Cambodia Tours

Cambodia Tours

When searching for the Cambodia tour packages, it is easy to get lost in the details. Images of sunrise breaking at Angkor Wat, of orange robed monks in prayer, and tree-lined streets in Phom Phen can flood any traditional search for the right tour. But it is the smaller details that matter most.

Cambodia tour packages represent the personal struggles of the country in addition to the glamorous temples. They bring to life places such as the famous Tuol Sleng Prison, now a museum illustrating the atrocities committed by Pol Pot (a dictator politician who led the Khmer Rouge during the 1970s) and the nearby Choeung Ek, aka the "Killing Fields."

The buildings at Tuol Sleng are preserved as they were left...   Read More
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Some of our tour leaders who have led these tours.

Martin Charlton
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.
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Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a…
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Victor Romagnoli
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a…
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Chris Tripodi
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself…
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Name:
Martin Charlton

EDUCATION:
Bachelor's Degree in Geography; further studies in Archaeology & Anthropology. Life's real education happens outside the classroom.

LANGUAGE:
English and some French & Spanish.

TOURS LED:
Having led tours for Adventures Abroad for almost 25 years, there are few corners of the globe where Martin’s left a stone unturned: everywhere from North Korea to Nauru, Saudi Arabia to Sudan, Guinea-Bissau to French Guiana. With over 200 tours through over 125 countries under his belt, it might be faster to list the regions where he hasn’t led a tour.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
"My love of travel and infectious enthusiasm for different cultures has taken me to over 155 countries. The further off the beaten path, the better. For a favourite place: perhaps South Georgia Island, the Canadian Arctic, or Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. World's best city = Istanbul!"

ABOUT:
"Don't pack anything that you would be upset to lose, that needs to be ironed, or is encased in glass." - words to live by.

Name:
Jonathan Hodgson

EDUCATION:
BA in Psychology at McGill University; MBA at the University of British Columbia; self-educated passion for history and culture.

LANGUAGE:
English; conversational French; improving Spanish and Russian. And a decent Scottish accent.

TOURS LED:
I have led tours in over 100 countries over the last 14 years of working for Adventures Abroad on all of the continents except for Antarctica.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Where to begin? Each place has something that makes it a special destination. A few that spring to mind: Kaieteur Falls in Guyana; the snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, India; sipping tea in a chaikhana of the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan; and watching the changing colours of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.

ABOUT:
Jonathan has lived much of his life dedicated to the idea that he would rather have a wealth of experiences than a wealth of riches. Having taken up a nomadic lifestyle shortly after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has been on the move on and off over the last 25+ years. The wanderlust has taken him to basing himself in places such as Scotland, Australia and Uzbekistan, and to visiting many more locations around our planet. Now (sort of) settled in Vancouver with his wonderful (and patient) family, he still loves the idea of having the world as his office and always enjoys trying to capture the essence of the locations he travels and tours in with his photography.

Name:
Victor Romagnoli

EDUCATION:
HBA English BA History

LANGUAGE:
Being able to speak several languages has made travelling an enriching experience; the conversations one can so easily slip into with locals - who come from all walks of life - adds greatly to my feel for a place.

TOURS LED:
Over a span of almost 30 years, I have lead tours virtually all over the globe.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Some of my favourite tours just come into being suddenly as a result of a request; someone will ask me to put together an itinerary that will include the highlights of several countries and the next thing you know we have, for example, a tour to Uruguay, Paraguay & Bolivia, or Lesotho, Namibia & Botswana. Sometimes I will be asked to arrange a detailed itinerary to just one region within a country - like a close up look at Sicily or Crete or the Basque Country or Newfoundland. Without the keen curiosity that so many of you travellers have, none of these "spontaneous" tours would come into being. But they do.

ABOUT:
I love the excitement of getting up each morning on a tour and not knowing exactly how a day will unfold. It keeps me on my toes so to speak, and adds a breath of excitement to each day on tour. With almost 30 years of tour leading under my belt, I thank all of you for being a part of this exciting journey.

Name:
Chris Tripodi

EDUCATION:
University for Mathematics. College for Music. But the greatest education I've received has come from Earth while travelling. "Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled."

LANGUAGE:
I can ask 'Where is the toilet?' in 57 languages.

COUNTRIES VISITED:
80%. I need a new passport every 20 months.

TOURS LED:
West Africa to South Africa, El Salvador to Argentina, Samoa to Seychelles, Portugal to Romania, Jordan to Japan.

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:
Departures hall.

ABOUT:
I travel because it is the most interesting thing I can think of doing between meals. The magic and the challenge of this job is seeing the world itself as the tour with several smaller journeys along the way. I enjoy that time at the end of one trip, before the start of a new one, where the sadness of leaving one place mixes with the excitement of approaching another.

When searching for the Cambodia tour packages, it is easy to get lost in the details. Images of sunrise breaking at Angkor Wat, of orange robed monks in prayer, and tree-lined streets in Phom Phen can flood any traditional search for the right tour. But it is the smaller details that matter most.

Cambodia tour packages represent the personal struggles of the country in addition to the glamorous temples. They bring to life places such as the famous Tuol Sleng Prison, now a museum illustrating the atrocities committed by Pol Pot (a dictator politician who led the Khmer Rouge during the 1970s) and the nearby Choeung Ek, aka the "Killing Fields."

The buildings at Tuol Sleng are preserved as they were left when the Khmer Rouge were driven out in 1979. The regime kept extensive records, including thousands of photographs. Several rooms of the museum are now lined, floor to ceiling, with black and white photographs of some of the estimated 20,000 prisoners who passed through the prison.

Cambodia suffered a great deal during this period of time with the communist party of Khmer Rouge, with over 25% of its population dying due to malnutrition, forced labour, and poor medical care, all of which amounted to a Cambodian genocide.

The following years had political instability, with the UN briefly governing and strong influences from Vietnam taking place. These days, as an area deemed not only safe but a must visit on anyone's bucket list, it is paramount to understand the history of this rich country.

A stroll down the old colonial streets reveals its French history, however, gazing upon the magnificent temples of Wat Phnom, the elegant Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda show the true power of this once sprawling empire. The Khmer Empire flourished for 600 years across South East Asia, at its height stretched from Thailand, across present-day Cambodia, to southern Vietnam.

During the Empire's reign, superior artistic objects such as sculpture, ceramics, and bronzes were created, however no item represents the Kingdom better than Angkor Wat. It is the best example of ancient Khmer architecture, while also being the largest and most impressive of all Cambodian monuments and generally regarded as one of the finest religious structures in the world.

Built in the 12th century, Angkor is a highlight on our Cambodia tour packages and includes an extensive look at the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Baphuon, the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.

This vast complex, covering several square kilometers, was carefully engineered with canals and reservoirs to control floodwaters and survive droughts. It was once (by some estimates), the largest city in the world, housing as many as one million inhabitants.

Although Angkor Wat was built as a Hindu Temple dedicated to Vishnu, similar to the 9th century temple of Banteay Srei dedicated to Shiva, modern day Cambodians are mostly Buddhist. It is not uncommon to find monks in their orange garments performing rituals as one of the thousands of monasteries found within Cambodia.

Much like the monks, the beauty of Cambodia is in the quiet moments of reflection amongst the grand temples or the sometimes overwhelming history. It is a country unlike others that must be seen to be understood.