Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of Cambodia
Take a city break to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The city offers numerous sights, such as Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, the National Museum, the Independence Monument, the Central Market, the Tuol Sleng Museum, Choeung Ek, and much more. Enjoy your stay in Phnom Penh as part of a study trip or a round trip!
Only ten kilometers north of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia is Siem Reap, the capital of the province of the same name. The Tonle Sap, as it should be called correctly, because sap means lake, is one of the most fish-rich inland waters in the world. And Siem Reap is a must for every traveler traveling through Cambodia. Because only five kilometers away is the famous Angkor Wat temple complex from the 12th century. The magical place is on an island, surrounded by a square moat. A bridge leads to a magnificent entrance gate, behind which the main temple is located. The temple itself, built of artfully designed sandstone, is not only a national symbol, but also part of the world cultural heritage.
According to topschoolsintheusa, the provincial capital Kampong Cham is located in the east of the country, around 125 km from Phnom Penh. Like the province of the same name, the third largest city in Cambodia is also shaped by the Mekong. The huge river has been spanned by the Kizuna Bridge, which is worth seeing since 2001, but a hike over the historic bamboo bridge to the island of Koh Paen is also worthwhile, on which there is a small original village that is rarely visited by tourists.
Sights and activities
Located away from the main tourist flows, the quiet city is a very good destination for study trips dealing with colonial architecture and Asian temple history. Many French colonial buildings are still preserved in the city center. They have not been refurbished and have an “urban patina”, but offer first-class photo opportunities. In the outer city area there are also some interesting pagodas and the ruins of the Wat Nokor temple complex, which dates back to the 11th century and looks like a smaller version of Angkor Wat. Bones and rare reliefs are shown. The complex includes a Buddhist monastery where the monks give guided tours.
Hill of temples
West of the city are two hills with temples, which are connected by a killing field. Phnom Pro rises on a 30 m high hill with a pagoda that can be seen from afar. The complex with several temples and a reclining Buddha is relatively well preserved and worth a tour. The ruins of Phnom Srei on the neighboring hill, to which 308 steps lead up, are also impressive.
Wat Phou and Oum Moung
Temple in Laos, the original Asia
Wat Phou is the most important and historical complex in Laos, which is not yet very touristy. The temple complex in the region around Champasak is often seen as an architectural model for the much better known Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. But in contrast to the overcrowded Khmer temples in Angkor Wat, only a few tourists visit Wat Phou, so the magic of the temple is maintained and the detailed tour is more relaxed.
The temples, built between the 6th and 14th centuries, were only rediscovered in 1866 and made accessible to the public after having been forgotten for centuries. This historic site is one of two places in Laos that have received the UNESCO World Heritage Seal. This Khmer sanctuary has a wonderful view over the region and the different levels of the temple complex and is an outstanding example of the classical architecture of the Khmer culture. The temple was originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, but over time it has been converted into a Buddhist temple complex, which has resulted in a unique mix of Hindu sculptures and Buddhist elements. Thus, the temple complex is the perfect destination for your study trip.
Former royal city of Champasak
The cultural landscape around the royal city of Champasak is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the southern part of today’s Laos, the region was an independent kingdom in the 18th century. Only 10 kilometers away from the impressive temple complex, the small town on the Mekong has developed its own charm. The former royal residences and traditional houses invite you to take a detailed tour by bike or on foot. Or just enjoy the traditional food in the quiet town of Champasak.
Oum Moung – Secluded sanctuary in the forest
Shiva’s consort, Rudrani, is another Khmer sanctuary hidden in the jungle of Laos: the temple of Oum Moung. 500 years after its creation, it was converted into a resting place for the Wat Phou temple complex in the 14th century. The temple in Oum Moung completes the three important Khmer shrines in the south of Laos.