7th to 13th June & 14th to 20th June 2020
Duration
18 +
Age
Early Bird 31st March 2020
Period

The journey begins

Theme Organic and Permaculture
Style Hosted
Intent Adventure

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Two great 7-day Adventures (do one or both) 

Take a journey through Cambodia to discover and experience sustainable projects that are helping to making a difference in local communities.

Also, take time to visit some ancient and majestic temples, and beautiful wilderness. At the heart of this is experiencing the projects that are bringing permaculture and sustainable community development to Cambodia.

We have two amazing 7-Day adventures to choose from, or you can put them together for an incredible 14 days!

You will be hosted at each project by passionate people committed to making a difference and you will also be accompanied throughout the adventure by a dedicated Guide.

 

Week One – Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

We start the Collective Adventure in  Siem Reap. We include visits to the beautiful Camborea and other Siem Reap based projects committed to Sustainability. We spend two nights at a Guesthouse near the Greenshoots Agri-Tech Centre and will have an extended two day workshop at this ground breaking learning centre. We explore the area around Kampong Chnnang and spend two nights at Phka Doung Handicrafts discovering their amazing coconut project and developing gardens. We end the tour at the stunning Mekong Island of Koh Dach in Phnom Penh, at Mlop Russey a eco and training centre we support.

 

Week Two – Phnom Penh to Kampot & Return

We start on the beautiful Mekong River island of Koh Dach staying at Mlop Russey a new eco traing centre, before heading to Kirirom Mountain and enjoying an overnight stay at the remarkable Coconut School, which has been built partly from recyclable material.

We explore the provinces of Kep and Kampot, with visits to an organic pepper farm, and site visits to organic food gardens of the stunning oceanside resort of Knai Bang Chatt. We hold a workshop at OM Kampot Permaculture Foodforest, which is one the original projects in Cambodia, and a maturing food forest itself. We then stay 2 nights at the Ubuntu Miracle Farm and experience their unique application of  sustainable principles. Then, we finish off with 2 nights at the Baitong Permaculture Project, where we experience the organic approach being applied to traditional Khmer rural life.

 

These 7-day Collective Adventures are at times hands-on, as you will be spending time assisting and, we hope, learning at the projects. You will also be visiting and staying at projects where facilities are clean but basic, including composting toilets!

We think that the stunning locations you will experience, the hosts and their extended families’ incredible warmth, and the history woven into this journey, is worth stepping outside your comfort zone for.

So if you are ready to meet some great new friends, start or broaden your permaculture journey, and discover another side to Cambodia, then join us!

Is this package for me?

TRAVEL STYLE Maximum of 12 people in a Collective Adventure — perfect for couples, friends or the solo adventurer.
SERVICE LEVEL Dorm, tent or home-stay accommodation with basic clean facilities. The project hosts, along with your Green Cultural Leader, will ensure your journey is worry free and your experience unforgettable.
PHYSICAL RATING We will undertake a number of walks exploring the locations. We also assist at times at the projects in tasks as diverse as watering, mulching, adobe brick-making, and harvesting. A basic level of fitness is required to undertake this Collective Adventure.
TRIP TYPE Small Group Tour – Minimum start number 6 Guests

Pricing Per Guest (USD)

Price  Early Bird Normal Price
USD USD
Week One $650 $720
Week Two $650 $720
Both Weeks $1300 $1440


Now that you have booked your Collective Adventure, click below to find the best deal on flights.

 

 

Flights

 

Week One – Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

What’s Included

  • All meals
  • One night Family Homestay Siem Reap in twin or single room
  • Two nights at a Guesthouse in Samraong in twin share rooms.
  • Two nights at the PHKA Doung Handicrafts in Homestay accommodation
  • One night at Mlop Russey at Koh Dach in Homestyle accommodation
  • Camborea Permaculture Project workshop
  • Greenshoots Agri-Tech Centre workshop
  • PHKA Doung Handicrafts workshop
  • Entrance fee to Banteay Chhmar and expert guide
  • Private boat for floating village exploration
  • All transfers in private A/C vehicle
  • Morning tea and snacks
  • Chilled water during your transfers
  • All government taxes, excluding Visa.

 Transportation:

  • Upgraded air-conditioned private vehicle
  • Private local boat for river exploration

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival - Siem Reap (L,D)

Group Introduction > Welcome Lunch >  Camborea Workshop > Dinner at Family Homestay 

Depending on whether you have arrived a few days early to explore the Temples of Angkor Wat or arriving just today, we begin this adventure at 10 am by gathering at the Family Homestay in Siem Reap. Transfers from the airport or from other hotels is included in the price of this tour.

We will have an introduction and a chance to meet your fellow guests and our host family will provide a welcome lunch.

Olivier then begins your exploration with a trip to the Camborea project to see their beautiful gardens and our first permaculture workshop. Camborea is a  project making a real difference to their community with  the construction of wells, seed sharing and now a new school.

The day ends back at Siem Reap where we spend the night at the Family Homestay with its beautiful and developing gardens and enjoy the dinner cooked by our host family.

Overnight: Family Homestay Siem Reap – twin or single room depending on availability

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Day 2: Siem Reap - Samraong (B,L,D)

Breakfast > Greenshoots Agri-Tech Centre > Lunch > Permaculture workshop > Dinner

After breakfast we take the drive to Samraong and the Greenshoots Ag-Tech Centre. We will stay at a nearby Guesthouse and after we settle in, we will head to the centre for lunch and have a tour of this remarkable centre and start our extended workshop.

Overnight: Guesthouse  – Twin share 

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Day 3: Banteay Chhmar Temple & Ag Tech Centre (B,L,D)

Breakfast > Banteay Chhmar > Lunch > Agri-tech Centre workshop 

We head out fairly early today and start with a visit to the lesser known Banteay Chhmar temples and a local expert guide will give you the history of this ancient complex. The massive temple of Banteay Chhmar, along with its satellite shrines and reservoir (Baray), comprises one of the most important and least understood archaeological complexes from Cambodia’s Angkor  period.

We then head back to the Agri-Tech Centre for lunch and continue our workshop looking at horticulture training and best practices for rural development. We end the day assisting in the gardens before dinner and heading back to the Guesthouse.

Overnight: Guesthouse  – Twin share 

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Day 4: OrganiKH - Kampong Chhnang Floating Village (B,L,D)

Breakfast > Battambang Pagoda > Lunch > Floating Village Exploration > PHKA Doung Handicafts

Today, we leave Samraong and wind our way around the mighty Tonle Sap through Battambang where we will take in one of the amazing pagodas. We continue through into the Kampong Chhnang exploring the floating villages and pottery studios before arriving at PHKA Doung Handicrafts where we will spend the next two nights.

Overnight: PHKA Doung Handicraft – Homestay with mattress, pillow, blanket and mosquito net  

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Day 5: PHKA Doung Handicraft coconut project (B,L,D)

Breakfast > Morning exploration > Lunch > PHKA Doung Handicraft Workshop > Dinner

After breakfast we take a drive around the local area exploring the river and local farms. We then head back for lunch and an introduction to Coconut Oil production. PHKA Doung Handicrafts is supporting local coconut growers and other members of the local community. We spend an afternoon assisting in a hands on workshop. From making virgin coconut oil, to making biochar and hand woven local packaging we will witness grassroots sustainable community development happening on the ground.

Overnight: PHKA Doung Handicraft – Homestay with mattress, pillow, blanket and mosquito net  

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Day 6: Koh Dach (B,L,D)

Breakfast > Natural Building project > Lunch > Koh Dach training centre > Farewell Dinner

We start with an early breakfast as the project has on going works including the construction of a production facility. We will have an introduction to sustainable building and assist in a project for the morning. Then we will get refreshed and enjoy lunch before hitting the road and heading into Phnom Penh.

We will cross the Mekong River by car ferry to Koh Dach which is very much a traditional river island. This is home to the new training centre we are supporting called Mlop Russey. Late afternoon will be spent exploring the local village and surrounding farms. We spend our last night together at the homestay that forms part of the centre and our host family will provide us with a traditional Khmer banquet to celebrate our time together.

Overnight: Mlop Russey Homestay

 

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Day 7: Koh Dach

Breakfast > village exploration > garden work > Goodbye Lunch 

Enjoy a leisurely morning where you are free to again explore the surrounding area or join us in the new permaculture gardens that make up the centre. Lunch is provided at the centre and depending on your next arrangements we will arrange transfer to the airport. For those choosing to do the full 14 days we will spend this night also at Koh Dach while we wait for the next adventurers to join us.

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Week Two – Phnom Penh to Kampot & Return

What’s Included Week Two

  • All meals
  • One night at Mlop Russey at Koh Dach in Homestyle accommodation
  • One Night at Coconut School Kirirom in undercover tents
  • Two Nights at Ubuntu Miracle Farm Kampot in dorm accommodation
  • Two Nights at Baitong Project in dorm accommodation
  • OM Kampot Permaculture Project workshop
  • Kampot sunset river cruise and dinner
  • Kep and Kampot hinterland exploration
  • Knai Bang Chatt site visit and refreshments
  • Baitong Permaculture workshop
  • Baitong Natural Building workshop
  • Pepper Farm workshop
  • Baitong lake tour
  • All transfers in private A/C vehicle
  • Morning tea and snacks
  • Chilled water
  • All government taxes excluding Visa.

 Transportation:

  • Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle
  • Private local boats for river island exploration

Itinerary

1

Day 1: Arrival - Koh Dach (L,D)

Welcome > Mlop Russey Training Centre > Lunch > Garden project > Village exploration > Dinner

Depending on if you have arrived a few days early to explore Phnom Penh, continuing on from week one or arriving today we begin this adventure at 10 am by gathering at Mlop Russey on Koh Dach. Transfers from the airport or from other hotels is included in the price of this tour. We are supporting the creation of a unique skills based training centre which includes a homestay and cafe.

This stunning Mekong River island is a great place to start and after meeting your fellow adventurers we will explore the project including the new permaculture gardens. Your host family will provide a traditional welcoming lunch and then we will get involved in a food garden or natural building project in the afternoon.

Late afternoon is time to explore and experience an island sunset looking over the surrounding farms and rice fields

Overnight: Mlop Russey Homestay  – Homestay with mattress, mosquito net, pillow blanket

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Day 2: Koh Dach - Kirirom

Breakfast > Kirirom Mountain > Coconut School > Lunch > Coconut School project > Dinner

After breakfast we leave Koh Dach and head towards the coast but take a detour up into Kirirom Mountain, Here we will visit what was the second and now only Coconut School. This remote highland area has limited access to education and so this remarkable made from trash school is filling a much needed gap.

After lunch we will help with what ever ongoing projects are needed and an afternoon game of football with the kids is usually on the cards. We stay at the campsite they have constructed as an important step towards financial independence and a new coffee shop should be open when we stay.

Overnight: Coconut School – Raised covered tent with mattress, mosquito net, pillow and blanket

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Day 3: Coconut School, Kirirom - Kampot

Breakfast > Forest exploration > Lunch > Om Kampot Permaculture Foodforest workshop > Ubuntu Miracle Farm > Dinner

After an early breakfast you can grab one of the bikes or go for a walk exploring the surrounding forest. Then we head down off the mountain and towards Kampot. Our first project we visit is for lunch and workshop at Om Kampot Permaculture Foodforest. This project is bringing a food forest to life and was one of the original permaculture projects in Cambodia.

Then we arrive in the late afternoon an the Ubuntu Miracle Farm project in time to meet our project host and volunteers and explore the project. Bringing new approaches to farming while embracing permaculture principals this is another great community supporting project.

Overnight: Ubuntu Miracle Farm  – Dorm Room with mattress, mosquito net, pillow and blanket

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Day 4: Ubuntu Miracle Farm - Kampot exploration

Breakfast > Ubuntu Miracle Farm workshop > Lunch > Kampot exploration > Sunset cruise > Dinner

The morning is dedicated to helping and learning about the various projects at Ubuntu as we undertake another sustainability workshop. With systems integrating fish and livestock as well as developing gardens there will be lots to do and learn Then following lunch we will head out for the afternoon with a local guide to discover Kampot and Kep including the stunning hinterlands.

We take in the stunning ocean side resort of Knai Bang Chatt at Kep and tour their organic food gardens. Winding ough stunning coastal and hinterlands we will make our way back to Kampot. Here we will board a boat for a twilight cruise along the beautiful river and dinner.

Overnight: Ubuntu Miracle Farm  – Dorm Room with mattress, mosquito net, pillow and blanket

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Day 5: Ubuntu Miracle Farm - Baitong Project

Breakfast > Organic Pepper Farm Tour > Lunch > Baitong Project garden project > Dinner

We leave Ubuntu behind today and first visit a local organic pepper farm which is dedicated to supporting local enterprise and employment. We will explore the area further and take in a local lunch. Then we take the drive to Baitong Permaculture Project

Bringing permaculture to a very traditional farming area this is a great chance to experience rural Cambodia. Late afternoon will be spent in the gardens before enjoying the hospitality of your host family.

Overnight: Baitong Permaculture Project – dorm room with mattress, mosquito net, pillow and blanket 

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Day 6: Baitong

Breakfast > Permaculture workshop > Lunch > Natural Building Workshop > Sunset on the hill > Dinner

Today we spend the day at Baitong and will work and learn in the developing permaculture gardens. There is usually a natural building project and you will also learn more about ancient building techniques. Late afternoon we will head to the nearby lake  for a stunning sunset before returning for our farewell dinner.

Overnight: Baitong Permaculture Project – dorm room with mattress, mosquito net, pillow and blanket

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Day 7: Baitong - Phnom Penh

Breakfast > Permaculture project > Lunch > Transfer

Enjoy a leisurely morning together at Baitong in the gardens, We will enjoy a farewell lunch together before heading back to Phnom Penh and depending on your next arrangements we will arrange transfer to the airport.

End of services

COLLECTIVE ADVENTURES

Exclusions

  • Visa fee
  • Flights & airport taxes
  • Other personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Other activities
  • Tips, and all services not clearly mentioned
  • Travel Insurance which is required

Remarks

  • Prices are net per person in United States Dollars (USD) and are subject to change without prior notice
  • Prices are based on twin-share basis except solo travellers and are subject to room availability upon Package booking
  • No refund for any un-utilized Package
  • Surcharge for other languages speaking guide (Advise at time of booking)
  • Airport transfer surcharge of USD 5 per person each way for pick-up or send-off from 21:00 hrs to 06:00hrs (adjust based on group size)

Child policy

  • People under the age of 18 are not accepted on this tour

CANCELLATION: 

Period before arrival* Amount of Cancellation of the holiday 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 23 900 534 or +855 12 536 791

From within Cambodia: 012 23 900 534 or 012 536 791

After hours emergency numbers

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

As we are owned by Green Cultural Travel Hub Limited UEN 201705140R a Singapore registered “Not for Profit” company our profits allow us to continue our support of community projects in the destinations our guests visit.

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 Guarding Glory 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.

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