This travel is carried out with the cooperation and in partnership with KYA Cambodia. It will start from Phnom Penh, passing through villages and communities and will end in Siem Reap to discover the beauty behind Angkor Wat Temples.
August 8-20, 2018
In cooperation with KYA Cambodia NGO
From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap through rural Cambodia. A Humanitarian Photo travel to discover the faces and traditions of Cambodian people, documenting and supporting humanitarian projects.
Humanitarian Photo Travel
From Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Cambodia offers scenarios, stories and humanity at every corner and every step. The Cambodian people (Khmer) will amaze you with their peacefulness as a result of the sufferings in the recent past. Cambodia is a dream for photographers from all over the world and at every level of preparation.
After several trips to the country and dozens of photographic reportages, the thing that always leaves us astonished is, that most people who traveled with us come home with the conviction that the most exciting thing during our photographic sessions is the relationship established with Cambodian people.
In recent trips to Cambodia, the Professional Photographers and Team Leaders of Cause Photo Travels have had the privilege of living and working in direct contact with the inhabitants of the Cambodian country by finding people intimately humble and accessible to us.
The ambition of our travels is to experience the authentic side of Cambodia and more importantly, to live “authentic life experiences” in direct contact with people from rural areas.
All our tours have been carefully planned, through locations and places we know, to arrive at the right time in the right place to capture images of landscapes, monuments, faces, scenes of everyday life and events.
The tours are led by a team of Professional Photographers who, after traveling long in Southeast Asia and with dozens of experiences along the routes of our tours, have a deep knowledge of the destinations included within our tours. Our Photographers and Tour Leaders have established friendships and relationships with local people in many of the towns and villages on travel routes.
Thanks to the small size of our groups, you will have the opportunity to experience the places we visit at a level that is not possible with a larger group or with a classic Cambodia tour. Off the beaten track: visit remote villages, stroll through hidden alleyways, attend religious ceremonies, enter the houses, small markets and places of worship.
Immerse yourself totally in a culture different from ours. The size of our groups is limited to a maximum of 12 people in order to give the maximum of technical support and the best cultural experience.
This is a short itinerary. The detailed program will be available only for interested participants in order to protect local communities, children, people and the privacy of our NGO Staff on the field.
- Day 1 – Phnom Penh
International Flights to Phnom Penh, Arrival in Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh
- Day 2 – Phnom Penh
In the morning we visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by the predecessors of King Norodom. The most evident feature of the palace in Khmer style is its beautiful color. Next to the Royal Palace is the Silver Pagoda (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), where there is a large exposure of Buddha statues that were decorated and made with diamonds and emeralds, gold and silver.
In the afternoon we will visit some slums projects with a local Partner NGO.
Dinner and overnight stay in Phnom Penh
- Day 3 – Kampong Chnnang
Excursion to Kampong Chnnang and the floating houses of the fishermen. Transfer to Prey Veng Province where we start by visiting the first of the KYA Cambodia projects in some villages: Sangka Chrum, Traok Ta Pang, Tuek Thla, Traok.
- Day 4 – Prey Veng Province
Full day of visiting and documenting the projects of our NGO Partner KYA Cambodia in the villages of Prey Veng Province: Bout Kong, Banteay, Tuol Ampil, Prey Lveay, Prey Totueng, Ruessei Tvea.
- Day 5 – Prey Veng Province
Full day of visiting and documenting the projects of our NGO Partner KYA Cambodia in the villages of Prey Veng Province: Kandal, Crey Rolerng, Trobaek, Trapang Thom.
- Day 6 – Mekong & Kampong Thom
Transfer to Kampong Thom with some stops on the way around the Mekong River, passing Skun, the city of fried spiders.
- Day 7 – Kampong Thom
We visit the important archaeological site of Sambor Prei Kuk, the ancient city of Isanapura, capital of the kingdom of Cenla in the VII century. Second breakfast. It is a vast archaeological area immersed in the brushwood and still little known to tourists. Dozens of “prasats” (brick houses) are the living memory of the ancient city and around them nature seems to have wrapped her protective mantle. Of incredible beauty is the great monastery complex of Yeay Poan, where you can admire the lone Prasat Chrey and the enigmatic Asram Moha Rsi. A site that will not leave you untouched.
- Day 8 – Siem Reap
Departure to Siem Reap. Stop for a visit of the floating village of Kampong Klang by boat. Arrival in Siem Reap and second breakfast. In the afternoon we visit the surrounding villages. Dinner and overnight stay.
- Day 9 – Siem Reap
Whole day dedicated to visit the temples of Angkor: the largest archaeological area of the world where archaeologists classified 276 monuments of primary importance. The undisputed masterpiece of architecture and khmer art however is Angkor Vat, with twelve hundred square meters of refined bas-reliefs that offer a spectacular testimony of a figurative art of sublime refinement. The images that have created the “myth” of Angkor you will discover in Ta Prohm, where gigantic trees arise between the maze of sanctuary towers, enormous roots wrap the galleries, shrubs sprout from the roofs of any construction and the visitor is no longer able to distinguish the work of man from the creations of nature. Visit the fortified citadel of Angkor Thom with its imposing walls and the splendid monumental gates and at its center the Bayon with its bas-reliefs of enormous realism and expressive force who crown 54 sanctuary towers. Around those arises the Baphuon, the ancient royal palace with the Phimeanakas, the terrace of the elephants and the terrace of the Leper king.Visit Tamprum Temple. Overnight stay.
- Day 10 – Siem Reap Province
Full day of visiting and documenting the projects of our NGO Partner KYA Cambodia in Siem Reap Province: 28 Makara School.
- Day 11 – Siem Reap Province
Full day of visiting and documenting the projects of our NGO Partner KYA Cambodia in Siem Reap Province: Sorsorsdom School.
- Day 12 – Phnom Penh
Transfer to the airport and flight to Phnom Penh. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
- Day 13 – Phnom Penh
Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport. International flights home.
The participation fee includes:
All transfers in private vehicles (car, minivan or minibus, concerning the number of participants) with air condition and driver.
Accommodation in double/twin rooms with or near the local NGO partner
- Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Meals as indicated in the itinerary, with our NGO partner or in local restaurants.
- Professional Photographers
Professional NGO Photographers, experienced in the humanitarian field, will accompany the group for the whole travel.
The participation fee does NOT include:
- International/Domestic Flights
Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the inquiry form.
- International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage
All Participants in a Cause Photo Travels tours are required to have sufficient Medical Travel Insurance. Cause Photo Travels refuses participation of travel if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased with Cause Photo Travels and RAPTIM. Please visit the Medical and Travel insurance page.
Each participant hereby confirms that they understand and agree to purchase the required insurance listed below, that is valid internationally, and that they will be required to provide proof prior to departure for the Trip and in order to participate.
- Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $100,000 USD)
- Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $200,000 USD)
- Accidental Death / Dismemberment
- Trip Cancellation Coverage
Suggested Additional Coverage:
- Hospital Room and Board
- Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
- Trip Delay / Interruption
- Visitor to Bedside
We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out travel insurance that covers the full value of the Trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. The Tour Operators their owners, agents and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the Trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid (see the section “Deposits, Payments, Cancellations and Refunds” in the terms and conditions above).
Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the Trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read carefully the fine print of your insurance policy.
- Snacks & Drinks outside of normal meals
Please consider a little amount for some personal snacks or drinks along the way.
- Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops etc.
Tips are not covered by the participation fee. Please read the “What to bring” section to check for tipping guidelines.
- Personal transfers to your departure airport
Personal transfers / train tickets to and from your departure airport are not covered by the participation fee.
- Documents required
Citizens of the UK, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and almost all other nationalities will require a visa.
The Cambodian riel (KHR) and US dollar (USD) are interchangeable currencies in Cambodia, with riel most commonly used only for small transactions in place of U.S. coins, which are not accepted anywhere.
- Credit cards
VISA and JCB are the most widely accepted credit cards; MasterCard and American Express cards are slowly becoming more widely accepted. Note that many places, especially budget restaurants and accommodation, do not accept credit cards. Canadia bank ATMs display a “Time per limit exceeded!” error if you try to withdraw more than USD150 and don’t pay out. The 150 dollar limit is for cards with the Maestro and MasterCard logo’s, VISA cards have a limit of USD1000.
Traveller’s cheques, like credit cards, are accepted in major business establishments, such as large hotels, some restaurants, travel agencies and some souvenir shops; American Express (in USD) are the most widely accepted.
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.
No health certificates or vaccinations are officially required for entry to Cambodia, unless arriving directly from Africa. However, consult a doctor a few weeks before leaving home for up-to-date advice on inoculations. Generally advised are shots against tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B and meningitis, a polio booster and especially gamma globulin shots (against hepatitis A).
- Time Zone
- Plugs, sockets and electricity
230V/50 Hz; European plugs are most common, British less so.
- Phone, Smartphone and local carriers
Mobitel is the largest operator, although competition is stiff. Pre-paid SIM cards are widely available (USD1 and up), but require a passport to buy. A guest house or tuk-tuk driver can also just buy one for you. Mobitel recently acquired one of their largest competitors, M-Phone, after M-Phone declared bankruptcy. This has expanded their coverage and service availability significantly. Smart offers good coverage and cheap prices, especially for mobile Internet. The service code *656*100# exchanges USD1 for a USD15 Internet balance which never seems to get lower when you use it (Feb 2014).
Theravada Buddhist 96%, Christianity 2%, Muslim 2%
Cambodia is a safe and friendly country with the usual exception of large cities late at night, particularly Phnom Penh. Bag-, phone-, and wallet-snatching, especially from those on motorcycles, is a very common problem in Phnom Penh. Be discreet with your possessions, especially electronics, and as always, take extra care in all poorly lit or more remote areas. In Siem Reap, a general rule not adequately explained to young women pretravel is that it is NOT safe to travel by yourself after 8pm at night in some areas. Use Tuk Tuk drivers that are well known to the place that you are staying.
Situated in the tropical zone of Southeast Asia, Cambodia features a tropical monsoon climate.
The climate can generally be described as tropical. As the country is affected by monsoon, it is hot and humid with an overage temperature around 27.C (80.F). There are two distinct seasons: the Rainy Season and the Dry Season. However, the Dry Season is divided into two sub-seasons, cool and hot. These seasons are:
The Rainy season:
From June till October 27-35.C (80-95.f)
The Dry season (cool):
From November till February 17-27.C (80-95.F)
The Dry season (Hot) :
From March till May 29-38.C (84-100.F)
As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Cause Photo Travels will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas. All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which our tour passes or terminates. You should also have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) to see you through your time in the country. In some cases visas are available on entry into a country and may be cheaper to do so, however for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Cause Photo Travels will always advise you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.
What to bring
You can bring whatever camera you wish, but we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras. Make sure you are familiar with your camera, as with some scenarios you will encounter, you will have to work fast in order to not miss a picture.
- Memory Cards
Memory cards for your cameras may not be available at every stop of the travel, so make sure you bring enough memory cards with you.
Without Batteries, you will not be able to get any pictures. So make sure you bring spare batteries for your camera and a charger. Charging will be possible at the hotels.
Backups are essential. Cameras, harddrives and memory cards may break or get stolen. Make sure you bring enough Backup for the travel.
If you want to bring accessories, please consider the weight of your luggage. We usually use available light, but it could be useful to bring GND filters or a light travel tripod. Make sure, all accessories work with your camera.
Lightweight, loose-fitting, cotton clothing is recommended and long-sleeved items should be included for protection from mosquitoes and the sun. During the rainy season, bring everything to protect yourself and your camera from the rain. A jacket may be needed in hotels and restaurants using excessive air-conditioning.
- Wind & waterproof
It is recommended to bring light wind- and waterproof jacket.
Laundry service may be available in bigger villages or hotels, but if you need washing, please bring ecofriendly detergent to hand wash your clothes.
Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
- Drinking Water
Tap water is not drinking water. You can bring your own bottle and filter system and buy big water gallons along the way to refill your bottle.
Tipping is not traditionally expected here, but in a country as poor as Cambodia, tips can go a long way. Salaries remain extremely low and service is often superb thanks to a Khmer commitment to hospitality. Hence a tip of just US$1 might be half a day’s wages for some. Many of the upmarket hotels levy a 10% service charge, but this doesn’t always make it to the staff. If you stay a couple of nights in the same hotel, try to remember to tip the staff that clean your room. Consider tipping drivers and guides, as the time they spend on the road means time away from home and family.
Bring a light daypack, suitable to carry your cameras for shorter trips in order to avoid bringing your complete camera backpack every time.
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