Be romanced by the Cambodian spirit, culture and its scenic wonders

Prepare for a unique adventure loaded with ancient sights and breathtaking beauty as you travel from the hustle of Bangkok to the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. Discover the laidback charm and easy smiles of the Cambodian people, call into the ancient temples at Angkor, take on beguiling Phnom Penh and relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Sihanoukville. With a do-it-yourself approach that gives you the freedom to choose what interests you, we dare you to not be impressed by the Cambodia Adventure.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Countries
Cambodia,
Thailand,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TKRR
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
204kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Bargain like a local in Bangkok's markets
  • Explore the epic temples at Angkor
  • Delve into Khmer history in Phnom Penh
  • Experience rural village life at a Cambodian homestay
  • Relax amid Sihanoukville's tropical surrounds
  • See the sights of Ho Chi Minh City

Itinerary

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. 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. With free time, why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage?
Travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap by private bus today (approximately 10 hours, including the border crossing and lunch). You will exit Thailand at Aranyaprathet and enter Cambodia at Poipet. Your leader will help you with border procedures. If you are getting your visa at the border you will need cash in US dollars. From Poipet to Siem Reap is around another 150 km. Spend the evening relaxing when you arrive.

On Day 3 it's time to visit the world-famous Angkor complex with your guide. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 square kilometres, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap, so you'll have plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

If you feel like some adventure in your spare time, you can take an optional "Flight of the Gibbon" zip-line adventure, which gives you a birds-eye view of the rain forest and an adrenaline rush. Other options here include a visit to the sobering Landmine Museum or our Siem Reap Street Food by Night Urban Adventure.

Notes: A 1-day Angkor pass is included. If you would like to return to Angkor outside of our included tour, you can purchase a longer pass through your tour leader.
Travel by public bus to Kompong 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. A great option here is to visit the serene 11th-century Wat Nokor. You can also hire a bicycle to explore the rural island of Koh Paen, which is linked to Kompong Cham by an elaborate bamboo bridge (it's passable only in the dry season, take a ferry 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.
Travel by private bus to the capital city of Phnom Penh (approximately 3 hours). Cambodia's capital is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some fine examples of French-inspired architecture.
A recommended option is to visit the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields, the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng. You can learn about a brighter period in Cambodian history by visiting the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Wat Phnom, shrouded in myth, is equally worth a visit, as is the National Museum with its excellent Khmer collection. Cyclo tours around the city are a great alternative to walking and generally include the central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument and Royal Palace. Keen shoppers can hit the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market).
Travel by private bus (approximately 3 hours) into rural Cambodia to the region of Kampong Speu and village of Chambok, the location of your homestay for the night. This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in everyday Cambodian life. In the evening you'll enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner.

Notes: Facilities are basic and multi-share with mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets provided.
A private bus takes you to Sihanoukville today (approximately 4 hours). Named after the Cambodian royal family, this town has miles of lovely beaches and warm, welcoming people. There are a variety of optional activities on offer. You can take a boat to one of the nearby islands, enjoy a barbecue lunch or simply relax among swaying palms, white sands and blue waters. Perhaps make the trip out to the Ream National Park, which boasts 21 hectares of coastal mangrove forest and a gorgeous variety of animal and bird species.
Take a local bus back to Phnom Penh (approximately 4 hours). This will be your last night in Cambodia before moving on to Vietnam tomorrow. If you're looking to indulge in some proper rest and relaxation, the Seeing Hands massage parlours are some of the best in the city, and all patronage supports the visually impaired masseurs whose years of expertise may be just what you need today.
Travel by local bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (approximately 7 hours). You will exit Cambodia at Bavet and enter Vietnam at Moc Bai. Your leader will again assist you with border crossing procedures. Get out and discover the city's blend of old and new, East and West, when you arrive. 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. Some of Intrepid's Urban Adventures available in in this city include Mekong Discovery, Cyclos & Markets, Cu Chi Experience and Saigon Street Food by Night. If you'd like to take one, your leader can help you book. For your final day, there are no activities planned and you are free to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Private minibus, Van
Accommodation
Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass

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Cambodia Adventure , January 2016

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