Dive into the magic of Cambodia on a Schoolies trip you’ll remember for year and years to come! From the bustling street markets of sun drenched Siem Reap to the unique floating villages (literally floating!), there’s an epic new experience around every corner. Learn how to cook traditional food and play fun games with the local kids as you contribute to a sustainable community project. Dip your toe into South East Asia in the most amazing way! What are you waiting for?
- Watch sunrise over insta-worthy Angkor Wat
- Explore the colourful night markets of Siem Reap!
- Live like locals in the most unique floating village
- Give back on a sustainable community service project
- Support local talent at an amazing Cambodian circus!
- Join locals in a game of volleyball at the Olympic Stadium
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) each day in Cambodia
- Domestic flight: Phnom Pehn - Siem Reap
- All accommodation
- Schoolies Reimagined program leaders
- Local Cambodian leaders
- Private transportation
- All activities listed in itinerary
- 24/7 support in Cambodia from Infuse Travel
- Evacuation cover, medical advice and travel assistance from International SOS
- Schoolies Reimagined Party Shirt
- Pre-departure package with luggage tag, stickers, and country information
Day by Day
Day 1 : Arrive in Phnom Penh
Welcome to Cambodia! Arrive into Phnom Penh and meet up with your Schoolies Reimagined Leader and get to know the rest of your crew. After checking into the hotel and freshening up after a long flight, head out into the city for your first foray into Cambodian food and your first language lesson! While you’ll just cover the basics, making an effort to learn the local language is a great gesture of respect for the local people.
Overnight: Hotel, Phnom Penh
Day 2 : Phnom Penh City Tour
Today will be spent exploring the ancient city of Phnom Penh! While there is plenty of time to explore markets, food stalls and amazing sites, we'll also take some quiet moments to visit some of Cambodia's museums and landmarks that help education visitors on the genocide that occurred - such as the S-21 Museum.
Overnight: Hotel, Phnom Penh
Day 3 : Fly to Siem Reap
This morning we'll fly to Siem Reap, home of the incredible Angkor Wat! Siem Reap will show you a different side to Cambodia - it’s much more touristy here, and with that comes great food and live music on the famous "Pub Streets" - not to mention the incredible night markets which are perfect for shopping for gifts and souvenirs.
Tomorrow we'll be heading to the Floating Villages so head to markets to stock up on supplies (aka snacks!) for your time on the water.
Overnight: Hotel, Siem Reap
Days 4 - 6 : Journey to Floating Village Homestays
It's project time! Experience a completely different way of life in Cambodia’s floating villages where families do everything on their boats, from cooking their morning meals to reeling in their fishing nets at the end of the day. Settle into homestays and explore this unique community while working on a sustainable service project that helps improve the living conditions of the local people. Spend time getting to know the locals and swapping stories, and playing games with the kids!
Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Floating Villages
Day 7 : Siem Reap & Cambodia Circus!
Say goodbye to village life and your new friends and head back to Siem Reap where you’ll explore the famous night markets, cafes and restaurants along the river. Head to the Cambodian circus after dinner for an EPIC show of acrobatics with performers from an organisation that educates disadvantaged youth through the power of the arts!
Overnight: Hotel, Siem Reap
Day 8 : Explore Angkor Wat and Depart
Set out in the blue-grey of the early morning to see the sun rise over the amazing architecture of Angkor Wat, Cambodia's most famous temple! Grab a good spot and get your camera ready for this incredible once-in-a-lifetime view! If you’re brave enough to climb the steep steps, the view atop the highest tower is well worth it!
After a delicious lunch, make your way to the shady and cool tree templ of Ta Prohm. Massive trees have grown up through these ruins making for a spectacular sight. Have fun! This is a great place to check out the hidden passages or duck into a cool spot to collect your thoughts.
You’ll discover a lot about the Khmer Empire today but it’s not over yet. Head into town for dinner to share the last evening meal with your Cambodian friends and laugh about all the good times and memories you have just created!
Overnight: Hotel, Siem Reap
The only adventure you regret is the one you didn't take.
- The average age of the population is under 15!
- Angkor Wat is the world largest religious building
- The ambodian flag is the only one in the world with a building on it
- Cooked insects are eaten everywhere throughout the country, are you game to try a fried cricket?!
- Hello - Sou sdey (Remember it: sounds like ‘Sewer Snake’)
- Thank you - Ah Kun (Remember it: sounds like ‘All Good’)
- Sorry - Sohm tou (Remember it: sounds like ‘Soz dude’)
Good to Know
- The national language is Khmer but most people speak English or French
- The national currency is the Cambodian Riel, however you can use US dollars!
- Tipping is not customary in Cambodia but greatly appreciated.
Travellers will require a visa to enter Cambodia. It is travellers’ responsibility to obtain the necessary visa. Travellers will be denied access to their destination if they do not have the appropriate paperwork.
E-Visas can be obtained online by visiting the Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at https://www.evisa.gov.kh The current cost of the visa is US$37, which can be paid online via credit card. You will need to enter passport details and upload a digital passport-size portrait photo. Once processed, you will be emailed an e-Visa that you should print and carry in your passport to Cambodia. Please send a copy to Schoolies Reimagined.
Non-Australian passport holders may need alternative visas for entry into Cambodia. Please contact us for details or check with the appropriate consulate or embassy.
Travellers will not be accompanied by a flight leader. Our program staff will greet travellers when they arrive at Phnom Penh Airport in Cambodia. We will suggest a flight route from all major cities so travellers can travel together.
No, international flights are not included in the program fee. Please contact our office if you require any assistance with flight arrangements.
Cambodia is 11.5 hours by air from Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne, and 8.5 hours by air from Perth.
No, this program does not include international airfares. Please contact our office if you require any assistance with flight arrangements.
Flights need to be booked into Phnom Penh and out of Siem Reap. Travellers need to arrive into Phnom Penh International Airport no later than 2pm on Saturday 27th November and depart Siem Reap International Airport after 2pm on the 6th December.
This program operates in Phnom Penh, Prek Toal and Siem Reap.
Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.
Schoolies Reimagined maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 travellers.
You will be with other Australian’s between the ages of 17 – 19. You may find yourself in a smaller, cozier setting or part of a big high-energy crew.
Travellers will have access to clean, safe drinking water (pronounced duk) on this trip at all times. Water in faucets can be used to brush your teeth but is not for drinking. Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle so you can stay hydrated!
When you join us on this incredible journey we want you to have as immersive an experience as possible and soak it all in. To do that you are encouraged to take a break from technology and engage with the life on the ground in Cambodia. Leave the lands of social media behind and focus on being present in the moment—don’t worry, it will still be there when you return—we promise!
You will have access to internet in Phnom Penh but throughout the rest of the trip, internet access will be sporadic.
You will be given the phone number to our 24/7 emergency line which is kept open for true emergencies only. One of our awesome staff members will be in charge of this line, and they will pass any necessary information to us on the ground in Cambodia.
Get ready to sweat! Cambodia’s dry season starts in November but you can still get the tail end of the rainy season. Temperatures range from 20 degrees to 25 degrees Celsius at this time. What does that mean for you? Clothes that have synthetic fibers are great because they dry fast (much faster than cotton)! Ponchos can easily be purchased in-country.
You will be staying in hotels and guesthouses with western amenities such as air conditioning and hot water while in Phnom Penh.
In Prek Toal, Travellers will be staying at homestay accommodation, which is nestled in a small local village. Here travellers will have a mattress pad on the floor with a mosquito net. Sleeping arrangements will be separated by gender.
Traditional Khmer food of course! Cambodia is home to many great cuisines due in part to French colonial influence, and you will get a chance to try these out when in major cities. However, you will be encouraged to eat local food as much as possible, after all, you are in Cambodia! Lok-lak, amok, pra-hok— sound familiar? These are some of the most well known dishes in Cambodia. Be sure to tell one of your local Program Leaders that you want to try pra-hok, which will most certainly give them a laugh. It is common for Cambodians to eat rice with every meal- even for breakfast, unless they’re having some yummy noodle soup! Some dishes you can expect are: rice based dishes (especially fried rice, pronounced bai cha in Khmer), noodle soups, grilled pork, stir fried vegetables, various fish dishes, and tons of fresh fruit! Coconuts are plentiful so get ready to crack some open and enjoy the refreshing coconut juice with your meals! We will make every effort to accommodate vegetarian and other special dietary needs as best we can, but please be aware that travellers with seafood or nut allergies cannot be accommodated.
Schoolies Reimagined works with local community leaders and organisations to identify and prioritise the needs of each community. You can expect to lend a helping hand with the most pressing needs of the communities at the time of your visit.
Don’t worry, we won’t tell on you if you wear the same t-shirt twice! Cleanliness is a big part of Asian culture so we keep as clean as we can while traveling. We will have access to laundry facilities at the beginning and end of this program which usually cost around $1/kilogram. Feel free to buy some laundry soap at the local market and learn how to wash your clothes by hand like many Cambodians do during your time in the Kampong Cham!
Please visit International SOS or Smart Traveller for an up to date report on current situations regarding visiting Cambodia. Staff will alert travellers if any changes to safety occur within the country.
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunisation and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be travelling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the following websites for country specific information around immunisations and traveller’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
This program can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free, as well as peanut free cooking.
Malaria is present throughout the country of Cambodia. Mosquitos tend to pop up whenever the rain starts, and at night. Please bring a bottle of mosquito repellant with the proper amount of DEET (at least 30% DEET is recommended). Packing a lightweight long sleeve shirt and pants to wear at night for extra protections is also a great idea! Travellers will be provided mosquito nets when in Kampong Cham. Be sure to consult with a travel doctor or your family physician regarding additional precautions to take.
Part of traveling internationally is learning how to be responsible for your belongings. All travellers are responsible for carrying their own personal spending money and you must be prepared for this responsibility. On average, most travellers require a minimum of AUS $100-$150 for incidental expenses (including laundry, any extra snacks, souvenirs, etc.). The night markets in Siem Reap have an amazing variety of crafts, clothing, and unbelievable miscellaneous trinkets. Shopping there is a real treat, so budget more if you’re a big time shopper and less if you’re a go light, less is more, bring home only the memories kind of traveler.
ATMs are widely available in Cambodia, and travellers are encouraged to bring ATM cards to limit the risk of theft as they travel. We suggest bringing $200 AUD in cash and then using an ATM if additional money is needed. Don’t forget to call your financial institution beforehand to let them know you’ll be travelling out of the country and ask about any additional fees!
- International airfares
- Passport costs
- Visa costs (approx US$37)
- Immunizations (if required)
- Travel insurance (we can provide CoverMore insurance)
- Spending money for souvenirs, snacks, internet etc