Trip Details

Cambodia is an incredible country in Southeast Asia, known for its fascinating history, gorgeous landscapes, and awe-inspiring temples. The people of Cambodia are loved for their hospitality, smiles, and their unbreakable spirits.

What better way to explore such a breathtaking country than by taking a road trip? On the Road Trip Cambodia program you’ll come to understand more about Cambodian culture and the history of Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh, learn about Buddhism, stay in authentic rural Cambodian villages, visit some of Cambodia’s most incredible temples and enjoy landscapes ranging from lush beaches to rural rice terraces. This trip is an enriching adventure, and you will come back from it forever changed.

Through four weeks of road trip adventure, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the local culture through traversing Cambodia’s rural villages, engaging in community projects and becoming closer to the local people of the country. This is the perfect way to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of this country and its incredible history.

This is a truly life-changing experience, where over 30 days you will travel through Siem Reap, Phnom Pehn, and Sihanoukville. During the road trip you will experience local food, life in a local villager’s home and a number of adventurous activities including a visit to Angkor Wat, snorkeling excursions, visits to lush beaches and even floating villages.

Health Information
Malaria is still a concern in many regions of Cambodia and it is recommended that all volunteers ensure that they are up to date with their vaccinations before travelling here.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1: Culture Week
This culture week is designed to ease participants into the culture and pace of Cambodian life. You will get to know your town and its facilities and everything required to make your stay comfortable.
You will also be given basic “survival” language classes, as well as learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques and sample your work.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 these people, and they will be keen to learn about your culture too.

Week 2: Village Experience
Get stuck into one of our rewarding local volunteer projects, either social or farming based depending on the season. During rainy season volunteers can try ploughing, rice planting, dam building, grass cutting in the rice fields, rice sowing and harvesting. You will soon realise that you have nurtured a close bond with, and are a welcomed member of one particular family as you share meals with and assist them in their daily routine. You could help them to make chicken/duck huts, build fences, construct toilets, plant trees or repair damaged areas of their home and bathing spaces. What could be a more rewarding way to get to know and understand a culture than to live as a part of it?

Week 3: Central Cambodian Tour
Then on to explore some inspiring temples including the Bayon Temple; the Taprom Temple, adorned with trees and once a library for the ancients; the Angkor Watt (the largest Khmer temple complex in the entire world) and the Wat Thmei Temple infamous for its fashioning from human skulls as instigated by Pol Pot under his Communist guerrilla regime. There will be a visit to a scarf-making silk farm then 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 beach of Sihanoukville.

Week 4: Beach Week
Soak up the golden rays of sunshine as you unwind, reflect upon and contemplate your experiences of the last three weeks. Relax, read, swim in the sparkling ocean, and try snorkelling and some good old fashioned fishing. Enjoy some sightseeing of the surrounding islands as part of a boat trip or an outing to the Ream National Park. Then it’s off on a trekking adventure.

 

*Please note that activities and schedules can change at any time based on local conditions and weather conditions *

Trip Accommodation

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.

About the Accommodation
During your travels, you will stay at various guesthouses as well as our centre 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.

Food Arrangements
All typical Cambodian dishes will be served unless you eat out as specified.Plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are available.

On weekends brunch instead of breakfast and lunch for the first two weeks.

Facilities
Throughout the program you will have access to the standard facilities, ATMs, shops and restaurants.

Trip Country Info

Cambodia

Capital: Phnom Penh
Language: Khmer
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.

Gap year travel to Cambodia is on the rise as more and more people discover its culture, traditions and historic treasures. A relatively unexplored country compared to its neighbours, Cambodia opened up for tourism very recently.Troubled by extreme poverty, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with over 75% of the population living on less than 2 USD a day. Things such as infrastructure, healthcare, and education are lacking in quality and are often not available to their fullest extent.

With a wide range of volunteering opportunities, Tru Experience wants to help you find the volunteer experience that’s perfect for you whether you are looking to work & travel in Cambodia or go on a road trip across the country. By visiting Cambodia, you can find yourself in a world where you can help those less fortunate than yourself while exploring the many cultural treasures of the nation and getting to know the people in a way that can’t be compared. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in Cambodia, a road trip, conservation work, teaching, community work  or other work & travel in Cambodia have a look at our latest experiences below.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Sleeping Bag

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa