• A private reccie trip for the teachers at Allegra School Coffs Harbour
  • Visit the Killing Fields and Toul Sleng highlighting Cambodia's more recent troubled past
  • Explore the tree lined streets of Phnom Penh
  • Join the Free the Bears "Keeper for a Day" program
  • Explore one of the great wonders of the world, Angkor Wat
  • Witness local life in Kompong Kleang stilt village, located on Tonle Sap Lake
  • Experience spectacular NGO Phare circus
  • Participate in a local cooking class at Champey
  • Dining at NGO charity restaurants

A private reccie journey for Allegra School Coffs harbour, escorted by an experienced World Expeditions Schools guide, researching activities, conservation service and cultural immersion programs in Cambodia. cOur adventure begins in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Once considered the most beautiful city in the Orient, Phnom Penh is currently going through rapid change. Here we experience some of the cultural and historical highlights. We discover the local markets and main places of interest including the sobering but important Killing Fields and Toul Sleng. We also experience one of the best wildlife facilities in South East Asia as we join Free the Bears "keeper for a day" program. We drive North to Siem Reap stopping at Skuon village, famous for its local delicacies before we continue to the bustling town of Siem Reap, the gateway to the temples of Angkor Wat. We then embark on a visit to the temples of Angkor having a look at the various school activities available before visiting a number of local NGO's in the region. We pay a visit to the Kompong Kleang village set on the Tonle Sap Lake to witness how life on the water in villages built on stilts - homes, schools and hospitals purpose built to float on the water during the wet season and join a conservation program at a nearby remote village. Travelling in your private vehicle with your private guide we have flexibility to visit sites of interest for your school.


Start and Finishing Point:


Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


Please make your way to Sydney airport for your flight to Phnom Penh. 30 JUNE 24 VN772 DEP SYDNEY 10:15 ARR SAIGON 16:10 30 JUNE 24 VN3851 DEP SAIGON 18:30 ARR PHNOM PENH 19:30 On arrival you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Duong Chan Hotel

Meals:  Nil

Today is at leisure in Phnom Penh. This afternoon at a pre arranged time your World Expeditions guide will come to your hotel to meet you and have a full group pre-trip safety briefing and we will have an orientation of Phnom Penh traveling the way the locals do, by cyclo! We returned to the hotel to freshen up before heading out to a restaurant for a welcome dinner. Overnight Duong Chan Hotel

Meals:  D

This morning we rise early for breakfast at our hotel as we will head out at 7:30 am for a very special day. We drive to Phnom Tamao to the Free the Bears wildlife sanctuary to join their “Keeper for a Day” program. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get behind the scenes at one of the best wildlife centers in South East Asia. The facility, set up by Perth lady Mary Hutton, now houses over 100 sun bears and over a 7-hectare area. We will help with the bear enrichment program. Return to town and have dinner at the located along the riverside. From here, travel out to Phnom Penh Night Market (Phsar Reatrey), located in a park near the riverside. Its lively markets, delicious food, and vibrant nightlife and offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the city’s culture and cuisine. After dinner, back at your hotel and have time to reflect on the day and debrief. Note: To see the National Museum in Phnom Penh, visitors are required to wear appropriate clothing. Guests wearing short pans (above knee level) and sleeveless tops are not permitted. Overnight Duong Chan Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning, gain insight into Cambodia’s recent dark history on a visit to the remarkable Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, housed in the former school that was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and used as its main detention and torture center named ‘S-21’. Also visit the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. A moving, but important visit that will allow you to dig below the surface and understand Cambodia better. We will then head back into town for lunch and visit the National Museum, housing the world’s foremost collection of ancient Khmer artefacts. If time allows, spend the rest of the afternoon browsing through the colorful markets of Phnom Penh. Visit the Russian Market, the best place in the city for wood and stone carvings, jewellery, clothes and Cambodian silk souvenirs. Later this afternoon, enjoy an atmospheric sunset Mekong river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening, with a coconut juice degustation on board. Phnom Penh has an excellent selection of restaurants for all tastes. Enjoy your dinner in one of our favorite local restaurant in town. Overnight in Phnom Penh.Enjoy your dinner in one of our favorite local restaurant in town. Overnight Duong Chan Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we leave Phnom Penh for Siem Reap. A short distance outside of Phnom Penh we will stop in the town of Skuon to see their most famous speciality: deep-fried tarantula! A stop off on the Hamish and Andy gap year Asia program, this town is home to the favourite snack of many Cambodians. Many local buses stop here at the market to buy a bag of the “ch’ngain” (tasty) eight-legged creatures. The spiders are caught in the soft ground of the surrounding countryside. We continue to Siem Reap. On arrival we will have some time to relax at the hotel before heading out to dinner at a local restaurant including a Aspara cultural danceshow. Overnight Angkor Holiday Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we will conduct a full-day inspect a number of NGO organisations. Your guide will show you our school programs visit and the different activity options for exploring this magnificent site. We will then spend the rest of he day inspecting a number of NGO charity programs and the work they are doing in Cambodia. Our visits will include Treak Community School, Water for Cambodia, Volunteer Build Cambodia and Water for Cambodia. This evening, enjoy a dinner before heading out to visit the famous PHARE circus. The circus is an International quality program designed to take in street kids and train them to be performers. The circus travels around the world and appears on some of the biggest stages. It is a fantastic experience we know you will love! Overnight Angkor Holiday Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Meet the Adventure cycling guide in the morning and get into the saddle directly from the hotel for a trip through the jungles of Angkor Wat. Begin with a visit to Ta Prohm temple (a setting of one of the Tomb Raider films), built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries in dedication to Jayavarman VII’s mother. Ta Prohm is unique in that it has been left largely as it was found: overgrown by jungle, trees and vines, with many parts of the temple crumbling to the ground. This makes Ta Prohm one of the most picturesque and memorable of the Angkor temples. From Ta Prohm, dive back into the jungle and pedal through hidden passages to the ruins of Ta Nei (Grandfather Nei) and Preah Khan (dedicated to Jayavarman VII’s father) before heading to Angkor Thom. This was the last capital of the Great Khmer Empire under the reign of Jayavarman VII. An eight meter high wall draws a perfect square around the city ruin. Enter through the ancient East Gate. On each side of the entrance path a row of fifty-four gods and demons hold the sacred Naga snake of Hindu lore. From the walls of Angkor Thom, head inward for Bayon Temple in the exact center of the city. This 12th century masterpiece is a study in grandeur and is well-known for its fifty-four towers with enigmatic faces representing the fifty-four provinces of the Great Khmer Empire. The Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King are also must-visits as they are both known for their intricate bas-reliefs. Southward now, through Angkor Thom to the famous Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolizing Mount Meru, the home of the gods. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Angkor Wat is well known for the more than 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken around thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people. Dinner tonight is included at a local restaurant. Overnight in Siem Reap. Cycling distance up to 40km Difficulty: Easy Note: Appropriate attire when visiting Angkor temples is long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover the shoulders. Skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed on temple grounds. Visitors can and are frequently turned away from temples when wearing revealing clothing. Overnight Angkor Holiday Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Today, you will head out to Kampong Khleang “floating village”, which is, in fact, a settlement of stilt-houses called home by over 20,000 people. Depending on the season and the water level, structures can tower up to ten meters above the water or be completely submerged and give visitors the impression that houses are actually floating. Greeted by waves of the friendly locals, here you can glimpse Cambodia's countryside culture and traditional family lifestyle. (Note: during the months Apr-Sep the water level may be too low for a visit by boat. However the village can be visited by car. It is fascinating to walk around and see how the stilted houses are exposed from the lake when water levels are low!) From here, travel to Preak Dak village. There, you will meet a chef who will lead a tour around the village to learn about the daily life of the locals. Of course, you will stop to the village market and learn about local fruits, vegetables, spices and how to choose them. At the end of the morning, you will prepare your lunch made from several traditional dishes with the support of the chef. Later this afternoon, let's kick off today's eco-adventure. Locals have created this forestry project in order to prevent the expansion of rapid urbanization and to preserve the rich natural habitat of the area. We will actively support the initiative by planting some young trees. In the evening, enjoy a farwell dinner at Haven Restaurant where is a social enterprise restaurant providing disadvantaged youths, and underprivileged adults, professional training and employment in the hospitality industry. Learn about its efforts while dining. (This restaurant is closed on Monday so alternative restaurant will be book accordingly). And head out try our new language skills and bartering techniques at the night markets.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will have our last breakfast in Cambodia before we can pack our bags and head to the airport for check in for our flight back to Sydney. Flight: 08 JULY 24 VN812 DEP SIEM REAP 18:20 ARR SAIGON 19:35 08 JULY 24 VN773 DEP SAIGON 20:45

Meals:  B

ARR SYDNEY 08:15 (09 JULY)

Meals:  Nil

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty:  Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Decent Work And Economic Growth:  Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

Sustainable Cities And Communities:  There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Partnerships For The Goals:  Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • Return economy class flights from Sydney including all international taxes
  • All meals as per the detailed itinerary
  • 9 nights comfortable hotels in single rooms
  • All activities, service programs, entry fees, accommodation and transport
  • Daily allocated drinking water and snacks
  • Guided exploration and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Free the Bears "Keeper for a Day" program
  • Phare NGO circus

  • visa fees: Cambodia
  • expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry
  • additional drinking water can be purchased at supermarket
  • travel insurance (compulsory)


Introductory to Moderate

Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


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