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From £2,257 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Delve deep into compelling Cambodia on this action-packed extravaganza, which takes in incredible temples, cosmopolitan cities, sleepy countryside – and reminders of its chequered history.

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Summary

Cambodia

Intricate temples, incredible ruins and captivating village life make Cambodia a destination to remember. No trip to the country would be complete without time amid the incredible ruins around Angkor Wat, a captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site that compels adventure seekers to visit Cambodia. The cosmopolitan cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap offer up delicious food and stunning riverside settings, while life is slow in the country’s village-speckled countryside, where you’ll visit the sleepy town of Battambang and the remarkable floating village on Tonle Sap lake. 

 AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE: 

  • Fly by helicopter above the vast Angkor Wat temple complex, for incredible birds-eye views
  • Let monks give you a blessing for your journey in a remote Cambodian monastery
  • Travel around Angkor Wat by traditional Cambodian ox-cart, before having a soothing foot massage in a stunning secret temple
  • Cruise through the villages around Siem Reap in an American Army Jeep
  • Munch on Phnom Penh’s delicious street food as you tour its stalls with a professional chef
  • Get to know the villagers near Battambang, as you cycle through their streets and eat lunch with a local family
  • Master traditional Cambodian dance moves or music during a private workshop
  • Sail around Tonle Sap lake and see Khmer and Viet villages with a local captain 
Cambodia Summary

On your Awesome Experience to Cambodia, you’ll head off-the-beaten track to get a real feel for life in this beautiful country. Travel by bike, ox-cart and army Jeep with your private guide to ensure you access all areas – from intricately-decorated temples to tranquil modern villages and ruins lost in forest. The undoubted highlight is a helicopter ride high above Angkor Wat, during which you’ll grasp the miraculous scale of the ancient Khmer city. 

Beyond Angkor, Cambodia has so much more to offer, and you’ll start your exploration in the buzzing city of Phnom Penh, where you’ll sample the excellent street food, learn cambodian songs from expert musicians and dancers and visit temples and monuments. An afternoon will be spent learning about the atrocities that happened under the Khmer Rouge regime - with a visit to the haunting Killing Fields. Beyond the city, the villages around Battambang and Tonle Sap offer the chance to embrace the peaceful pace of rural Cambodian life. 


If you would like to extend your experience and spend 4 days relaxing on the beach, check out our Thrill&Chill Cambodia experience here!

Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £600 per person and take approximately 15 hours outbound and 16 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

For this particular Experience, the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - London. 

Experience start point: Phnom Penh [PNH]. Arrive by 2pm. 

End point: Siem Reap [REP]. Leave in the evening.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Cambodia

Day One: Arrive in Phnom Penh

Discover Phnom Penh’s thriving contemporary cultural scene shortly after touchdown: you’ll be driven from the airport to your hotel to check-in and relax, before spending the evening at a gallery showcasing works by contemporary Cambodian artists. Enjoy tasty Khmer street food snacks and beer as you browse the pieces, before returning to your hotel for the night. 

Overnight in Phnom Penh

Classic - Villa Langka/Sangkum Hotel/Patio Urban Resort 

Premium - La Rose Boutique/White Mansion/Vmansion Boutique Hotel 

Deluxe - Sofitel Phnom Penh/La Rose Suites/Amanjaya Pancam Suites

Meals included: None

Phnom Penh


Day Two: Get to know Cambodia

Get to know Phnom Penh City on a speedy foray by tuk-tuk. You’ll stop off at the Royal Palace (built in 1866 and home to treasures that include a 90-kilo solid gold buddha, encrusted with 9,584 diamonds). Then, you’ll visit a very different landmark, as you take in Tuol Seng, the school that turned torture centre under the horrific Khmer Rouge regime. It’s now a moving museum paying respects to the victims. You’ll follow this with a visit to the infamous Killing Fields, where more than a million people lost their lives during the genocide. Pay your respects, before returning to the city centre. This evening, you’ll get the chance to try traditional Cambodian music or dance during a workshop. Following a short intro from the teacher, you’ll learn gestures, styles and techniques of the craft and try on beautiful costumes: take home a photo as a souvenir. Then, during early evening, the warm and knowledgeable Chef Nara will whisk you off on a journey of street food discovery, tasting some of Phnom Penh’s most unusual dishes.

Overnight in Phnom Penh 

Classic - Villa Langka/Sangkum Hotel/Patio Urban Resort 

Premium - La Rose Boutique/White Mansion/Vmansion Boutique Hotel 

Deluxe - Sofitel Phnom Penh/La Rose Suites/Amanjaya Pancam Suites

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner 

Royal Palace Phnom Penh


Day Three: Battambang

It’s a long drive (5.5 hours) through rice fields and villages of wooden houses en route to the sleepy town of Battambang. Break the journey in the fishing port of Kampong Chhnang, a town on the banks of the vast Tonle Sap lake that’s renowned for its pottery and floating village. You’ll arrive in Battambang in the early afternoon – in time to set off by tuk tuk on a trip past crumbling colonial riverside houses on your way to the 11th-century temple of Wat Ek Phnom. Please note that the hotels and attractions in Battambang are rural and unsophisticated in character, which we feel adds to their charm.

Overnight in Battambang 

Classic - Bambu/La Villa Battambang/Battambang Resort 

Premium - Bambu/La Villa Battambang/Battambang Resort 

Deluxe - Bambu

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch 

Battambang Temple


Day Four: Tonle Sap and Temples

Life is slow in the leafy villages around Battambang, as you’ll find out on a cycling tour which follows a small stream past rice paddies, and wooden houses and workshops. On the way, you’ll see villagers making knives, preparing prahok (traditional fish paste) and cooking sticky rice as children run alongside your bike, shouting their hellos. Arriving in a local house, you’ll enjoy a home-cooked lunch before making the three-hour drive to Siem Reap, heading north of Tonle Sap and through the peaceful town of Sisophon, topped with intricate pagodas and bright market stalls. You’ll stop off to watch stonemasons using traditional techniques passed down from the age of Cambodia’s great temples, arriving in Siem Reap in the afternoon. The evening is free to explore this charming city, where wide streets harbour cosmopolitan cafes, boutiques and spas, and where the pretty river is punctuated by pagodas.

Overnight in Siem Reap 

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique Hotel/La Niche D'Angkor Boutique/La Residence Watbo 

Premium - Shinta Mani Shack/Viroth Hotel/The Aviary 

Deluxe - Heritage Suites/Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa/Angkor Village Resort and Spa

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Battambang Lake Homes


Day Five: Exploring Angkor Wat

Most people come to Siem Reap to visit the vast 12th-century temple complex around Angkor – this morning you’ll get the ultimate overview as you fly above it by helicopter, heading towards Tonle Sap and the floating village of Chong Kneas. Back on the ground, you and your guide will make for its most famous temple, Angkor Wat, swathed in exquisite carvings. Then you’ll travel by traditional ox cart to a secret temple far away from the tourist crowds, for a picnic lunch. Post meal, a foot massage will soothe temple-hopping feet. Your final visit of the day is to the jungle-covered Ta Prohm, which once had a starring role in Tomb Raider. This evening, enjoy an action-packed, circus-style performance courtesy of Phare Ponleu Selpak, an NGO founded to give artistic training to poor young Cambodians.

Overnight in Siem Reap 

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique Hotel/La Niche D'Angkor Boutique/La Residence Watbo 

Premium - Shinta Mani Shack/Viroth Hotel/The Aviary 

Deluxe - Heritage Suites/Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa/Angkor Village Resort and Spa

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch 

Angkor from Distance


Day Six: Siem Reap by Jeep

Prepare for adventure, as you traverse Siem Reap’s surrounds by American army Jeep. First stop is the romantic sandstone temple of Banteay Srei, surrounded by a moat and covered in stunning carvings. Next, you’ll travel to the villages at Siem Reap’s very edges, to experience everyday life here: start by helping to make rice noodles for your breakfast in one village, then travel to the next (renowned for its coconuts and sticky rice) to assist with the food prep while filling up on local snacks. Lastly, you’ll stop at the house of a family who makes a living from palm leaf handicrafts, and they’ll help you to make your own as a souvenir. Round off the morning with an authentic lunch at a nearby family home. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore more of Angkor’s temples, as your guide leads you to the surreal Bayon Temple, covered in serenely smiling faces. You’ll continue on to the huge, 11th-century Baphuon temple mountain and the intricately carved Terrace of the Leper King. On the final evening of your trip, you’ll travel through the countryside to Villa Chandara, a little known private house that serves delicious dinners by candlelight, surrounded by lily ponds and paddy fields. After a pre-dinner cocktail, you’ll be served an unforgettable feast as you savour your surroundings.

Overnight in Siem Reap 

Classic - The Cyclo D'Angkor Boutique Hotel/La Niche D'Angkor Boutique/La Residence Watbo 

Premium - Shinta Mani Shack/Viroth Hotel/The Aviary 

Deluxe - Heritage Suites/Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa/Angkor Village Resort and Spa

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

Angkor Close Up


Day Seven: Kompong Khleang

Check out this morning, bound for Tonle Sap. But first, bring good luck for your onward journey with a sacred Monk Blessing Ceremony in a remote temple. After being blessed with water, you’ll have the chance to chat with the monks about life in the temple, before journeying on to Kompong Khleang floating village to board a boat captained by a local, who will criss-cross the waters of Tonle Sap between tiny Khmer and Viet villages (during dry season, you can also walk near the lake to meet the villagers). After a final lunch at a village house, it’s time to say goodbye to Cambodia, with a private transfer to the airport ready for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Kompong Khleang


Overall meals included: 6 breakfasts; 5 lunches; 2 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise 
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise 
  • Meals as listed 
  • Boat rental and cycle hire as per the programme 
  • Entrance fees 
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Helicopter flight over Angkor Wat

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences 
  • Tips for guides, drivers and other staff 
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour and during border crossings during your experience 
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise 
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry 


You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:


Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.


Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.


Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.


When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

Children: If you're travelling with children, please get in touch to request child prices. 


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £600 per person and take approximately 15 hours outbound and 16 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

For this particular Experience, the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - London.

Experience start point: Phnom Penh [PNH]. Arrive by 2pm. 

End point: Siem Reap [REP]. Leave in the evening.

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