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Cambodia 2016



In the winter of 2016-2017 (December-January) HSX are leading an international expedition to Cambodia!

On 10th December 2016, four leaders from HSX and 7 Hampshire Scouts will jet off to Cambodia. The expedition will be HSX’s first to that region but will also celebrate 30 years of Hampshire Scout Expeditions.

Our journey will see us fly from London to Bangkok, before tackling the journey into Cambodia via coach. Once we have arrived in Cambodia our time will be spent between Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and of course, our Jungle Trek in Chipat.

We will be teaming up with the Cambodian Scouts in Siem Reap for our community project and Hanuman for the Jungle phase of our expedition.

To keep up to date with our latest news and adventures please follow our blog below.


The Leaders

Matt Prince, Liam Foster, Rosemary Harrison & Clare Symonds.

The Leaders

The Team

Anna, Becky, Bradley, Cerys, Ed, Kenneth & Tom.

The Team



*Expedition Uniform & Hammocks sponsored by Craghoppers

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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2 Responses to "Cambodia 2016"

  • Mark Hensby
    December 17, 2016 - 11:00

    One week into the trip hope all is going well. Looking forward to more updates when time allows!

  • Russ Parke
    December 25, 2016 - 07:45

    Happy Christmas to you all Enjoy your Turkey and Christmas Pud! Or whatever you have instead. Russ

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