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Tennis and Wine Camp 2019

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Cambodia Tennis Trip January 2020

 

*Note this trip is NOT affiliated with Whitman College.

 

Get ready for a tennis trip of a lifetime with Coach Jeff and Coach Greg in January 2020!

 

In January 2018 Coach Jeff took the Whitman men's tennis team on a 8 day adventure in Cambodia and we are replicating this amazing event! One of coach Jeff's Whitman alumni tennis players is director of junior tennis and Davis Cup member for Cambodia. With his guidance and help from V'Explore tours we are setting up a truly unique tennis experience.

 

Tentative Schedule:

 

Pre Trip activity - Online (streaming) lecture with Prof David Schmitz. Learn about the history of Cambodia, US involvement in Cambodia and details of the Pol Pot years & the Khmer Rouge, and the genocide of the Khmer Rouge.  Prof Schmitz is a noted scholar and author of several books focusing on SE Asia:

  • Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War: The End of the American Century (2014)
  • Brent Scowcroft: Internationalism and Post-Vietnam War American Foreign Policy (2011)
  • The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989 (2006)
  • Thank God They're on Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965 (1999)

 

Suggested readings and movies will be provided. We found the readings and movies were of great value in our 2018 trip.

 

Travel logistics - we will be working with local travel agent who focuses on group travel. She will arrange air travel from local US airports to Taipei, Taiwan. At the Taipei airport our tennis group will meet up and board the plane to Phnom Penh.

 

Note - this trip is still in the planning stages. We will have a tentative cost in Feb 2019.

 

If you are interested in this trip and/or want to be on an interest list please email coach Jeff (northam@gmail.com)

 

 

*Note tennis is only on the first 3-4 days of the trip. We have access to the Cambodia National tennis center in Phnom Penh. However once we travel to Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor Wat there are no planned tennis activities (also there are very few courts in the area).

 

Day 1 - Arrive Phnom Penh. Meet tour guide and check into the Cambodian Country Club

 

Day 2 - Morning tennis and afternoon at capital

Morning breakfast and tennis at the Cambodia Country Club/National Tennis Center.

 

Afternoon visit Wat Phnom (capital of Cambodia). Named after Lady Pehn, who founded a sanctuary on the hill in 1917 where the grand stupa still stands today. Independences Monument, erected in 1955, symbolizes Cambodia independence regained from French colonialism in 1953. Visit the Royal Palace, one of the capital's premier tourist attractions, constructed between 1866-1870 in the reign of king Norodom. Silver Pagoda, well know for its 5000 silver tiled floor & National Museum for an appreciation of the splendor of Khmer history.

 

Evening and dinner in Phnom Penh - Tuk Tuk back to hotel

 

Day 3 Morning tennis and afternoon tour

Morning breakfast and tennis at the Cambodia Country Club/National Tennis Center.

 

Afternoon - Killing Fields Tour. Visit the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum. Originally was the Toul Svay Prey High School until 1975 then was turned into a prison known as Security Prison (S-21), the largest such center of detention and torture in the country during the Pol Pot regime. Room after room of photographs of people who were tortured, killed and buried in mass grave nearby the courtyard. Then visit killing fields of Choeung Ek. It is now a museum, memorial and testament to the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime.

 

Evening and Dinner at night market in Phnom Pehn - Tuk Tuk back to hotel.

 

Day 4 morning tennis and travel to Siem Reap

Morning breakfast and tennis at the Cambodia Country Club/National Tennis Center.

 

Afternoon check out at noon, transfer to the airport for flight to Siem Reap, meet tour guide and transfer to hotel.

 

Evening - enjoy a special dinner with Apsara show at Angkor Village Resort

 

Day 5 Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Complex

Morning - biking tour to visit National Angkor Museum for an overview of the Angkor history before heading to the temple for sunrise views of Angkor Wat - the world's largest temple with the longest intricately carved bas-relief panels. Explore this 3-tier pyramidal structure with massive galleries of thousand Buddha, interior walls and niches decorated with stone aspires (celestial dancers) and devatas (goddesses), and take a walk around the top terrace for a great view of Angkor.

 

Afternoon - back to town for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, visit the "Great City" of Angkor Thom including the South Gate, Bayan, Bapoun, and Terrace of Leper King. Back to hotel

 

Evening on own - Pub Street Siem Reap

 

Day 6 Banteay Srei - Tonle Sap

Morning - drive to Baneay Srei and visit the Citadel of Women with its very attractive carvings, the Royal bathing place - - Srah Srang, and the unique brick sculptures in Prasat Kravan. Then visit Ta Prohm temple for its intertwined trees (know as the jungle temple). Lunch served at a local restaurant.

 

Afternoon - boat ride along the Tonle Sap Lake to the fishing and stilit-house village (Kampong Phluk). Return back to Siem Reap visit Les Artisan D'Angkor and Siem Reap Market.

 

Evening on own/with group - Siem Reap

 

Day 7 Siem Reap - Kbal Spean & Country Side

Morning - explore the Kbal Spean Angkor ruin located in the western part of the Kulein Mountain. This site consists of a series of stone carvings in sandstone formations carved in the riverbed of the Siem Reap River. The carvings take the form of linga, the phallic representation of the Hindu God, Shiva and their is said to be a thousand of these lingas on the riverbed making it a "river of 1000 lingas".

 

Afternoon - drive through the surrounding country side passing verdant rice paddies, visit a local home village to learn more about local peoples daily activities. Also experience an ox cart riding through the rice field, see and help practice community activity (grinding and husking of rice by hand). Return to Siem Reap

 

Evening on own/with group - Siem Reap

 

Day 8 Departure and Travel

Check out at noon and transfer to airport for flights home.

 

 

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