Get amongst the smells, sights and sounds of Cambodia in this 12-day trip.
Start in Ho Chi Minh then hightail it to Phnom Penh, then there's beach time on the coast, island visits near Kampong Cham, ancient wonders in Siem Reap and… fish pedicures in Bangkok? Forget everything you know about traffic lights, pedestrians and stop signs. They don't matter here. Wait until you're safely on the other side before you start high-fiving your success.
Your trip starts in action-packed Ho Chi Minh City, the perfect place for a glimpse of Vietnam.
Is Angkor the most incredible thing in Southeast Asia? Decide for yourself as you temple-hop with an expert local guide
A homestay in Chambok puts you right in the heart of everyday village life in Cambodia.
Enjoy a meal at the excellent Friends International restaurant dedicated to training vulnerable young people in hospitality
Learn more about Cambodia's confronting but important history, with optional visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial
There's loads of free time to make your own fun (Flight of the Gibbon zip-line anyone?) and have your own experiences
Need some time to chill? This trip has got you covered, with two days on the beach, your launching pad to secluded island beaches and mangrove forests
End your trip in Bangkok, a frenetic wonderland of delicious street food and tuk tuks, and the ideal launching pad for further travel
Lots of time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, but it does require a level of independence. Only are few meals are included, so mostly you'll find your own (with plenty of suggestions from your leader of course) – a great way to mingle with locals and discover unexpected delights!
The homestay is a wonderful opportunity to witness every day rural life and includes a home cooked dinner. Facilities are simple and multishare but comfortable with mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets all provided. Some travellers are nervous about the home stay experience before they arrive, but we find most end up naming this as a highlight of their time in Cambodia and a rewarding, authentic experience.
Other accommodation is in no frills, simple guesthouses and hotels, perfect for travellers on a budget like you.
Temperatures and humidity can be high in Cambodia, especially walking around sights like the Angkor complex where there may be little shade. Be prepared by taking plenty of drink breaks and wearing appropriate skin protection. Some travellers find an umbrella handy to keep the sun off (this will also come in handy should it rain!).
On occasion our accommodation may not have hot water, but you will probably be keen to cool down from the heat with a refreshing cold shower!
The stories 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 to share, however if you would prefer not to join in these options your leader will be able to suggest alternatives.
1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and excludes day 6 (homestay).