The Cambodian Adventure: Siem Reap & Phnom Penh Cultural Tour
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For the first time, a small but very eager group of high school school students; seasoned and well experienced travel enthusiasts (Mr. Whyte, Mrs. Numsumnao, Mr. McKenzie and Ms. Milligan) along with an adventurous group of student teachers from Alberta will be trekking to the ancient capital of Siem Reap. It is here that we will tour the many temples and Angkor Wat. We will see traditional Khmer dancing and experience the friendly night markets. In addition we will travel to the Canadian funded land mine museum which supports the rebuilding of shattered communities by Internationally recognized hero, Aki Ra, a former child foot solider for the Khmer Rouge and later a member of the Vietnamese armed forces. Aki Ra now works in the remote countryside de-mining and giving back to his people as a part of his repayment to his own people. During mid week we travel by bus south for 5 hours where we will visit the modern capital city of Phnom Penh. It is very likely that we'll stop part way in Kampong Thom overnight, but we are unsure of this. For the next few days we will make are way to Phnom Penh where we will see the museums and more on the war history of this country. On our last day of the trip in Phnom Penh we will pay respects to victims of the Khmer Rouge Genocide at Tuol Sleng and the infamous Killing Fields. This trip will highlight be an close up look into the real lives of Cambodian people and Khmer culture. It is my hope that our students will gain a better appreciation for the daily struggle that Cambodian people face. Our group comes prepared for serious Photography to document our time on this challenging excursion.