From the bustling capital of Phnom Penh to the ancient temples of Angkor, etr’s Cambodia programs provide your students the opportunity to discover the deep history and dynamic culture of this jewel of South East Asia. Most of our groups start, naturally, in the capital where students gain an understanding of Cambodia’s complicated history, both the painful and the inspiring. Our visits to Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, a former high school used as a prison by the Khmer Rouge, and the Choeng Ek Killing Fields, serve as testaments to the vicious crimes of the Pol Pot regime which impose lingering effects on the country today. Countering these somber visits are an exploration of the National Museum, providing a comprehensive representation of Khmer culture, and, of course, search for that perfect souvenir at the expansive Phnom Penh Night Market.
We then head north to Siem Reap and discover the ancient glory of Angkor. During our time, we’ll be awed by the mystery and majesty of the massive temples and architectural feats while our expert etr guide leads us through the often overlooked symbolism of the intricate relief found throughout the complex. We’ll also explore Tonle Sap, with its fascinating floating villages, and discover Phnom Kulen, located about 50km from Siem Reap town and considered to be Cambodia’s most sacred mountain.
Needless to say, we’ll learn the intricacies of the local cuisine during our cooking class, explore local markets, gain an understanding of traditional Khmer art and enjoy the famous Cambodian hospitality wherever we go.
With etr, your students will gain not only a deepened understanding of Cambodia's conflicted political, economic and religious history and culture, but also an acute appreciation for today’s warm, kind-hearted Khmer people. Come along!
SIEM REAP / PHNOM PENH / MT KULEN
• Temples of Angkor Wat • Community Service • Contemporary History • Environmental Awareness