Experience Cambodia in all its colours and contrasts.

Discover the magic of Cambodia, from the palm-lined coastal fringes to the heart of the country's Khmer heritage. Journey from bustling Bangkok to remote Banteay Chhmar and on to Angkor, where mind-blowing temples strike a dazzling pose in the setting sun. Mountain bike by the Mekong in Phnom Penh, stay with a local family in the Cardamom Mountains then relax and unwind on the perfect beaches of Ko Kong and Ko Chang. With something for everyone, this is the perfect two-week trip through Cambodia.


Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Bangkok, Thailand
Destinations
Cambodia, Thailand
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
TKSS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • A night of leisure time in Bangkok is a golden opportunity for a street food feast. The Thai capital is quite arguably the world's greatest open-air barbeque

  • Get a double dose of Angkor greatness. Explore not only the world-famous complex outside Siem Reap, but also the incredible and remote Banteay Chhmar, aka the Citadel of the Cat.

  • Enjoy a well-balanced activity schedule in Phnom Penh. After a Mekong mountain biking trip, spend some free time learning about the dark history of the Khmer Rouge.

  • Get off the beaten track in the Cardamom Mountains, trekking to rapids and a waterfall and staying overnight with a local family.

  • Ko Chang offers the perfect finish to your Asian adventure. Laze around on beautiful palm-lined shores or go snorkelling with tropical fish.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are two homestays on this trip: one in the remote community of Banteay Chhmar (Day 2), and one in Chi Phat in the Cardamom Mountains (Day 8). Most travellers find this a fascinating and insightful experience. Read more about what it is like here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/cambodia-homestay-experience/

  • Cambodian roads can be rough and bumpy, and delays are sometimes unavoidable. A dash of patience will go a long way toward your enjoyment of this beautiful country!

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2019.
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Welcome to Bangkok, the Thailand's steamy capital. Your adventure begins with a meeting at 6 pm, but if you arrive early there's more than enough to keep you occupied. You know what they say: one night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster, one day in Bangkok and you could take a riverboat to Chinatown, check out the magnificent Grand Palace, pay a visit to Wat Pho (home of Thailand's largest reclining Buddha) or indulge in a Thai massage. Yes, it's a lengthy saying. After meeting your group in the evening, why not head out with your new friends and eat your way through Bangkok's world-class street food including – you guessed it – pad thai.


Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho - THB200
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place, and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection.
Rise 'n' shine, travellers, there's a big ol' bus ride into Cambodia today. You'll depart Thailand through Aranyaprathet and enter Cambodia at Poipet, and your leader will help you through the bureacratic border procedure (if you're getting your visa at the border, be sure to have US dollars at the ready). It's three more hours from here to Banteay Chhmar, which translates as Citadel of the Cat and is our destination for the evening. This charming little village is far off the tourist trail and its 9th-century temple is a top candidate for World Heritage status, with the ruins surrounded by a wall that stretches some nine kilometres across. Tonight you'll experience true Cambodian hospitality staying with a local family in a traditional Khmer house set on wooden stilts. As the day comes to an end, sit down to a delicious Khmer dinner by torchlight in the grounds of the temple.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Banteay Chmar - Banteay Chmar Temple visit
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Pack your bags after breakfast and travel to Siem Reap by private vehicle (approx. four hours). Your leader will take you on a short walk around town on arrival and give you the lowdown on this backpacker favourite, which is probably most well-known as the gateway to the Angkor complex. Temples aside, there's plenty to do in town. Start by hitting the markets – a top spot for cheap, tasty eats – then check out Pub Street, a buzzing thoroughfare crammed with bars and restaurants. Your leader can provide further recommendations.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass - USD62
  • Banteay Chhmar - Village Market Tour and Cooking Demonstration - USD17
  • Siem Reap - Street Food Tour - USD47
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Tuck into some breakfast then prepare for a full day of temple-hopping with a local guide. Your destination is the Angkor Complex, home to a number of incredible temples and the remains of different capitals of the Khmer Empire, built between the 9th and 15th centuries. The site itself stretches over a vast distance, but the main cluster of temples is quite close to Siem Reap so you'll have plenty of time to explore. Highlights include the Bayon Temple, which features a number of carved faces, the root-covered Ta Prohm and, of course, the MVP of temples – Angkor Wat. The ornate carvings and architectural designs can be appreciated at any time of day, but they make for a truly magical spectacle at sunrise or sunset.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Bayon Temple
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Thom
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The Green Gecko Project, a local initiative, provides security, education and opportunities to former street children, their families and the broader community in a concerted effort to break the begging cycle. Today you'll learn about the work they do on a visit to the project's headquarters. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Adventurous types may want to visit the Flight of the Gibbon zip-line and canopy walk for a bird's-eye view of the rainforest and an adrenalin rush, while epicureans can get out and taste traditional Khmer food on a Cambodia Cook-out Urban Adventure. Alternatively, spend some time learning about Cambodia's recent history on a visit to the Landmine Museum, which is located about 25 kilometres out of town. There's also the option of visiting the impressive Phare, the Cambodian circus, in the evening.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Green Geckos Visitor centre
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap - Chong Kneas Floating Village boat trip - USD16
  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Walking tour to Artisan D'Angkor - Free
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Cambodian Cook-Out - USD52
  • Siem Reap - Phare, the Cambodian Circus ticket - USD18
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Siem Reap behind and travel by public bus to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia (approx. six hours). Set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, the city once known as the Pearl of Asia has experienced occupation, war and revolution in its recent history. The promenade along the Mekong offers open views of the city and Royal Palace complex, which is home to the beautiful Silver Pagoda, a stunning temple with 5000 silver tiles covering the floor. The afternoon is free for exploration and the National Museum is worth a museum, as is Wat Phnom if you're after a retreat from the sometimes chaotic city centre. If you're in the mood for some shopping, spend some time exploring the Art Deco Psar Thmei (Central Market) or Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Central Market - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Swap two feet for two wheels on a mountain bike adventure this morning. Begin by crossing the Mekong on a local boat, then pedal through villages on an island famous for silk weaving, agriculture and aquaculture. Cycle on quiet roads through orchards and past rice paddies, watching the locals working the land. The ride will cover about 25 kilometres in total, and in the afternoon you'll have free time sightseeing around Phnom Penh. Your leader will help organise many optional activities. We highly recommend visiting the Choeung Ek Memorial and Killing Fields – though they're no doubt confronting and sobering, they provide important insight to this beautiful nation's history.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Mekong Island cycling
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) - USD3
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21) - USD5
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng (S21) - Guide - USD17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer to the village of Andong Teuk by private vehicle (approx. 3.5 hours), then jump in a local boat and putter up the Piphot River to the foothills of the Cardamom Mountains (approx. 2.5 hours). These hills are a biodiversity hotspot and one of the last remaining wild elephant corridors, which extends all the way down from China. Your remote destination, Chi Phat village, has been gaining additional income from travellers since a community project to stop forestry began in 2008. This project is an initiative of Wildlife Alliance and it's possible to do some tree planting whilst here. After a local lunch, embark on a trek to the Chhay Chrey rapids with a local guide (approx. 2 km) where you can relax and enjoy a swim. This evening you'll stay with a local family and experience everyday life in rural Cambodia. 

Please note that facilities are basic. Linen, a mattress and a mosquito net are provided, and the food is simple but delicious. There are shared bathroom facilities with squat toilets.
Accommodation
  • Homestay (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Read more about the experience in Chi Phat here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/cambodias-cardamom-mountains/
Depart Chi Phat and travel to Ko Kong, located near the Thai-Cambodia border. Approximate travel time is 2.5 hours by boat and 2 hours by private vehicle. The journey will be broken up with a short trek to the Tatei waterfall, where you can take a refreshing swim beneath the four-metre falls. Continue to Ko Kong and settle in, relax and perhaps check out the beautiful, white-sand beaches lined with palm trees. Ko Kong is close to the Thai border, so it's a lively trading port with plenty going on.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chipat - Tatai Waterfall
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free day by the coast. The Ko Kong province is quickly establishing itself as Cambodia' premier eco-tourism destination so there are a wealth of optional activities to choose from. You may like to visit the Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, or take a boat trip out to the island of Ko Kong where the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand lap against palm-fringed beaches. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Transfer from Ko Kong to a scenic, seaside border crossing at Cham Yaem/Had Lek. Complete the immigration process then travel by private vehicle and boat to Koh Chang, a journey of approximately two hours. Located off the coast of Thailand, the island of Koh Chang is home to beaches and fishing villages with its central areas covered by jungle. It's a relaxing finale to this adventure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free for you to enjoy the sun and sand. Your leader will help you arrange optional snorkelling or cycling trips if you wish to explore the island and its surrounding waters. Alternatively, keep it low key and find a quiet spot on the beach to soak up the laidback vibes.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say goodbye to the coast and head back to the city. You'll transfer by private vehicle then catch a public bus, which will take you on to Bangkok, the chaotic capital of Thailand. Perhaps get your fellow travellers together once you've checked in and enjoy a farewell dinner together, celebrating this adventure through Cambodia and Thailand.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end today and there are no activities planned.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

11 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Public bus, Boat

Accommodation

Homestay (2 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Resort (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Banteay Chmar - Banteay Chmar Temple visit
  • Siem Reap - Bayon Temple
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Thom
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Green Geckos Visitor centre
  • Phnom Penh - Mekong Island cycling
  • Chipat - Tatai Waterfall

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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 days 2 and 8 (homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation.

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