Cambodia Impact Expedition

Cambodia is a true gem of South East Asia, with the friendliest of people, lush green jungle and mystical temples – it’s a truly fascinating country to explore.

  • Location Cambodia, Asia
  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Expedition Type Impact

You’ll get to live and work alongside rural Cambodian communities, learning about their way of life and helping them, through valuable project work. You will also spend time exploring and learning about the history of this beautiful country, from the horrors of the Pol Pot regime to the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat.

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A fully supported expedition, from start to finish

Your expedition cost is comprehensive and covers the incredible activities you’ll be taking part in, as well as the extensive support you’ll receive in the lead up to, and during, your expedition. 

Don’t forget you’ll also need your vaccinations, visas, kit and some spending money. You can find guidance on all of these on your personal Traveller Gateway once you sign up.

  • Ongoing pre-expedition support
  • Flights
  • In country transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Food and accommodation
  • Project costs
  • Leader and staff costs
  • Camps t-shirt
  • Orientation and language lessons
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • Reserve location

This sample itinerary will give you an insight into what you’ll be getting up to. Please note, the exact projects, activities and camps may change closer to the time of your expedition.

Day Activities More details
Day 1 Leave for Cambodia This morning you will make your way to your designated meeting point ready to embark on your journey to Cambodia.
Day 2 Arrive in Siem Reap After arriving at Siem Reap, you’ll be met by a member of our Camps crew who will transfer you to Camp Beng Pae. This woodland retreat is set at the edge of a village giving you plenty of opportunity to get to know the locals. Once you arrive, you’ll be given a tour of the camp and briefed on the projects you’ll be getting involved with.
Day 3 Project work begins After a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast, our project leaders will take you around the local community. While exploring the village you will get to know the local families before having a full briefing on what your work here will involve. During the briefing, you will learn more about the current situation and challenges faced by the community, which you will be helping to alleviate through the projects you work on.
Day 4 – 9 Community development projects Over the next few days, you will be getting stuck into some valuable community project work. The local people in the village around the camp live below the poverty line and don’t have access to basic facilities. You will help improve living conditions by working on projects such as building wells and constructing toilets. However, it isn’t all just about getting your hands dirty – you will get to spend your evenings relaxing by the campfire, learning about the traditional way of life in Cambodia, playing football with the local children or trying your hand at handicrafts.
Day 10 Explore Phnom Penh After breakfast, you will travel to Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia – where you will visit Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple. Built in 1372 it stands at 27 metres above the ground and is the tallest religious structure in the city. You will also have the chance to explore the hustle and bustle of the Russian Markets, hopefully picking up a souvenir our two.
Day 11 The Killing Fields, S21 and the Royal Palace You will spend today exploring all that Phnom Penh has to offer, including paying a visit to the infamous S21 Prison and Killing Fields. You will learn about the recent tragic events that befell Cambodia when it was under the rule of Pol Pot. You will also pay a visit to the magnificent Royal Palace which has been the home of the Cambodian Royal Family since the 1860s.
Day 12 Travel to your next camp This morning you will travel to your next camp. On route, you will get a chance to visit the Beng Mealea temple, also known as the jungle temple. Once you arrive in camp, you will settle into your accommodation before an expedition briefing and village tour. You will enjoy a traditional dinner and will spend the rest of the evening relaxing before getting a good night’s sleep.
Day 13 Next phase of project work begins Today you will get stuck into your project work. You will work alongside our local staff and learn traditional skills as you help make a meaningful impact on the local community.
Day 14 – 19 Continue project work For the next few days you will continue to work on your projects, spending time with local people learning about their lives and living conditions, helping you understand the purpose of the projects you are working on. During the evenings you will get to relax and spend more time with your local neighbours taking part in cultural activities.
Day 20 Visit Angkor Wat Following breakfast, you will say your goodbyes to the team at Camp Beng Mealea as you head back to Siem Reap to visit the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour as you immerse yourself in the hidden history of Cambodia exploring temples that were ‘lost’ for hundreds of years. Following a tasty dinner at a local restaurant, you will get to enjoy an Apsara dance show – a traditional dance thought to have originated in the 7th Century – before heading back to your hotel for the night.
Day 21 Explore Siem Reap After breakfast, you will head on out to the old market where you can do some shopping for more gifts and souvenirs. There will also be a chance to visit an Angkor Artisan Workshop where you will get to see some incredible Cambodian crafts. In the evening you will be treated to a show put on by the Phare Circus. The circus is non-profit organisation that helps young Cambodians transform their lives through theatre, dance and music, putting together shows that tell uniquely Cambodian stories.
Day 22 Head to your next camp This morning you will travel to your next camp, based in a small town where you will live alongside local families. Upon arrival you will have a tour of the area and meet some of the community who you will be working with over the coming days.
Day 23 – 27 Community development projects The next few days will be spent working on a variety of projects all aimed to benefit the local community. Over this time, you will be able to put into practice the practical skills you have learnt over the previous weeks.
Day 28 Final night in Siem Reap After your final breakfast in Camp you will finish up your project work before saying your goodbyes to the local crew and heading back to Siem Reap for your final team dinner and flight home.

How you’ll make a difference

You’ll work on a range of projects throughout your expedition, each aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and designed to make a significant and lasting impact on the region’s most critical issues. 

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School improvements and jungle garden reforestation

It’s estimated that around 15% of Cambodia’s population never enters the education system and those that do, often learn in inadequate schools. You’ll help support a local primary school, through projects such as refurbishing and extending classrooms and constructing a library. You’ll also work on the Jungle Garden at our camp to tackle issues of food production in the dry season.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Sanitation, food security and reforestation

Many of the villagers in the region live in total poverty, without proper housing or toilets, creating a high risk of disease. You’ll get involved in projects such as constructing or renovating homes and toilets for families, building wells to provide a fresh water supply and installing chicken houses to provide families with a reliable source of essential food. You’ll also help to preserve the important Wildlife Reserve in the area through seed-planting and reforestation initiatives.

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Reduce inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Experience the local way of life in our authentic camps 

Our camps are the heart of our expeditions. Built and staffed by locals in the traditional style, and located within the heart of communities, they are the perfect place to relax after a day of project work. You’ll get to stay in a number of camps during your expedition, which could include those featured below. 

Camp Beng Mealea

Camp Beng Mealea

This delightful rural camp is set on the outskirts of Teuk Lich village within Beng Mealea commune.

Accommodation is in the form of traditional Khmer stilted longhouses positioned in the shade of large banana and papaya trees. The camp is surrounded by paddy fields and pretty amazing views on all sides. On a clear day you can see the impressive ridge line of the Kulen National Park from your longhouse. And if that isn’t enough, there is the ancient ruined temple of Beng Mealea to explore only a short walk away, as well as a large ornate pagoda where the Buddhist monks live. You’d be hard pushed to find a more authentic Cambodian experience.

  • Location: 75 km (1.5 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport
  • Accommodation style: traditional longhouses
  • Bed Type: comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net
  • Toilets: Composting toilets
  • Showers: cold water showers & wash basins
  • Power: generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks
  • Signature dish: Amok – Mild curry usually eaten with chicken or fish
Camp Beng Pae

Camp Beng Pae

Beng Pae is a lovely woodland retreat located in the village of Ta Lek and within the Beng Pae Wildlife Reserve. Surrounded on three sides by a very impressive pine forest, the camp is designed and built in the local hill tribe house style. The camp is set at the edge of the village and so all your project sites are only a short walk away, allowing you to become a local in no time!

  • Location: 220 km (3 hours drive) from Siem Reap International Airport
  • Accommodation style: traditional longhouses
  • Bed type: comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net
  • Toilets: composting toilets
  • Showers: bucket showers & wash basins
  • Power: generator (06:00-07:00 & 18:00-22:00). British 3 pin power sockets
  • Social area: chill out zone, camp fire, hammocks
  • Signature dish: Beef Loklak

Our school has run five expeditions with Camps International and every one has been brilliant. I have personally travelled on two of these expeditions and loved every second. Camps International are a dream to work with, all their awards are well and truly deserved. I would not travel with anyone else.

Corrine, teacher

Our local camp legends

Our camps are staffed by members of the community who will make you feel like a local in no time. These legends will make your expedition spectacular and will show you the very best of their home country. 

Camps International provides many jobs for local people like me, enabling us to work together with volunteers on projects which help our communities. Having travellers spend time in camps and surrounding villages helps encourage parents in the community to recognise the importance of education for their own children, paving the way for a bright future for the people of Cambodia.

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