Cambodian Arts & Ecotourism Treasures
Accompanying this tour is guest EcoArtist, Charya Burt, a traditional artist and a former dance faculty member at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. In addition to reveling in the grandeur of the Temples of Angkor Wat and other natural and cultural heritage sites, this tour provides a rare opportunity to delve deep into Cambodian arts and culture. Enmesh yourself in the arts by meeting with visual artists, exploring shadow puppet theater, taking a tour of Khmer architecture and enjoying a lesson and private performance from the Khmer Arts Ensemble, the most professional dance group in Cambodia. Explore the leading ecotourism sites, bike through rainforest to meet with villagers to learn about their conservation work, and travel by boat to meet mangrove preservation communities.
Tour Dates: Sample itinerary for Nov.
Day 1: Phnom Penh
Arrive to Phnom Penh, check-in to hotel, orientation meeting, welcome dinner and relax
Day 2: Phnom Penh
Visit the National Museum and the Royal Palace followed by souvenir shopping at the Russian Market. Enjoy lunch with a special guest then visit with the Basac/Reyum Organization, Cambodian visual artists group and discuss with them about their work.
Day 3: Phnom Penh
Today, visit the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) which is a traditional music school. Then, enjoy a Khmer Architecture Tours to learn about traditional and modern styles. Dinner and cultural show.
Day 4: Phonm Penh
Today, enjoy a rare chance to meet with the Khmer Arts Ensemble, the most famous professional dance group in Cambodia. The ensemble site is located on the grounds of the former Minister of Culture, Chheng Phon’s, property that he has turned into a tasteful mini-Angkor Wat in a beautiful location 30 minutes outside of Phnom Penh. Enjoy lecture demonstrations, workshops and a private performance. Enjoy lunch and social dancing with the company then return back to the city for a free evening.
Day 5: Siemp Reap
Enjoy an all day cultural visit to see the temples of Siem Reap.
Day 6: Tonle Sap Lake
Today, visit Prey Toal, a bird sanctuary in Tonle Sap Lake and explore the are by boat. Evening time local cultural activities.Day 7: Eco-visit
Visit a community forestry group located in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold. Enjoy a guided nature walk through the rainforest and meet with community members to learn about their work in protecting the forest.
Day 8: Battambang Province
Travel to Battambang Province and visit the protected areas of Trapaing Thmar and learn about the conservation efforts for protecting the local endangered species.
Day 9: Arts and Human Rights Focus
Visit Pha Ponleu Salapak, an NGO working with vulnerable communities on a number of issues (such as with street children, trafficked victims) as well as the arts (e.g. performing arts, circus, painting and traditional music).
Day 10: Eco-Community Visit
Visit a mangrove preservation community, Peam Krasoup, and travel by boat to visit a fishing village.
Day 11: A Look at Ecotourism
Visit Koh Kong, Chi Path, an ecotourism site and stay overnight in the village. Enjoy activities such as biking through rainforest and chatting with villagers.
Day 12: Phnom Penh/Pursat Province
Travel to Phnom Penh and mid-way, participate in rice harvesting with a villager in the Pursat Province or enjoy silk weaving (kos dach). Overnight back in Phnom Penh.
Day 13: Phnom Penh
Visit a performance art NGO as well as a discussion with Arn Chorn (a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, working on a Masters in performance art program). He is also a musician and main character in a documentary film, the Flute Player. Enjoy a closing dinner with the group and viewing the Sovann Phum (Shadow Puppet Theatre performance).
Day 14: Depart
Fly home.This adventure is suitable for travelers who live an active lifestyle, enjoy good health and mobility, are comfortable participating in 4-6 hours of daily physical activities and sightseeing, and able to walk 2-3 miles unassisted over the course of each day.
Group size of 10-11
Group size of 14-15
Group size of 20
$2560Price is subject to slight change and based on early 2012 rates
The price includes
• All confirmations in the program
• Double room accommodations
• Transportation by private, air-conditioned motor coach as well as transfers for group as appropriate.
• Global Exchange/EcoArts Tour trip representative to accompany the group from through the whole touring period and/or English speaking, tour guide(s) to accompany the group throughout the touring period.
• Preparatory reading materials
• Admission and fees to museums, program activities and lessons
• Honoraria for conservation and arts professionals and donations to organizations
• Global Exchange annual membership fee of $35 (this amount is tax deductible)
• Two meals a day
• Philanthropic and carbon offset donations to One Million Lights and Native Energy
The price does NOT include
• Extra baggage fees
• Expenses of a purely personal nature
• Room service charges
• Gratuities to the bellboys, waiters, guide and driver
• Extra Beverages and one meal a day
• Travel Insurance (We strongly advise that each participant arrange for their own travel insurance)
Reserve Your Space
Deposit: A $400 non-refundable deposit (that is included in the total tour cost) and registration forms are required from each tour participant.
Final payment: The remaining balance, health and liability forms are due no later than 45 days prior to departure.If you plan on attending this tour but need an extension for the payment deadlines, please let us know and we will do our best to work with you on an alternative.
Charya Burt Cambodian Dance was established in 1993 after Charya immigrated to Northern California from her native country of Cambodia. As a traditional artist and a former dance faculty member at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Charya is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Cambodian dance through formal instruction, workshops, public performances, and the creation of new works. For more information visit: www.charyaburt.com.