Purpose & Philanthropy Field Trip
Join Human & Hope's founder Sally on a 7-day once-in-a-lifetime ETHICAL ADVENTURE that traverses all the must-see highlights of Siem Reap, Cambodia! You will be immersed in the Cambodian culture on this inspiring, ethical and socially responsible tour.
Limited to 10 travellers, this is an opportunity not to be missed!
What To Expect
We make our own way to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and are hit by the heat once we step off onto the tarmac. It’s okay though, as there is excitement in the air of what will come.
We climb into a tuk-tuk and take in the sights of the busy streets as we head to our boutique hotel. Checking in, we head straight to the pool and have an afternoon of relaxation before we have a homemade dinner with a Cambodian family.
Our heads hit our pillows early in anticipation of the beginning of the tour the next day. You will want to rest as much as possible!
After a good night’s rest and a filling breakfast at the hotel, we head out for a walking tour of Siem Reap. We begin at Wat Damnak, the largest pagoda in Siem Reap that was formerly a palace for the King, then to a military base during the dark days of the Khmer Rouge. We stroll through the serene environment, learning the cultural and religious significance of stupas, the Monk’s quarters and the pagoda.
As soon as we step out of the pagoda compound, we are hit with the noise, sights and smells of Siem Reap.
Other highlights for the day:
Old market – browse souvenirs, social enterprise shops and head into the food market where we will have a taste-test of some popular Khmer food.
Wat Preah Prom Rath – browse the intricate murals at this colourful pagoda founded in 1915
Lunch at New Leaf Eatery – support this social enterprise that distributes the profits to their staff and the community
Tour of Artisans Angkor workshop – during this guided tour we will witness the fine art of wood carving, painting and silk weaving
Wat Thmey (Optional) - Visit this Buddhist temple with a glass-sided memorial housing victims of the Khmer Rouge regime.
Dinner at Haven – eat quality food whilst supporting the training of disadvantaged students
Today we are up bright and early as we head to Angkor Archaeological Park. We are led by a local guide whose passion for the history of his people and culture shines through. The peaceful environment isn’t what most people would expect when visiting a popular location like Angkor, but this isn’t your standard visit to the historic temples; you have the opportunity to visit four temples that most travellers don’t know about.
We head back into town, sweaty but satisfied, and have lunch at the hotel, followed by a quick rest or shower. It’s then time for half of our travellers to get back into the tuk-tuk and take the 30-minute journey out to HHA Cambodia, the community centre each traveller has fundraised to support. The remaining travellers have a free afternoon to explore town.
At HHA Cambodia, you will learn about the programs and get an in-depth understanding of the organisation, as well as a pagoda visit! The night is followed by dinner at a local social enterprise called Spoons that trains disadvantaged youth in hospitality.
Today we experience a water hyacinth weaving workshop at Rokhak Women Handicraft. This is a great way to see how a lot of products are made in Cambodia, with the opportunity to have a go. Lunch will be at Footprint Cafe, which, of course, is a social enterprise.
The afternoon will be free for everyone to explore, and we have an optional trip to the Phnom Kroam mountain temple and Wat Athvea. This will be up to the traveller!
We will finish off the day with dinner with the HHA team at 60 Road, a popular local hangout for Cambodians where there are rides, games and lots of local food. It is also very busy, but fun!
Another big day and more exploring of Siem Reap and the beautiful temples. Today is a guided tour of Ta Prohm, Bayon and Angkor, beautiful breathtaking temples where we will learn a lot about the history of these temples and Siem Reap!
For lunch, we will head to a social enterprise cafe called Sister Srey. In the afternoon, half our travellers will visit HHA Cambodia, and the other half is free to explore.
Then the evening will be concluded with a dinner and show at Phare the Cambodian Circus, a social enterprise.
After spending the last few days tasting all the deliciously unique food Cambodia has to offer, it’s time to learn how to make our own. We walk to our cooking class, where we are introduced to the Khmer chef who tells us that today’s menu is rice paper rolls, fish amok and caramelised bananas.
Then the best part, eating the lunch that we cooked! The afternoon is free again, with an optional ethical shopping tour.
For our last night, we get treated to a meal at Marum social enterprise restaurant, eating a range of delicious tapas that will leave us feeling satisfied.
We meet for breakfast at the hotel; our final meal. Reflecting on the journey, the travellers are grateful for everything they have experienced and say they will have a lifelong connection to Cambodia.
We say our goodbyes and head to the airport; sad to leave this friendly and heart-warming country, but appreciative for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.