Travel to Cambodia and encounter the cultural and architectural riches of this ancient land

From the majestic temples of Angkor to the gorgeous colonial-era architecture of Battambang and the devastating Khmer Rouge reign of the 1970s, Cambodia is a country that emanates history at every turn. Jungle vines crawl over Angkor Wat’s weathered walls, bamboo trains trundle along railway lines and villagers work their land in much the same way they have for generations. This remarkable small group adventure will get you off the tourist trail, away from the crowds, and into the heart and soul of this inspiring destination.


Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Destination
Cambodia
Style
Comfort
Code
TKKI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • See the very best that Cambodia has to offer in just over a week as you traverse the country with a small group of up to 11 new friends.

  • This is a Comfort style trip, which means slightly higher standard hotels and a few more inclusions and meals than on most Original style itineraries.

  • Kick things off with dinner at Friends the Restaurant in Phnom Penh and combine an excellent local cause with a memorable dining experience.

  • Enjoy a day out in the countryside nearby the French colonial town of Kampot where we walk through rice fields, discover a hidden cave temple and stroll along Kep Beach.

  • Learn about local cottage industries in and around historic Battambang, from pottery and silversmithing to sticky rice and fish paste production, and even stop in at Cambodia's first winery.

  • Travel by boat down the Sangker River to Tonle Sap lake, certainly the most scenic way to arrive in Siem Reap.

  • Conclude your time in Cambodia by exploring the amazing Angkor archaeological complex in depth. You'll have a 3 day pass so as well as our guided tours you can return on your own to further immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The stories and history shared at the Killing Fields and S21 are confronting and many travellers will find them upsetting. This is an important part of Cambodia’s recent history that we feel is important for travellers to know. If you would prefer not to join these activities your leader can recommend some optional alternatives. Some further information on visiting the Killing Fields can be found here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/importance-visiting-cambodia-k...

  • There are some long travel days on rough and bumpy roads with delays due to weather and traffic often unavoidable. Plenty of patience with the pace will go a long way.

  • If you would prefer a shorter, highlights focused trip in Cambodia in Comfort style, see our 6 day Classic Cambodia (TKKS) itinerary.

Itinerary

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

Sua s'dei! Welcome to Phnom Penh. An airport arrival transfer is included. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1 - check with hotel reception for more information and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. . Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers afterwards at the excellent Friends the Restaurant, a Phnom Penh institution (and noble social enterprise). If you arrive early today and have some free time, why not stop in at the art deco-designed Psar Thmei (Central Market), a great place for browsing. Or stroll along the atmospheric Sisowath Quay and grab a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while watching the busy river traffic.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Phnom Penh - Friends the Restaurant dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Your arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Intrepid. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum of 15 days prior to travel. We may not be able to confirm requests made within 15 days of travel. Once you have provided your details, a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Head south this morning, travelling by private vehicle (approx 4 hours) to Kampot, one of Cambodia's attractive old colonial era towns. The afternoon is free, so choose to stroll along the river and admire the French architecture or relax on the veranda of one of the riverside restaurants and admire the view of the nearby Bokor mountains. A massage at Seeing Hands also goes down a treat - this social enterprise providing employment for visually impaired people is surely one of the most enjoyable ways to support a great local cause. There's a temple and nearby wildlife sanctuary you could check out too.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Kampot - Phnom Chisor - USD2
  • Kampot - Tamao Wildlife Santuary - USD2
  • Kampot - Traditional massage - USD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a day out in the countryside. Visit the Kampot Pepper Project and learn why Kampot pepper has been acknowledged by international chefs as the world’s best. Also visit the Kampot salt field, the only salt field in Cambodia. Take a short walk through the rice fields and climb to where some lovely views of the surrounding countryside are found. A few steps later you will enter the mouth of Phnom Chhnork limestone cave, which has a small 7th-century brick temple inside it. Also enjoy a walk along the beach at Kep and explore the old buildings near the ocean front. The town was Cambodia's most popular and prestigious beach town from the early 1900s until the 1960s. Sadly many of the mansions and villas didn't survive the reign of the Khmer Rouge, and their ghostly remains mark a dark history. There's the option for a sunset cruise tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kampot - Phnom Chhngork
  • Kampot - Countryside tour
Optional Activities
  • Kampot - Sunset cruise - USD30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a different route back to Phnom Penh today (approximately 4 hours). In the afternoon you will visit the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. These serve as sobering reminders of the violent rule of the Khmer Rouge. Here you can learn more about this confronting but important chapter in history. If you'd rather not visit these sites, simply let your leader know. This evening, with free time, you might opt for a relaxing sunset drink at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, a great way to spend your evening. Depending on your
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by private vehicle to Battambang (approximately 5 hours on the road, not including stops). Along the way you will stop to see some local pottery and silver smithing at work. This gives a fascinating insight into small cottage industries in a lesser-touristed spot in Cambodia. On arrival you could compare the riverfront architecture to what you saw in Kampot, or visit the Phare Ponleu Selpak Centre for their art gallery or performances.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Jump on a remork (Cambodian tuk-tuk) and travel through the beautiful surrounding countryside of Battambang, stopping off at the village of Wat Kor. This village is known for its historic stilted wooden houses, some of which pre-date French colonial times. Visit a house whose large wooden floorboards are shiny from generations of feet walking across them. The owner’s small collection of antiques and agricultural tools paint a picture of Cambodia in the early 1900s. Afterwards you will visit some small cottage industries that produce rice paper, dried banana, sticky rice cooked in bamboo, and aromatic fish paste (Cambodia’s equivalent of vegemite or marmite). Afterwards, visit Prasat Phnom Banan Winery (Cambodia's first winery) for an optional tasting. Wat Bai Dom Ram, a modern temple nearby, is also worth a look – note the big fruit bats hanging from the tree at the entrance.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Battambang - Prasat Phnom Banon Winery tour & tasting
  • Battambang - Countryside guided tour
Optional Activities
  • Battambang - Phare Ponleu Selpak Centre - USD8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The Bamboo Train, a popular tourist attraction in Battambang, is currently under construction and relocation and may not be a possible optional activity at the time of travel. The project to repair and relocate the railway is forecast for completion by 2020.
After breakfast take a private boat to Siem Reap (approximately 5–6 hours). This classic journey follows the Sangker River downstream to the Tonle Sap – the largest lake in South East Asia. Along the way you'll see fishing villages and stilted houses. The roof of the boat provides shade while open sides make for nice viewing as you float along. There's basic toilet facilities on board too. Arrive in Siem Reap, the gateway the famous Angkor complex. Relax for the rest of the day before your temple-hopping begins tomorrow. You might like to hit the night markets for some cheap and delicious street food.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
In April and August, when water levels are typically at their lowest, we are unable to travel by boat. Instead make today's journey by private vehicle. In this case, a boat trip to a riverside village is included, so that travellers don't miss out on the Tonle Sap experience.
Spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided tour. Angkor Thom, the 'Great Royal City', is famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. The impressive Bayon temple is the centrepiece. The famous Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure. It is the only one of Angkor's temples with its entrance facing to the west (the others face east), the reason being that it was constructed as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II and a westerly countenance was seen to represent a sunset. Ta Prohm temple is an incredible sight, with large trees embedding themselves in the stone foundations of the structure. Today for lunch you will visit the Sala Bai Hotel School, where underprivileged local youths learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The hotel school is closed on public holidays and school holidays. An alternative restaurant will be visited on these days.
An early morning start for those looking to catch the sunrise over the temples. On a clear morning this is a truly spectacular sight. After breakfast, travel out to Banteay Srei, famous for its detailed and intricate stone carvings. It is not a big temple, but has been sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. Back at the main temple complex, Preah Khan contains a maze of vaulted corridors and is another complex that has been largely reclaimed by the jungle. Tonight after dinner you will visit Phare, the Cambodian Circus. Coming from vulnerable households, the performers have gained international recognition through their art and skill. Like a Cambodian Cirque Du Soleil, modern Khmer tales mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, and contortion for a spectacular and memorable show.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - Phare, the Cambodian Circus ticket
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a departure day and no activities have been planned. You are free to depart anytime after breakfast. If you are not 'templed out', your three day temple pass allows you to return to explore some more of Angkor Archaeological Park on your own. Your leader can help you arrange a remork or transport to take you out. If you have extra time you might like to schedule a tasty Khmer Cooking Class, indulge yourself with high tea at Raffles Hotel, or simply relax by the pool.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle, Boat, Remork (tuk tuk)

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Phnom Penh - Friends the Restaurant dinner
  • Kampot - Phnom Chhngork
  • Kampot - Countryside tour
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21)
  • Battambang - Prasat Phnom Banon Winery tour & tasting
  • Battambang - Countryside guided tour
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
  • Siem Reap - Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School lunch
  • Siem Reap - Phare, the Cambodian Circus ticket

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable (subject to availability) and includes all nights of this trip.
2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please advise your flight details at time of booking.

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