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Asian Adventure

  • Duration: 28 DAY(S)
  • Type: Aquatic, Conservation, Adventure, Tour, Wildlife Protection – An awesome adventure!
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An epic 4 week adventure giving you the best of Cambodia & Thailand!

Overview

The first two weeks, you will wake to the crow of the rooster and the bracing rush of a bucket shower! You can dive on the coral reefs that surround the island. It's a unique and beautiful experience especially when the water is clear, warm and so inviting. Help to establish the largest man-made reef in Cambodia as we build a sustainable fishing environment for the local villagers. The program also includes a trip to Kampot during the return journey to Phnom Penh. The exciting tourist location for young people.

For the third week, you will be staying in bungalows at the Cambodian Eco Sanctuary, home to elephants, monkeys, dogs, ducks and more! These animals have been rescued, and are living at the sanctuary to be rehabilitated with your help. There is a veg patch where most of the food served for your meals is cultivated.

At the start of the final week, we will journey across the Thai/Cambodian border. You will be part of a new program that is helping these people transition from the old ways of elephant training and working to a new and more humane approach of establishing an elephant sanctuary. The transition is underway but not without its hiccups. Be part of the change that improves the lives of the local people and the elephants.

Basic Itinerary
DAY 1 Itinerary

Arrive anytime on the first day. If you have purchased the airport collection add-on, your team leader will be waiting for you in an ROV shirt holding an ROV sign. Alternatively, you can meet us at the accommodation listed in your 4 weeks prior to program email. There is a walking tour of Phnom Penh in the afternoon to take in the sights of this beautiful and busy city. Enjoy your first group dinner at a local restaurant, followed by some time to explore Phnom Penh. Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 Itinerary

Today you will visit the Killing Fields and the S21 Genocide Museum to learn about Cambodia’s tragic history. You’ll stop for lunch after visiting the killing fields at a local restaurant and sample some of Cambodia's delicious cuisine. There will be some free time on return to the accommodation venue before heading to the Russian Markets for a “street food” style dinner and market tour. Tomorrow you will be up bright and early as you make your way to the island. This is a good time to stock up on any snacks you may want for the week ahead. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 3 Itinerary

Today you will make your way by bus/van to Sihanoukville. Some of the buses and vans love to bust out the tunes. Get your karaoke voice ready! On arrival at Sihanoukville, we’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before making our way to the pier to catch the boat to the island. When you arrive, there will be some time to settle into the accommodation (beach style bungalow) before meeting the dive instructors and doing an orientation of the projects you will be involved in. During your time on the island, you will be working towards your Open Water PADI Licence. You will undertake training and then use your new skills to partake in the construction and deployment of coral pods to assist in building a coral reef. Dinner is eaten on-site at the accommodation. After dinner you can enjoy some free time relaxing by the beach, getting to know your group, playing games, etc. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 Itinerary

This morning you will get stuck into the course work as you begin working towards your Open Water licence. After stopping for lunch you can get involved in the construction of the coral pods which will be deployed at the end of the week when you are PADI certified. You may also take part in beach cleanups. There are lots of children living on the island and they will love to show you their soccer and dance skills. Things are pretty relaxed on the island so don't always follow a schedule and will change from day to day depending on things such as weather, water conditions etc. Spend your evening relaxing by the ocean, sitting around beach bonfires, playing card games, trivia and more. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 5 Itinerary

Cambodia has the phrase "same same, but different" and this really does apply to your time on the island. You'll spend time today continuing with your PADI training. This might be working through the course material in your workbook, learning to use the dive equipment, trying out your new skills in the water etc. The coral pods will need to be built, sanded and painted to ensure their longevity. You'll also need to make the cement blocks that will keep them in place once it's time for them to be deployed. Why not spend the evening watching the beautiful bioluminescent water and enjoying a cold beer. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 6 Itinerary

As you progress through your workbook, you'll start spending more time in the water practising your skills and familiarizing yourself with the dive equipment. Continue working on your coral pods which will help to build the artificial reef, providing a sustainable fishing environment for the local villagers. Spend your afternoon interacting with the local children, playing beach volleyball/soccer, or catch up on some reading as you lounge by the water. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 7 Itinerary

Continue practising your PADI skills as you get more and more familiar with the diving equipment. Soon you'll be getting ready to deploy those pods! There will still be work to be done as you construct the coral pods, make the cement blocks and take part in beach cleanups. Spend your evening bonding with the team as you sit around a beach bonfire. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 Itinerary

You'll be amazed at the progress you've been making on your dive skills, and are almost PADI certified! You can also enjoy a hike, taking in the beautiful surroundings and visiting the tourist side of the island. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 9 Itinerary

Now that you're PADI certified put your new skills to the test as you explore the beautiful marine environment below the water's surface. The beach cleanups and finishing touches on the coral pods will keep you busy when you aren't swimming in the warm tropical waters that surround the island. Spend your evening enjoying some downtime as you play card games, relax with a good book, or enjoy a beach bonfire. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 10 Itinerary

Today will be your final full day on the island and you will be busy deploying all those coral pods you've been working on during the past week. Why not grab a beer or two from the local store and enjoy your last night on the island sitting around a bonfire and admiring the bioluminescent water. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 11 Itinerary

After breakfast, you will depart the island by boat and make your way back to Sihanoukville. We'll stop for lunch in town before travelling on to Kampot - a fun riverside city with lots to explore. On arrival at Kampot, you will have some time to settle into the accommodation venue, enjoying a complimentary welcome cocktail and relax before dinner. Dinner will be out at a local restaurant where you can try the famous Kampot Pepper – it is amazing! Spend the evening exploring Kampot with your group. There are some great local markets and stores, enjoy a relaxing massage or take a walk along the beautiful riverside. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 12 Itinerary

This morning those who have purchased the Kep half-day experience will travel by tuk-tuk to the small beachside town of Kep and visit the local crab markets. Kep is famous for its crab and crab markets, and you will have the opportunity to try some while we stop for lunch. If you don't love seafood, don't worry, there are plenty of other delicious options available. Those who haven't taken the add on can spend the morning relaxing by the pool at the accommodation or spend some time in town. In the afternoon we will be visiting a Cambodian waterpark when you can enjoy relaxing by the river or enjoying all of the water slides and attractions. On return, you will have dinner out at a local restaurant with the group and then spend some time exploring the city of Kampot. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13 Itinerary

Today you will be making your way back to Phnom Penh by bus. When you arrive you can settle in at the accommodation and spend the afternoon exploring Phnom Penh city. There is so much to see and do - catch up on some last-minute shopping or enjoy a relaxing massage. Enjoy dinner out on the town and soak up Phnom Penh's exciting nightlife. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 14 Itinerary

This you'll say goodbye to some of your team members who are returning home. The day is yours to explore Phnom Penh at your leisure. There are lots of markets, shopping centres, and coffee shops to stop in at. Or you may prefer to spend the day relaxing with a massage. The riverbank in Phnom Penh is also great to explore. Enjoy dinner out at a local restaurant with your group. Tomorrow you will be travelling to Siem Reap by bus, so you may want to stop off and grab some snacks for the journey. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 15 Itinerary

Today you'll travel by bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap to begin the next portion of your adventure! There will be time to settle into the accommodation on arrival before setting out on a walking tour of Siem Reap. The city of Siem Reap is much smaller than Phnom Penh, but it is filled with personality and you'll soon fall in love with it. A group dinner tonight will be enjoyed at a local restaurant where you'll get to know the new additions of your team. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 16 Itinerary

This morning you will travel by tuk-tuk to the ROV Community School which is just outside Siem Reap. There you will have an orientation and meet Chhaiky the principal who has helped grow the ROV school from 30 students to 300 students. All students at the ROV school are receiving a free education thanks to people like you joining our programs. You will then get stuck into the project which may include building a new classroom, library, bathroom, or home for a disadvantaged family. The building projects are always reflective of the needs of the community and will vary from program to program. After dinner, you'll have a Khmer language and history class. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 17 Itinerary

Today you'll travel by tuk-tuk back to the ROV School to continue work on the building project. Every day on the building project you will enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch. This is supporting local village women and providing a source of employment and income for them - the food is also amazing. In the afternoon you can spend time interacting with the students at the school. They are soccer fanatics and love a good dance-off! Or for those who are interested you can learn to drive a tuk-tuk - see the add ons for more information. After dinner be treated to a relaxing traditional Khmer massage. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 18 Itinerary

Make sure you've had a good night's sleep as you will be visiting Angkor Wat to see the sunrise! This allows for some pretty amazing Insta snaps! After seeing the breathtaking sunrise over the temples you will have a guided tour of Angkor Wat which is one of the largest religious monuments in the world, and learn about Cambodia's rich history. While on tour you'll even see the famous Ta Prohm Temple which is where Tomb Raider was filmed. On return from Angkor Wat there is free time for those who haven't purchased the Floating village add on. If you have purchased the add on you will visit the floating villages which are on the Tonle Sap lake - South East Asia's largest lake. Locals here live on houses raised by stilts, and you will enjoy a boat cruise through the villages. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 19 Itinerary

This morning we are once again on our Tuk-Tuks and off to the ROV school. You will finish work on your project and then take part in a farewell party - get those tissues ready! In the afternoon you have the option of visiting a local beach and waterpark. Why not relax under a shaded awning and enjoy a cocktail. What better way to finish up your week! The evening is yours to explore Siem Reap city. You can enjoy drinks in Pub street, shop at the markets, grab a massage or dance the night away. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 20 Itinerary

Breakfast at the hotel and the chance for a lazy lie-in for those who haven't purchased today's optional activities. You can then the day exploring Siem Reap at your leisure. If you have purchased the add on you will be visiting the beautiful Kulen Mountain, swimming under waterfalls, hiking the nature trails and visiting the sleeping Buddha. Finish the evening with a trip to see the acrobatic circus which is providing a creative outlet for local Cambodian's. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 21 Itinerary

Today you'll be off to an early start as we make our way to Bangkok! Enjoy seeing the scenery as you travel through the jungles of Siem Reap, across the Thai border and make your way into the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Settle into your accommodation and enjoy dinner out in Bangkok. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 22 Itinerary

Explore the vibrant city of Bankok with a visit to the Chatuchak weekend market where there are over 15,000 stalls. Make sure you've left some space in your suitcase! This evening we will visit Khao San Road which is famous for its nightlife, bucket cocktails, and local cuisine. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 23 Itinerary

Today we leave Bangkok and make our way to Chiang Mai, a beautiful city in the mountains of northern Thailand. Enjoy dinner out at a local restaurant. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

DAY 24 Itinerary

After breakfast, we make our way to the elephant sanctuary which is home to a number of elephants who have been rescued from the logging and tourism industries to be given a new chance at life. You will be given an orientation tour and spend some time settling into your new home for the next few days. During your time at the elephant sanctuary, you will be assisting in the day to day running of it. You'll help feed the elephants, wash them in the river, take them for walks, prepare their food and more. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 25 Itinerary

Today is another full day at the elephant sanctuary where you will be busy hanging out with your new elephant friends and helping to take care of them. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 26 Itinerary

Wake up to the sounds of elephants. Enjoy the day spending time with the elephants while you walk them, bathe them, feed them as well as assist to prepare their meals. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 27 Itinerary

Spend some time this morning saying goodbye to the elephants before we make our way back to the centre of Chiang Mai. There will be time to explore the tourist sites and temples in Chiang Mai and explore the markets there. You'll then enjoy dinner out as a group and spend your final night together. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 28 Itinerary

Departure day. Enjoy a relaxed morning where you can say goodbye to your new friends. If you have booked the airport drop off add-on, your team leader will drop you at the airport. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

What's Included
  1. All accommodation
  2. All on-ground transport Excl. airport transfers
  3. ROV Team Leader
  4. S21 & Killing Fields tour Two days in Kampot
  5. Entry to the Cambodian waterpark
  6. Guided tour of Angkor Wat
  7. Street food tour including bug tasting for the brave! Local massage
  8. All materials for the ROV project
  9. Khmer Culture: Language & History night
  10. Siem Reap: Walking Tour Local Markets & Traditional Carnival
  11. Night out in Bangkok (Koh San Road)

For more details see your Program Booklet.

Included Meals
  1. Breakfast 27
  2. Lunch 26
  3. Dinner 25
Add-Ons
  1. Extra night before program (Siem Reap) ($45.00)
  2. Kulan Mountain ($59.95)
  3. Airport Collection & Drop-Off (Phnom Penh - Bangkok or Chiang Mai) ($18.00)
  4. Extra Night Before (Phnom Penh) ($65.00)
  5. Kep Half Day Seafood Experience ($35.00)
  6. Acrobatic Circus ($32.50)
  7. Floating Village ($47.50)
  8. Learn to Ride a Cambodian Tuk-Tuk ($9.50)
  9. Travel Agency Service ($75.00)
  10. Standard ROV T-Shirt (Unisex) ($10.00)
  11. Save The Elephants t-shirt (Unisex) ($17.50)
  12. Save The Reef t-shirt (Unisex) ($17.50)
Airport Information

Programs commencing Nov 2019 - Feb 2020

ArrivalPhnom Penh International (PNH) – you can arrive at any time between 8 am and midnight on the first day of the program. Take the Airport pick-up Add On and we’ll be there when you land.

Departure: Bangkok International (BKK) – you can depart at any time on the final day. Take the airport drop-off and we will take you back to the airport.

Programs commencing after May 2020

ArrivalPhnom Penh International (PNH) – you can arrive at any time between 8 am and midnight on the first day of the program.  Take the Airport pick-up Add On and we’ll be there when you land.

Departure: Chiang Mai International (CNX) – you can depart at any time on the final day. Take the airport drop-off and we will take you back to the airport.

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  • Program cost $3,545.00/ person

  • Program cost excludes flights.

Program cost $3,545.00