Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey province located in the northwest of Cambodia near to the O Smach border crossing into Thailand. The Oddar Meanchey province is located in the Dangrek Mountains and is an area dominated by heavy forest, although deforestation has been a problem in some parts of the area in recent years.
The Samraong culture week is designed to introduce participants to the Cambodian culture and way of life; you will get to know your town and its facilities, and you will be provided with everything you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
You will also be given basic ‘survival’ language classes, and you will learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques with a chance to sample your work too.
Cambodia is best known for its glorious and magnificent temples and Samraong and its surrounding areas more than live up to this reputation. On this culture week you will be taken to the finest temples in the area with sessions arranged where you can meet monks and ask them questions to build your understanding of Buddhism.
Samraong – the town where you will live during your culture week – is primarily rural. The locals enjoy a relaxed and slow-paced way of life and it’s sure to leave a memorable mark on all of the travellers that visit. During the week you will be fully immersed in the environment and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals, who will be really keen to talk to you and learn about your culture too.
The Samraong culture week is designed as an introduction to Cambodia and would ideally feature as the starting point of your time there. Your week here will set you up to experience the culture of Cambodia, and it’s location so close to the Thai border also provides excellent transport links for your next stage of the journey.
Monday (Siem Reap)
Monday begins with breakfast, after which you’ll head out on an excursion to Wat Thmey, the Museum of War and Artisant D’Angkor.
After that, you’ll have lunch and then you’ll visit the central market, the old market and the Lucky Mall supermarket. After the malls you’ll head to dinner, and then to the Pub Street and night market.
Tuesday (Siem Reap)
Start with breakfast before heading to the Silk Farm and West Baray Water Reservoir. Enjoy lunch and then visit the souvenir shop and Khmer massage salon.
After that, you can spend time relaxing in the swimming pool before heading to dinner.
Start your day with breakfast before heading off to Samraong; you’ll have lunch at the volunteer house before being introduced to the projects.
After this you will be free to walk around and discover the local, rural Cambodian village before going for dinner at the volunteer house.
Start your first day in Samraong with breakfast before heading off to visit a local school. Tour around Samraong and visit the local villages.
After that you’ll have lunch before taking part in Cambodian language, cooking and culture classes. In the evening you will head back to the volunteer house for dinner.
Start your Friday with breakfast before heading out to see a local temple. Once you arrive at the temple, you’ll assist the monks with their temples chores and then take part in a discussion and Q&A about Buddhism.
After the temple visit you’ll have lunch, before spending your afternoon as you please. Explore the local area and enjoy yourself before heading back to the volunteer house for dinner.
Participants in the Samraong culture week are always free during the bridging weeks during the programs. You can relax in your homestay accommodation, take a bicycle into town or expand your sightseeing into the many other sites in around Oddar Meanchey Province.
You can also take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend where you can visit the famous Angkor Wat – the largest religious monument in the world. Friendly staff are always available to help with advice about the local area so that you can choose the experience that most suits you. During the weekends only two meals are served in the accomodation: breakfast and dinner.