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Cambodia 2016

Been there, done that, got the vest.

It’s incredible to think that after all we’ve done in Cambodia, the entire team is still rushing through the markets of Siem Reap to buy last minute souvenirs and gifts, before our long journey home. This just goes to show how immense and diverse this maze of a market is. Whilst this makes it seem like we’ve only been shopping, we’ve had plenty of time to do some incredible things …Read More

Welcome to the Jungle

Today we returned from our 5-day trek through the jungle. Much hotter than our training in Wales, the Cardamom mountains provided the perfect setting for this expedition of just under 80km. The scenery was incredible; so beautiful it could be confused for a computer screen saver. Obviously, it changed drastically day by day. Sometimes we were surrounded by impenetrable jungle; others the backdrop of the mountains stood out against the …Read More

International Scouting

Continuing our discovery of Cambodia’s dark history, on the 23rd December we went to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek . We were expecting something resembling an old felid, but instead found a beautiful memorial park; the audio guide revealing the harrowing story that lay beneath the serenity. The killing fields of Choeung Ek is one of hundreds found around the country, but by far the most famous. Following imprisonment and …Read More

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Due to the nature of the museum, photographs were prohibited from inside the grounds. After a late start in the day we embarked on our potentially most upsetting, yet important day of our trip. The Tuol Sleng Genocide museum was the secret centre of a network of nearly 2000 prisoners, where people were tortured by the Khmer Rouge as they tried to turn Cambodia into an extreme communist country. As …Read More

Well, that was bamboozling…

This morning, at the break of dawn (6:30), we awoke, and began to get ready for the day ahead. Bradley and I, excitement in our hearts and our steps, ran up to the top floor, ready to devour our meal, at 7:30… … not realizing everyone else would arrive at 8:00.  Standing there confused, we soon realized the error of our ways, and proceeded back to our room, to experiment …Read More

What went on at Wat…

There aren’t many things in the world that are worth waking up at 4:00am for, but after visiting the Angkor temples, we can say this is definitely one of them! We left the Tropical Breeze Guest House at 4:30am in a fleet of tuk tuks driven by a Mr Lucky, Mr Im and Mr Bothan, who would be taking us to the temple ruins that lay hidden in the jungle. …Read More

Making a difference

During HSX’s time in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The team has been working at the Children Development Organisation (CDO). This is an organisation that accommodates, feeds and educates Cambodian children, many of which have lost both their parents, from the ages of 3-16. The HSX team has been working improving the standard of the current site. This was tricky at first as a strong language barrier is put in front of …Read More


After the longest journey in the world; complete with 2 flights, 3 buses, and 3 foreign countries, we are finally at our destination. We’ve fallen in love with the food here (it’s good food compared to the plane meals), especially the great rice. Cerys in particular is in love with the hotel orange juice, which she describes as “like drinking gold”. We spent yesterday in Thailand, stepping off the plane …Read More

“It is not long now until the 9th of December”

After meeting at our usual haunts, we headed north towards Birmingham in traffic which was steady for a Friday evening. Excited about what the weekend in Snowdonia would entail and enjoying catching up with each other, we settled down for the long journey ahead, refueling at a motorway MacDonalds along the way. Team Cambodia was excited for a weekend of team building, scrambling and navigation in the National Park of …Read More

Three months to go!

September weekend this year, as always, proved to be a very interesting one. Not only as it marked that we are near the end of our training with now just two weekends left before departure, but for the first time since joining HSX, team Cambodia wasn’t the new expedition team!! With Chris Slater and his team launching the Patagonia Expedition a few months earlier,  we were eager  to befriend them …Read More