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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.

Trip Name
Real Cambodia
Last Updated
2019-05-22
Days
12
Capacity
16
Highlights
  • 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 South East 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 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

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 print and review a final copy 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 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. 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 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 - Ho Chi Minh City
Arrive in hectic Ho Chi Minh! There will be a pre-departure meeting at around 6 pm. Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. There's nothing planned for the first day, so go get amongst it. A good place to start is the Ben Thanh Market, where you can snack on chao tom (barbecued shrimp paste on sticks of sugar cane). If you have time, a visit to Reunification Palace or War Remnants Museum are both recommended.
Day 2 - Phnom Penh
Travel to Phnom Penh by public bus today (approx. 10 hours including two border crossings and lunch). If you're looking for a tasty beverage on arrival, head to the Foreign Correspondents' Club for a mojito on the rooftop. Perhaps you'd prefer a traditional Khmer massage. Look no further than Seeing Hands, a great cause supporting visually impaired masseurs. Tonight, tuck in at Friends Restaurant – not only will you get a serious taste of delicious local food, you'll also support an organisation that helps vulnerable local children.
Day 3 - Phnom Penh
Today there's the option of visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) – both pretty sobering but important and informative. The very different Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda are also well worth visiting, offering brighter aspects of the past. You might also head for the National Museum or Wat Phnom (more like 'Wat Phenomenal'). If your Riels are burning a hole in your pocket, look no further than the Central or Russian markets, both choice places to interact with the locals.
Day 4 - Sihanoukville Province
Take a public bus through the idyllic Cambodian countryside to the coast of Sihanoukville Province. Whether you like your beaches lively or chilled, you'll find something to your taste along these shores. You might like to boat out to one of the nearby islands, hire a bike for a few hours, or just kick back on the shore with a good book and a beer.
Day 5 - Sihanoukville Province
Enjoy a day of free time. You could take a boat to one of the nearby islands, enjoy a barbecue lunch or simply relax among swaying palms, white sands and blue waters. Maybe explore the local market and pagodas, or take a Khmer cooking class. The nearby waterfall of Kbal Chaay is particularly dramatic during the wet season.
Day 6 - Homestay
Travel by private vehicle (approx. 4 hours) into countryside Cambodia to the region of Kampong Speu and the village of Chambok. Chambok is right next to the beautiful Kirirom National Park, so you can imagine how serene it is here. A homestay tonight is your chance to really immerse yourself in everyday life. Weather permitting, you might be able to trek to the awesome 40-metre waterfall nearby today too (this is optional). Not to mention feast on a traditional Khmer dinner, prepared by the talented women of the community.
Day 7 - Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham in a nutshell: frontier charm, French-colonial character. Take a private bus there (approximately 5 hours) and soak it all up. Koh Paen Island is a good option while you're here, and you can hire a bike and get there with no fuss (you'll just have to take a ferry over the water if you visit during wet season). The 11th-century Wat Nokor is also worth a look. A little further away are the twin 'mountain temples' of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei which, as well as being fascinating sites of religious, historic and spiritual significance, are more than Instagram-worthy.
Day 8 - Siem Reap
Take a public bus to Siem Reap (approximately 5 hours). Your leader will take you on a walk to get you acquainted with the town. Afterwards you might want to hit the markets for some cheap and tasty street food, then get some rest and relaxation before tomorrow's visit to... (drumroll please)... Angkor Wat!
Day 9 - Siem Reap/Angkor Wat
Get your camera ready, strap on your walkin' boots and get excited: Angkor is one of Southeast Asia's number one highlights, possibly THE highlight. The obvious banger is Angkor Wat, which is every bit as amazing as everyone says it is, especially at sunset. But you'll also spend plenty of time visiting the other gems of this sprawling complex, like the giant carved faces of Bayon and the crazy jungle-juxtaposition of Ta Prohm (a temple that looks like it's being swallowed by the vice-like grip of Mother Nature's tentacles). And the places Tomb Raider made famous.
Day 10 - Siem Reap
Kick back in Siem Reap and wander around town, visiting its market, shops and restaurants. You may be a little templed out, so take this opportunity to explore your options and do something different. Depending on the season, you might be able to visit Tonle Sap, the big freshwater lake, for a glimpse of local life. Adventure-seekers and adrenaline-junkies can do the Angkor zip-line course that will have you soaring like an eagle over the lush rainforest. For even more bragging material, you can learn the tricks of the trade in a Khmer cooking class. And if you just can't not go back to Angkor, longer passes than the standard 1-day option are available, just ask your leader.
Day 11 - Bangkok
Drive from Siem Reap to Bangkok in a private minivan (approximately 10 hours, including border crossing and lunch). Again, your leader will assist with the border crossing formalities. If you expect a soothing and charming backwater, think again – it's go, go, go in Thailand's frenetic capital. If you don't go home exhausted from here, you didn't do it properly! Still, the khlongs (canals) are a great escape from it all – maybe take a boat to the highly recommended Chinatown for a delicious street food dinner. A Thai massage may also be a good option at this point. Those staying on can perhaps visit the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or the very cool Jim Thompson museum.
Day 12 - Bangkok
Your adventure comes to an end today, with no more activities planned. You're free to depart at any time.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-06-201916-06-2019AUD $ 912-
12-06-201923-06-2019AUD $ 969-
26-06-201907-07-2019AUD $ 1,175-
03-07-201914-07-2019AUD $ 1,026-
08-07-201919-07-2019AUD $ 1,116-
17-07-201928-07-2019AUD $ 1,140-
24-07-201904-08-2019AUD $ 1,140-
07-08-201918-08-2019AUD $ 1,140-
14-08-201925-08-2019AUD $ 1,083-
21-08-201901-09-2019AUD $ 1,140-
28-08-201908-09-2019AUD $ 1,140-
04-09-201915-09-2019AUD $ 1,140-
11-09-201922-09-2019AUD $ 1,140-
25-09-201906-10-2019AUD $ 1,140-
09-10-201920-10-2019AUD $ 1,185-
23-10-201903-11-2019AUD $ 1,185-
30-10-201910-11-2019AUD $ 1,185-
06-11-201917-11-2019AUD $ 1,185-
13-11-201924-11-2019AUD $ 1,185-
20-11-201901-12-2019AUD $ 1,185-
25-11-201906-12-2019AUD $ 1,235-
27-11-201908-12-2019AUD $ 1,235-
04-12-201915-12-2019AUD $ 1,235-
11-12-201922-12-2019AUD $ 1,235-
18-12-201929-12-2019AUD $ 1,235-
25-12-201905-01-2020AUD $ 1,235-
30-12-201910-01-2020AUD $ 1,260-
02-01-202013-01-2020AUD $ 1,180-
06-01-202017-01-2020AUD $ 1,275-
09-01-202020-01-2020AUD $ 1,180-
15-01-202026-01-2020AUD $ 1,275-
22-01-202002-02-2020AUD $ 1,275-
29-01-202009-02-2020AUD $ 1,275-
03-02-202014-02-2020AUD $ 1,275-
06-02-202017-02-2020AUD $ 1,180-
10-02-202021-02-2020AUD $ 1,180-
17-02-202028-02-2020AUD $ 1,180-
19-02-202001-03-2020AUD $ 1,230-
26-02-202008-03-2020AUD $ 1,230-
04-03-202015-03-2020AUD $ 1,230-
18-03-202029-03-2020AUD $ 1,230-
08-04-202019-04-2020AUD $ 1,230-
15-04-202026-04-2020AUD $ 1,230-
29-04-202010-05-2020AUD $ 1,180-
11-05-202022-05-2020AUD $ 1,062-
03-06-202014-06-2020AUD $ 1,062-
10-06-202021-06-2020AUD $ 1,062-
17-06-202028-06-2020AUD $ 1,062-
24-06-202005-07-2020AUD $ 1,062-
01-07-202012-07-2020AUD $ 1,062-
06-07-202017-07-2020AUD $ 1,062-
15-07-202026-07-2020AUD $ 1,062-
22-07-202002-08-2020AUD $ 1,062-
29-07-202009-08-2020AUD $ 1,062-
05-08-202016-08-2020AUD $ 1,062-
12-08-202023-08-2020AUD $ 1,062-
19-08-202030-08-2020AUD $ 1,062-
26-08-202006-09-2020AUD $ 1,062-
02-09-202013-09-2020AUD $ 1,062-
09-09-202020-09-2020AUD $ 1,062-
16-09-202027-09-2020AUD $ 1,062-
23-09-202004-10-2020AUD $ 1,107-
07-10-202018-10-2020AUD $ 1,107-
14-10-202025-10-2020AUD $ 1,107-
21-10-202001-11-2020AUD $ 1,107-
28-10-202008-11-2020AUD $ 1,107-
04-11-202015-11-2020AUD $ 1,107-
11-11-202022-11-2020AUD $ 1,107-
18-11-202029-11-2020AUD $ 1,148-
23-11-202004-12-2020AUD $ 1,148-
25-11-202006-12-2020AUD $ 1,148-
30-11-202011-12-2020AUD $ 1,062-
02-12-202013-12-2020AUD $ 1,148-
09-12-202020-12-2020AUD $ 1,148-
16-12-202027-12-2020AUD $ 1,148-
23-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 1,148-
28-12-202008-01-2021AUD $ 1,148-
30-12-202010-01-2021AUD $ 1,062-

Accommodation

Guesthouse (2 nights),Homestay (1 night),Hotel (8 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle,Local bus,Remork (tuk tuk)

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