The HSX Cambodia Expedition will spend a total of four weeks in country undertaking three main tasks; a community project, an adventurous trek and culture touring. We have highlighted our favourite places we will be visiting below.
“Siem Reap is a fast-growing city with plenty of new hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. But chances are, you’re here not because of the city itself, but for what’s nearby: amazingly well-preserved ancient temples” Trip Advisor
This is exactly what we will be doing in Siem Reap; home to the famous Angkor Temples we shall be fully immersing ourselves in the local culture and way of life. It will not be until the end of our trip that we visit this area, but the old saying is best till last… Whilst within the city the participants will have the chance to explore and get to know more about the local people through our links with the Cambodia Scouts. We will be undertaking the local ‘temple challenge’ which adds an element of adventure and competition to visiting the temples.
“Cambodia’s capital can be an assault on the senses. Markets exude pungent scents; and all the while the sounds of life, of commerce, of survival, reverberate through the streets. But this is all part of the attraction” Lonely Planet
Our first stop in Cambodia is Phnom Pehn and this seems fitting given its title as capital of Cambodia. During our first initial days in country the team will have the chance to explore the city with the leaders and get their first taste of travel and expedition life. We will be visiting the Royal Palace and National Museum which we believe is vital for our participants to learn and be knowledgeable about during the trip.
The Cardamom Mountain range appears in the South West of Cambodia and borders of Thailand with the highest peak being Phnom Aural and standing at 1,813 metres high. The largely inaccessible range formed one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge, driven out by Vietnamese forces during the Cambodian–Vietnamese War. Tourism is relatively new to the Cardamom Mountains which is great for us as it provides the expedition team with a chance to see a real wilderness and how it compares to some of the UK’s mountain ranges but also some rare wildlife. This region will be home to us for six days as we undertake our trek.
Surrounded by white-sand beaches and undeveloped tropical islands, Sihanoukville is one of Cambodia’s most sought after destinations. Named in honour of the then head-of-state, Sihanoukville was hacked out of the jungle in the late 1950s to create Cambodia’s first and only deep-water port. To the team it will be our Christmas venue! Spending some much needed time after the trek relaxing and having some down time. The team will have the opportunity to go swimming, snorkelling and tuck into the not so traditional fresh fish cooked on an open BBQ for Christmas dinner.
Cambodia will offer everyone on the expedition a chance to indulge themselves in local culture, visit rare and beautiful locations, generating memories that will last a lifetime. For your chance to be involved and become a participant click here: http://goo.gl/forms/8OV6pVz2Ku