Camp Cambodia Discovery Trip
The Kingdom of Cambodia is an enchanting country, with spectacular natural beauty, awe-inspiring cultural sites and captivating people. With a history that is both inspiring and moving, Cambodia offers a once in a lifetime experience that casts a spell on you and leaves you wanting to see more. Cambodia is famed for its impressive collection of ancient temples, the most famous of which is Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument. Many of the scenes from the movie ‘Tomb Raider’ were filmed at the spectacular jungle temple of Ta Prohm. However, Cambodia’s greatest treasure is its people. Despite their extremely difficult and impoverished living conditions, thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism,
Cambodians will welcome you with smiling faces. Their incredible generosity and hospitality will leave you with nothing but admiration and affection for the people you meet during your expedition.
- Live in a rural community and learn traditional ways of life
- Work on important ongoing projects to improve the standard of living for rural Khmer communities
- Explore ancient temples including the world famous Angkor Wat
- Visit the Killing Fields and learn more about Cambodia’s history
Camp Cambodia Discovery Trip
Camp Beng Mealea
This delightful rural camp is set on the outskirts of Teuk Lich village within Beng Mealea commune. Accommodation is in the form of traditional Khmer stilted longhouses positioned in the shade of large banana and papaya trees. The camp is surrounded by paddy fields and pretty amazing views on all sides. On a clear day you can see the impressive ridge line of the Kulen National Park from your longhouse. And if that isn’t enough, there is the ancient ruined temple of Beng Mealea to explore only a short walk away, as well as a large ornate pagoda where the Buddhist monks live. You’d be hard pushed to find a more authentic Cambodian experience!
Location: 75 km (1.5 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport
Accommodation: Traditional longhouses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Composting toilets, cold water showers & wash basins
Power: Generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Phone Signal: No
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, rice porridge, omelette for breakfast; Chicken & chips, salad, BBQ with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Amok – Mild curry usually eaten with chicken or fish
If you’re feeling brave: Try eating fried crickets or tarantulas (Yuck)!
Social: Chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks
The man that can. One of our camp managers, Han is well respected by our volunteers and the local community, who have him pegged as the future chief of the village. He’s very passionate about our re-forestation programme, green fingered Han can grow anything anywhere. He also supports nine children from the local village. Han will stay in your heart long after you leave Cambodia.
Day to day - Sample itinerary
Arrive Phnom Penh
Arrive at Phnom Penh and transfer to the hotel. After check in and freshen up, the team can explore the riverfront area and markets before dinner in a local restaurant.
Phnom Penh City Tour
Phnom Penh is a vibrant city steeped in history and offers many cultural and historical experiences that include the Royal Palace and National Museum. As part of this tour, the team will visit Toul Sleng, a historical museum commemorating the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge regime. The site is a former high school that was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. During this period, it is estimated that over 17,000 people were imprisoned here. The Killing Fields are a gruesome reminder of the atrocities that took place and provide a highly educational yet emotional experience. Afterwards, for some light relief, there will be a chance to visit local markets for souvenir shopping.
Transfer to Camp Beng Mealea
It will be approximately a 7 hours drive to Beng Mealea Camp including breaks. On the way, stop off at spider town with the chance to hold tarantulas and enjoy lunch. Upon arrival, the team will be met by camp staff with local refreshments. After settling into the traditional style accommodation, the team will receive a full safety and orientation brief which will include a walking tour of the community and project sites as well as a experiencing a traditional water blessing by a monk . Enjoy a home-cooked dinner in camp before getting a good night’s sleep.
Community Project Work
The team will spend several days working hard on a range of activities designed to improve the living standards of a rural community who live below the poverty line and have limited access to medical facilities and education. Our projects in Cambodia include environmental education and reforestation, sanitary and hygiene initiatives, including supplying toilets, improving school infrastructure, permaculture, clean water initiatives, basic housing refurbishment and replacement. The projects will vary depending on the needs of the communities at any given time. There will be opportunities to interact with the local children, by playing sport and traditional games.
Transfer to Siem Reap
After a final morning completing community project work, the group will freshen up and enjoy a final camp lunch before transferring to Siem Reap City. After checking in to the hotel, the group will have a buffet dinner at a local restaurant before experiencing the Cambodian Phare Circus Show.
Siem Reap Temple Tour
This tour enables the team to explore the collect of world famous temples around Siem Reap including the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the walled city of Angkor Thom and the overground jungle temple of Ta Prohm – where many scenes in the film ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ were filmed.
* Option: Add Flight of the Gibbon zip-lining activity for an additional AED500
Transfer to Airport & Depart
Depending on flight times, there could be an opportunity to explore the grounds and beautiful buildings in the Royal Palace complex. It is a short drive of 30 minutes to the airport on the edge of the city for the team’s departure flight.
*Flights are provided at an additional cost