$988.00 – $1,278.00
Go back to the beginning of AD, then all the way up to the present, with stops between. We begin by gaining a grave understanding of Cambodia’s recent tragic past as you walk through the halls of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. It’s a dark beginning, but key in appreciating what Cambodians have overcome. We then journey north to Battambang and watch thousands of bats take over the night sky – a scene out of National Geographic. In Siem Reap, visit the largest temple in the world, Angkor Wat, soaking in the peaceful life of monks as you wander through thousand-year-old trees and temple ruins. The final excursion is a day of empowerment, as you learn of a vision, a story, and the result of hard work and following your destiny. This trip will shake you to your core, leave you in awe-struck wonder, and demonstrate without a doubt that we really can do anything if we only keep putting one foot in front of the other.
$988.00 – $1,278.00
The day is open for arrivals, exploration, and relaxation. In the evening, we come together for dinner, introductions, and trip overview.
We firmly believe in education and awareness of the past helps to improve the future. Today will not be an easy day, but it is important to understand the unfortunate recent history of this beautiful country. We begin by visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, followed by the killing fields. This is heavy, dark, and a very recent (1970s) history, and is important to understand in order to gain perspective of the current conditions. After, we learn of a brighter period of history by a visit to the Royal Palace.
Journey north toward Battambang for the next adventure. French influence is apparent in the colonial architecture and elegance. Enjoy local dishes of amok, curry, and fried spicy chicken. As the sun sets, we make our way to the bat caves for a wonderful spectacle of nature. Thousands and thousands of bats flutter from the caves for an evening of feasting on insects. The bats swirl out of the cave like a flowing river for about an hour, eventually blending into the evening sky
Today we travel by boat to Siem Reap. The 6-8 hour journey winds through Tonle Sap lake, down rivers, past fishing villages, fields, and picturesque countryside. The river is known to be home to cranes, herons, and other water birds. It’s not a luxury boat by any means, but it will be an experience unlike any other. The day ends in Siem Reap.
Today, we visit world famous and UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat. This massive Buddhist temple was built at the beginning of the 12th century, spanning over 400 acres, is believed to be the largest religious monument in the world. It still holds a majestic and spiritual ambiance. Monkeys, Monks, and Tourists roam the grounds each day, savoring an incredible bite of history.
Day two in Siem Reap is spent at a local school. It could be said this is where the heart of State of Unity was born. The founder of State of Unity met the founder of this school in 2014 during her first trip to SE Asia. At that time, the orphanage was little more than two crumbling buildings, lacking windows and doors. There was a boy, maybe 17 years old, who spoke perfect English, telling of his dream to be a computer engineer. He rested on what resembled a wooden cart, his bottom half covered by a blanket to disguise the fact that he had no legs. He had a confidence that was ready to take on the world. It was here we learned that all kids dream. The only thing standing in their way is lack of opportunity. To know this, and see what they have built since then…
Today is a free day to soak in all you can of this vibrate city. Take a bike tour along the countryside, enjoy street food, zipline, book a massage, and enjoy the day. The day concludes with group dinner to reflect, laugh, and encourage.
Continue on your journey, return home, and continue to travel and live with a purpose.
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