Each of our trips is unique but a typical itinerary looks similar to this.
Arrive in Phnom Penh and meet the team for dinner.
The group will visit Toul Sleng Museum and Killing Fields and learn about Cambodia’s difficult history. This will help you to understand the local culture. At dusk, we will enjoy a boat trip along the Mekong and see Phnom Penh at night. Followed by dinner at one of the many local restaurants. If you haven’t tasted authentic Cambodian food it is some of the best tasting in the world!
We travel to the outskirts of Phnom Penh to visit Sunrise Children’s Village, play with the kids, and help by hearing their English reading. We will have lunch together with the children and enjoy a concert they will prepare for us. Before leaving we will individually present each orphan with a gift, a unique and special experience for them (and us).
We are off to Siem Reap by Tourist Coach which presents an opportunity to see the country up close. Followed by dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in Siem Reap as we gather for a briefing on what to expect during our house-building adventure the next day.
Day Five and Six
For the next two days, we will be visiting a village and building a house for the expectant family, who have been anxiously awaiting our arrival. At the end of day 6, we will hand over the houses to the family, who are overjoyed to receive their first real house. To us they are very simple houses to them they present a new opportunity in life. Each night we will be enjoying dinner together at one of the many excellent restaurants in Siem Reap the tourist mecca of Cambodia.
This morning we will visit the Missionaries of Charity and meet the Sisters. Afterward, we drive by minivans to our accommodation in Pailin one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge. We will meet Dr. Samnang director of Cambodia Family Support for Dinner and he will outline the program for the next day.
Today we will visit some of the CFS projects and see firsthand and be amazed at how Dr. Samnang and his small team are able to impact the lives of so many people by motivating them to help each other. In our view, this is the most impactful project in Cambodia. No doubt we will see Animal Bank (the precursor to Cows for Cambodia) and see firsthand the amazing transformation a cow can make to the fortunes of a poor family. In the afternoon we will depart for Battambang (the second-largest city in Cambodia) for dinner and where we will stay for the night.
We return to Siem Reap for a final farewell Lunch. Some will then depart for home, others for other destinations in Asia that are as little as one hour away by air. Many will take advantage of being so close to visit Angkor Watt (One of the wonders of the world).