Cambodia School Tour Extension – 5 Days

  • Phnompenh Tour
  • Explore the acient Khmer capital
  • Sunrise at Angkor
  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap

5 DAYS

SCHOOLS TOUR

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$ AUD / $ NZD

Extend any school trip to Vietnam with this exciting adventure filled journey to Cambodia's two largest cities from Wide Eyed Pupils

  • DAY 01

    Say Hello to Phnom Penh and Enjoy some local Theatre

    After a short flight from Vietnam your Wide Eyed Pupils driver will meet you at Phnom Penh airport. They'll transfer you to your hotel a 30 minute drive away where you can check in and freshen up.

    About Phnomh Penh

    Known as the "Pearl of Asia" Phnom Penh was considered one of the loveliest French-built cities in Indochina in the 1920s. Imposingly located at the confluence of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonlé Sap rivers. This bustling city still retains a colonial feel with fine French architecture, wide boulevards and riverside promenade, boasting a heady mix of Restaurants and shops.

    Enjoy Some Local Theatre

    This evening we're going to enjoy some traditional Cambodian Theatre with a Plae Pakaa performance. We'll discover Cambodian traditions of dance, theatre, music and the arts set in the splendid gardens of the National Museum of Phnom Penh. An original production by non-profit Cambodian Living Arts, Plae Pakaa is not only a great platform for local artists to display their considerable talent, but also provides them with regular, paid work.

  • DAY 02

    Delve into the brutal history of the Khmer Rouge

    This morning's activities revolve around understanding the brutal history of the Khmer Rouge. The history and stories you'll hear will be both shocking and upsetting. If you are organising a group of younger children, we can arrange for this section of the trip to be swapped for something more appropriate. In the morning we visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. As you tour the museum, you’ll discover the brutality of the Khmer Rouge documented in the photos and memorabilia, including torture instruments and will have the opportunity to meet one the few survivors of regime.

    After the visit to the museum we travel to the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, the final destination for prisoners from Tuol Sleng. A large stupa (shrine) filled with over 8,000 human skulls acts as a memorial and grim reminder of the atrocities commited here.

    After lunch we tour around the Royal Palace, home to the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors, where you can marvel at the collection of Buddha’s in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.

    In the late afternoon we'll visit the National Museum. Built in traditional Khmer style it houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer artistic, archaeological, and religious artifacts including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts.

  • DAY 03

    Travel to Siem Reap to see the Circus

    Travel to Siem Reap

    This morning we check out of our hotel and head to the aitrport in an air conditioned private bus. We take a short flight to Siem Reap where our Wide Pupils tour guide will pick us up and check us into the hotel. After we've freshened up and enjoyed some lunch our guide will talk to us about our adventure to the magnificent Angkor Watt the following day.

    Phare Circus Time

    Tonight we go to a truly magical, utterly incredible, high flying circus like no other. Phare Circuses are renowned worldwide for their breathtaking showmanship and stunning performances.

  • DAY 04

    Explore the Ancient Khmer Capital

    Begin your discovery of the ancient Khmer Capital with temples on the Grand Circuit depending on your interests and energy levels the following are suggested sights, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, Pre Rup and BanteayKdei. Our expert guides will ensure your students get the most engaging and educational experience possible.

    In Preah Khan nature has taken over the some of the buildings, its decorated galleries and passages offer some great photo opportunities. Nearby is the unique Neak Pean sitting on a small island in the middle of a large pond surrounded by other ponds, fountains and statues.

    Ta Som has a captivating beauty with a large ficus tree has growing out of the east gate creating a picturesque sight, the beautiful Devatas adorning it walls and the tranquility of the area. At Pre Rup the harmonious colours of laterite, brick and sandstone give the temple a majestic reddish hue that illuminates significantly under sunset and sunrise light.

    Bantaey Kdei boasts the most well preserved bas-reliefs of all the Angkor Temples, and the ruinous state of the towers and absence of large groups only adds to its charm. Srah Srang is a huge reservoir, or baray, opposite Banteay Kdeiwas used as a royal bath by the king and his concubines. Its also a fantastic spot to see the sunrise, the reflection over the water is very impressive.

  • DAY 05

    Sunrise at Angkor Watt

    We depart pre-dawn to travel to Angkor Wat. As the sun rises you can see a silhouette of the temple’s uniquely shaped towers against a colored sky as the sun breaks over the horizon.

    After breakfast at the hotel continue your temple exploration of the UNESCO world heritage complex at Ta Prohm, easily the most atmospheric and a highlight for anyone visiting Angkor, a haven for any photography enthusiasts. A temple where you will love to linger, swallowed by the jungle looks very much in the same state as when the French explorers stumbled upon it more than a century ago.

    Inside the stunning walled city of Angkor Thom with Gates, flanked by the stone statues of gods and demons, you find yourself in an ancient world of massive stone faces and evocatively striking temples. We'll take in the enigmatic Bayon, the mighty Baphoun Temple, Phimeanakas and the royal Palace enclosure, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

    As you enter the main causeway of Angkor Wat and start the long walk to the main temple, feast your eyes on the sight of this imposing structure. Discover its many galleries, libraries, pavilions, courtyards and ponds full of water, carved bas-reliefs that tell the ancient Hindu legends of Ramayana and victorious Khmer battles. Climb to the holiest sanctuary at the summit of the temple, where you are rewarded with fantastic views across the entire complex and beyond.

  • DAY 06

    Time to say goodbye to your Cambodian Adventure

    It's time to say farewell to your Cambodian adventure. We hope you had an awesome time and learnt a lot. Your driver will pick you up and take you to the airport where you can transfer home.

About the Tour

This 5 day extension allows your pupils to explore the long and proud Khmer culture and its fascinating, sometimes brutal history. We start the tour with a visit to Phnomh Penh, the pearl of Asia. We enjoy some local theatre before resting for the night, ready for an emotional exploration of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime the following day. We fly to Siem Reap on Day three where we explore the ancient Khmer capital before getting an early night. The next day we wake up early to see the sun rise over the glorious temples of Angkor Watt.

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