religiously important temples including Bayon Temple & the now infamous Ta Prohm (Thanks to Tomb Raider) which sets an eerie backdrop as trees intertwine with thousand year old stone architecture. We finish up the day with the big one, Angkor Wat. No amount of photos could ever do this magnificent structure any justice and we are yet to meet a fellow Adventurer who hasn’t been amazed by this thousand year old architectural masterpiece.

After dinner spend time exploring the bustling souvenir markets.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Guided exploration of Angkor Archeological Complex
  • Meals Included: B

Initial meet & greet with sponsored house build family, followed by tear down of preexisting structure. After dinner we visit a ‘local only’ carnival & shopping district.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlight: House Build & 60 Road Experience
  • Meals Included: B, L

Day two at the house build followed by a visit to see how the locals shop. After dinner the PHARE Cambodian Circus treats us to an extraordinary show.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: PHARE Cambodian Circus (No Animals)
  • Meals: B, L

Final day of the House Build & presentation to sponsored family. Followed by a final trip to the night markets and a night out in Siem Reap’s infamous nightlife.

 

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Siem Reap Nightlife
  • Meals Included: B, L

The full day trip to Kulen Mountain is the highlight of the entire Adventure. As a group we will travel to the mountain on our own private bus to the sacred site once made famous for a scene depicted in Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. Volunteers have the chance to swim underneath the stunning waterfall & get blessed by a monk on top of one of Cambodia’s most sacred sites.

 

Of course no visit to Siem Reap is complete without a journey to notorious ‘Pub Street’. The epicentre of hooliganism, fine dining, pubs & clubs make this stretch of pavement one of Cambodia’s best nights out. Don’t worry, your Adventure Leader knows all the best eateries, watering holes & nightclubs are. Not to mention where to get the best cocktails in town.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: Kulen Mountain Full Day Tour
  • Meals Included: B

We leave our home of Siem Reap and fly to the beach town of Sihanoukville. Spend the afternoon soaking up the sun, sand & surf before a sunset dinner & drinks on the beach.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Highlights: Beach Activities
  • Meals Included: B

Welcome to paradise! Located two and a half hours by boat from Sihanoukville, Koh Rong is truly stunning, with picture-perfect white sand beaches and placid aquamarine surf. The 78-square-kilometre island, provides scuba diving, snorkelling and jungle trekking opportunities for those Adventurous enough.

 

Koh Rong is island life as it’s meant to be, primitive, remote & stunningly beautiful. We’re talking cold showers, no paved roads, zero ATM’s & sparse electricity. This is one of the few places left on the globe where you can find your own space of beach & disconnect yourself from the rest of the world.

No plans here, just lay back, drink a cocktail & enjoy your accommodation at the beachside bungalows.

 

Late at night, conditions permitting, travellers can swim out to the water & catch a glimpse of the incandescent plankton as it shines bright through the water like magic. An unforgettable experience!

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow
  • Highlights: Incandescent Plankton, Beach BBQ & Beach Party

Today is a free day to laze about the beach, explore the island, play volleyball or simply read a book in a hammock. In the afternoon the group will embark on a jungle trek that finishes on a remote beach; one of the most beautiful in SE-Asia. Catch a fishing boat around the island at sunset before joining the rest of the island in their nightly celebrations.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Beach Bungalow
  • Highlights: Beach Activities, Free Time, Jungle Trek & Sunset Cruise

Last chance for an island swim before heading back to the main land and another night in ultra party town Sihanoukville.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Guesthouse

Today we leave the beach and take a 2-hour bus ride to Kampot. A sleepy riverside town famed for its ability to capture the hearts of travellers & keep them longer than expected.

Here you can walk the streets of this quiet town, go tubing through river rapids, swim about in the remarkably clean river & embark on mountain treks.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Riverside Bungalows

Embark on a half day caving & rock climbing experience (Included). Climb to the top of limestone cliffs before a 30-meter abseil through a chasm in one of Cambodia’s most beautiful caving systems. Then crouch, crawl & climb through the rest of the natural cave. Delving deeper & deeper underground.

For dinner eat what’s been dubbed the “Best Pork Ribs in All of Asia”. You can even try the Dino Challenge & get your picture on the wall. Provided you can eat 1.5kgs of meat…

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Riverside Bungalows
  • Highlights: Climbodia

Arrive in Cambodia’s capital city via bus. After checking in to our new accommodation we hop on a pushbike & explore the chaos of Phnom Penh, including a visit to the royal palace. At night explore the souvenir markets & try some local food delicacies.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel

Essential to any visit in Phnom Penh is a tour of S21 & the Killing Fields. As your Adventure Leader takes you on a guided tour of these sombre locations you will gain insight into the terrible atrocities the people of Cambodia have endured. A local tour guide will explain the history of the Pol Pot regime & give a sad, but true account of the lives lost during this terrible time.

 

Our last dinner together is at Dine in the Dark, where you are served & eat your meal in total darkness. Finishing up with a night in town as a final celebratory send off.

 

Notes:

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Highlights: S21, The Killing Fields & Dine in the Dark
  • Meals Included: L

Final farewells and last minute shopping before your flight departs

Notes:

  • Transfer to airport included


Need to Know

Age & Required Experience

  • At least 18 years of age & a student
  • Keen interest in community projects & a desire to make a difference

 

Accommodation

All accommodation is Twin-Share & has a MyGapYear Comfort Rating of 3 stars or more. Single rooms are available upon request & payment of additional fees. Please enquire for more information.

 

Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we’re arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn’t always possible which means we won’t be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

 

Meals

Please see detailed itinerary for more information on day-to-day meal inclusions. Meals whilst at the Community Build Project are included. All other meals are at your own expense. All members of the group eat together for every meal. Those with special dietary requirements can be catered for.

 

Transport

Plane

Ferry

Bus

*All in-country transport is included

 

Donation

All volunteers undertaking the Community Build are required to bring a minimum $150 USD donation for the project. This is not included in the final price of the Adventure.

 

MyGapYear does not take any part in the handling of the donation money. The group will personally spend the money as required during the trip & will receive receipts for all monies spent whilst in Cambodia. Please enquire for more information on how the donation works.

 

Itinerary Disclaimer

Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.

Highlights

EXPLORE the magnificent structures of Angkor Wat, a magnificent architectural relic of the ancient Khmer Empire.

BUILD a house for a family living in extreme poverty in rural Cambodia.

LEARN about Cambodia’s tragic history & one of the world’s most lethal dictators at S21 Prison and the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh.

LOSE yourself in island life as you sleep on the beach of one of the world’s last remaining underdeveloped islands.

Adventure Details

LENGTH: 15 Days

START DATES: Select dates apply

PRICE: $1495 USD

MEALS: Some included as indicated in itinerary

FLIGHTS: Not included

Included

Fully chaperoned 14 night/15 day Adventure

2 Fully Qualified English Adventure Leaders

1 Cambodian Adventure Leader & Translator

All accommodation

24/7 in-country support

Unlimited pre-departure support

All transport

Breakfast daily

Airport meet & greet plus transfers

Lunch at Community House Build Project

Angkor Wat Archaeological Park Ticket & Tour

Kampong Phluk Floating Village Boat Tour

Apsara Buffet Dinner & Dance

PHARE Cambodian Circus Experience

Kulen Mountain

‘60 Road’ Experience

Koh Rong Island ferry tickets

Island sunset boat trip

Half day caving & climbing tour

Flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville

Dine in the Dark Experience

S21 & Killing Fields Day Trip

MyGapYear Program Orientation

MyGapYear Placement T-Shirt (Additional Shirts Available)

Personally selected & MyGapYear trained Tuk Tuk Drivers.

Legitimate, Sustainable & Safe Volunteer Program personally founded and managed by the Founder of MyGapYear.

Not Included

Airfares

Visa requirements

Vaccinations

Travel insurance

Spending money

Meals unless otherwise indicated

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