Angkor Wat - travel journal

Group photo
On Wednesday 6th September 2017, Kaliyan Mith Siem Reap (KMSR) took a group of 20 (13 female) children, on an excursion to Angkor Wat. Accompanied by three KMSR staff, the tour was led by a guide from Buffalo Tours and funded by Responsible Travel.

The children were from Chong Kasou, a small community about 4km from the centre of Siem Reap on the road to Phnom Penh. KMSR have been providing community outreach in Chong Kasou since 2006. Twice a week KMSR social workers, visit the community to provide a range of services including non-formal education, life skills training, medical services and employment support. KMSR are currently working with 105 children and youth and 79 caregivers in Chong Kasou.

Date: 6th September 2017

7.30am: The Buffalo Tours bus picked up the group in Chong Kasou and headed off to the first stop Ė breakfast!

8am: Breakfast was at KMSRís training restaurant Nyam Nyam (Letís Eat), where the children enjoyed a traditional breakfast of pork and rice.

Children on the busOutside the restaurant
8.30am: Angkor Wat Temple: After breakfast, the group headed to Angkor Wat temple. Arriving at around 9am, the group spent the next couple of hours exploring the temple. The tour guide from Buffalo Tours, talked about the history of the temple, explaining who built the temples and why particular designs were used.

11:30am: After two hours of sightseeing, the group found a quiet spot for lunch (also provided by Nyam Nyam restaurant). Following a tiring morning sightseeing and a delicious lunch, one of the KMSR staff led a 15 minute relaxation session so the children could recover and prepare for their afternoon activities.

12:30pm: Following lunch and relaxation, the children participated in art activities where they drew pictures of what they had seen in the morning and also painted other pictures. The children then played some fun, team building games with their friends.

2pm: The tour resumed at Bayon Temple, where the tour guide explained the stories depicted on the walls of the temple and explained what it was like living in Cambodia at that time.

2.45pm: Next stop was Vimean Arkash, the old royal palace.

3:30pm: The group then spent one hour at Baphoun Temple before visiting the Elephant Terrace.

4.45pm: After a busy day sightseeing, the group left the temple complex and headed home to Chong Kasou.

TempleGuide
Impact: The excursion was a great success and the children were very happy to have participated in this trip. The outing was a good opportunity for the children to learn more about the history of Cambodia and share this experience with their friends. The children said that some of the highlights from the day included the delicious breakfast and lunch, using the floating bridge to Angkor Wat, learning more about the history and meeting the Apsara dancers. Each child received a folder containing photos of them and their friends, their art work and quotes about their experiences and feelings from the trip.

Quotes from the day
"We were so happy for the excursion trip to Angkor Wat and Bayon Temples and walking around the other temples as well"

"We had delicious meals and drinks for breakfast and lunch"

"It was great going along the beautiful bridge to Angkor Wat"

"I enjoyed going in the minibus with the three teachers and a nice guide who was telling us a lot of historical stories from the temple walls"

"I enjoyed finding out more about our wonderful country"

"We saw Apsara dancers and many statues in the temples"

"We enjoyed playing games after lunch and relaxation"

"Thank you again and again to all of you"

"We hope to go on another trip one day"
About our partner organisation: Friends International is an award-winning social enterprise founded in 1994 that saves lives and builds futures of the most marginalized children, youth, families and communities in Southeast Asia and around the world. It works to create a future where all children are safe from all forms of abuse, and become functional, productive citizens who contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world. Friends works in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Thailand, and with 45 partners around the world, to provide comprehensive services to marginalized urban children, youth and their families. Since its inception, Friends has supported the education, well-being, and sustainable reintegration of more than 300,000 vulnerable children, youth and their families.

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