Explore Cambodia's attractions from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Combining the magnificence of the Khmer Empire with lively Phnom Penh, this introduction to Cambodia is the perfect way to get acquainted with this captivating nation. Witness the grandeur of ancient Angkor Wat, see the enigmatic faces of the Bayon, confront the tragedy of the recent past and delight in the hopes for the future on this classic Cambodian adventure.

Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Countries
Cambodia
Themes
Explorer
Code
TKKS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
262kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Bask in the serene beauty of the Royal Palace
  • Reflect on Cambodia's tragic history at Tuol Sleng
  • Explore the incredible Angkor Wat temples
  • Learn about Hindu epics and Cambodian myths
  • Wander among Ta Prohm’s vine-covered ruins

Itinerary

Phnom Penh is a friendly riverside city with loads of Khmer charm and faded French-colonial style. And while it’s very much a place on the move, Phnom Penh retains a distinct and at times quite complex personality. Confront the tragic history of Cambodia on a visit to the Tuol Sleng Museum, before paying respects to the thousands of Cambodians who died during the Pol Pot regime at the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Then, take the opportunity to wander through the serene Royal Palace with its spectacular Silver Pagoda. During free time, delve deeper into Khmer history at the National Museum, hunt for silver and local crafts in the Russian Market or mosey along Sisowath Quay at sunset. Indulging in some strong local coffee is highly recommended - and the caffeine hit certainly helps to fuel some independent explorations.
Fly to Siem Reap, gateway to one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. Built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer Empire was the pre-eminent influence in South East Asia, the temples at Angkor were believed to represent the cosmic world and as such, were created in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. Join forces with a local guide and discover the fascinating history and mythology of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-clad Ta Prohm. Fall in love with the resident wildlife on a visit to the Intrepid Foundation-supported Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. Perhaps ease away any temple-fatigue with a massage back in Siem Reap or travel further afield to Banteay Srei, containing the most detailed carvings of all the temples. End this short-but-sweet experience by tucking into a sumptuous Khmer feast.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport
Plane, Private minibus
Accommodation
Hotel (5 nights)
Included activites
  • 2 days with a local guide
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Lunch at Sala Bai
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour Choeung Ek (Killing fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
  • Siem Reap - 3 day Angkor pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity

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Notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

Important notes

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