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For those looking to make a difference take an enriching day to Silk Island and the unique Coconut School.

Located just a short drive and ferry trip across the Mekong River, Silk Island is like stepping back in time.

Coconut School is built from recycled materials and run by passionate locals whom volunteer their time. With about  150 students for whom this passionate team is striving to make a meaningful difference, we are proud to support this amazing project.

Included in your basic tour price is a minimum  $180 contribution which covers the running costs of the school for one week. You can also add on at the time of booking a contribution to the school works program and even a contribution to the Trust Fund for the acquisition of land to give the school a permanent home. The larger the group that visit the greater the contribution to the school.

As part of your day you will spend time at the school and what you do is dependent on your skills but do not worry there is always something to do for everyone.

Also included in the price of this tour is a private guide however once you reach Coconut School you will be hosted by the volunteers and students.

As another way you are making a difference your guide will leave you and spend the time training a selected group of students in the starting skills to becoming a professional guide. This is another great way that you and we support the scho0l through vocational training programs for older students.

 

How you are making a difference

  • Tour price includes $180 which provides one weeks running costs for the school
  • Your guide will provide training to the students in the afternoon 
  • Whether you work in the garden, help build a path or provide assistance to the teachers it all helps
  • Make a further contribution to the Works Programme and even the Land Acquistion Fund
  • Green Cultural Travel charges no commission and only recovers bank charges on this Tour
  • For those that want more time in the school there is a comfortable homestay nearby 
  • For those short on time you can still make a contribution through booking the non tour option

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION From your Hotel or or Guesthouse.

 

DEPARTURE TIME By arrangement from 7.30 am onwards.
RETURN TIME Approximately 8 hours from your departure time.
WEAR Casual clothes, Footwear,Hat  Sunscreen,
INCLUDED  Transport, Guide, Ferry Crossing Fee, Silk Farm Entry , Morning Tea, Bottled Water. Lunch at Coconut School, One Weeks School Running Costs Contribution
NOT INCLUDED Gratuities Offerings ,

 

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1

Tonle Sap River

Departing from your hotel or guesthouse you will travel through the bustling streets of the riverside precinct of Phnom Penh. Witness the locals going about their daily life against a unique backdrop of traditional architecture mixed with the influences of French colonization.

2

Bakhaeng temple

Along the way to Silk Island we will visit the majestic Bakhaeng temple with stunning architecture, statues, carvings and artwork.
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Around Silk Island

After enjoying a local delicacy from one of the many road side stalls along the way, we will board the barge to cross the mighty Mekong River. Once you arrive on Silk Island you will enjoy viewing the traditional homes of the local villages and farmers working the rich soils for their crops.

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Silk Farm

We take a in the working Silk Farm which the island is named for. Here you can see the full production cycle of silk and visit their shop to buy a variety of beautiful hand crafted silk products again making a diffference in the local community.

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Coconut School Introduction

We head to the unique Coconut School and you will meet your hosts for the rest of the day and take a tour of the school made from recycled materials.

6

Lunch

Sit down with the volunteers and students and enjoy lunch. Its a great introduction to the school and their plans and aspirations.

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Afternoon Assisting within the Classroom or on a Works Project

After lunch you will spend the rest of the day either assisting in the classrooms or on one of the many works projects to improve the school.

Private Day Tours and Unique Activities

Exclusions

  • Other personal expenses
  • Beverages not described
  • Other activities
  • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned

Guide surcharge:

Guide Type Individual Group
French speaking guide $20 per day $30 per day
Chinese speaking guide $20 per day $30 per day
German Speaking guide $35 per day $45 per day
Spanish speaking guide $50 per day $65 per day
Russian speaking guide $50 per day $65 per day
Italian speaking guide $80 per day $90 per day

Remarks

  • Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
  • No refund for any un-utilized Tour or Activity
  • Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)

Child policy

  • Child under 2: Free of charge
  • Child under 12 years old with adult: 80% of tour cost except with a single adult where the child is charged at 50% of the solo traveller price
  • Child 12 years old and above: 100% of adult cost

CANCELLATION: 

FIT (Individual) Travel Arrangement

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the Tour or Activity Price
  • More than 45 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 21 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 7 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

 GIT (Group – 7 guests or more) – Travel Arrangement

  • Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the Tour or Activity Price
  • More than 60 days before arrival- Free Of Charge (FOC)
  • More than 45 days before arrival– 30%
  • Less than 21 days before arrival – 50%
  • Less than 14 days before arrival – 80%
  • Failure on traveling date at point of arrival 100%

Local Culture

The Cambodian people are very modest, so avoid wearing clothes that are too short or revealing in public and in particular at religious or culturally significant places.

Ask permission before taking someone’s photo.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you. However, if you are unable to commence your Tour as scheduled for any reason, please contact us immediately. Please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

If you need to contact us in an emergency, it is best to call either the Green Cultural Travel Local Representative or our Green Cultural Travel Local Office first. If you don’t receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message with your contact information so they can return your call as soon as possible.

Emergency contact numbers

Green Cultural Travel Office Phnom Penh, Cambodia

During Office hours GMT +7 (Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 8:30am to 12:00pm

From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791

From within Cambodia: 012 536 791

After hours emergency number

From outside Cambodia: +855 12 536 791

From within Cambodia:  012 536 791

Tipping

Depending on the service, it is customary in Asia to tip service providers, such as waiters, approximately 10%. Though not compulsory, tipping is expected and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your holiday. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides range from $1.5-$3.5 USD per person, per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. If unsure, ask your local Green Cultural Travel representative.

When selecting your Tour or Activity please read the brochure and itinerary carefully to assess your ability to cope with the requirements of your selected product.

Safety and Security

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt for keeping your valuables safe. Leave your expensive jewellery at home. You won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels you stay at have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables while on tour. 

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Medical Form

As a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their personal luggage. 

Green Cultural Travel – Community Programs

For every Tour purchased directly on line through our website, Green Cultural Travel Pte Ltd will donate 2% of the package price excluding the value of any airfares to our affiliated charity Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.

Purchasers of our Packages will automatically become members of our Green Cultural Travel Hub and for an understanding of the Hub” visit www.gcthub.com Members of our Hub receive a monthly magazine and access to some great travel specials and follow the progress of the community programs we support. Guests can also take the opportunity when booking a Package to make their own donation to Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited.

Local Dress

In Cambodia, the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing, try to choose long, loose, lightweight, clothing that will keep you comfortable in the mostly hot and humid Asian climate.

Green Cultural Travel Hub

When you purchase a Green Cultural Travel package you automatically become a member of the Green Cultural Travel Hub. This connects you to us and like-minded travellers. Our monthly magazine is full of travel news, trip information, interesting stories, special offers and contests. We also include more information on how you can give back, and support, the people and places we love to visit through our local Community Programmes.

Coconut School

" What does the Coconut School teach? Do they teach knowledge that can be used as a weapon? The Coconut School doesn’t teach English, computer or math only. We teach children about life first and being a good person, who uses knowledge to help others. After they are clear about the life, we provide them the skills and knowledge to be a good person, who can be successful. Educated people without pure hearts, can destroy the whole world. At the Coconut school we teach and show the children about the goodness in their heart."

About the School

Built and supported entirely by voluteers and visitors the school has approximately 150 students.

Approximately 20 students live full time at the school who have either been abandoned or orphaned. Of these 10 are currently been schooled exclusely at Coconut School in an intensive effort to lift their standards so that they can join the others in the public school system.

Coconut school also runs English classes for 120 students and Khmer maths classes for a further 30 students which supplements and compliments their public school education. English is considered vital for students and many people in Cambodia pay for their children to attend a second school for English studies. Coconut School provides its tuition for free and acts as a great equiliser for the poor in this area.

Underlying the education provided is also the teaching of important life skills which are built around the core philiosphy of the school which is to look beyond yourself and share.

How We Want to Help

Green Cultural Travel donates 2% of each online sale to " Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited a "not for profit" company registered in Singapore. We have chosen Coconut School as our first project to support including working together to  make our first pilot food garden.

In addition we will co-operate and support the School to develop vocational training in tourism, hospitality, sustainable building, tourism and food gardens.

Key People

Ouk Vanday - Founder

Now working full time in the second Coconut School located on the beautiful Kirirom Mountain in the province of  Kampong Speur. It was Vanday's vision and drive that established the school in 2013. Following on from a career in hotel management he turned his back on this to create his dream of Coconut School.

Sin Songheng -School Principal

Born in Siem Reap and trained as a doctor, In Songheng turned his back on a lucrative medical career when he discovered Cocunut School and the vision of the founder Ouk Vanday. Working first on his days off until  realising where his heart lay he joined and then took on the leadership at the Island school allowing Ouk Vandey to move on and develop the second school. Beyond teaching maths and english his passion and the school's is to instill in their students the importance of seeing beyond yourself, respecting and caring for your family, friends and community.

Yorn Socheat

Born in Kandal Province and qualified in IT from the Cambodian Mekong University, Yorn continues to work a full time job to help support the school. He is also a teacher, website manager, financial controller and anything else needed within the school.

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