Real Cambodia

10 Days | Get among the smells, sights and sounds of the real Cambodia

4.9 out of 5 based on 76 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
USD $675
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

On this ten-day trip through Cambodia, you’ll start in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City then hightail it to Phnom Penh, where you’ll set sail on the Mekong River over sunset and toast to small group adventure. Then, soak up the sun, sand and swim in island paradise Koh Rong and meet the locals during a rural homestay in Sambor Prei Kuk. Discover ancient wonders in Siem Reap’s Angkor complex at sunrise and spend a full day wandering this incredible UNESCO World Heritage site. When you’ve had your fill of tasty food, temples and rice fields, end it all in Thailand’s Bangkok and raise a glass to a trip well-travelled!

Trip overview

Map of Real Cambodia including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Bangkok, Thailand
18 to 35s
Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 40 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.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Spend a night in at your rural homestay in Sambor Preikuk, right in the heart of everyday life in Cambodia – walk through the village, see locals working the rice fields and learn about the community-led efforts to preserve this area's cultural heritage.
  • See the sunrise over the incredible Angkor complex and take a guided tuk-tuk tour of all the best sites (including Angkor Wat and jungle-covered Ta Prohm) with a company focused on employing local women in the community. 
  • Enjoy tonnes of free time swimming and soaking up the sun on the sands of Koh Rong Island – the perfect spot for long beach days, jungle hikes, waterfalls expeditions and a drink (or two).
  • Tuck into some local food sure to delight the tastebuds – including a homecooked Khmer dinner and breakfast at your homestay, local market delights and street eats sure to please.
  • Learn more about Cambodia's confronting but important history with included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip includes some long travel days. Although this can be tiresome, it’s all part of the adventure and a great way to get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the picturesque scenery.
  • Lots of time allocated for optional activities means freedom and flexibility, but also a level of independence. Only a few meals are included, but your leader will have plenty of suggestions for great eats at any budget. This is a great way to mingle with locals and discover unexpected delights! 
  • You'll be spending a night with a local family on this trip. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!). Read more about the experience here:
  • Temperatures and humidity can be high in Cambodia, especially when 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 if it rains!). 
  • You will visit a number of temples on this trip, and this requires a level of modesty. Be sure to bring clothes that cover your 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. 
  • This trip is part of a longer itinerary. You might be joining travellers who have already spent some time together. If you have more time to explore, you might like to check out Epic South East Asia or Epic Vietnam to Cambodia.


Map of Real Cambodia including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam



2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Private minibus, Public bus, TukTuk, Speed Boat


Hotel (4 nights), Bungalow (2 nights), Homestay (1 night), Hostel (2 nights)

  • Phnom Penh - Orientation Walk
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21)
  • Phnom Penh - Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
  • Phnom Penh - Local Breakfast
  • Phnom Penh - Sunset River Cruise
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Khmer Dinner
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Homestay
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Local Community Guide
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Village Walk
  • Siem Reap - Orientation Walk
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour by TukTuk
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Wat Sunrise
  • Siem Reap - One day Angkor Pass
Add on activities
  • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND40000
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND40000
  • Phnom Penh - Khmer massage - USD8
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD10
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Temple Visit - USD10
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Sombai Cambodian Liqueur Tasting - USD3
  • Sambor Prei Kuk - Bike Rental - USD3
  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Three day Angkor Pass - USD62
  • Siem Reap - Phare Circus Ticket - USD18
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline Silver Tour - USD54
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Zipline Gold Tour - USD87
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB200
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat canal tour - THB900
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho - THB300
  • Bangkok -Tuk Tuk Experience Urban Adventure - THB2500
  • Bangkok - Chinatown Sights and Bites Urban Adventure - THB1960
  • Bangkok - Temple & River of Kings Urban Adventure - THB2900

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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 Days 4 & 5 (Bungalow) and Day 6 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2.Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport). Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 76 reviews submitted.
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Mia · Traveled June 2024
Best thing I ever did. Such a fun, interesting experience and you will meet lifelong friends. Honestly book it!!
Review submitted 27 Jun 2024

Ariel · Traveled May 2024
Our trip through Cambodia was absolutely unforgettable. We had such an incredible guide, Saram, who taught us all to fall in love with Cambodian culture and everything beautiful about this country. I would not have wanted to do it any other way!!
Review submitted 08 Jun 2024

Julia · Traveled May 2024
Unforgettable! Amazing group, best leader, I loved Cambodia. No one wanted to leave at the end. No notes!
Review submitted 08 Jun 2024

Georgia · Traveled May 2024
The Real Cambodia trip was excellent. Our group leader Minear was the absolute highlight of the trip. His passion for Cambodia and for life was infectious. Thank-you Minear!!
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Jonathan · Traveled May 2024
I can't recommend Intrepid and our tour guide Minear highly enough - he truly made the trip as thoroughly enjoyable as it was! He always had time for everyone, always had a smile on his face, ensured the trip ran like a well oiled machine and possess an unrivalled knowledge of Cambodia and it's people, there wasn't a question I asked him that he wasn't able to answer with confidence which really brought an added level of enjoyment and made learning about the country effortless. 10/10.
Review submitted 26 May 2024
Real Cambodia
USD $675