Day by Day program for an experience of a lifetime

Day 1
Guests will arrive at Siem Reap International Airport, where they will be greeted by PEPY Tours trip leader(s) and transferred to their accommodation. This evening there will be a welcome dinner and orientation to get to know Cambodia and prepare for the coming week.

 

Day 2

Morning – Start the adventure by diving right in and heading to the local market! Learn about different foods, taste different fruits, and maybe learn how to barter in Khmer! 

We will then visit the Silk Farm, a social enterprise working to revive traditional Khmer weaving techniques, and provide employment opportunities in a rural community.

Afternoon - The group will travel onwards to the community of Banteay Chmaa, where they will meet their host families.

 

Day 3

Morning – In the morning guests will get an insight into rural Cambodian living. We will visit the local pagoda to meet the monks, as well as meet local farmers to learn about their work. Depending on the season, there may be the opportunity to learn about rice planting or traditional plowing techniques.

Afternoon – The afternoon will be spent exploring the Banteay Chmaa temple complex. This is an unusual opportunity to have an ancient Angkorian temple all to yourself, as few tourists make it here!

There is an ongoing restoration project happening at the temples that guests can learn about if they are interested.

Optional –A candlelit dinner at the temples, complete with traditional Khmer music performance.

 

Day 4

Morning – This morning guests will wave goodbye to their homestay families and make the return journey to Siem Reap.

Afternoon – Guests will have a chance to visit the PEPY NGO office. Here they will be able to learn about PEPY’s work, challenges to education in Cambodia, and how their money is being spent. The rest of the afternoon is free for independent explorations.

 

Day 5

Morning – It’s finally time to explore the magnificent Temples of Angkor, and a licensed tour guide will join for the duration of the day. In the morning we will visit the Ta Prohm, famous for its starring role in the Tomb Raider movie, before moving on to the smiling faces of Bayon. 

Afternoon – Guests will spend the afternoon at the mighty Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious structure.

Optional – In the evening guests could visit the Siem Reap night market.

 

Day 6

Morning – The group will make its way over to K’bal Spean, a small mountain situated in the southwestern slopes of the Kulen Hills. Here guests will do some hiking, scaling the forest trail until they reach the river bed, famous for its beautiful ancient carvings.

Afternoon – On the return journey from K’bal Spean guests will stop off at the famous Landmine Museum. The museum was opened in 1998 by Aki Ra, a former child soldier turned de-miner. 

Optional – In the evening guests can visit the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus – a social enterprise training talented Cambodian youths to become professional performers.

 

Day 7

Morning – If guests are interested we would normally suggest visiting a local pagoda for a blessing on the final morning of the trip. Alternatively we can recommend – or guests can choose – from a selection of optional excursions.

Afternoon – Time for guests and trip leaders to say farewell. Guests departing this day can do so via Siem Reap International Airport, or head to Thailand via the Poipet border crossing (2 hours from Siem Reap). The lucky ones that stay for an extension will proceed to their chosen destination.