Escape on a South East Asian adventure through Cambodia

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, relax on the palm-fringed beaches of Sihanoukville Province, 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.


Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Destinations
Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
TKRS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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

  • Nature-lovers rejoice! Two days in Sihanoukville Province is your chance to delve into the mangrove forests of Ream National Park, or simply unwind on a beach

  • 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • We stay in a homestay on this trip which most travellers find a fascinating and insightful experience. Read more about what it is like here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/cambodia-homestay-experience/

  • This trip involves a lot of public transport and some long days of driving, so some patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment here. Sit back, relax, watch the scenery go by, and embrace travelling like a local.

  • Accommodation is basic – a combination of simple hotels, guesthouses and a homestay.

  • This being a Basix trip, there are less included activities and meals, and more free time for optional activities. While this gives you freedom and flexibility, it does require a level of independence.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by public bus through rural Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh (approximately 6–7 hours). 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
  • Phnom Penh - Traditional Khmer massage - USD8
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21) - USD5
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) - USD3
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Make the 4-hour journey to Sihanoukville Province by private vehicle. Named after the Cambodian royal family, life along the coastline is very relaxed – a nice change of pace from the capital. 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, washing off the city grime.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Enjoy a day of free time. There are a variety of exciting 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 Ream National Park, which boasts 21 hectares of coastal mangrove forest and a great variety of animal and bird species. You may like to take a Khmer cooking class, or perhaps partake in some windsurfing or kitesurfing.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Sihanoukville - Island Boat Trip & Snorkelling - USD20
  • Sihanoukville - Ream National Park entry fee - USD5
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by private vehicle (approximately 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, from waterfalls to swimming holes to bat caves nestled in the mountains. The Chambok community is renowned for its ecotourism. Tonight you'll join a local family in their home – a wonderful opportunity to participate in everyday Cambodian life. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner. You'll also be treated to a traditional dance performance while you're here.

Note: Facilities on this homestay are basic and multi-share. Mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets are provided.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
Meals Included
  • Dinner
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.
Optional Activities
  • Kompong Cham - Wat Nokor - USD1
  • Kompong Cham - Bicycle hire - USD2
  • Kompong Cham - Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei - USD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a public bus to Siem Reap (approximately 5 hours). Experience rural Cambodia along the way and take the opportunity to sample the local cuisine of Skun – 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap - Remork transport to Tonle Sap Lake - USD10
  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake Boat Trip - USD15
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline - USD129
  • Siem Reap - Khmer Cooking Class - USD25
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass - USD62
  • Siem Reap - Remork transport to Angkor complex - USD20
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It's a long drive from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approximately 8–9 hours including border crossing 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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.
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Chinatown Food Discovery Urban Adventure - THB2149
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904
  • Bangkok - Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB1790
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2465
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Public bus, Private mini bus

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights)

Included activities

  • Chambok - Traditional Dancing
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip, subject to availability. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to book this. Please note the single supplement excludes day 6 (homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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