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Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodia is a country teeming with colourful culture and breathtaking sites all immersed within a rich, inspiring and often depressing history.  As successor to the mighty Khmer Empire, today’s Cambodia delivers an invigorating journey from a dark past to an intoxicating present – bustling cities, rhythmic rural life, tropical wilderness and stunning southern coastlines. There are a number of strong curriculum links which allows students to think for themselves, challenging both misinformation and stereo typed views of developing countries. They can develop their own views on human rights, cooperation in communities, and conflict resolution.

Tours can focus on a number of different subject areas depending on your personal preference. Please click below for more information on your subject interest.

Culture
History & Classics
Geography & Science

HISTORY

Learn about Khmer Empire, the ruler who turned the country into a mass graveyard for two million people. Visit the centres where middle classed citizens were tortured and executed and step back in time at the famous Angkor Wat. Your students will have a deeper understanding of the hardships that the local people went through and see for themselves how communities have been built from nothing when they visit the developing country of Cambodia.

Sample Activities

Angkor Thom- Built at the centre of King Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom was the last state temple to be built at Angkor, and the only Angkorian state temple to be built primarily as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Buddha. Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance to their religious preferences. (Siem Reap)

Notorious Tuol Sleng Museum- in 1975, Tuol Svay Prey High School was taken over by Pol Pot’s security force and turned into a prison known as security prison 21 (S-21). It soon became the largest such centre of detention and torture in the country. (Phnom Penh)

Cheung Ek- The Killing field between 1975 and 1978, where about 17,000 men, women children and infants were transported to after being detained and tortured to death to avoid wasting bullets. (Phnom Penh)

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CULTURE

We believe that one of the best ways of experiencing and learning while travelling is to fully immerse yourself in the culture of a country.  Join in with their daily activities, learn about their food and their customs, and try speaking the language with the locals and your visit will be enriched far beyond the typical tourist experience. See what lies beneath the surface through these unique and immersive experiences

Sample Activities

Floating Village of Chong Khneas- Students will have the opportunity to visit the village and take an excursion in a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia. (Siem Reap)

Wat Phnom- Sits on a tree covered hill about 30 metres high in the northeast of the city. The people believe that this temple is powerful in that anyone who makes a wish will have it granted. It is not surprising to see many people coming here to pray for protection or healing. Many also bring lotus flowers as offerings for prayers they hope to be answered.

Geography

The geography of Cambodia is dominated by the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap Lake (“the fresh water lake”), an important source of fish. Your students will see firsthand how tourism has developed over the years and gain an understanding of how it contributes to the development of the country.