CAMBODIA EXPLORER SCHOOL TOUR

PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP LAKE

Cambodia tours for students are a fantastic way to combine the key subjects of history, geography and biology, and bring them vividly to life. Starting in Phnom Penh, where students will have the opportunity to visit museums, palaces and significant historic sites (an excursion to the killing fields is part of this itinerary), they will then take in key archeological sites en route to Siem Reap, before discovering the UNESCO World Heritage temples of Angkor Wat.

This Cambodia school tours end with three days of community service projects, where students will volunteer in agriculture, learning programs, and habitat building/restoration projects. This will be a humbling and educational experience for all students, and a chance to make a real difference to the lives of those living in poverty-stricken communities of rural Cambodia.

This is a suggested itinerary only and can be changed to suit each individual school group. We can specifically tailor each itinerary to ensure that we meet your schools learning objectives and requirements. Whether your students are travelling for a specific topic or looking for something with the cross-curricula value we can meet all of your requirements.

Your school can incorporate a wide range of projects into this suggested itinerary to suit your trip's outcome. See our Project Types.

Trip code : CB321TS

Duration : 10 days

Destination : Cambodia

Travel Dates : All Year Round

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn about the Cambodian history, culture and traditions
  • Take part in a community project
  • Learn about different highland minorities
  • Engage in studies of society and environment
  • Participate in team building exercise and group-trekking
  • Enhance perspectives, develop appreciation for diversity and differences
  • Develop communication skills within peers and in a foreign environment 
  • Discover a world more beautiful, diverse and colorful than any textbook could ever portray
  • Develop skills for students through a meaningful overseas experience 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about Phnom Penh's history
  • Take a traditional Cyclo ride to Wat Phnom
  • Watch the sunset over the temples of Angkor Wat
  • Visit pre-Angkorian monuments
  • Watch the great annual flood of Tonle Sap
  • Hands on community projects in schools, rural communities, and local agriculture
  • Learn Khmer with the locals
  • Try your hand at making rice noodles and other delicious Khmer foods
 

Upon arrival in Phnom Penh, you will meet by our guide at the airport and transfer to your downtown hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have a short city tour in the afternoon or simply relax in the hotel after check-in. In the evening, we will have a tour briefing and a welcome dinner featuring Khmer delicacies.

Accommodation in Phnom Penh

In the morning, you will visit the National Museum, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda.

  • The Royal Palace was built in 1866 by King Norodom and is now home to His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk Mony, King of Cambodia.
  • The Silver Pagoda is located within the Royal Palace compound, so named because of its floor, which is made up of 5,000 silver tiles; among the treasures are a solid gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds weighing 90 kg, and a small 17th century emerald and baccarat crystal Buddha.
  • The National Museum, home to the world's finest collection of Khmer sculpture 

In the afternoon, we continue for an educational tour to Toul Sleng Museum (S-21) and Killing field. You also have a fun experience on a traditional cyclo ride to Wat Phnom and Independence Monument.

Accommodation in Phnom Penh.

Today we will travel to Siem Reap on our private vehicle (5-6 hours drive). Enroute, we will visit  the village of Kampong Thom to see key archeological sites, starting with Sambor Prei Kuk, perhaps the most important grouping of pre-Angkorian monuments in Cambodia.

Before the rise of the Angkor, this was the capital of Chenla during the sixth century, the city was known as Isanapura. Today over 100 small temple ruins sit peacefully in a forest setting. Explore the main central complex and gain an insight into the early architectural styles of Cambodia. On 08 July 2017, UNESCO World Heritage Committee listed Sambor Prei Kuk Temple as a World Heritage Site - the third Khmer monument inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Continue to visit archeological “Naga Bridge” at Kompong Kdei.

After our arrival in Siem Reap in the late afternoon, check in hotel and enjoy the free evening.

Accommodation in Siem Reap

Today you are invited to a Local Pagoda where you will met the resident monks and offer alms. This will be followed by a Buddhist blessing ceremony.

After the ceremony, we will visit Angkor Thom (Bayon Temple), the former capital of the great Khmer empire.

You will enter through the South Gate, decorated with four giant stone faces – an instantly recognizable image and example of classical Khmer craftsmanship. Your tour of the intriguing perfectly square, ancient walled city includes a stop at Baphuon (a sanctuary dedicated to Brahmanism); Phimeanakas Temple, where kings as a ceremonial stage. You expert guide will also take you to visit the amazingly well-detailed bas reliefs at the Terrace of the Leper King

This afternoon, visit the legendary Angkor Wat until sunset, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

As the symbol and the soul of the Khmer people, the magnificent Angkor Wat temple was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century. Historians believe that many of the fascinating reliefs and stone carvings immortalise many of the mighty king’s wars. Images of Apsara dances decorate the five famous towers which replicate the universe according to Hindo mythology.

Please note: visitors are required to wear respectful attire when visiting temples and religious sites, covering shoulders and knees (no short trousers). Only the Bakan tower inside Angkor Wat is closed on Buddhist Sabbath Days, religious holidays and various days in the Lunar Calendar. Tonight, enjoy a memorable dinner accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance performance.

Accommodation in Siem Reap

Today, we will visit the great Tonle Sap Lake, and take a boat excursion to explore the village of Kompong Phhluk on stilts.

Explore this great ecosystem by way of canoeing and hear the calls of the birds or macaque monkeys while observing the forest beneath the lake’s surface, you’ll see the Buddhist temple is standing on the island with some beautiful Buddhist life painting on the ceiling.

Return to town to visit the school of fine art “Le Artisan D'Angkor”.

Accommodation in Siem Reap

Travel to Camp Tbeng – traditional private longhouse accommodation and retreat style campsite nestled in the tranquil village of Tbeng, only a short 30 minute drive from Siem Reap. Upon arrival you will be introduced to the campsite , before checking in the traditional long house.

On the first day of Community program, you will visit a local family and learn all about Cambodian rice noodle production. You will be instructed by local worker how to do rice milking, rice pounding and completed the pieces of rice noodle. Then learn how to make the fish soup with coconut milk with many different ingredients such as saffron, lemon grass etc. The cooked noodle will be served to local students and teachers to enjoy as lunch. Return to the campsite for lunch, before having another Khmer class.

In the afternoon, we will have a leisure bike ride on the countryside road, before learning the traditional way of rice farming. After dinner, enjoy Khmer live music/instruments with folk songs and dancing around the camp fire. 

Accommodation in Camp Tbeng.

Today, enjoy having the breakfast at the campsite, then transfer to the local school for learning services program. Your students will be split into two small groups, one for soft working and one for hardworking skills.

Soft Skills: Interaction with local kids

1) Facilitating English and Maths classes , teaching English to local students via pictures or other teaching material (brought along by the overseas students) or songs and games, storytelling etc.

2) Hygiene workshop/Hygiene classes for local student topics covered brushing their teeth, wash hands, drinking boiled water etc

3) Art Craft skills class

4) Donate of stationary: English simple picture books, pens, ruler, notebook, etc

 

Hard Skills: Improving Facilities for this school

Working under the instructions of local builder/carpenter, the students will work on an specific project such as renovating toilets, building library, replanting the school garden, fixing the football court etc. For safety reason, we won’t let the students do anything deemed unsafe. The students will learn how to mix cement, build a brick wall, cut wood by handsaw, or polish a wall before painting (masks and gloves provided).  

At noon, enjoy a lunch break at the campsite then take a brief Khmer class. We will then continue our service work at the school .

Head back to the campsite in the afternoon to freshen up. In the evening, enjoy dinner followed by a Khmer traditional dancing class.

Accommodation in Camp Tbeng.

Breakfast at the campsite and then transfer to the habitat building/restoration for locals. Poverty rates are high in rural Cambodia, where many people are still living on less than $1 a day. In many case, house is rudimentary at best and many homes are fragile structures with palm leaf walls, tin/palm leaf roof and dirt floors; many do not survive to protect from the rainstorms.

Building a new house: New house building is solid and designed to last at least 15 years and more. The houses we build are between four meters by five meters, with concrete footings, wooden sides and floorboards and a tin roof. They include one enclosed room and one room with open sides. The space underneath the house is often used as a daily living and cooking area. Each house takes about four days to build and on the fifth day a Khmer house blessing ceremony is held before the family moves into it. We employ three builders, who work under the supervision of the main builder.

House restoration: The village headman with the assistance of Camp Tbeng team chose a home eligible for improvement . Each restoration house takes from one to three days to build then the last day has a blessing ceremony is held before the family moves into it. We employ three builders, who work under the supervision of the main builder.

Note: Building a new house or restoring a house will take days. The volunteer work planned for the group is a sample only for students to experience house building in remote Cambodian areas . Lunch will be flexible at the project site or at the campsite.

After breakfast at the campsite, we will be transferred to the local school to continue the learning services program. 

Another day begins, have breakfast at the campsite then transfer to the local school to continue the learning services program for soft and hard skills. Before the local students return their home at noon, we will have a farewell ceremony to say goodbye to the local students

Return to the campsite for lunch and packing for checking out. Transfer back to Siem Reap or your departure flight. Trip ends.

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

This itinerary is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our tours require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our tours is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our itinerary carefully for outline of fitness level to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:

• All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

• All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
Our Small Group Tours are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests.

Our group size ranges from only 2 to 16 people. This means less of your precious time is wasted waiting for others, allowing you to have more time to enjoy your holiday.

For group tours with 10 travellers or more, in addition to the tour guide, we will provide a dedicated tour director (free of charge) who will escort the tour from the beginning to the end.
We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the tour are at famous restaurants, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

Our itinerary features sumptuous Welcome and Farewell Dinners for a delightful, authentic culinary experience, whereas the special Chef’s Table experience will take you on an unparalleled culinary demonstration and beautiful menu to feast on.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
When travelling with Tweet World Travel, you will indulge in a seamlessly opulence travel experience. We hand-pick the premium quality resorts, hotels or lodges, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you welcomed and comfortably settled in either historically iconic, culturally rich, or coveted high-design hotels full of authentic local charms. You will stay at the heart of each destination, adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.

• Room Information: All rooms are air-conditioned, Fridge/ Mini Bar in room, Safe box in room
• Triple Share: Available upon request
• Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
• Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Available upon request (subject to availability).
• Laundry service is available at hotels/resorts where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used
• Massage service is available at hotels where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used.
After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:
• Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
• Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges
Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Importance notes:
• Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
• Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
• Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.
Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

• If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated. Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.

• If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard. Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.
You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

All of our tours will include internal flights within the tour, which allow 20kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry-on luggage per passenger. A surcharge may apply for oversized/overweight luggage subject to the airline's policy.

Please note:

• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.

• Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.
Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.
CAMBODIA EXPLORER SCHOOL TOUR

FIRST-CLASS SERVICE

  • 24/7 local assistance and travel guidance
  • Medical kit
  • Airport Meet-and-Greet welcome service with the local tour guide
  • Assistance with project coordination for community project/services or mission/immersion trips
  • Destination and trip Information Packs
  • A unique "local-host" experience exclusively offered by Tweet World Travel

VISAS

  • Cambodia Visa

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay at excellent hand-selected high-quality 3 or 4- star accommodation in a central location or adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.  
  • We guarantee that students will be located together within the same area in hotels

SIGHTSEEING

  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary:
    • Phnom Penh City tour
    • Sambor Prei Kuk temple tour
    • Angkor Wat Temple tour
    • Tonle Sap Lake & Floating village tour
  • All local government fees & tax

TRANSPORTATION

  • Private Coach transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles 
  • All touring in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Locally based professional drivers 

TOUR GUIDE & TOUR LEADER

  • English-speaking local tour guides who live and breathe the destination – they will bring your itinerary to life
  • On top of local tour guides, we will provide an experienced Local Tour Director. He or she will oversee the entire journey, accompany your group every day and connect you to the people, places and encounters in a way you’ll never forget.

MEALS

  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • A Unique & Varied Dining Experience 
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)

 

The price depends on the below:

- Projects your group would like to participate
- Desired outcome/Learning objectives for students
- Accommodation level
- Travel date
- Group Size
- Duration of the tour
- Sightseeing

 

FOR ENQUIRY:

Please contact us on 1300 739 652 or +61 8 7226 1898

or email contact@tweetworldtravel.com.au  One of our school travel experts will get back to you shortly.

Your Cambodia visa is included in our tour and we act on your behalf to apply for the visas, all necessary documents relating to your visa application will have to be provided to us at least 90 days before your departure. If you fail to provide the necessary documents before 90 days prior to your departure, we will not be held liable for your visa application. 

The visa fee included in our tour is not refundable in any circumstances. 

Important Note:

·       All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and most countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine‐readable passport.

·       If you provide all necessary documents relating to your visa application in less than 90 day before departure, an additional fee of $120 per person will incur. 

·       It is your sole responsibility for any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities

·       Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such an event occurs, we won’t be liable, and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. Please check our term and condition for a ‘’No-show” penalty.

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