Cambodia Discovery

9 Days | Discover Khmer history and Cambodian community in Southeast Asia

4.9 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
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Immerse yourself in ancient sites and breathtaking beauty on this nine-day Cambodian adventure. Start in the hustle of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and then wind your way through cities and countryside to Cambodia, where you’ll learn about the country’s sobering history, discover the laidback culture of the Khmer communities, stay with locals on an immersive homestay and try delicious local eats cooked by your hosts (and at the many markets). Take a river cruise at sunset and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Angkor complex – full of ancient temples, jungle-covered ruins and fascinating landmarks.

Trip overview

Map of Cambodia Discovery including Cambodia and Vietnam
Start
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Vietnam, Cambodia
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
TKRS
This trip generates 34.37 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of Southeast Asia's most stunning sights and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Confront the sobering but important Khmer history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek in Phnom Penh.
  • Stay with locals during a homestay in Chambok that puts you right in the heart of everyday life in Cambodia. Enjoy a village walk and waterfall visit, then join in for a local dinner and cultural performance.
  • Watch the sun set over Bokor Mountain on an evening cruise in Kampot – one of Cambodia's most attractive old towns.
  • Make the most of your free time with hiking, cycling and spa-day opportunities and see all the natural beauty that Cambodia has to offer.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Friends International. Donations help vulnerable youth in Southeast Asia build a brighter future with vocational training and employment readiness programs.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This adventure is made for travellers who value their independence but also want the benefit of a local leader and a group of like-minded travellers. The itinerary has a mix of included activities and free time when your leader will offer suggestions. Please budget spending money for optional activities you want to take part in.
  • Accommodation is basic – a combination of simple hotels, guesthouses and a homestay. You'll be spending a night with a local family on this trip. While the homestay accommodation is shared, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!). Read more about the experience 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. Sit back, relax, watch the scenery go by and embrace travelling like a local.
  • You’ll visit a number of temples on this trip, and this requires a level of modesty. Be sure to bring clothes that cover the arms and pants or skirts that go past the knees. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Cambodia Discovery including Cambodia and Vietnam

Inclusions

Meals

1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Transport

Public bus, Private minibus, Boat, Train

Accommodation

Guesthouse (4 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (3 nights)

Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
  • Phnom Penh - The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • Kampot - Sunset cruise
  • Kampot - Heritage walking tour
  • Chambok - Traditional dancing
  • Chambok - Waterfall hike
  • Chambok - Homestay and activities
  • Chambok - Khmer Dinner
  • Siem Reap - One day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Add on activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD10
  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass - USD62
  • Siem Reap - Khmer Cooking Class - USD25
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline Silver Tour - USD129

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 6 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 25 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Jonathan · Traveled March 2023
The Cambodia Discovery trip has an excellent itinerary with a good balance of inclusive activities, food and free time. The guide we had, Ly, shared first hand experience and in-depth knowledge of the country’s history. My knowledge of Cambodia has grown dramatically thanks to Ly. I particularly liked the Homestay (which was not nervous about), but living like a local for a night really opened my eyes.
Review submitted 20 Mar 2023

Susan · Traveled March 2023
Fabulous trip, seeing the real Cambodia. Our guide Chan Ly was fantastic - he was able to tell us so much about his country but also looked after us really well. The itinerary included a good mix of city, town and countryside - I especially loved the homestay and the village activities but the cities were great too and of course Angkor Wat and the other temples were the icing on the cake!
Review submitted 17 Mar 2023

Philip · Traveled March 2023
Review submitted 14 Mar 2023

Vanessa · Traveled March 2023
Fabulous introduction to Cambodia showcased extremely well by our leader Ly. Being able to visit Angkor Wat at sunrise, as well as other temples from 10th and 11th centuries, was a privilege. The trip is a good mixture of planned and free time to explore your personal interests. The visit to S21 and genocide museum can be an emotional one so take your tissues. This trip exposes the gracious and humble nature of the Cambodian people. A particular highlight for me was a visit to Banteay Srei "the pink temple" completed in the year 967, which was organised by our amazing leader. Highly recommend Cambodia Discovery!
Review submitted 19 Mar 2023

Gareth · Traveled December 2022
This Cambodia trip will take you to one of the most popular destinations on the planet as well as some really remote areas in the country. Starting and finishing in neighbouring countries gives a perspective on the beautiful and developing country.
Review submitted 07 Jan 2023
Cambodia Discovery
From
USD $760