Gap Year in Cambodia

Spend your Gap Year in Cambodia, one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world, and take up some adventure travel as well as volunteer work in Cambodia. Begin your journey at the jaw-dropping Angkor Wat and head onto the jungles, hills, and beaches of Cambodia. Walk down the Killing Fields to witness the backdrop of the country’s grim past, take a boat ride down the fabled Mekong River and volunteer to teach little kids at a rural school in Kampong Speu - each and every bit of your experience in Cambodia will change the way you look at life. 

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the VISA requirements?

All travelers and volunteers will need a valid Visa for entering the country. A 30-day Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival. The fee is usually US$25 and you can extend your visa when you are in Cambodia. You can also apply for an E-Visa before going to Cambodia.  For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

How safe will it be for a solo traveler in Cambodia?

Being a backpackers' hub, Cambodia is a safe country to travel and explore. You'll meet several other solo travelers during your journey. The accommodation will be provided at a safe location, and you'll have 24/7 assistance from our coordinator. However, we would suggest you not to hang out with strangers until late night, and be with your fellow travelers in case you are heading out somewhere. 

Will I get to know others in my group before I go?

You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Cambodia, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

Do I need to take any vaccinations?

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. If you are traveling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever Virus (YFV) transmission, you are required to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.

Will I get to attend any festival during my journey?

There's something or the happening throughout the year, and each festival in the country has its own charm. The main festivals are Khmer New Year (mid-April), Pchum Ben (September), Angkor Festival (November or December), King Sihanouk's Birthday Celebration (October 31), Water festival (October or November) etc. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.

How much extra money will I need during my stay in the country?

You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 for each day.

Can I know more about all the things that I need to pack for my Cambodia trip?

Cambodia, like every other Southeast Asian country, has a tropical climate. The weather is usually hot and humid. Warm to hot months extends from May to November when you'll be needing comfortable and light clothing. Carry shirts, t-shirts, and jeans as it would be the best to wear! The monsoon sets in the month of December, lowering the temperature to nearly 22 degrees to 25 degrees Centigrade. You can carry an umbrella or raincoat if you wish to.  It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Cambodia! 

Will there be any language barrier?

Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and it's spoken by the majority of the natives. However, a huge population speaks French or Mandarin, as well as in English. If you move further towards the Eastern part of the country, you'll find people in the rural areas speaking Vietnamese. Your coordinator will be well versed in English, so you need not worry about language barrier!

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