Culture Week Cambodia Siem Reap

This action-packed week will get you sightseeing, learning about Buddhism, interacting with the local people, enjoying Cambodian culture and more!

Explore the lively Siem Reap, a backpacker’s hotspot in the North of Cambodia with lots to do, a world famous temple close by and a vibrant nightlife. This is your chance to experience Cambodia from a local perspective, while you see and feel how most of the population 


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Program Description

Siem Reap is one of the 25 provinces/capital cities of Cambodia. It is located in the Northern part of the country. Similarly, Siem Reap is hailed as the main tourist destination and attraction of Cambodia because of its historic and famous Angkor Wat, which is acclaimed as one of the seven (7) wonders of the world and other attractive ancient temples.

Though Angkor Wat may be Siem Reap’s main draw, there’s enough to see and do in Siem Reap to have some amazing experiences. There are many other places that you can visit during your spare time or on the weekends such as Floating village, Circus, handicrafts places, silk farm, war museum, Kulen mountain with waterfalls, night markets, pub streets and many more. You can also immerse yourself with the local culture and savor its typical local dishes. In all of these, you will experience first hand.

This culture week is designed to introduce you to Cambodian customs, traditions, and pace of life. By getting to know the surrounding town and its facilities, you will have everything you need to make your stay memorable, as well as comfortable.

Cambodia is arguably most famous for its glorious and magnificent temples. Siem Reap is no exception and you will be taken to the finest temples in the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with local monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.

During the culture week you will be staying in the famous city of Siem Reap. You will be given basic “survival” language classes and learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques, with the chance to sample your work.Aside from that, you will have the chance to visit and wander around ancient temples, have a relaxing day and enjoy the view from Phnom Krom – a mountain near Tonle Sap Lake and have a meaningful art crafts lessons.

In addition, during outdoor activities, in order to make sure of your  safety and security, you need to keep the following considerations and requirements while taking this spectacular experience. You are expected to be on time, follow all the instructions of your local coordinator and local tour guides, be attentive of your personal belongings and valuables.It is also advised to bring extra cash and your container bottled water at all times.

Moreover, there are a lot of active outdoor activities in these programs, thus, it is advisable to make sure that you are Medically and Physically Fit to move around as there are a lot of walking and cycling activities. Most especially, enjoy and make the most of your stay and make memorable learning experiences.

Finally, experiencing Cambodia’s relaxing, slow paced way of life will allow the maximum interaction between  you and the local people, who are keen to learn about your culture too!

Add-on: +Learning

There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.

Aims & Objectives

  • Help you familiarize yourself with the local surroundings
  • Teach you helpful Cambodian phrases
  • Broaden your knowledge of Cambodia’s customs, history and culture
  • Provide a full induction, preparing you for a longer stay!



  • Breakfast
  • Introduction meeting, House rules, Health and Safety Advice and handling of documents
  • Khmer Do’s and Don’ts, Khmer Culture Lessons and Khmer Language Lessons.
  • Tour around the compound and local area; where to find local shops
  • Lunch
  • Visit the old market, supermarket, bank, ATM , Sim-card if necessary. 
  • Excursion to Wat Preah Prom Rath and  Wat Thmey, a small pagoda
  • Dinner
  • Evening at Pub Street and the night market, the liveliest area of Siem Reap


  • Breakfast
  • Bicycle tour to the village to see the lifestyle of the local people.
  • Lunch
  • Bicycle tour to the village to see the lifestyle of the local people
  • Dinner (BBQ night at the center)                


  • Breakfast
  • Khmer cooking lesson
  • Lunch
  • Khmer language lesson
  • Dinner                


  • Breakfast
  • Food offering to the Monk at Local temple
  • Lunch
  • Enjoy the view from Phnom Krom (A mountain near Tonle Sap Lake)
  • Dinner        


  • Breakfast
  • Art & Craft Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Project Meeting & Orientation

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Starting Dates

During 2023

This program starts every week.

During 2024

This program starts every week.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

  • Minimum age:                18
  • Maximum age:                –
  • Minimum English level:        Basic
  • CRB required:                On Signup
  • Passport copy required:        No
  • Resume copy required:        No
  • Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • You are advised to purchase travel, medical and Covid – 19 insurance prior to your arrival.
  • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

Additional Equipment

Dress Code:

  • Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
  • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
  • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
  • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting temples.

Personal belongings such as:

  • Comfortable and sturdy shoes as there are lots of activities taken by foot and cycling activities.
  • Bring Personal toiletries such as basic soap, shampoo, toothpaste and towels.
  • Bring also hat, sunglasses to protect from the heat of the sun particularly throughout the week of strenuous activities.
  • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents during outdoor activities, such as mosquito repellents for insect bites or other insects that may irritate your skin.
  • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular basis as well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
  • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during exploration and outdoor activities.