Enchanting landscapes and a centuries-old culture you can easily get lost in – Cambodia has it all.
Cambodia is a country that packs a punch, and on a trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, you’ll see that there is so much more to this South East Asian gem than temples (although these aren’t to be missed). This country's incredible beauty, exquisite food, and rich culture make it a must-see destination. Although it has a tragic history, your local leader will guide you deep into the heart of this inspirational and alluring destination.
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Highlights of our Phnom Penh to Siem Reap tours
Wander the beautiful sights of Phnom Penh
Get accustomed to the sights and sounds of Phnom Penh on a leader-led tour through the bustling city. Whether you’re excited to wander past French colonial-inspired buildings, can’t wait to visit the National Museum to check out the classic Khmer craftsmanship or itching to tour the private quarters of the Royal Palace, you’ll never run out of things to do in Cambodia.
Enjoy some authentic Cambodian cuisine
There’s no shortage of delicious food to be eaten in Cambodia – think fresh seafood straight out of the country’s biggest rivers, aromatic rice dishes that’ll have you wanting seconds, and fried insects for those fearless enough to try. From munching on some coconut fish curry (amok) to enjoying a beef stir fry (lok lak), your tastebuds are going to love Cambodia.
Marvel at the intricate details of Angkor Wat
Alongside the Taj Mahal in India and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Angkor Wat sits up there with some of the best manmade monuments the world has ever seen. Guaranteed to take your breath away with its scale and opulence, this ancient temple was built way back in the 12th century as a present for the Khmer Empire and has captivated travellers and religious followers ever since.
Take in epic landscapes from the seat of a bike
Driving might be the quickest way to take in as many of Cambodia’s picturesque landscapes as you can but pedalling past ancient temples and never-ending rice fields while the wind whips through your hair and the sun’s rays beam down on you is something else. That’s right. Swap 4 wheels for two and cruise past scenery you’ve only ever seen from the pages of travel magazines.
Learn about Cambodia’s troubled past
While Cambodia is a spectacularly beautiful and collected country now, its past hasn’t always been a happy one and a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek will give you an in-depth look into the tragic history of the Khmer Rouge. Learn about the devastating conflicts that occurred and how the country is moving forward peacefully.
Explore the chaotic streets of Siem Reap
Finish off your Cambodian adventure the way you started it; with a bang in Siem Reap. Spend a couple of days exploring the ancient grounds of ruins and temples at the Angkor complex, take a boat trip down the Tonle Sap Lake and marvel at the floating villages you come across, and wander the city’s vibrant markets full of souvenirs and local produce you simply have to try.
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Phnom Penh to Siem Reap FAQs
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy
E-visas are now available for most nationalities through the official website. Please note there have been reports of fraudulent e-visa websites that mimic the official site. Intrepid recommends only using the official website listed above or arranging your visa through your booking agent.
Visa on arrival
Visa on arrival is available for most nationalities at airports or land border crossings for approx. US$30 (cost subject to change). You will need a passport photo for your visa.
If you are not eligible for an e-visa or visa on arrival you may need to submit an application through your local consulate. Allow up to 3 weeks for processing.
Any time of the year is a good time to holiday in Cambodia, with each season having its advantages. The climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid throughout the year. Temperatures stay in the 30s (celcius) most of the year, dropping back to the 20s at night. There are officially two seasons in Cambodia – wet and dry. During November to May you can expect dry conditions, while June to October will have wetter weather.
There are several ways to travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap including flying, catching public transportation and self-driving. Flying is the quickest option (but not the cheapest) with the total travel time between the two destinations coming to 55 minutes. If you wanted to drive, it'll take you just over 4 hours via national highway 6 and if you wanted to catch public transport, there are day bus or night bus options available.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Cambodia has two types of weather: hot, and hot and wet. Loose, breathable clothing will be appropriate year-round, and if you’re travelling from June through to the beginning of November, you’ll want to pack a raincoat.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
Cambodia is not always an easy country to travel to for people with mobility or vision disabilities, due to uneven and often broken footpaths, bumpy and potholed roads, crowded public transport and steps galore at temples. In saying this, local people are extremely hospitable and are likely to help out any travellers in need. The country’s biggest drawcard, the temples of Angkor, has had some ramps added in recent years but the paths are generally uneven and stairs challenging even for travellers without disabilities. Siem Reap and Phnom Penh airports have had recent upgrades in terms of wheelchair ramps and some higher end hotels may have accessible rooms. Many guesthouses and hotels have ground floor rooms although may not have other accessible facilities. Taxi and remorks can be easily and affordably hired to get around for city tours.
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