• Cambodia Experiences

    Cambodia Experiences

    Cambodia is still a land wreathed in mystery where few tourists have ventured. It’s a land shrouded with secrets still to be discovered: a land where one of the world’s most awesome monumental complexes cannot fail to take the breathe away – Angkor Wat – the Jewel in the crown of ancient and modern Cambodia – a glory of ruins dedicated to the Gods. Close by other wonders await: including the Banteay Srei - The Citadel of Women, and the Beng Melea an 11th C. Temple built, by Suryavarman II. A new Cambodia, with warm and friendly people, is slowly emerging from the tears of its troubled past and welcoming visitors to explore the beautiful country, so rich in history and culture. Miles of golden beaches in the Gulf of Thailand are perfect for beach lovers: relax on the shore at Kep-sur-mer with its French Colonial heritage or explore white sanded offshore islands. Sihanoukville is nicknamed the “Riviera of the East”, with its beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, delightful bars and restaurants scattered along the beaches.
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The Spirit of Cambodia

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London Bangkok Siem Reap Banteay Srei Beng Mealea Ta Prohm Angkor Thom Angkor Wat Tonle Sap Lake Cruise Phnom Penh Killing Fields Koh Kong Song Saa Experience Phnom Penh Bangkok London

Day 1. To Bangkok

Fly from London to Bangkok with Thai airways.

Day 2. To Siem Reap via Bangkok

On arrival connect to onward flight to Siem Reap. Transfer to the hotel. Remainder of day at leisure. Five nights at the Hanuman Alaya.

Day 3. Siem Reap – Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea

Start the day away from the crowds with a visit to the River of a Thousand Lingas, Kbal Spean before marvelling at the pristine pink sandstone bas-reliefs at Banteay Srei. Explore further afield taking in the massive Temple of Beng Mealea. Witness here how the jungle has reclaimed its territory with unrivalled ferocity.

Day 4. Siem Reap – Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom

Begin the exploration of the magnificent Temples of Angkor with a tour of the enigmatic Ta Prohm at dawn; still bound tight by the inexorable jungle. After lunch, continue with a visit to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which houses the charismatic faces of the Bayon.

Day 5. Siem Reap – Angkor Wat

No words can describe the beauty of a sunrise visit to the mystical Angkor Wat. Then explore the incomparable complex, probably the largest religious building in the world. Conceived by Suryavarman II, and believed to be his funeral temple, Angkor Wat took an estimated 30 years to build. Unlike all the other Khmer Temples it faces west, and was inspired by 12th C. Hinduism architecture. Today, its symmetrical towers are stylized on the Cambodian flag. Occupied continuously by Buddhist monks, it’s still well preserved and totally charismatic. Intricate bas-reliefs surround Angkor Wat on four sides. Each tells a story but the most celebrated of these is the mystical Churning of the Sea of Milk, located on the east wing

Day 6. Siem Reap – Tonle Sap Lake cruise

Boat trip on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, the Tonle Sap. First visit Kompong Khleang, explore the canals (wet season) or streets (dry season) of this incredible town. In the wet season, the houses appear to be floating, as water gently laps at the verandas, however, in the dry season lofty stilts are revealed and the houses soar skyward. Visit a Pagoda, built on the site of an ancient Temple, to see the wall paintings. Journey by boat to Kompong Pluk, a medieval village, literally floating on the Lake. Space is tight for the residents and animals in this unique place. Next see the flooded forest and finally the floating village of Chong Kneas. Disembark and return to the hotel

Day 7. Phnom Penh – Cultural highlight Tour

Morning flight to Phnom Penh. Afternoon tour the city including the Royal Palace and National Museum. Two nights at the Sofitel.

Day 8. Phnom Penh – The Killing Fields and Genocide Museum

Morning tour to learn about the heartbreaking history of a nation virtually annihilated by civil war. Visit the notorious Killing Fields outside Phnom Penh and the Genocide Museum, a stark record of the violence of the Khmer Rouge. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9. To the Cardamom Mountains – Koh Kong

Morning drive to the Koh Kong region at the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains. Two nights 4 Rivers Floating Ecolodge.

Day 10. Koh Kong Exploration

Delightful day gently exploring the mangroves by kayak and visiting the stilted village of Koh Kapi.

Day 11. To Sihanoukville – Song Saa Resort

Transfer to Sihanoukville and then take a 30 minute boat ride to Song Saa Resort for three nights.

Day 12. Song Saa Resort

In Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side. Known locally as Song Saa – the Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’ – the soft name conjures a picture of quiet harmony and sweet romance gently wrapped in pure heavenly bliss. This alluring new resort was conceived for pure relaxation and for guests to become one, with the beauty of the islands – everything created has been built with the deepest respect for the natural environment in this pristine tropical paradise.

Day 13. Song Saa Resort

Linger in the Spa suspended in the rainforest, cool down in the gorgeous infinity pool, explore the reefs or beach comb searching for shells, stargaze, do yoga at sunrise.

Day 14. To London via Phnom Penh

Transfer to Phnom Penh for the onward flight to London via Bangkok.

The Cost From

Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis                      £4,045.00

Single room supplement                                                  £2250.00

 

Cost Includes:

  • International & internal flights in economy class.

  • Accommodation in a double/twin sharing room with en-suite facilities.

  • Daily breakfast throughout. All Inclusive Basis at Song Saa Island

  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.

  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned car.

  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.

  • Full ATOL Bonding.

 

Cost does not include:

  • Visa Fee.

  • Any optional Excursions.

  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

  • Travel Insurance.

 

Yoga and Meditation
For ultimate relaxation, in the company of a Yoga Master meditate under the watchful eye of a serene Buddha Statue, on a Desert Island or in the deepest jungle.

  • Shadow puppets are an integral part of Cambodia’s heritage; share the experience of this unique art form with the local villagers at a private performance.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to Cambodia's best known museums and conservation departments with one of Cambodia's leading art experts. See the Angkor Conservation collection in Siem Reap.
  • Learn from Cambodia’s premier spiritually-inspired artist how to paint traditional Buddhist themes and stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana.
  • Glamping at the stunning 4 Rivers Floating EcoLodge and enjoy the stunning Song Saa Paradise Island Retreat.

Meet our Scholars and Trip Leaders

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SarahShawS A R A H   S H A W

Tour lecturer Sarah Shaw is a Faculty Member at the Oriental Institute at Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. One of her key research interests is Indian and Asian influences on British nineteenthcentury writers, of whom Kipling is surely the most famous. Throughout the tour she will give a series of short lectures about Kipling and his work, as well as carefully chosen poetry and short story readings.

 

VibhaJoshiParkinD R . V I B H A   J O S H I   P A R K I N

Dr Vibha Joshi Parkin is  professorial Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Tuebingen University and Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford from where she also obtained her doctorate. Working with the Nagas since 1 985, Dr Vibha Joshi Parkin has conducted extensive fieldwork on their religion and material cultures and will impart her intimate knowledge of the tribes. Her research interests focus on two inter-related themes, traditional religion, conversion to Christianity, healers and  healing practices and ethnographic museum collections, history of colonial collecting (especially textiles), cultural history of the Naga peoples and their self-presentation. She is the author of research monograph, A Matter of Belief: Christian Conversion and Healing in North East India (Berghahn, 2012), co-author of, The Land of the Nagas (Mapin, 2004), co-curator of the international exhibition on the Naga at the Basel Museum of World Cultures  and co-editor of the book, Naga: A Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered (2008).She has authored several articles based on her research among Naga in edited books and journals.

 

david tolleyportrait AD A V I D   T O L L E Y - VISITING ARTIST AND TUTOR IN FINE ART AT THE RUSKIN SCHOOL OF ART

David Tolley is a Visiting Artist at The Ruskin School of Art where he specialises in Photography and Film. He has exhibited in Germany, Australia, Greece (Athens), USA (New York), and the U.K. (London and Oxford), and will be showing work in Poland (Warsaw) and Germany (Berlin) in 2016. He studied English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford (1997).

 

 

Heather Kelly

H E A T H E R   K E L L Y

I am a botanist by training, with a PhD in plant physiology and a broader interest in plant ecology. In recent years my focus has been on teaching rather than research and I have taught interdisciplinary science with the UK's Open University, as well as whole organism biology at Durham University. Teaching at both universities has included running field trips on which students learned about assessing biodiversity, the impact of environmental factors on plant growth and processes such as succession. I am really keen to encourage people to look at how organisms interact with their environment, particularly at a time when we can see that environment changing. I would like to do this in Kasmir and Ladakh by looking at how the vegetation changes with factors such as altitude and rainfall and also at how primary succession allows the colonisation of bare ground. The Himalayas, with their natural beauty and the fact that so many British garden plants have their origins here, make an ideal location for this. 

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John Macgillivray1

J O H N    M A C G I L L I V R A Y

Currently I am a part time science tutor at the Open University with over 20 years experience of teaching undergraduate, general science modules. This has including a senior tutor role at OU Residential Schools, leading geology/ecology field trips and similar independently led field trips. I have previously worked in the UK Meteorological Office and National Engineering Laboratory (UK). I hold a first class honours degree in Earth science and a degree equivalent in Physics. Recently I have carried out published research work with Professor Ray MacDonald (Lancaster University/ University of Warsaw) and Professor B. Bagiński (University of Warsaw) on the Tertiary dyke systems of Southern Scotland and NE England, adding to previous jointly published research work I have carried out.

 

 Bobs PictureR O B E R T (BOB)   C O O K

Retired as a Warrant Officer from the British Army after 34 years. His family has a long almost unbroken line of military service dating back alhmost 170 years.

Since retirement from the army Bob has operated a busy Bed & Breakfast in York, U.K. together with his wife. Amongst other interests, Bob is the volunteer curator of the 2nd Infantry Division Kohima Museum Trust also located in York. It was in this role that Bob first visited the battlefields of Kohima in 2008 and has since been back another 8 times leading military and civilian groups to explain and explore the many different aspects of what is probably the most important unknown battle of WW2. During his visits to Kohima, Bob’s knowledge and understanding of the Battle has steadily increased as has his liking for the friendly Naga Hill people of Nagaland in North East India.

In addition to being the curator, Bob is also a Trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust which aims to repay the debt of gratitude owed by the British veterans to the Naga Hill people for their unstinting aid and assistance against the Japanese Imperial Army. One of the ways of repaying this debt of gratitude is by sponsoring the education of the Naga children aged 14 – 16.

Bob is also the deputy chairman of the Burma Campaign Society which aims to improve and enhance the reconciliation between Japan and the U.K. In this role he has also visited Japan in company with a British army veteran of the battle to visit and pay respects to Japanese veterans of the Burma campaign and to visit the grave of Lieutenant General Kotoku Sato who commanded the 31st Japanese Division at Kohima.

Click here to view Bob Cook’s interview with Kohima Museum, York’s Curator

 

Dannys Picture

D R    D A N N Y    C L A R K-L O W E S

Is a geologist, educated at Cambridge and London universities, who has given industry training courses on geology at locations throughout the world, as well as publishing scientific papers and books. He is also a mountaineer who has climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Himalaya. He will lead this tour to Nepal which will look at aspects of the geology and geography of the spectacular Himalaya, and will help participants achieve an understanding of how mountain belts and their associated rock types are created through plate movements.

 

joan

J O A N   P O L L O C K

I am a botanist by training, with a PhD in plant physiology and a broader interest in plant ecology. In recent years my focus has been on teaching rather than research and I have taught interdisciplinary science with the UK's Open University, as well as whole organism biology at Durham University. Teaching at both universities has included running field trips on which students learned about assessing biodiversity, the impact of environmental factors on plant growth and processes such as succession. I am really keen to encourage people to look at how organisms interact with their environment, particularly at a time when we can see that environment changing. I would like to do this in Kasmir and Ladakh by looking at how the vegetation changes with factors such as altitude and rainfall and also at how primary succession allows the colonisation of bare ground. The Himalayas, with their natural beauty and the fact that so many British garden plants have their origins here, make an ideal location for this.

 

NaturePhotography TourLeaders Baines R I C H A R D    B A I N E S – ORNITHOLOGIST / ECOLOGIST

Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Nature Guide and in Wildlife Conservation for 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly experienced in bird identification and ecology. He was born in North Yorkshire and lived here for most of his life. He has worked extensively with the North York Moors National Park (NYMNP) including a project in 2014 surveying a large area of open moorland for breeding waders such as Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria). He has travelled extensively especially in Asia, recently spending 3 months birding in Thailand. He returned from Gujarat in December 2015 with a great passion for Indian birds and of course the food! He is currently studying part time for his MSc in Environmental Conservation. Richard is very keen on always increasing his knowledge on the ecology of birds and other wildlife. His greatest asset is his knowledge and enthusiasm, he loves passing on his experience of wildlife to a wide range of ages and abilities.

 

NaturePhotography TourLeaders Race

S T E V E    R A C E – WILDLIFE  PHOTOGRAPHER

Steve is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He has been a keen naturalist and birder for over 30 years, lived on the Yorkshire Coast all of his life and believes there is no better place for variety of habitats and amazing wildlife. Inspired by the natural world around him Steve captures incredible wildlife images. In 2013 he was “Commended” in the “Wildlife Photographe¬¬r of the Year Awards” and “British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards” in which in 2015 he was “Highly Commended”. His work has been published in national and regional media and magazines, leaflets, websites and publications. Steve has also been featured on BBC Countryfile, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and regional television programmes. He also runs regular exhibitions, workshops, and delivers talks and lectures. Steve has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as Education Officer at Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire and taken part in numerous projects for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust and other conservation organisations.

 

Pravin DangeraP R A V I N    D A N G E R A

Born in the textile cradle of India, Gujarat, Pravin has been an expert guide to travellers in India since 1996. A speaker of several languages and trained by Gujarat Tourism, his expertise lies in textile and village tours. His long standing experience as a textile tours escort has enabled him to develop close relations with local craft and village communities in Gujarat. He has led textile lovers from the UK, USA, Australia and several other countries across textile hubs in India.

 

Mike scott

M I K E   S C O T T

I grew up in a Royal Navy family, first in the Far East, and then near Portsmouth. Having considered, and rejected, following my parents into the Navy I took a degree at Brunel University where I developed my love of History. I also learned that I loved teaching and great passion in education – outdoor learning. I have long believed that it is important to bring History to life in the original environment. My career in education finally led me to a school where I was responsible for co–ordination of all co-curricular activities. However, life in that environment means you miss out on many things. Hence, I chose to leave and did so at just the right time. A range of opportunities presented themselves. I very proudly received my Guild of Battlefield Guides badge in February 2009. I am happy to be one of a grand company of brothers, with a wealth of experience. Being a Badged Guide amongst this group of men and women is a unique honor and a privilege.

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