With No Barriers Youth
No Barriers Youth offers an array of dynamic and engaging student travel experiences in Cambodia. Discuss the horrific human rights violations of the Khmer Rouge by visiting the ‘Killing Fields’ museum, learn about illegal logging and deforestation issues, and:
- Help support energetic students in rural schools through a variety of service activities
- Teach English to students in a school run by an international NGO in Phnom Penh
- Walk among the intricately carved stone faces and temples at Angkor Wat
- Visit a unique collection of floating bamboo villages and learn more about their way of life and the importance of fishing to their livelihoods
Traveling to Cambodia takes you off the beaten path. You can experience the beauty and tranquility of ancient ruins as you meander through the ornately carved temples of Angkor Wat, or you can face extreme human brutality as you encounter the harsh evidence of the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields. Modern day Cambodia is as complex as its people; the bustling capital of Phnom Penh, the cultural capital of Siem Reap, endless rice paddies, the mighty Mekong River, forested Cardamom Mountains, and the golden sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. However, Cambodia’s greatest treasure is its gracious and hospitable people, and No Barriers Youth will introduce you to them in natural and authentic ways.
Evening: Catch your flight and settle in for your air travel to SE Asia. Continue your travel en route to Hanoi, Vietnam
Morning: Land in Singapore and depart for Hanoi. Arrive, meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader and transfer to your hotel to relax.
Afternoon: Walk through Hanoi’s Old Quarter and visit Long Bien Bridge. Take a 30-minute cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, also known as 36 streets, and experience the hustle and bustle of thousands of shops and vendors selling everything from street food to Buddhist art to clothes and souvenirs. Later, enjoy a water puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and end the day with a Vietnamese coffee or tea in a café overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake.
Evening: Return to your hotel for an early dinner and good night’s rest.
Old Quarter, Hanoi
Morning: After breakfast, leave your hotel around 8 am and drive to the Ho Chi Minh complex to learn about Vietnam’s presidents from 1954 through 1979. See the stilt house they lived in and the presidential palace. From here, take a short walk to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. The citadel was built in the 11th century and served as the center of regional political power for almost 13 centuries. Visit the small museum and continue on to Cua Bac, the northern gate of the Citadel, and see how it was able to protect itself from French cannons.
Afternoon: After lunch, visit the Temple of Literature, Hanoi’s first university, founded in 1070. One of the courtyards contains a statue of Confucius, highlighting the importance that Vietnamese society placed on education. Visit Hoa Lo Prison Museum known as the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War.
Evening: Dinner and free time for journaling and packing.
Old Quarter, Hanoi
Morning: After breakfast, explore the Old Quarter with your guide on foot to see the Memorial House, Bach Ma Temple, and Dong Xuen Market.
Afternoon: After lunch, drive to the airport for your flight to Da Nang. Transfer to your hotel and settle in.
Evening: Have dinner and walk the beach if time permits.
Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the riverside town of Hoi An, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town is full of narrow streets and old buildings and has an easygoing demeanor. Have lunch at Streets Café, a restaurant staffed by local disadvantaged youth that allows them to earn wages, gain work experience, and have access to meals.
Afternoon: Return to the hotel for free time at the hotel or the beach.
Evening: Enjoy dinner and take some time to discuss the day’s experiences.
Morning: Visit Hoi An’s colorful market and take in the sights, sounds, and aromas. Interact with local vendors and learn about the various ingredients you’ll be gathering to use in the day’s cooking lesson later on. Take the Red Bridge boat for a leisurely cruise along the Hoi An River to the Red Bridge Cooking School. Upon arrival, explore the cooking school’s herb garden and learn about some of Hoi An’s and Vietnam’s most famous dishes. After the 2-hour cooking lesson, sit down and enjoy the lunch you prepared!
Afternoon: After lunch, end the day with a visit to the local NGO ‘Reaching Out,’ an organization supporting disabled artisans. Afterwards, have the option of returning to the hotel or exploring the area by foot.
Evening: Have dinner out at a local restaurant and free time to pack.
Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Da Nang for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City.
Afternoon: Upon arrival, check into your hotel. After lunch, take a walking tour of the area with your guide. See Reunification Palace, Xa Loi Pagoda, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Evening: Have dinner out at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for a group discussion and a good night’s rest.
Ho Chi Minh City
Morning: Leave your hotel and go to Binh Noodle shop for breakfast. After breakfast, depart for Cu Chi to explore the maze of tunnels that were used extensively during the Vietnamese War by the Viet Cong. These tunnels allowed the VC to move about freely underground and undetected by the American troops above. On display are the remains of an American tank, man traps, and numerous craters caused by B52 bombers. Upon arrival to the tunnels, watch a short video on their construction and then spend an hour exploring the caves themselves with your guide.
Afternoon: Drive back to Ho Chi Minh City. Have lunch and visit Cha Tam Church, the War Remnants Museum, and Ben Thanh Market.
Evening: Have dinner in the Dong Khoi area. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore the area before returning to your hotel for the night.
Ho Chi Minh City
Morning: After breakfast, transfer to Chau Doc via Vinh Long to visit Cai Be Floating Market. Arrive in Cai Be and start your tour of the Delta with a cruise to Dong Phu and An Binh. Sail along some of the Mekong’s many branches and creeks. Visit local orchards and an old provincial house built by the French over 150 years ago. Merge with the TienGiang River, one of the two largest ‘arms’ of the Mekong, and witness the vital, water-based economic activity occurring in this area and discuss its significance with your guide.
Afternoon: After lunch, take a boat to Vinh Long where you’ll be picked up for the drive to Chau Doc.
Evening: Check into your hotel and have dinner at local restaurant.
Morning: After an early breakfast, take a 5-hour speedboat ride to Phnom Penh.
Afternoon: Arrive in Phnom Penh in time for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, tour the Khmer Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a sobering and poignant testament to Cambodia’s horrific past that documents the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge against the Cambodian people. Discuss the experience as a group before taking some time to decompress in the busy, colorful booths of the vast central market.
Evening: After dinner, enjoy a walk up the river to visit the night market.
Morning: After breakfast, your guide will take you to explore the Russian market. Time-permitting, you may have the opportunity to climb the hill to Wat Phnom, the city’s main temple.
Afternoon: After lunch, take a short drive to visit Choeung Ek (The Killing Fields) where over 17,000 people were murdered and buried in mass graves by the Khmer Rouge.
Evening: Dinner out at a local restaurant and time to discuss and reflect on the past two days’ experiences and what was learned and observed. Processing time is important after learning about the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.
Morning/Afternoon: After an early breakfast, depart by bus for Siem Reap. En route, stop at Skun (“Spiderville”) for lunch near Kapong Thom Province. Check into your hotel in the late afternoon and rest up before dinner.
Evening: Dinner and free time, early to bed.
Morning: Visit Ta Prom after breakfast, then the Angkor National museum, and the war museum if time.
Afternoon/ Evening: After lunch, return to the hotel for some free time, then go see Preah Kahn. Have dinner, then do some shopping at the Angkor Night Market.
Morning: After an early breakfast, drive to Kbal Spean (Bridge Head), and Kulen National Park to view the series of sandstone carvings in the riverbed and on the banks, commonly known as the “The River of a Thousand Lingas.”
Afternoon: Eat a pack lunch before visiting the Angkor Center for the Conservation of Biodiversity, located at the base of Kbal Spean mountain and take the tour. Afterwards, visit Banteay Srey temple and the Cambodia Landmine Museum before transferring back to Siem Reap.
Evening: Return to the hotel for dinner and some free time.
Morning: Visit to Angkor Wat after breakfast, followed by a tour of the temple. Later, visit Green Gecko to learn about what they do and have lunch at Green Star, Green Gecko’s training restaurant.
Afternoon/Evening: Take a break at the hotel after lunch, then visit Angkor Thom in the late afternoon. Afterwards, spend time in a crafts market searching for last-minute gifts for loved ones back home and have a final celebratory dinner out. Participate in a closing circle.
Morning/Afternoon: Depart and return home inspired and forever changed by your trip to Southeast Asia.
Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.Rachel W., Student
There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.Saul S., Student
I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.Amanda W., Trip Leader
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.”
Facts & Figures
Capital: Phnom Penh
Special Note: It’s considered disrespectful to allow your feet or soles to point at people.
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