This is an adventure with the self as well as the environment. Stepping out of the comfort zone of our everyday lives allows us to see our life, and our habits of thought and action, from a new perspective. You will have the opportunity to share and debrief your experiences in a supportive group, and make sense of your experiences in relation to your everyday life.
Whether trekking in the jungle or visiting the world-famous Angkor temples, you'll explore Cambodia's treasures and enjoy photography, art and meditation along the way -- This 2013 Overland Adventure offers a glimpse of Cambodia that the tourists seldom see!
Cambodia makes the perfect subject; a wealth of visual excitement and stimulation with ancient temples, stunning scenery and fascinating people. On our February dates, get the chance to explore yourself through the process of making drawings, paintings and taking photos at the amazing temple complex at Angkor Wat, in street markets and out in the lush jungle.
As well as visiting the main temples, participants will also enjoy the inspiring courses led by experienced Skyros facilitators, take a trip to Tonle Sap great lake and visit the Fine Art School and local markets.
The tour begins from Phnom Penh and includes a one night stay at the centrally located Sunway Hotel, followed by three nights in Battambang, an important area for wildlife conservation. The group will then travel on to Siem Reap for four nights at the sumptuous Sokha Angkor Resort, home to the renowned temples of Angkor Wat, which are one of South East Asia’s historical and cultural highlights (listed in 1992 by Unesco as a World Heritage Site).
The Cambodia Adventure begins and concludes with a night in the exceptionally well located Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh, in walking distance of Phnom Penh’s main attractions. The second stage of travel is to the Stung Sanke Hotel in Battemburg, an important area for wildlife conservation where you are accommodated for three nights. You will then travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia for four nights at the 5-star Sokha Angkor. The tour then returns to Phnom Penh.
Sunday 3rd February
Leave the UK
Monday 4th February
Arrive Phnom Penh, 1 night four-star Sunway Hotel.
Take a taxi from the Airport to the hotel. There will be a group meeting in the hotel. On the arrival evening we offer an optional group meal. After this we will lead a guided walk. Alternatively we can recommend a traditional massage near to the hotel
Tuesday 5th February
AM. Optional excursion to Royal Palace and National Museum
PM. Travel to Battambang for three nights in Stung Sanke Hotel
Community Meeting and Dinner (as part of half board)
Wednesday 6th February
Trekking on Phnom Sampov mountain and visit to Temple and caves. The area, close to Ton Le Sap lake is full of birdlife. Courses will be held out and about.
Thursday 7th February
Visit to old Battambang and its old French Quarter. Visit Ancient House and Bamboo Train
Afternoon visit to Banan Temple
Friday 8th February
AM. Travel to Siem Reap. Arrive at Siem Reap in the early afternoon
4 nights stay in Siem Reap at five-star Sokha Angkor Resort
Saturday 9th January
Morning Angkor Wat
Back to hotel for a break. Early evening visit to Ta Prohm. Evening Meditation amongst the ruins.
Sunday 10th February
Whole day trip. Morning Phrom Kulen, active temple and beautiful waterfall.
Lunch. Afternoon Banteay Sre, one of the most beautiful temples.
Monday 11th February
Visit Angkor Thom (comprises of Bayon temple, Baphuon, Elephant Terrace, Leper Terrace) Or if you are templed out, free morning in Siem Reap. Lunch.
Afternoon Tonle Sap lake and boat trip around the Floating Village. On the way back visit the Fine Art school (Artisan Angkor) where visitors can observe the making of high-quality traditional wood and stone carvings and lacquer ware following traditional techniques. Visit to old Phsar Chas Market
Tuesday 12th February
AM. Return overland to Phnom Penh. Stay 1 night. A stop is made en route to a local Killing Field in Siem Reap and the Khmer Rouge prison of Tuol Sleng in Phnom Penh.
Free evening in Phnom Penh
Wednesday 13th February
Free time. Take a taxi to the airport for return flight.
Luxury Accommodation along all days, Excursions as per itinerary, Meals as per itinerary, Courses per specific dates.
More details provided in the More tab of the holiday.
Why are you coming back different?
This is an adventure with the self as well as the environment. Stepping out of the comfort zone of our everyday lives allows us to see our life, and our habits of thought and action, from a new perspective.
While in Thailand and Cambodia you will have the opportunity to go out into the jungle, stay in a ranger camp all night if you wish. We will cross a busy land border between Thailand and Cambodia, drive along a basic road from the border of Cambodia to Siem Reap, and there witness a culture struggling to develop out of a civil war which finished only ten years ago. You will have the opportunity to share and debrief your experiences in a supportive group, and make sense of your experiences in relation to your everyday life. You can experience the awe and wonder of visiting the temple complexes surrounding Angkor Wat, some temples still with the jungle growing out of them. You will also have the opportunity to meditate among the ruins, and soak up the lingering spirit of the ancients.
It is an opportunity to gain more understanding of yourself in the presence of others, through the development of physical, mental and spiritual trust.
In addition, the February trip features our signature Photography & Art Course
It's often been suggested that if you truly want to see and understand how things are, you need to look at the world as an artist. Cambodia makes the perfect subject; a wealth of visual excitement and stimulation with ancient temples, stunning scenery and fascinating people.
During our adventure, Kel will guide you through the process of making drawings, paintings and taking photos at the amazing temple complex at Angkor Wat, in street markets and out in the lush jungle.
Whatever your level of skill, from 'non-artist' and absolute beginner to expert, you'll find that helpful advice and feedback will enable you to discover new techniques and processes in drawing and painting and explore ways of getting the most out of your camera in this fantastic country.
We offer half-board. This will sometimes be lunch, and sometimes dinner. Cambodian food is similar to Thai food with flavourful meals and seasoned with lemongrass and basil and there is an emphasis on fresh seafood. It has a French twist. Some foods now a staple of Cambodian cuisine (pumpkin, for example) arrived from other French colonies through the colonial administrators. In the Old French Quarter of Siem Reap you could easily imagine yourself in New Orleans or Alger. There is always a range of options including vegetarian and more spicy food.
The Breakfast buffets in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanookville hotels are a wonder to behold, and eat, with every kind of breakfast choice imaginable. Breakfast at the Stung Sanke is a simpler affair, with a choice of 'American' or 'Asian' breakfast. With lunch or dinner we will offer the experience of a range of restaurants, either at the hotels, or out and about.
For the Cambodia Adventure Holiday you will need to book a flight to arrive on the first day of the holiday in Phnom Penh. Take an airport taxi (around £5) to the 4-star Sunway Hotel. This is the first night of your holiday. Fly home on the last day of the holiday. No transfer is required.
Flight options from the UK include Thai Air, Eva, Lufthansa, British Airways, Gulf Air, Qantas and Emirates. To book flights you can call Laura at The Flight Centre on 0113 243 4572, or Cathy at Eastravel on 01473 214305. Tell them you are going on a Skyros holiday and they will offer you the best flights available.
There is no transfer required for the Cambodia Adventure Holiday.
All passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the return date of the holiday. For British nationals, a 30-day visa must be obtained from the Royal Embassy of Cambodia at a cost of £15.
Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh – a deluxe 4-star hotel with an ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition award. Strategically located in the heart of Cambodia’s capital, the Sunway Hotel is 20 minutes drive from Phnom Penh International Airport. The Hotel is set amidst the city’s most exclusive addresses and is surrounded by many famous Cambodian landmarks, government offices and embassies that reflect the country’s past, present and future. It is a two minute walk from Wat Phnom, a famous temple with a big Buddha statue where you can also ride an elephant and play with monkeys.
Stung Sanke Hotel in Battambang – Deluxe 4-star facilities, including an international restaurant, as well as local cuisine, gymnasium and swimming pool, in lavish surroundings. Battambang has great charm, with a slow pace of life, vibrant markets and a mix of khmer and colonial French architecture.
Sokha Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap – a 5-star hotel with extensive facilities including a fitness centre, spa and salt water pool. Close to Angkor Wat on the edge of Siem Reap, the Sokha Angkor has a range of restaurants, and a nightly Cambodian dance show. You will be accommodated in either a deluxe pool view or deluxe city view room. Siem Reap town centre is in walking distance (although bicycle tuk-tuks are cheap). The old town has great restaurants, lively nightlife and great markets.
Responsible Travel Policy
Skyros provides holistic holidays which emphasize being rather than having, doing rather than consuming and cooperating rather than competing. All staff and course participants are made fully aware of our ethos and principles. Regular meetings give the whole community a chance to talk to each other and to give participants a say in the structure of their daily life. Participants are provided with pre-trip information on the host community and are given a Responsible Travel briefing including practical advice on social interaction with the local people. During the holiday there are opportunities to learn some local language and eat locally-sourced organic national cuisine.
The aim is to create an ethical mini-society which can inspire changes beneficial both to the individual and to the world in which we live.
Some examples of our positive commitment at each of our travel sites appear below - we are committed to an eco-friendly future and welcome creative ideas submitted by staff, suppliers and course participants.
In tune with this aim, Skyros encourages responsible integration with the local communities including the teaching of local history, culture and language or the sponsorship of events such as the Skyros mini-marathon. In Southeast Asia, guests are encouraged to give locals English lessons and we have local guides. In the same spirit, Skyros has contributed generously towards the purchase of computers for Skyros’ local school, new medical equipment for its Health Centre, the refurbishment of its school theatre and the protection of its forest. Skyros also supports the welfare of the Skyrian horses, dogs and cats, work of the island’s folk dance society and the local children’s Tae- Kwon-Do group.
Unlike so many multinational holiday companies, Skyros uses locally owned and maintained facilities with policies in place that favour local produce and services. Guests visiting shops, bars and tavernas offsite are, likewise, directly benefiting the local economy. Locals are employed wherever this is possible – on Salsa dancing trips to Cuba, for example, each participant is matched to a local dance partner specifically employed for the purpose.
Atsitsa is fully in tune with the natural environment. Motorised sea sports have never been introduced, kitchen and shower water is recycled, the showers are heated by solar panels and the external lighting is solar powered. We are also working with the local authority to bring further recycling to the island – plastic, glass and aluminium.
Skyros provides holistic holidays that emphasise being rather than having, doing rather than consuming, and co-operating rather than competing. The aim is to create an ethical mini-society which can inspire changes beneficial both to the individual and to the world in which we live.
In tune with this aim, Skyros encourages responsible integration with the local communities and has contributed generously towards several communal projects. It also stands for sustainable living. the latter requires the reappraisal of the promises made by our materialistic, consumer, technocratic culture. This means: consume less and ethically, use everything more efficiently, recycle when you can, meet your needs without compromising the abilitiy of future generations to meet their own. Make something rather than buy it. It also requires the re-evaluation of our own goals. This involves the development of all our potentials as parents, partners, colleagues, friends, members of our community and citizens but also as creative human beings. Going for it is like embarking on a journey to a better future. if you haven't started it already, start now in Skyros.
An experience I will never forget.
I'd recommend this to anyone. A truly outstanding and life-changing experience.
An amazing opportunity to have your buttons pushed in a safe and controlled environment with the knowledge that the course days are a big step to a new beginning.
The experience matched the writing on the tin. A magical combination of intense personal challenge, skillfully managed, in the relaxation of beautiful surroundings. A giggle with its Comedy Improvisation and great socializing. Superb care provided by the centre admin team.
This experience met and exceeded all my expectations. I could not be more pleased that I came and I am leaving with a sense of calm and excitement at the positive changes I will be making when I return home.
My experience has been that Ari and Jacqui reach the parts that other facilitators don't! So, if you truly want to choose life then this course is a risk well worth taking.
I believed that this sort of holiday was for other people, but its for everybody who wants to get more our of life.
A truly holistic holiday that it is good for the body and soul. I have met new friends but more significantly, I've met myself.
A magical holiday you need to experience in order to understand how magical it is.
A delicious and creative vehicle for exploring yourself, others and the wonderful, beautiful island of Skyros, with its friendly people and unique food.
My holiday was superb. The course with Claire was absolutely amazing. Micheal was so supportive, appreciative and funny. The people and staff were fantastic. All in all, it far exceeded my expectations. Also yoga with Martha was a great start to the day. The holiday unleashed my creative and let me be my true self.
I just loved my time and will be back!