Bangkok –Cambodia- Bangkok

No matter where you travel in Cambodia, the past is always present. History, both ancient and modern, is everywhere here; whether you’re cycling in the shadows of the mighty Angkor Wat, wandering the streets of cosmopolitan Phnom Penh, or exploring the Irrawaddy in search of river dolphins, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped – and continues to shape – this arresting land.

This classic small group tour of Cambodia includes all of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price. Expect light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels in a group of nor more than 15 fellow minded travellers and an average of 12. All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult and the minimum age requirement is 12 years old.

© Image: of Angkor Wat at Sunset

Highlights

  • Angkor Wat (Siem Reap)
  • Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields, Phnom Penh)
  • City cyclo tour
  • Mekong boat trip to spot Irrawaddy dolphins
  • Local Khmer dinner in nearby village

What’s Included

  • Angkor Wat complex entrance and guide (Siem Reap)
  • Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) entrance and guide (Phnom Penh)
  • City cyclo tour
  • Mekong boat trip to spot Irrawaddy dolphins
  • Local Khmer dinner in nearby village
  • Internal flight
  • Border crossing support
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations: Hotels (13 nts).
  • Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 dinners (Allow USD185-240 for meals not included).
  • Transportation: Private van, local bus, cyclo, boat, tuk tuk, plane
  • Staff & experts
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Available extras

(Add these to your tour when you book)

Phare Circus – £12.00
Enjoy a stellar performance by Phare, a unique and socially conscious circus that injects Cambodian culture and history into its inspiring shows. See acrobatics, contortion, and aerial arts melded with theatre, modern dance, and more, as you take in stories of war, relationships, and discrimination, inspired by the real-life experiences of Phare’s creators and performers.

My Own Room – £449.00
If you’re travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, please request it at the time of booking.

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting (1h/18:00)
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation: Centra Central Station Hotel Bangkok (or similar) Hotel

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Day 2: Bangkok/Battambang

Journey from Thailand to colonial Battambang. Opt to explore the countryside or learn some Cambodian cooking.
Head to the Cambodia through the heart of Thailand. Once in Cambodia, change vans and continue to Battambang. Upon arrival, explore the riverside city for a few hours before dinner.
Private Vehicle Bangkok – Aranyaprathet (4h/130km)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.
Border Crossing (Thailand – Cambodia) Aranyaprathet – Paôy Pêt (30m-1h)
Get ready to cross into Cambodia. Aranyaprathet is known for being one of the most hectic border crossings but CEOs will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. The border crossing is done on foot and can take up to an hour so be patient and think of all the fun Cambodia has in store.
Private Vehicle Paôy Pêt – Battambang (1h30m-2h/125km)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Free Time Battambang – Evening. Head out and explore.
Take a look at our optional activities to see how you might spend your free time.

Accommodation: Star Hotel BBM (or similar) Guesthouse
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3: Battambang/Siem Reap

Journey to the seat of the Khmer Empire and prepare to explore the fantastic Angkor Wat complex.
Spend the morning on an optional motorcycle tour of the countryside, visiting temples, local cottage industries, and the unique Bamboo Train. If cooking is more your thing try your hand at Khmer cuisine with a cooking class, enjoying the results with a leisurely lunch.
In the afternoon, head off to Siem Reap.
Free Time Battambang – Morning- explore or take a cooking class.
Private Vehicle Battambang – Siem Reap (2h-3h/175km)
Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Take a look at our optional activities to see how you might spend your free time.

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Day 4: Siem Reap

Enjoy a guided tour of the massive Angkor temple complex.
Spend the whole day exploring with a local guide. The best way to experience the site is to arrive for sunrise, explore in the cooler morning hours and head back into town to relax during the hottest time of the day. Then, head back into the site for sunset and a little more exploring.
Angkor Wat Guided Tour, Angkor Wat
Enjoy a tour of impressive ancient ruins with a local professional guide. Wake early to watch the sun rise over the magnificent Angkor Wat temple. Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the “Tomb Raider” temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.
Take a look at our optional activities to see how you might spend your free time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 5: Siem Reap

Spend a free day exploring more of Angkor Wat or further afield around Siem Reap. Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope project.
We rotate our included local meal between a local home in a small village and the New Hope project in order to support as many small businesses as possible. With so many travellers coming through these areas, alternating experiences helps to allow both small businesses to flourish. Both experiences are truly unique and memorable.
Free Time Siem Reap / Full Day
New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, Siem Reap – Evening
Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant, an initiative kickstarted by our ground handler. Providing skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members, the project also funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Visit the restaurant run by locals and see how the New Hope project has supported positive change in the community.
Meal with Local Family in Siem Reap – Evening
Head to a village near Siem Reap to enjoy a traditional Khmer meal. Meet the locals and learn more about the way of life in rural Cambodia.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

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Day 6: Siem Reap/Kampong Cham

Travel to Kampong Cham and visit the Bridge of Jayavarman VII, a silk farm, and rubber tree plantations before an included local dinner experience. Opt to bike through villages along the Mekong or visit some rustic temples.
Travel to the third largest city in Cambodia, Kampong Cham. Opt to rent a bike and cruise along the river to explore the countryside and meet friendly locals or visit the 11th century Vat Nokor temple. Enjoy an included local dinner to sample more of this delicious cuisine.
Private Vehicle Siem Reap – Kampong Cham (5h-7h/310km)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
See our suggested ideas in Optional Activities for how to spend your free time.

Accommodation: Mekong Hotel Kg Cham (or similar) Guesthouse
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

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Day 7: Kampong Cham/Kratié

Travel to the home of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. View the endangered dolphins on an included boat trip on the Mekong.
In the morning travel to Kratie, located on the banks of the mighty Mekong River.
In the afternoon, head out on the massive Mekong with local boatmen to try and spot the endangered Irrawaddy freshwater dolphin.
Private Vehicle Kampong Cham – Kratié (2h30m-3h/160km)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Kratie Boat Trip, Kratié
Come aboard for a one-of-a-kind wildlife encounter – the feeling you get as you spot an Irrawaddy dolphin breaking through the water’s surface is truly inspiring and will lift your heart. Enjoy the boat tour, and let the late-afternoon sun warm your face.

Accommodation: Santepheap Hotel (or similar) Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 8: Kratié/Phnom Penh

Travel to Phnom Penh and hop on a city cyclo tour. Use some free time to explore.
Opt for a drink in one of the many riverside cafés.
Private Vehicle Kratié – Phnom Penh (2h30m-5h /Morning /340km)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Phnom Penh Cyclo Tour Phnom Penh (1h-1h)
Settle in a traditional cyclo and depart from Wat Phnom. Tour busy streets to soak up the real vibe of the city. Pass the post office and Van’s restaurant, both stunning colonial buildings, and make your way to the Royal Palace and National Museum. Go along the riverside road and take in the atmospheric cafes that line the street.
Free Time Phnom Penh, Afternoon
Explore any of the places of interest that caught your eye on the cyclo tour or visit one of the local museums.

Accommodation: Diamond Hotel (or similar) Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 9: Phnom Penh

Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields). Opt to visit the Royal Palace, National Museum, and Central Market.
Follow a local guide and witness the dark side of Cambodian history with visits to Choeung Ek, the site of the infamous Killing Fields, and Tuol Sleng, the notorious Khmer Rouge prison where thousands of Cambodians perished.
In the afternoon enjoy free time to explore the city’s many sights: the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum, Russian market or Wat Phnom.
Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour, Phnom Penh
Learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims’ skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site with a guide.
Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour, Phnom Penh
Learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.
Free Time Phnom Penh, Afternoon. Use free time to explore some of the palaces, temples and museums in the city.

Accommodation: Diamond Hotel (or similar) Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 10: Phnom Penh/ Kampot

Travel to Kampot, home of Bokor National Park. Visit Rabbit Island, sample the famous Kampot peppers or enjoy a seafood feast in Kep.
Drive eastward along the coast to reach Kampot, world-famous for the Kampot pepper and home of Bokor National Park.
Visit Rabbit Island or spend some time at the beachside town of Kep, known for its fresh crabs. Opt for activities like visiting a cave, a pepper plantation or a fish farm. Take a cycle tour to a waterfall or enjoy a sunset cruise.
Private Vehicle Phnom Penh – Kampot (3h/150km)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Free Time Kampot, Afternoon. See optional activities in Kampot or visit Kep for ideas on how to spend your time.

Accommodation: Mittapheap Kampot (or similar) Guesthouse

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Day 11: Kampot/ Sihanoukville

Travel to Sihanoukville, a beautiful beachside town.
Travel to Sihanoukville and feast on fantastic local seafood, take a day trip to snorkel the coral reefs and explore the islands, or just sit back in a deck chair and let the warm breeze caress you as the waves splash gently at your feet. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Private Vehicle Kampot – Sihanoukville (2h/100km)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Free Time Sihanoukville, Afternoon
Use free time to explore or just sit back and relax.

Accommodation: Seaside Hotel SHV (or similar) Hotel

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Day 12: Sihanoukville

Enjoy a free day to enjoy Sihanoukville. Opt to take a full-day boat and snorkelling trip around the islands or just sit back and relax on the beach.
There are options in town to check out some local cafés or get a massage or pedicure, too.
Free Time Sihanoukville – Full Day
See our suggested ideas in Optional Activities for how to spend your free time.

Accommodation: Seaside Hotel SHV (or similar) Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 13: Sihanoukville/Bangkok

Drive to Phnom Penh airport to fly back to Bangkok. There will be time to catch up on last minute shopping or visit more sights before one last evening on the town.
Private Vehicle Sihanoukville – Phnom Penh International Airport (3h-4h/220k)
Stretch out and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Plane Phnom Penh International Airport – Bangkok (1h)
Transfer about an hour back to the city from the airport on arrival.
Free Time Bangkok Evening

Accommodation: Centra Central Station Hotel Bangkok (or similar) Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 14: Bangkok

Depart at any time. Why not ask us about adding on a few days on a beautiful island beach?

Meals included: Breakfast

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Optional Activities Day 2:

Tuk Tuk TourBattambang
Take a tuk tuk to explore city sights. Tour around to see the city’s countless statues and the Governor’s Residence or head out a little further to Phnom Sampouv (the ‘killing caves’).

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Optional Activities Day 3:

Motorcycle Tour, Battambang
Tour the Cambodian countryside on two wheels to see temples and local industries. Visit locals making local goods: silk, rice paper, and the popular (but pungent) fish paste.
Cooking Class, Battambang
Refine your culinary skills while learning recipes typical of Khmer cuisine. After, dig in and sample the fruits of your labour.

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Optional Activities Day 4 to 5:

Phare – The Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap
Take in Phare, a unique circus that injects Cambodian culture and history in its inspiring shows. See acrobatics, contortion, and aerial arts melded with theatre, modern dance, and more. Performers train for up to 10 years to master their art. Arrive before 20:00 (entrance closes at 20:05). Come early if you wish – the cafe opens at 18:00 and there is an option to enjoy dinner with the show.

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Optional Activities Day 6 to 8:

Bridge of Jayavarman VII VisitKampong Cham
Visit this centuries-old cobble stone bridge spanning 285 ft (87m). Marvel at the bridge’s 12th century architecture designed during the reign of King Jayavarman.
Vat Nokor Temple Visit, Kampong Cham
Take in this temple complex that is a combination of a modern Theravada Buddhist pagoda within an 11th-century Mahayana Buddhist shrine.
Bike Rental: Rent a bike from a local shop and head out to explore.

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Optional Activities Day 9:

Royal Palace Visit, Phnom Penh
Visit the King’s current dwelling place, a magnificent riverside palace with classic Khmer architecture. Dress appropriately please; visitors must wear clothing that covers knees and shoulders, and shirts must reach the elbow.
Silver Pagoda Visit, Phnom Penh
Tour the Royal Palace complex to see the neighbouring Silver Pagoda (aka the Temple of the Emerald Buddha). See the many magnificent treasures inside this beautiful vihara (Buddhist monastery), including its floor lined with more 5,000 tiles of silver.
National Museum Visit, Phnom Penh
Wander the galleries of the National Museum to see amazing works of art from Cambodia’s “golden age” of Angkor. Visit the museum’s lovely courtyard before you leave.
Russian Market Visit, Phnom Penh
Shop this must-visit market for souvenirs, handicrafts, antiquities, and Western brand-name clothing at (often) greatly discounted prices. Haggle away for the best deals!
Wat Phnom Visit, Phnom Penh
Visit Wat Phnom (Hill Temple) in late afternoon, a historic monument with lots of green space. Keep an eye on your food and belongings; cheeky monkeys like to get a hold of anything they can.

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Optional Activities Day 10 to 11:

Rabbit Island Excursion Kampot
Visit this undeveloped tropical island to enjoy beautiful white sand beaches. Walk the island’s perimeter passing beaches and mangroves along the way (about 3 hours).
Kep Excursion Kep
Take in the charm of this seaside resort, home to a beautiful National Park and friendly residents. Be sure to enjoy a seafood meal, including local fresh crabs.
Cycle Tour Kampot
Join the tour and hop on a bike – it’s one of the best ways to see Kampot and the countryside.
Sunset Cruise Kampot
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the water views on this peaceful cruise into the sunset.

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Optional Activities Day 12:

Snorkelling Boat Trip Sihanoukville
Come on this snorkel adventure to explore Cambodia’s unique reefs and underwater world. See coral-crested ridges that support a wide range of marine life — you may spot moray eels, sting rays or dolphins. The trip includes a stop on a secluded island beach for a seafood barbecue before heading back to shore.

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