VC11A Phnom Penh LifeStyle ( 4 days / 3 nights )

Phnom Penh

Day 1   Phnom Penh – Arrival & City Tour

Upon your arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit some of the capital’s most impressive sites including the National Museum, the Silver Pagoda containing the Emerald Buddha statue, the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh’s oldest shrine. End the tour with a rejuvenating traditional Khmer massage at La Rose Spa. Overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 2   Phnom Penh – Toul Sleng Museum – Killing Field – NGO – Home hosted dinner with local family

In the morning, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the notorious Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. The exhibits at these sites are graphic, and may not be suitable for all visitors.  On the way back, stop and witness the PSE (Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant), which provides support for underprivileged children living in Cambodia. Thousands of kids living in and around the streets of Stung Meanchey garbage dump in Phnom Penh have been provided with food, health care, accommodation and education through this program.  Lunch (at own account) at Le Lotus Blanc, the center’s training restaurant, where you can support the training of these children by being their guest before starting a short sight-seeing tour to experience and understand PSE’s programs and how they contribute to society and interact with teachers and students in the centre. NOTICE: The NGO is open for visits Monday through Friday and Saturday in the morning only.  In the evening, visit the house of a local family for a home-cooked dinner. Enjoy the meal hosted in the cosy dining room to understand the important role food at home plays in Cambodia.

Overnight in Phnom Penh. [Breakfast, Dinner]

Day 3   Phnom Penh – Full day learning Khmer Traditional Massage

This is for the learner who has limited time, but wishes to acquire basic knowledge, minimal stretching techniques and less practice time. It’s a lifelong gift to bring back home to family and friends, or add on to a professional career. The objective is to understand the benefit and quality of a Khmer massage, while understanding the process, techniques and sequences of Khmer massage from head to toe. The course will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. including lunch a break and an hour complimentary massage at the end of the day. 

Overnight in Phnom Penh. [Breakfast, Lunch]

Day 4   A Slice of Dirt Bike Riding or by Travel by Tuk Tuk to Discover ArreiKsat Village & Private Blessing Ceremony at Monastery

Cycle or travel by Tuk Tuk from your hotel to the ferry crossing near Naga World. Cross on a ferry to ArreiKsat for an exciting excursion along the Mekong River to visit a traditional Khmer weaving village. See how the villagers produce their own dyes and weave silk on old looms. Learn about the local way of life as you walk through the village. This is a chance to meet local people, learn about their lives and interact in a respectful and meaningful way and your guide will show you about the way of life for the local people and answer any questions that you have.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked meal with a local family on the island.   After lunch, proceed to a local monastery and meet the resident monks and participate in a private good luck blessing ceremony, wishing you good health and a safe journey, performed by local monks. Sit on the mat while the monks chant blessings and sprinkle holy water on you – a traditional way which is believed pass on the good luck of the gods. Afterwards, a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist. This is traditionally believed to protect you from any evil spirits or accidents and is a memorable experience.  Return back to the hotel. [Breakfast, Lunch] 

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