from $ 6,427* per person
Take advantage of the plethora of things to do in South East Asia on this unique adventure packed full of ancient sights and breathtaking beauty. Explore the hustle of Ho Chi Minh City's tourist spots and journey to the bustle of Bangkok in Thailand, with an incredible trip through Cambodia in between. Take on Cambodia's beguiling Phnom Penh, pay a visit to Cambodia's ancient Angkor ruins and discover the laidback charm of the Khmer. Enjoy a voyage of discovery on this Cambodian travel adventure.
Travel Dates: From 07/09/2019 to 08/01/2021
Duration: 12 days
Departing From: Ho
- Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of South East Asia's most stunning sights
Confront the sobering but important Khmer history in Phnom Penh, with optional visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial
A homestay in the village of Chambok puts you right in the heart of everyday life in rural Cambodia
Starting in Ho Chi Minh City and finishing in Bangkok, you'll get the perfect glimpse of Cambodia's neighbouring countries
- These action-packed cities are brimming with delicious street food and astounding histories
Breakfasts Included: 2
Dinners Included: 1
Guesthouse (2 nights),Homestay (1 night),Hotel (8 nights)
Public bus,Private minibus
Age: min 15
Group Size: 1 - 16
Chambok - Traditional dancing
Siem Reap - One day Angkor Pass
Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these ready to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, get out and discover the city's blend of old and new, East and West. Be sure to sample a baguette or some of the excellent coffee on offer – both markers of the city's strong French influence. Equally essential are visits to Reunification Palace (the site of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975) and the War Remnants Museum. Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception.
Day 2: Phnom Penh
Travel by public bus through rural Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh (approximately 10 hours including two border crossings and lunch). Cambodia's capital city is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some fine examples of French-inspired architecture. You may want to take a cyclo tour of the city's sights, including the central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument and Royal Palace. If you're in the mood for shopping, stop in at the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market) or travel out to Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market) for the best range of local souvenirs.
Day 3: Phnom Penh
Enjoy a free day in the swirl and bustle of Phnom Penh. Visiting the Choeung Ek Memorial is highly recommended. This is the site of the Killing Fields, the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng. A confronting experience, it is nonetheless an essential for understanding modern Cambodia. Wat Phnom, shrouded in myth, is equally worth a visit, as is the National Museum and its excellent Khmer collection. Perhaps indulge in a traditional massage at Seeing Hands (a great social enterprise supporting visually impaired masseurs). A traditional Cambodian massage may be a little different than you are used to, its generally an oil-free, fully-clothed affair.
Day 4: Sihanoukville
Make the journey to Sihanoukville Province by public bus (approx. 7 hours including lunch and rest stops). Head for one of the beach towns for a few days of R&R. It's also a jumping-off point to many beautiful islands. Settle in and perhaps take a refreshing swim.
Day 5: Sihanoukville
Enjoy a day of free time. You could take a boat to one of the nearby islands, enjoy a barbecue lunch or simply relax among swaying palms, white sands and blue waters. Maybe explore the local market and pagodas, or take a Khmer cooking class. The nearby waterfall of Kbal Chaay is particularly dramatic during the wet season.
Day 6: Homestay
Travel by private vehicle (approx. 4 hours) into rural Cambodia to the region of Kampong Speu and the village of Chambok. There's a lot of natural beauty to discover here, and the Chambok community is renowned for its ecotourism. A member of the Chambok community will take you on a village walk and be happy to chat about their community’s history, lifestyle and local ecotourism projects. Meet the families your group will spend the night with and settle into your homestay accommodation. You may like to trek to a stunning waterfall this afternoon. This optional trek takes approx. 60-90min and access is weather dependant. In the evening, head to the community centre to enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner prepared by women from the community. You'll also be treated to a traditional dance performance.
Day 7: Kampong Cham
Travel by private vehicle to the riverside town of Kampong Cham (approximately 5 hours). This peaceful town was once an important trading hub and is now a great opportunity to experience life in small-town Cambodia. You might like to explore the serene 11th-century Wat Nokor. Alternatively, hire a bike to explore the rural island of Koh Paen which is linked to Kampong Cham by an elaborate bamboo bridge (it's passable only in the dry season; you'll have to take a ferry across in the wet). The locals here make their living fishing, growing tobacco and sesame, so it's a good place to go for a closer look at some of Cambodia's cottage industries. A little further afield are the twin 'mountain temples' of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei.
Day 8: Siem Reap
Take a public bus to Siem Reap (approx. 6 hours including lunch and rest stops). Experience rural Cambodia along the way and take the opportunity to sample the local cuisine of Skuon – deep fried spiders! The small but expanding town of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. This is the most popular destination for travellers in all of Cambodia, perhaps even in South-East Asia. The markets are a great place to shop or to try some cheap, delicious street food.
Day 9: Siem Reap
Today you will visit the world-famous Angkor complex with your guide. These temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent influence in South-East Asia. The temples were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind-blowing and there are spectacular photographic opportunities at any time of day – seeing them at sunrise or sunset is a must. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 square kilometres, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap. You'll have plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Notes: A single-day Angkor Pass is included on this tour. If you'd like to return to Angkor outside of your included visit, you can buy a longer pass. Just ask your leader.
Day 10: Siem Reap
Today there may be a chance (depending on the season) to visit Tonle Sap Lake for a look at local life. If you feel like some adventure, another option is to do the Angkor zip-line course, which gives you a birds-eye view of the beautiful rainforest – and an adrenaline rush, of course. Another option is to visit the sobering Landmine Museum. It's located a little further field, but is well worth the journey.
Day 11: Bangkok
It's a long drive from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approx. 10 hours including two border crossings and lunch). You'll be travelling by private minivan. Embrace Thailand's bustling capital, a world of tuk tuks, khlong (canal) boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Head out with your new found friends for a last optional group dinner and find out why this city never sleeps.
Day 12: Bangkok
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. If you are wanting to stay longer in Bangkok check out one of the many Urban Adventure tours on offer.
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