|Tour dates:||25 November – 02 December 2017|
From the glorious jungle-tangled temples at Angkor to the lush mountain-fringed white sand beaches of the south and the little-visited villages of the north, welcome to Kingdom of Cambodia (Kampuchea) located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.
Like with many ancient Kingdoms around the world as described in the Quran, Cambodia experienced various dynasties reaching it zenith under the Khmer, who built the Angkor Wat, one of the world’s largest religious buildings. It then followed periods of civil strife andcolonization, independence and finally the modern Republic with all the various regimes til today.
The Cham people are an ethnic group in Southeast Asia, and form the core of the Muslim communities in both Cambodia and Vietnam. The Kingdom of Champa, originating in the second century AD was one of the most powerful empires in Indochina, covering much of what is today, Vietnam, and parts of Cambodia.
Shams al-Din al-Ansari al-Dimashqi, 13th century Muslim geographer, reports that Islam arrived in region during time of the Caliph Uthman(ra) and the Cham Muslims trace their ancestry to Jahsh, the father of Zaynab bint Jahsh (ra), one of the wives of the Prophet (saw). It was in the wake of many Sahabas (ra) who arrived in Indo-Chin in 617-18 from Abyssinia and Hijaz by sea route that the Islamization process of the region began and served as an important link in the Spice Route, between the the Persian Gulf to southern China and Indo-Malay archipelago. Eventually by 1676, The Kingdom of Champa, originally Hindu, became majority Muslim, making them one of few Islamic Sultanate Kingdoms in the region. With the eventual broke up of the kingdom, the Cham people were scattered throughout SE Asia.
The Khmer Rouge years were particularly hard on the Cham community, as Cham were often singled out and killed, and many mosques were burned. Today, it is estimated that there are up to a million Cham in Cambodia and are are centered in: Kompong Chhnang, Battambamg, and in Phnom Penh. Many are poor and are illiterate but Islam has always been in the hearts and returning, inshallah!
A longer trip combining Cambodia with neighbouring Vietnam is possible for those who are interested in experiencing both countries.
Join us, as we rediscover the “Forgotten Kingdom of Champa”.
The package comes without flights and visa (bought on arrival) but includes local transportation, breakfast only, 3* hotel accommodation. Lunch and dinner is NOT provided but can be arranged our guide. The food we offer is good wholesome and indigenous to the area, thus giving an authentic feel of the tour. Main entrance fees to sights/museums mentioned below and itineraries are subject to small modifications depending on the size and composition of the group as well as local circumstances at the time of the trip.. Each day there will be a brief for the day, spiritual reminders throughout the day with important historical facts and points by our guide and an evening summary.
As flights to Cambodia and return are not included in the package, you are advised to make flights according to the dates advertised.
Arrival destination: Siem ReapInternational Airport [Code – REP]
Arrival date: Dates advertised for the tour
Time: Any time after Midday and early afternoon i.e. 12pm – 4pm to allow for jet lag and rest and no later than 5pm, if possible.
Everyone will be collected together by our Cambodian Reps around 4-5pm.
Departure location: Phnom Penh International Airport [Code – PNH]
Departure date: Dates advertised for the tour unless you want to extend your tour
Time: Any time after breakfast or your preferred time
Upon arrival to Cambodia , our local operatives will take over all transportation within Cambodia i.e. to hotel, back to airport and during tour.
A 3* Star hotels in a convenient location will allow you to easily reach the most famous tourist attractions. Participants will normally spend 1-2 nights in various cities and towns. Breakfast is provided.
Rooms: In the standard package there are 2 beds to a room (twin rooms) or 1 double bed for couples. There may also be the option of 3 beds (triple room) for larger families subject to availability. Other features include: en-suite bathroom / shower and toilet, air-conditioning, wi-fi internet connection (free or paid) and satellite TV.
“What I liked most about the tour is meeting lots of local people with their own knowledge and insight into Cambodian life. Seeing a country that isn’t a usual holiday destination for Muslims. Mixture of historical sights, scenery, beaches. Opportunity to try halal local foods. Managed to do things that would be practically impossible doing this trip individually. Local guides were extremely hospitable and entertaining. Tour was chosen as it was a country that interested me, and the tour was appealing as it provided an Islamic insight that I wasn’t really aware of. Having been on the Jerusalem tour before, I had the benefit of a very good experience with the company which I was keen to replicate. I would recommend the tour to others but it’s probably more of a niche thing; not everyone will be up for spending a day in the village with basic facilities; even though I believe it’s all part of the experience”. – Yasmin Mehta, UK, November 2013