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Classic Cambodia

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Classic Cambodia

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Description

Combining the magnificence of the Khmer Empire with lively Phnom Penh, this introduction to Cambodia is the perfect way to get acquainted with this captivating nation. Witness the grandeur of ancient Angkor Wat, see the enigmatic faces of Bayon, confront the tragedy of the recent past and delight in the hopes for the future on this classic Cambodian adventure.

Trip Name
Classic Cambodia
Last Updated
2022-05-24
Days
6
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • See the very best that Cambodia has to offer in just under a week as you traverse the country with a small group of up to 11 new friends
  • Discover a land of contrasts and turbulent history, visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek as well as the opulent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
  • Explore the amazing Angkor archaeological complex in depth with your included three-day pass, so as well as guided tours, you have the option to return and explore at your own pace
  • Be welcomed into a local village for a tour of their agricultural surroundings and enjoy sunset drinks with a local family in their stilt house

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Phnom Penh
Sua s'dei! Welcome to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm tonight. If you arrive early, perhaps stroll the streets of Phnom Penh, taking in the interesting French colonial architecture. Dinner tonight will be at a riverside local restaurant, get to know your fellow travellers over delicious Cambodian specialties like beef lok lak.
Day 2 - Phnom Penh
Today a full city tour introduces you to the sights of Phnom Penh, a city that lies near the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. Spend time at the National Museum of Cambodia, home to one of the world's greatest collections of Khmer cultural material including sculpture and ceramics from the prehistoric and Angkorian periods. Phnom Penh remains a living relic of the country’s past struggles and successes. Your included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek tell the story of the tragic legacy of the Khmer Rouge. Tuol Sleng is a former school that served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre, and it’s estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here. The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek are home to a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls, marking the site of the infamous location. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng, and standing in this peaceful setting, it's almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9000 corpses have been exhumed from the area. The visits are major parts of the experience here, but if you don't wish to visit them, please let your leader know. There is an optional visit to Wat Phnom, the temple that gave rise to the foundation of the city in the 15th century. After today's activities, you may wish to spend this evening relaxing in a cafe by the riverfront.
Day 3 - Siem Reap
Begin the scenic drive to Siem Reap (approximately 7 hours, including stops). Along the way, swing by a local village restaurant for a tasty lunch. Arrive in the small but expanding town of Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor and the most popular destination for travellers in all of Cambodia, perhaps even in South East Asia. You'll probably notice a change of pace here, so take a walk and enjoy the atmosphere. A visit to the old market is a must, even if you're not looking for souvenirs, wandering through the stalls and surrounding shops the silks, cottons, sarongs, silver and statues are a riot of colour and a feast for the eyes – and there will be one for your stomach too if you try some of the cheap, delicious street food! There's also a long tradition of shadow puppetry in the region, and if you're lucky you might catch a show at one of the local restaurants in the evening, perhaps while you're eating the specialty cuisine of Cambodia – amok, the name given to curry steam-cooked in banana leaves.
Day 4 - Siem Reap / Angkor Wat
Spend a full day visiting the amazing temples of Angkor on a guided exploration. Angkor Wat is the largest and most complete structure, and the only one of Angkor's temples that has its entrance facing west – the others face east. Of all the temples visited today, Bayon is the centrepiece, with over 200 smiling carved faces and more than 50 gothic towers. Visit an ancient monastery where you’ll meet a Buddhist monk and take part in a ritual that has survived for thousands of years. Sit on the floor as the monk chants and sprinkles holy water over you before tying a sacred thread around your wrist, ensuring protection and good luck for the rest of your journey. For lunch you'll visit the Sala Bai Hotel School where disadvantaged local youth learn skills that enable them to find gainful employment in the hospitality industry. Afterward, you will head to Ta Prohm, a temple where nature has taken over, as large trees have become embedded in the stone foundations of the structure. End the day with a sunset view of the temples – an extraordinary way to see the sun go down.
Day 5 - Siem Reap / Angkor Wat
Embrace a very early start today if you wish to experience a sunrise visit to the Angkor complex (this is optional). Today you'll visit the temple of Banteay Srei – you'll see it's not a huge temple, but thanks to its intricate stone carvings it is sometimes referred to as ‘the jewel in the crown of Angkorian art’. Later this afternoon, get an insight into the daily life of Cambodians on a village tour. See the rice fields and family allotment that surround the traditional stilt houses. Be welcomed into a local home as you join together for sunset drinks. This evening, enjoy a final farewell dinner with your fellow travellers and one last night of delicious Cambodian cuisine at a specially chosen restaurant.
Day 6 - Siem Reap
After breakfast, you are free to leave at any time, as there are no activities planned today. If you would like to spend some more time in Siem Reap, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
06-06-202211-06-2022AUD $ 1,510-
20-06-202225-06-2022AUD $ 1,359-
18-07-202223-07-2022AUD $ 1,495-
01-08-202206-08-2022AUD $ 1,495-
15-08-202220-08-2022AUD $ 1,495-
12-09-202217-09-2022AUD $ 1,495-
26-09-202201-10-2022AUD $ 1,477-
10-10-202215-10-2022AUD $ 1,555-
15-10-202220-10-2022AUD $ 1,477-
24-10-202229-10-2022AUD $ 1,600-
31-10-202205-11-2022AUD $ 1,555-
07-11-202212-11-2022AUD $ 1,585-
14-11-202219-11-2022AUD $ 1,555-
19-11-202224-11-2022AUD $ 1,585-
21-11-202226-11-2022AUD $ 1,555-
26-11-202201-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
28-11-202203-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
03-12-202208-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
05-12-202210-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
10-12-202215-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
12-12-202217-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
17-12-202222-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
19-12-202224-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
24-12-202229-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
26-12-202231-12-2022AUD $ 1,615-
02-01-202307-01-2023AUD $ 1,760-
09-01-202314-01-2023AUD $ 1,760-
16-01-202321-01-2023AUD $ 1,760-
23-01-202328-01-2023AUD $ 1,695-
30-01-202304-02-2023AUD $ 1,695-
06-02-202311-02-2023AUD $ 1,695-
13-02-202318-02-2023AUD $ 1,695-
18-02-202323-02-2023AUD $ 1,695-
20-02-202325-02-2023AUD $ 1,695-
27-02-202304-03-2023AUD $ 1,695-
06-03-202311-03-2023AUD $ 1,695-
11-03-202316-03-2023AUD $ 1,695-
13-03-202318-03-2023AUD $ 1,695-
20-03-202325-03-2023AUD $ 1,695-
27-03-202301-04-2023AUD $ 1,695-
01-04-202306-04-2023AUD $ 1,630-
03-04-202308-04-2023AUD $ 1,630-
10-04-202315-04-2023AUD $ 1,630-
17-04-202322-04-2023AUD $ 1,630-
06-05-202311-05-2023AUD $ 1,630-
20-05-202325-05-2023AUD $ 1,630-
05-06-202310-06-2023AUD $ 1,630-
19-06-202324-06-2023AUD $ 1,630-
03-07-202308-07-2023AUD $ 1,630-
17-07-202322-07-2023AUD $ 1,630-
31-07-202305-08-2023AUD $ 1,630-
14-08-202319-08-2023AUD $ 1,630-
04-09-202309-09-2023AUD $ 1,630-
11-09-202316-09-2023AUD $ 1,630-
18-09-202323-09-2023AUD $ 1,630-
25-09-202330-09-2023AUD $ 1,630-
02-10-202307-10-2023AUD $ 1,695-
09-10-202314-10-2023AUD $ 1,695-
14-10-202319-10-2023AUD $ 1,695-
23-10-202328-10-2023AUD $ 1,695-
30-10-202304-11-2023AUD $ 1,695-
06-11-202311-11-2023AUD $ 1,760-
13-11-202318-11-2023AUD $ 1,760-
18-11-202323-11-2023AUD $ 1,760-
20-11-202325-11-2023AUD $ 1,760-
25-11-202330-11-2023AUD $ 1,760-
27-11-202302-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
02-12-202307-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
04-12-202309-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
09-12-202314-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
11-12-202316-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
16-12-202321-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
18-12-202323-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
23-12-202328-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-
25-12-202330-12-2023AUD $ 1,760-

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Transport

Private minibus,Remork (tuk tuk)

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