Cambodia

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Our Favorites Places Include: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Tonlé Sap Lake, Cardamom Mountains, Kratie & Mondulkiri

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A Cambodia Heritage Journey

Cambodia is best known as the home of Angkor Wat, constructed in the early 12th Century, it is the largest religious structure in the world.

The temple complex is so massive that its walls and moat appear in photos taken by space satellite. But Angkor Wat is only one temple among a mindboggling complex of medieval structures (the stone remnants of the Khmer Empire that once ruled over Southeast Asia) scattered throughout modern Cambodia.
The Cambodian people are especially welcoming of tourists as they recover from the Khmer Rouge atrocities of the 1970s. Cambodians are immensely proud of their cultural heritage – a combination of Theravada Buddhism, Hinduism from the Javanese courts, and Chinese influences from Funan. Come with us to explore the real Cambodia!

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Adoption Statistics:

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Our Adoptive Family Travel Philosophy

When we plan trips to a child’s birth country we are looking for activities that accomplish specific goals. First and foremost, we want to bring adoptive families closer together. We know that adoptive families often struggle with attachment and bonding issues so we use fun adventure activities that are challenging enough to require each family member to step outside his or her comfort zone, but easy enough to be accomplished. When that happens, research tells us that several different hormones are released into your body – serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. When those hormones are released into your body, you feel good – they are your happy hormones! When you feel good, you are more likely to connect deeply with all those around you. Especially when you congratulate, hug and talk about your accomplishments. And the good news, that’s when you release oxytocin – which is the clincher! Oxytocin is the bonding hormone and we want our travelers to release it as often as possible!

We use adventure activities like a company would use team-building exercises. We want the activity to act as the catalyst for healthy communication, collaboration and ultimately, connection. When families work as a team to accomplish a goal, it helps builds a positive family culture. Team-building exercises and adventure activities (when done together) lay the foundation for mutual understanding and respect. You get to see each other’s strengths and weaknesses and encourage each other through to the meeting your desired goal. The best part, accomplishing goals and  being rewarded for your efforts, releases all the happy “connecting” hormone’s AND builds self-esteem. Research also tells us that internationally adopted children often score lower on measures of self-esteem – we want to change that. When your adopted child accomplishes his or her goal, feels great, releases those happy hormones, he or she will connect more deeply with you and  other family members – it’s that simple.

Finally, we want all adopted children to leave their birth country having had a positive cultural and family experience. We look for triggers, we understand your child, we understand your family dynamics, we understand your needs, desires and limitations when we plan your itinerary. In other words, we strive to make every experience positive. When your child has a positive in-country experience, your child will develop a positive sense of self in relationship to his or her birth country. We know that a strong cultural identity fosters a positive sense of self, higher self-esteem, more joy and with all that comes richer connections.

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Our Favorite Activities:

  • Phom Penh’s Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
  • Siemp Reap’s Angokor Complex including: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Bayon and the temples of Banteay Srei
  • Canoeing on Tonlé Sap Lake
  • Hiking in the rainforests of the Cardamom Mountains
  • Catching a glimpse of the Irrawaddy Dolphins at Kratie
  • Elephant trekking in Mondulkiri

Our Favorite Places:

  • Phnom Penh
  • Siem Reap
  • Tonlé Sap Lake
  • Cardamom Mountains
  • Kratie
  • Mondulkiri

Basic Traveler Information

Visa and Passport Requirements:

Cambodia Travel Stats

Passports: 

A passport valid for at least six months is required for entry into Cambodia.

Weather and Climate:

Monsoon season in Cambodia runs May to November, which is not necessarily the best time to visit. The dry season stretches from mid November/early December through April. Immediately after the monsoon, countryside is lush, green and stunningly beautiful.
In the north, winters are cooler, but throughout most of the rest of the country, temperatures remain fairly constant. The average year-round temperature in Cambodia is 81°F (the highest monthly average is 95°F, the lowest monthly average is 70°F). Travel can be difficult in late July and early August due to frequent flooding throughout the country.

Geography:

Cambodia is bordered to the west by Thailand, to the north by Laos, to the east by Vietnam, and to the south by the Gulf of Thailand. The landscape is tropical rainforest and fertile cultivated land, along with lush highlands in the northeast and southeast. Rivers are a central feature with Phnom Penh situated at the confluence of the Bassac, the Tonle Sap and the Mekong. There is a large inland lake, also called Tonle Sap that sits close to the Angkor Temple Complex in the north. In the southwest there are many beaches and offshore islands.
Because of her lush, rich land, Cambodia has a wealth of nature, including rare and endangered species such as Indochinese tigers, Asian elephants and freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. Sadly, Cambodia suffers from illegal trading in endangered wildlife and logging, so man is quickly wiping out these incredible creatures and their habitat. There has been a movement in Cambodia over the past several years to stop the devastation. Visitors can now stay at several different eco-camps that offer excursions, education and an alternative form of income to locals previously involved in illegal trade.

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What families are saying about working with Motherland Travel:

Originally, I hadn’t considered using a “travel agency” for our trip because I was used to doing all my family travel plans using tools on the web.  I am so grateful that we discovered Motherland Travel because we had only one opportunity to make a first impression of Guatemala on my son. Bambi thought of so many things that I would have missed. Our ultimate goal of the trip was to have Jack feel proud of his heritage. We knew that we had succeeded when on the last day of the trip as we were roasting cocoa beans at the chocolate factory, my son introduced himself to a stranger by saying “Hi, my name is Jack and I am from Guatemala.” Bill

Proud Father of Jack

The trip transformed all of my fears of NOT being able to do a trip like this into joy and success. The people, pacing, activities, accommodations, and scope of the trip was a perfect fit for our family.

I feel like Bambi asked insightful questions during the initial consultation, helping me articulate my goals for this trip. I appreciate the family bonding/adventure travel information she provided, as well as the general information about Guatemala. Bambi targeted our budget and made the most of every experience, given our financial restraints. The itinerary proposal and final itinerary were thorough, detailed, and very clear. I so valued the personal details about possible triggers for my son, visiting his birth country.

We are so grateful for the effort, service, time, and thought Motherland Travel put into planning this trip for us. We have been transformed by the travel. Eddy exudes a pride and joy when he talks about our trip, and talks about Guatemala. A few days after we returned, his teacher had him present to his class about how the ecosystems in Guatemala affect the culture and way of life. As I watched him present to his peers, he shared details and experiences that revealed how much this trip was profoundly imprinted on his heart and his identity. Our family benefited so much from being out of our comfort zone – we learned so much about our son’s birth country, about human resilience, and even more about our family. I can’t choose one favorite moment, or even pick out a single least favorite moment. The days were unique, yet perfectly balanced, creating a gorgeous tapestry of experiences.

The Wall Family

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