Emergency Management Study Tour of Cambodia

Cambodia

Phnom Penh | Sihanoukville | Siem Reap

31 May – 10 June 2024
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We welcome all Nurses to an extraordinary journey that combines the essence of ancient wonders, vibrant city life, and the serene beauty of the tropical paradise that is Cambodia!

Outline

We are delighted to present our exclusive Emergency Management study tour for an unforgettable adventure through the captivating landscapes of Cambodia.

With presentations from local clinicians, NGO’s, visits to local hospitals, and discussion with and presentations by the Study Tour educators. This tour will provide a real insight into Emergency Management practices in Cambodia and a greater understanding of the ANZCOR guidelines under which we practice in Australia.

You will explore the awe-inspiring temples of Siem Reap, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of life and culture in Phnom Penh, and unwind in beautiful Kampot, all while staying at some of Asia’s most iconic hotels.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

During this study tour, you will:

  • Explore the concepts of cultural safety and social disadvantage through learning about Cambodian Emergency Management processes.
  • Understand the current state of Emergency Management care in Cambodia.
  • Explore and contrast current care interventions through discussion with Cambodian colleagues.
  • Explore emergency management practices and their impacts on health outcomes.
  • Consider the similarities and differences in health care provision in your own practice setting and those that you visit in Cambodia.
  • Understand the life experience of your colleagues in Cambodia through their firsthand accounts of their work.
  • Expand your understanding of the ANZCOR guidelines that underpin Emergency Management practice in Australia.
YOU WILL ALSO LEARN:
  • Advanced Life Support & Anaphylaxi
  • Infectious diseases – Rabies, Dengue Fever, Japanese encephalitis
  • Bites Stings and Poison
  • Trauma Advanced First aid, medical retrieval
  • Trauma informed care and conference summation

CPD Hours: 25


Presenters:

SUE WALKER, RN, BN, BN (ADMIN), MPHC, MACN

Sue is the director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network. Sue is a key contributor to the online education platform Nursing CPD – a Continuing Professional Development platform to assist Nurses in meeting their annual CPD requirements.

As a Registered Nurse, Sue holds Degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, and Training and Assessment. She is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Clinical Supervisor.

Sue has extensive experience as a clinician, educator, and senior manager. She has presented at local and international conferences on many topics including, key issues in healthcare, such as the psychological impact of the work that Nurses do and how the work requirements to deliver healthcare impact the health of the clinician. Other topics presented comprise of Nursing Leadership, Emergency Management, Mental health, Aged Care, Advanced Life Support, Assertiveness, Grief and Loss, and Workplace Bullying.

Sue is passionate about making a difference in how the community and Nurses experience the healthcare system.

“Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and work in difficult environments that can take advantage of their commitment to ensuring the best possible care is delivered. To continue to meet professional and community expectations Nurses and Midwives need to acknowledge their unique contribution to health care delivery and assert their collective strength to safeguard the community and ensure their ongoing professional needs are recognised and met.

Healthcare should be delivered by competent, knowledgeable individuals to ensure the best possible experience for the recipient of that care. Nursing is a fabulous profession.  The knowledge and skill of the individual Nurse will have the greatest influence on the happiness and health outcomes of each and every client”.

Paula Foran

DR PAULA FORAN, PHD., R.N., FACORN, FACPAN

Dr. Paula Foran has a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education & Training awarded from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, a Master Degree in professional education and training and has received her Ph.D. for her doctoral thesis, “The Value of Guided Operating Theatre Experience for Undergraduate Nurses”, undertaken at Deakin University.

Paula has several publications and book chapters to her credit, has been a guest speaker, and presented Keynote presentations at National & International Conferences. Paula has been awarded the ‘Most Popular Presenter’ for her keynote address at the International Collaboration of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN) and presented at the ICPAN (International Collaboration of Peri Anaesthesia Nurses) conference in Cancun, Mexico 2019. Paula was also awarded the ‘Best Oral Presentation’ award at the European Operating Room Nurses (EORNA) conference in The Hague.

Paula is currently the Master Level Coordinator and the unit co-ordinator for the two master by coursework subjects at The University of Tasmania and the sub-editor for the Journal of Perioperative Nursing (formally the ACORN journal). She has been a past senior lecturer for Medcast and Critical Care Education Services; past and inaugural National Education Officer for the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN); past and inaugural ‘Chief Examiner’ for the Australia College of Perianaesthesia Nurses (APCAN); and past board member of both ACORN and ACPAN. Paula has been awarded life membership in both the Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group (VPNG) and ACPAN.

Paula also currently sits on the Victorian Perioperative Council, and the Anaesthetic morbidity and mortality review sub-committee for the Safer Care Victoria / Department of Health. In her spare time she is a civil celebrant!

She is a delightfully relaxed and humorous presenter.

JASON DAWSON, R.N

Jason Dawson is a Registered Nurse from the Gold Coast Queensland. Whilst studying his bachelor of Nursing at Southern Cross University he developed an interest in mental health and has been working in this field of nursing since completing his studies in 2008.

In this time, Jason has undertaken varied roles including Acute Inpatient Nursing, Community Nursing, clinical facilitating and Nurse Unit Manager positions. In 2012, Jason combined his passion for nursing with his love of travel and founded CPD Cruise Pty Ltd with the view to providing Nurses the opportunity to update and improve their skills in diverse and unique locations.

Sue, Paula, and Jason look forward to sharing not only their many years of clinical experience but also to facilitating opportunities for attendees to share experiences and challenges with each other. There will be lots of fun to be had within the learning environment.


The Program: The program content is provided by expert Educators with extensive clinical and education experience. Education at Sea combines quality education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.


Disclaimer: Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers and EAS reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

Itinerary
Day and Location Events
Day 1: Friday 31st May 2024 Arriving at Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort is nestled in the heart of Phnom Penh, surrounded by the famous and momentous landmarks. It will immerse you in the thriving and frantic street life of this fascinating city while simultaneously cocooning you in luxury and comfort, your home away from home from which to explore this captivating city.

Unpack your bags and order a cocktail in their open air sky bar or relax in their infinity glass walled swimming pool.

Evening: Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and registration function.

Day 2: Saturday 1st June 2024 Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort Phnom Penh

Morning Session: 9am to 10.30am

Firstly, we start with a fascinating insight into the history of Cambodia and Phnom Penh by an expert historian, Linguist, and long-term expat.

Jean-Michel Filippi is a professor of Khmer studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and master’s degrees in anthropology and mathematics.

He specialises in the description of the Khmer language and various minority languages of Cambodia and Southeast Asia. He is currently in charge of a UNESCO program about minority languages and cultures in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains. Jean-Michel has published several articles and books about these topics, mainly in French and Khmer, but also in English, including “Everyday Khmer” and the soon to be published “Preliminary Researches About Cambodian Minority Languages”.

Apart from linguistics, he has always had a great interest in Cambodian history and art. His wealth of knowledge on Cambodia makes him a fascinating speaker on a diverse range of topics.

Morning break: 10.30am to 11am

Late morning Session: 11am to 1.30pm

  • Trauma Advanced First aid, medical retrieval

Australia is fortunate to have highly trained Medical retrieval services that save lives by providing critical care, safe transfer and definitive treatment for patients in cities, rural, and remote areas. This ranges from State ambulance services, Aero and Nautical specialties, State emergency services and trained volunteers, developing countries are often not as fortunate to have access to such services. In this session we will hear from local clinicians about how Medical retrieval is coordinated in Cambodia and what the future holds. 

 

  • Infectious diseases – Rabies, Dengue Fever, Japanese encephalitis

Due in part to some of the strictest bio security measures in the world, Australia is fortunate to have only a limited number of endemic infectious diseases. Sadly, the same cannot be said for developing countries such as Cambodia. Dengue Fever, Japanese encephalitis, Malaria, Avian/bird flu and Rabies are just a few examples of Endemic infectious diseases that place an enormous burden on the health care system and account for a large portion of Emergency department visits and deaths per year. Sadly, the vast majority of these cases are avoidable, occurring in rural areas where Health services, immunisation programs, and public Health awareness are lacking. In this session we look at the emergency management of these conditions along with the current gold standard preventive measures.

Evening: OPTIONAL BOUTIQUE COCKTAIL TOUR

This evening your expat guide will meet you at your hotel to begin a night time exploration of some of Phnom Penh’s most prestigious cocktail bars. Journey around the city by tuk tuk experiencing the energy that makes up Cambodia’s capital whilst enjoying artful mixology.

Day 3: Sunday 2nd June 2024 Aquarius Hoteland Urban Resort Phnom Penh

Afternoon: PHNOM PENH HISTORY HALF DAY TOUR

Your half day tour this afternoon is designed to give you an insight into the horrors of Cambodia’s past, but also a sense of the optimism of its people. You will begin with the emotive settings of the detention centre S21 at Tuol Sleng and the ‘Killing Field’ of Choeung Ek.

Please be aware that the exhibits are, by their very nature, both graphic and disturbing, highlighting the atrocities committed against an entire population during one of the most terrifying periods in Cambodia’s history.

Evening: SUNSET BOAT CRUISE ON THE MEKONG RIVER INCLUDING DRINKS AND CANAPES

This evening as the sun descends head out on your own private boat into the Mekong River and enjoy the skyline of Phnom Penh as darkness falls.

Day 4: Monday 3rd June 2024  Independence hotel by Dara, Sihanoukville

Morning: 

This morning we board our bus for the journey to Sihanoukville, which will take approximately 3 hours. On arrival in Sihanoukville delegates will visit a local Hospital where we will visit the facility and discuss how the delivery of emergency management and referral is conducted in the more remote areas of Cambodia, the reasons why, and what future advances are planned for these regions. We will review the similarities and differences – this is an opportunity to learn from each other.

Afternoon:

After our check into our accommodation ‘Independence hotel by Dara’ , you have free time to enjoy the oasis of calm and luxury in Sihanoukville – one of the finest locations in South East Asia. Unspoiled sands backed by lush vegetation encircle the hotel. The full delights of the resort, spa and private beach are ready for you to enjoy. Set in the charming tropical beauty of Cambodia’s premier beach destination, with 35 hectares landscape and 300 meters of private beach, Independence Hotel Resort & Spa provides you a luxurious refuge that opens out onto breath taking panoramas. 

Day 5: Tuesday 4th June 2024 Independence hotel by Dara, Sihanoukville

Morning: 9am to 11am

  • Advanced Life Support & Anaphylaxis

The leading causes of Emergency department presentations in both Australia and Cambodia are strikingly similar.  Heart Disease, stroke, road trauma, self-harm and Respiratory problems are all in the top 10 causes for presentation in both Countries. Ongoing Advanced Life Support Training is key to achieving the best outcomes in all these situations. In this session we will review the latest ANZCOR Guidelines for both Adult and Paediatric Life Support and management of Anaphylaxis.

Afternoon: Tour

Named after the former King, Sihanoukville is a bustling and lively port town and Cambodia’s premier beach destination. It is home to some architecturally intriguing pagodas. Experience Sihanoukville’s stunning coastline scenery and explore the visual feast that is Cambodia’s capital on a panoramic drive past some of its highlights.

You’ll see Independence Beach en route to Sihanoukville’s most prominent religious landmark. View from the outside the colorful Intra Ngean Pagoda, which takes pride of place overlooking the town and seascape beyond.

A drive through Psar Leu, the main market in Sihanoukville, offers an unfiltered, authentic glimpse of a real, working Khmer market. Wander briefly among the stalls and perhaps purchase a traditional krama – the colorful Cambodia headscarf worn by all Khmers.

Evening:

Enjoy a delicious beachfront dinner.

Day 6: Wednesday 5th June 2024 FCC Angkor, Siem Reap

Today we take a short flight to Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument and the heart and soul of Cambodia.

Welcome to Siem Reap Reception (guests welcome): 5pm to 6pm

Enjoy tantalising cocktails and canapés as we watch the sunset over the river at our welcome to Siem Reap reception. Here you will learn about all this enchanting city has to offer.

Day 7: Thursday 6th June 2024 FCC Angkor, Siem Reap
Morning: OPTIONAL TOUR (Costs apply):
 
This morning you will be escorted around the city to some of the finest boutiques and markets for an ethical shopping experience. This tour will showcase some of the finest handmade Cambodian souvenirs, art, clothing and more. There is no better way to shop your way around temple town.
 
Afternoon: Tonle Sap Floating village and health care centre visit
 
Once at the lake, we’ll boat to one of the lake’s floating village communities and gain an insight into how the villagers live and what local life is like.

We’ll visit the local provincial health care centre. Here we’ll have a presentation and discussion to delve deeper into how emergency management and referral is conducted in the more remote areas of Cambodia, the reasons why, and what future advances are planned for these regions.

We’ll then continue the journey out onto the lake with a cold drink to watch as the sun descends before heading back to the hotel.
Day 8: Friday 7th June 2024     FCC Angkor, Siem Reap

ANGKOR SUNRISE & FULL DAY TEMPLE EXPLORATION

Wake up early this morning to depart at 4:45 AM, to see the amazing sunrise at Angkor Wat, a bucket list item on any trip to Siem Reap. The pre-dawn view provides a different and tranquil feeling in the cool of the morning. We will return to your hotel in time for Breakfast.

We start today with a visit to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centrepiece; the Bayon temple. Although it may look like a shapeless mass of stone, further scrutiny reveals towers with enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII. Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army, and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds perfect carvings winding along a narrow passageway that leads to the Baphuon complex.

Next head to the picturesque Ta Prohm. This temple is considered to be Angkor’s most beautiful structure and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling.

Enjoy Lunch at a local restaurant nearby Srah Srang lake before continuing to Angkor wat. In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.

Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world, and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond.

Evening: OPTIONAL STREET FOOD TOUR (Costs apply)

A truly unique, private culinary journey around Siem Reap. You’ll be whisked around the city to four destinations on this progressive-style, private degustation. We have worked with the chefs at 3 different destinations for your starter, main and dessert, and have curated a selection of tasting platters (HINT: You will not see these on the menu) at each, just for you.

First stop, a starter and a sunset cocktail. Feel free to walk around the kitchen’s garden; most of the produce is grown right there on site. Here you will taste three different flavours that are synonymous with Cambodian cuisine. Your driver is waiting to take you to your second destination for the main fare!

Set in a Khmer Wooden house on the outskirts of the city among the tropical gardens, you’ll have your own tasting platter of three of the country’s most famous dishes. Slipping back into town, next you will get to sample a dessert platter from one of the country’s most awarded chefs.

Lastly, we head for a creative cocktail; think classics with a local twist. Over the evening you will sample ten different dishes from three of the country’s most awarded chefs, with an accompanying drink at each destination, at your own pace.

Day 9: Saturday 8th June 2024 FCC Angkor, Siem Reap

 

Morning session: 9am – 11.30am:

  • Bites Stings and Poison

Like Australia, Cambodia has numerous snakes, spiders, and insects whose bite can prove fatal. There are reportedly in excess of 30 snake bite deaths alone per year in Cambodia, and thousands of hospital presentations. Many deaths are potentially avoidable as people will seek assistance from Traditional healers before attending hospital. In this session we will review the latest ANZCOR Guidelines on the treatment of Bites from Snakes, spiders and insects. In Siem Reap we have the opportunity to visit the reptile park, where we enjoy a presentation from experts in the field as we get up close and personal with these fascinating, yet dangerous creatures.

Afternoon: 1pm to 3pm

This afternoon we will visit the reptile park, where we enjoy a presentation from experts in the field as we get up close and personal with these fascinating, yet dangerous creatures.

 
Evening: DINNER AND PHARE CIRCUS
 
This evening, departing around 6pm we will depart to the Phare Circus big top where a buffet dinner will be awaiting you.
 
After your dinner, enter the big top where you will be amazed by the talents of the acrobats from  the famous Phare Circus who work mainly with disadvantaged young people.
Day 10: Sunday 9th June 2024 FCC Angkor, Siem Reap

Morning: 9am to 12pm

Angkor international hospital visit.

More than twenty years ago, acclaimed Japanese photographer Kenro Izu visited Siem Reap to photograph the temples of Angkor. Shocked by the post-war poverty and state of healthcare, he vowed to open a hospital that would ensure any child could get the healthcare they needed. Today the skilled Cambodian staff at Angkor Hospital for Children are pioneering healthcare rarely available in the country, including one of the most advanced Pediatric intensive care Units. We will be privileged to have an exclusive insight into this facility with a guided visit by Deputy Hospital Director, Dr Ngeth Pises.

Afternoon session: 1pm to 3pm

  • Trauma informed care and conference summation

As many people are aware, Cambodia has experienced one of the most traumatic and catastrophic events in recent history. Between 1975 – 1979 Cambodia endured systematic and massive human rights violations that included torture, executions, slave labour, starvation, and illness. Nearly one fifth of the population is reported to have died in this period. Today the majority of Cambodian people still carry the scars of this era.  Many of our Australian patients will also present to our care with their own traumatic background. It is important as Healthcare professionals we recognise this and provide care accordingly. In this optional session we will explore and discuss the ways this nation has been able to recover and rebuild despite the trauma that they have witnessed and how we might be able to apply this in our own practice.

EVENING: Farewell Gala Dinner

7 COURSE DEGUSTATION GALA DINNER AT THE FAMOUS ‘LUM ORNG” RESTAURANT.

Here, owner-chef Sothea Seng cooks New Mekong Cuisine from Cambodia and beyond, based on seasonal produce from his farms, local markets, and growers across the region.

Day 11: Monday 10th June 2024 We say our final goodbyes – Safe Travels

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Included Tours

Included Tours and Attractions

Phnom Penh: Killing Fields Tour

Your half day tour this afternoon is designed to give you an insight into the horrors of Cambodia’s past, but also a sense of the optimism of its people. Starting early, you’ll begin with the emotive settings of the detention centre S21 at Tuol Sleng and the ‘Killing Field’ of Choeung Ek.

Please be aware that the exhibits are, by their very nature, both graphic and disturbing, highlighting the atrocities committed against an entire population during one of the most terrifying periods in Cambodia’s history.


Phnom Penh:  SUNSET BOAT CRUISE ON THE MEKONG RIVER

This evening as the sun descends head out on your own private boat into the Mekong River and enjoy the skyline of Phnom Penh as darkness falls.

Grab a cold drink and some Canapés to round off the day. (includes 2 hours freeflow local drinks and canapes).


Siem Reap: TONLE SAP FLOATING VILLAGE & VISIT TO HEALTH CARE CENTRE

This afternoon depart on a journey to the Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia.

Here we will hop onto a boat and head out to one of the lakes floating village communities and gain an insight into how the villagers live and what local life is like.

We will visit the local floating health care centre to see what conditions are like for the local midwife. Here we will have a presentation and discussion to delve deeper into the struggles they face.

After the visit we will continue the journey out onto the lake to watch as the sun descends with a cold drink before heading back to the hotel.


Siem Reap: ANGKOR SUNRISE & FULL DAY TEMPLE EXPLORATION

Wake up early this morning to depart at 4:45 AM, to see the amazing sunrise at Angkor Wat, a bucket list item on any trip to Siem Reap, the pre-dawn view provides a different and tranquil feeling in the cool of the morning. We will return to your hotel in time for Breakfast. We start today with a visit to Angkor Thom, the ancient royal city of the Khmer Empire with its centrepiece; the Bayon temple. Although it may look like a shapeless mass of stone, further scrutiny reveals towers with enigmatic faces of former King Jayavarman VII.

Continue to the Terrace of the Elephants, which served as a platform from where the King could welcome back his victorious army and the Terrace of the Leper King, which holds perfect carvings winding along a narrow passageway that leads to the Baphuon complex. Next head to the picturesque Ta Prohm. This temple is considered to be Angkor’s most beautiful structure and is overgrown with fig trees, giving a haunting yet exotic atmosphere. The magnificent roots of the trees have merged over the centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks, emphasizing a ‘forgotten city’ feeling.

Enjoy Lunch at a local restaurant nearby Srah Srang lake before continuing to Angkor wat.

In the afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the Angkor plain: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical khmer art and architecture. Angkor Wat’s five towers symbolize Meru’s five peaks, the enclosed wall represents the mountains at the edge of the world and the surrounding moat symbolizes the ocean beyond. T


 

Siem Reap: DINNER & PHARE CIRCUS

This evening, departing around 6pm we will depart to the Phare Circus big top where a buffet dinner will be awaiting you. After your dinner, enter the big top where you will be amazed by the talents of the acrobats from the famous Phare Circus who work mainly with disadvantaged young people.

They learn circus skills, theatre performance, music and a range of visual arts. It combines local traditions with new creative and innovative genres. Daring athleticism is combined with stories that speak powerfully to Cambodia’s not-too-distant history; for example, escape from tyranny is depicted through tightrope walking.

The dark subject of a young girl trying to deal with memories of atrocities, is depicted by breathtaking acrobatics in which seemingly impossible goals are achieved. More than simply a circus, Phare is an amazing blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and contortion beautifully choreographed and performed in a story about Cambodian lives and society.


Siem Reap: 7 COURSE DEGUSTATION GALA DINNER AT THE FAMOUS ‘LUM ORNG RESTAURANT.

Here, owner-chef Sothea Seng cooks New Mekong Cuisine from Cambodia and beyond, based on seasonal produce from his farms, local markets, and growers across the region.

It is one of the worlds top 50 restaurants!

In Khmer, Lum Orng means ‘pollen’, a grain that fertilises and gives life. For Sothea Seng, whose farm-to-table philosophy is rooted in seasonality and sustainability, it’s a symbol of growth and regeneration, and a metaphor for his journey as a chef as passionate about preserving Cambodia culinary traditions as exploring new directions.

For the last five years at his Siem Reap restaurant Mahob Khmer, chef Sothea has dedicated himself to elevating traditional Cambodian food while preserving Cambodia’s culinary heritage – much of which was lost during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime of the late 1970s, and is at risk due to the lack of understanding about Cambodian food – and growing much of his own produce at his organic gardens and farm at Beng Mealea.

Lum Orng represents a renewal for the chef in terms of both his desire to develop an inventive New Mekong Cuisine that reflects Cambodia’s long rich culinary history, and the expansion of his farm-to-table philosophy and commitment to sustainability with the establishment of a restaurant with herbs growing in the garden and a farm across the road.

Looking beyond Cambodia’s borders, Sothea is develop relationships with growers and producers in neighbouring countries. So alongside the Tonle Sap’s freshwater fish and seafood from Cambodia’s coast, you can expect to see anything from organic beef from Surin, Thailand, to buffalo mozzarella from Laos on future Lum Orng menus.


 

Optional Tours
OPTIONAL TOURS AVAILABLE TO BOOK
BOUTIQUE COCKTAIL TOUR – Phnom Penh

This evening your expat guide will meet you at your hotel to begin a night time exploration of some of Phnom Penh’s most prestigious cocktail bars.

Journey around the city by tuk tuk experiencing the energy that makes up Cambodia’s capital whilst enjoying artful mixology, stylish settings and meeting friends along the way.

Your tour today will take you from rooftops to small alleyways as you touch on some of the city’s most exclusive cocktail spots.

Snacks and 1 cocktail per bar will be provided as part of your tour where you will enjoy the company of your Aussie guide who will regale you with stories of expat life in Cambodia over the last 6 years.

We will finish with a centrally located bar from which you can continue if you choose, or our team of drivers will be happy to take you back to your hotel.

DATE: Saturday, 1st June 2024

COST: $70 per person


BOUTIQUE SHOPPING TOUR – Siem Reap

This afternoon you will be escorted around the city to some of the finest boutiques and markets for an ethical shopping experience. This tour will showcase some of the finest handmade Cambodian souvenirs, art, clothing and more. There is no better way to shop your way around temple town.

DATE: Thursday, 6th June 2024

COST: $60


STREET FOOD TOUR, A PROGRESSIVE DEGUSTATION – Siem Reap

A truly unique, private culinary journey around Siem Reap. You’ll be whisked around the city to 4 destinations on this progressive-style, private degustation. We have worked with the chef’s at 3 different destinations for your starter, main and dessert and have curated a selection of tasting platters (HINT: You will not see these on the menu) at each, just for you.

First stop, a starter and sunset cocktail. Feel free to walk around the kitchen’s garden, most of the produce is grown right there on site. Here you will taste 3 different flavours that are synonymous with Cambodian cuisine. Your driver is waiting to take you to your second destination for the main fare! Set in a Khmer Wooden house on the outskirts of the city, among the tropical gardens, here you get your own tasting platter of 3 of the countries most famous dishes.

Slipping back into town, next you will get to sample a dessert platter from one of the countries most awarded chefs. Lastly you we head for a creative cocktail, think classics with a local twist..

Over the evening you will sample 10 different dishes from 3 of the countries most awarded chefs, with an accompanied drink at each destination, at your own pace.

DATE: Friday, 7th June 2024

COST: $120 per person

We Welcome all partners, friends & family!

You don’t have to travel alone – we welcome all partners, friends and family to come with you!

There are many things for your guests to do while you are having presentations or attending hospital visits. Below are just a few fabulous ideas for activities they can do:

SIEM REAP:

  • Soak up the sunshine and play golf
  • Go on a Quad bike adventure
  • Visit the Old Market – known locally as Psar Chas – is among the most popular things to do in Siem Reap town itself. 
  • Test your skills at the shooting range
  • Get your adrenaline going with some trail bike racing
  • Visit Pub Street
  • APOPO Visitor Center –  experience the realities of humanitarian demining and how they train rats to save lives!!
  • Visit the Angkor National Museum – Displays include relics from the pre-Angkorian periods of the great Khmer kings Funan and Chenla, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, stone pallets with ancient Khmer and Sanskrit inscriptions, as well as traditional costumes of former kings, queens, warriors, and Apsara dancers.
  • Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre
  • The Landmine Museum – This museum was founded in 1997 by Aki Ra. He was forced to work as a mine layer by the Khmer Rouge, planting land mines from an age as young as 5. Now he is working to remove them, and set up the museum to both showcase his efforts and educate visitors on the dangers faced every day by Cambodians#
  • Go on a day trip to Kulen Waterfalls

PHNOM PENH:

  • Garden City Water Park – Garden City Water Park is a new first Asia’s top entertainment filled with family lifestyle activities for all ages 
  • Enjoy a relaxing Spa day and massage
  • Visit the Royal Palace
  • National Museum
  • Fly – Fly is the first ever trampoline park in Cambodia where you can free-fly, free-ball, and free-run your way to happiness. 
6 Days in Vietnam Extension Package
Day and Location Events
Day 1: 10th June 2024

Arrive in Hanoi

You will meet your guide on arrival Hanoi airport, be transferred and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Hanoi, answer any questions you have. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital city and home to more than seven million people. Traditional and refined, with French colonial architecture, tree-lined boulevards, scenic lakes and a bustling Old Quarter, Hanoi has a sophisticated charm. Observe elderly people practicing Tai Chi by the lake,
with barbers and food vendors plying their sidewalk trade.

Hanoi has many great restaurants with French, Vietnamese and international cuisines available. Ask your guide for personal recommendations.

Day 2: 11th June 2024

HANOI – HIGHLIGHTS CITY VISIT & CYCLO RIDE

Lying in the heart of the Red River Delta, the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi blends the old world charm with the dynamism of a rising Asian city. Its legacy as a former French colonial city is still evident from the French-inspired features – lakes and parks, colonial architecture and broad tree-lined boulevards – that still dot the present cityscapes. The city has undergone dramatic transformation over the last thirty years and is now seeing a burgeoning population paralleled by rising motorbike ownership, a rapidly expanding retail sector and a flourishing art scene. Yet when compared with Ho Chi Minh City, the economic powerhouse in the south, Hanoi still retains a romantic and elegant atmosphere.

Set off early in the morning for a day guided tour of Hanoi. Begin with a visit to West Lake to admire the sixth-century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda.
Next come to visit the historic Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides.

Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh’s House. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1954 until 1969 is made of wood and enjoyed a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of
his house to see his bedroom.

Drive to visit the serene Museum of Ethnology where you observe Vietnam’s diverse culture through the Museum’s unique presentation of artefacts and dress used in daily life.

The Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university. Constructed in 1070, the gardens and wellpreserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Enjoy included lunch at local social restaurant KOTO – Know One Teach One.

Have about an hour tour by cyclo, a chauffeur-pedalled tricycle, through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as “36 streets”. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It’s a great place to explore, especially by cyclo, with plenty of photo opportunities all around you.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: 12th June 2024

HANOI – HOA LU/ NINH BINH EXCURSION

Depart your hotel this morning on about 70km – 2.5 hours drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel but some vestiges including King Dinh and King Le worship temples still stand to this day among the rice paddies and are a worthwhile visit to get a glimpse of the ancient Vietnamese past.

Followed by an included lunch at a local restaurant.

Then continue on boarding a sampan and enjoy a cruise of Trang An. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). An ‘eco tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal clear river.

OR (Choose boat cruise 01 place at Trang An or Tam Coc for day tour visit)

Boarding a sampan and it will take you through rice paddies to grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves. As the sampan gently slices through the water, notice the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise to Hoa Lu’s other name, “Halong on Land”.

Should you feel adventurous, climb up to Bich Dong Pagoda, which offers a beautiful scenic view of the surrounding countryside.

Leave Ninh Binh and arrive Hanoi late in the afternoon.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: 13th June 2024

HANOI – HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT CRUISE

Your morning departure from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay takes you on a journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta.

Arrive in Halong and board a traditional sailing junk. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by the Crew Team who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard. Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of the cruise services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you could attend our chef’s cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.

Defined to be one of the highlights of your stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages (with extra charge applied) for drink).

In the evening enjoy the entertainment activities as movie night, squid fishing or just enjoying a cocktail surrounded by limestone rocks majestically springing out from silent waters in the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: 14th June 2024

HALONG BAY – HANOI

Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some delights with a light breakfast and follow by a colorful brunch. . Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights.

Your cruise will come to an end at the pier in Halong late morning and you will be met and transferred back to Hanoi. The drive will take around 2.5-3 hours with technical stop en-route.

You will arrive in Hanoi around mid afternoon and rest of the day is free at leisure.

Included meals: Brunch

Day 6: 15th June 2024

HANOI DEPARTURE

Breakfast at hotel. Free at leisure.

You will be picked up from hotel and transferred to the Noi Bai airport for your departure flight.

INCLUSIONS:
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meals as indicated
  • All transportation, daily tours and admission fees
  • Professional English speaking local guides
EXCLUSIONS:
  • Flight to Vietnam
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned

For information relating to flights and travel insurance please complete the booking enquiry box or email travel@traveldirectaustralia.com.au

 

Pricing
  Luxury Exclusive Cambodian Study Tour Experience – Why not invite a friend or colleague to join you!
Delegate (Twin Share) $3260 per person 
Single Supplement (Own room for one) $790 per person
Non Delegate (Twin Share) $2760 per person
Extension Package – 6 days in Vietnam (Twin Share) $1529 per person ($400 per person additional deposit)

Prices are subject to change, Education at Sea has reserved the right to re-cost pricing in the event of significant currency fluctuations. A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking with the final balance payable by the 31st March 2024. All funds are non-refundable after the final payment date.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:
  • An airport meet and greet and private transfer to the Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort from the airport via a traditional Tuk Tuk ride
  • 3 Nights stay at the Aquarius Hotel and Urban Resort including breakfast
  • Phnom Penh History Half Day Tour – Includes S21 at Tuol Sleng and the ‘Killing Field’ of Choeung Ek
  • Sunset boat cruise on the Mekong River including canapés
  • Hospital visit in Phnom Penh
  • Bus transfer to Sihanoukville
  • Sihanoukville Hospital visit
  • 2 Night stay at Independence hotel by Dara, including breakfast
  • Sihanoukville tour
  • Domestic flight transfer to Siem Reap
  • Five nights at FCC Angkor by Avani (5 stars) including breakfast
  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat and full day temple exploration
  • Tonle Sap floating village hospital experience
  • Hospital visit in Siem Reap
  • Visit and talk from professionals at the reptile park
  • Night Tour to Phare, the Cambodian Circus
  • Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience at our gala 7 course degustation (including wine) farewell gala dinner held at one of the top 50 restaurants in the world ‘Lum Orng’ to celebrate new friendships and memories made
PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
  • An extensive program based on current best practice
  • Dedicated Space for expert presentations and reflection
  • Coffee breaks and lunches on presentation days
  • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian program
  • Presenters that are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Attendees
  • An online library filled to the brim with educational content that allows you to create your own learning experience
  • A Registration Reception including complimentary drinks where you can meet other Attendees and network with Convenors and Presenter/s
  • A locally sourced handcrafted Cambodian Welcome pack and additional information to support a fantastic study tour experience
  • A Transcript reflecting all education sessions, presentations and hospital/health centre site visits
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
EXCLUSIONS
  • Flights to and from Cambodia
  • Meals & Drinks not mentioned
  • Departure transfer to airport
  • All optional tours
  • Travel insurance – please contact us at travel@traveldirectaustralia.com.au for a quote
  • Visa

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