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Cambodia and Thailand Family Tour

Private, single family tour combining Phnom Penh's vibrant street-life with the spectacular ruined cities of Angkor and a unique Sangkar River boat journey before finishing on a tropical Thai island

Ruined Cities, Tropical Islands

Ruined Cities, Tropical Islands; a wonderful 2-week Cambodia and Thailand family tour. Exploring mysterious ruined cities enveloped by steamy jungle; travelling by wooden boat up a remote and picturesque river past unique floating villages; lazing on the beautiful, unspoilt beaches of a tropical island and snorkelling on vibrant coral reefs ought to keep the whole family amazed, entertained and we reckon engrossed, during this tour of some of Southeast Asia’s most famous and lesser-known destinations.

Beginning in the chaotic, fascinating and great fun present-day Khmer capital of Phnom Penh we’ll discover local markets, historical sites and vibrant street life before travelling overland through Cambodia’s timeless landscapes to Siem Reap and the ancient cities of fabulous Angkor. A 2-day Angkor programme provides ample time to explore the exotic jungle-clad ruins at a leisurely pace, as well as opportunities to check out markets and handicrafts and of course ‘R and R’ time by the pool and a trip to visit Apopo’s famous mine-detecting, giant African rats.

From Angkor, we head by private boat up the spectacular Sangkar River past its unique floating villages and timeless river scenes to Battambang for a fascinating bicycle tour of the traditional livelihoods and cottage industries of surrounding villages. From here a short hop takes us to the Thai border and on to the unspoilt tropical island of Koh Mak. Exploring the island, boat trips to the neighbouring coral reefs and lazing on a beautiful unspoilt beach are some of the activities on offer.

Some amazing sights and exotic scenes – culture shock and great fun guaranteed –  with plenty of friendly locals and tasty food, (not forgetting the deep-fried tarantulas of course), plus masses of culture, history and geography to inspire all members of the family.

Note this Cambodia and Thailand family tour is a private tour, for a minimum of 4 persons, so departure can be arranged to suit your dates while any activities included can be tailored to suit your family’s age group and requirements.

Includes: Meals: B x 12, D x 2



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Cambodia, local transport

Day 1 - Phnom Penh - arrival and an introductory walking tour

Arrival in Phnom Penh and check in to a small, boutique-style downtown hotel. Time to relax before an introductory walking and tuk-tuk tour, taking in the historic French Quarter and the lively waterfront area as well as giving you a feel for the bustling street life before perhaps sundowners at the famous Foreign Correspondents Club and a local-style welcome dinner.

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Walk, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: D, 

Cambodia, taking the kids to school

Day 2 - Phnom Penh - city tour

Comprehensive day tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city: the infamous Killing Fields site and highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum at Tuol Sleng help to explain the country’s recent tragic history, the picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda provide plenty of photo opp’s while the Russian Market offers some ‘retail therapy’.

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

Cambodia tour, Kompong Thom

Day 3 - Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - up country

Overland through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the provincial town of Siem Reap – our base for the next few days’ exploration of the nearby Angkor Temples. Stops on the way at Skuon the famous ‘spider village’, (tasting not compulsory) a rarely visited 11th-century temple and lunch by a scenic lake. A sunset visit to Prei Rup Temple completes our day.

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

Cambodia, Angkor sunrise

Day 4 - Siem Reap - Angkor tour

Angkor – an unforgettable tour of this fabulous site with its vast jungle-clad temples and mysterious stone carvings. We’ll begin with dawn at Angkor Wat followed by a morning tour of the temple itself. A return to Siem Reap to escape the midday heat and lunch, siesta or relaxation time is followed by an afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom: Leper King Terrace, Phimeanakas, Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone!), the dramatic Bayon Temple with its famous carved faces.

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

Cambodia, Ta Prom temple

Day 5 - Angkor - jungle temples

A forest hike up Bakheng Hill to visit the spectacular hilltop temple before moving on to the ruins of Preah Khan. Dense jungle, enormous roots and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites. After a break in Siem Reap Town, the afternoon continues with a short walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to famous Ta Prom – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ temple – continues our jungle theme and concludes our day’s visit.

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

Cambodia, Apopo rat demining centre

Day 6 - Giant mine-detecting rats and an afternoon at leisure

Morning visit to learn about Apopo’s astonishing mine-detecting, giant African rats with an afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool, visit the National Museum, explore the markets or perhaps check out the spectacular Phare Ponleu Selpak ‘circus’ – established to teach dance, music and acrobatics to underprivileged local kids.

Overnight: Siem Reap Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, 

Cambodia tour, Sangkar River

Day 7 - Siem Reap to Battambang - a spectacular river journey

Spectacular boat journey across the Tonle Sap Lake, past the ‘flooded forest’ and Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary and on up the Sangkar River with its floating and stilt-house fishing villages to the town of Battambang. Stop off on the way to visit the Prek Toal community water hyacinth weaving project and floating villages.

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Boat, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: B, 

Cambodia, Battambang bicycle tour

Day 8 - Battambang - cottage industries and village tour

Head out to the surrounding villages to check out the area’s traditional cottage industries and handicrafts either by bicycle or tuk-tuk for the less energetic. The afternoon is at leisure allowing you to explore the friendly provincial town, just chill out in one of the many coffee shops or perhaps check out the famous ‘bamboo train’.

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Bike, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: B, D, 

Cambodia, Battambang landscape

Day 9 - Battambang to Koh Mak - overland to Thailand

Continue through this little-visited region of Cambodia to the Thai border at Pailin – famed for its gemstones and as the Khmer Rouge’s last stronghold from where we’ll head south to the nearby Gulf of Thailand coast for a boat ride to the tropical island of Koh Mak and our accommodation in comfortable beach-side chalets.

Overnight: Koh Mak Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

Thailand, Koh Mak looking north to Koh Chang

Day 10 - Koh Mak - at leisure on the island

Day at leisure on the island; make the most of the turquoise waters and coconut-palm lined beaches, try out a beach massage, explore the island or try a boat tour through the surrounding archipelago of Koh Chang National Marine Park including swimming and snorkelling on some of the area’s vibrant coral reefs?

Overnight: Koh Mak Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

Cambodia and Thailand Family Tour

Day 11 - Koh Mak - at leisure on the island

Day at leisure on the island.

Note that during the ‘low’ season May to Oct we move our island stay to the larger, neighbouring island of Koh Chang.

Overnight: Koh Mak Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

South Thailand Family Tour

Day 12 - Koh Mak - morning at leisure and return to Bangkok

Return drive to Bangkok, with a stop on the way to visit Chantaburi’s truly amazing ‘Buddha Park’! Our regular tour ends late afternoon although extra nights in Bangkok after your tour are available on request.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Extra accommodation prior to your tour in Phnom Penh or on Koh Mak/Koh Chang is available on request.

This tour is fully escorted except for the island stay on days 9 to 12

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, 

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The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.

Thailand, Koh Chang, relaxing

Just a few of the many highlights

Bustling, hectic but great fun Phnom Penh; jungle-clad ruined cities and mysterious carved temples, remote floating villages on the Sangkar River and a stay on a stunning tropical island

  • High and low season itinerary versions to optimise weather conditions at any time of the year
  • Explore the jungle clad ruined cities of Angkor - certainly one of Asia's most evocative and exotic destinations
  • Overland through the scenic and timeless Cambodia countryside: ox carts, stilt villages, emerald paddy-fields and serene landscapes
  • Stay at a well-appointed beach-side resort on the unspoilt Thai tropical island of Koh Mak
  • Journey by boat up the Sangkar River - floating villages, bird-life, unique scenery; 'like being on a Nat Geo programme'!
  • Meet the exceptionally friendly and welcoming local people...and sample the sumptuous and varied local cuisine

Air Departures (UK) *From

Land Departures

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Phnom Penh

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Hotel 252 Phnom Penh

Hotel 252 Phnom Penh view

  • Small, boutique-style and low-key
  • Quiet but central location near cafes and restaurants
  • Garden setting with pool and cafe
Cambodia, City River Hotel, Siem Reap

City River Hotel Siem Reap view

  • City River is out first choice in Cambodia's Siem Reap.
  • Rooftop pool; spa, riverside location, super friendly staff
  • Only a 5 minute walk from the bustling Old Market district
Moloppor Villa

Moloppor Villa Battambang view

  • Lush garden setting with good-sized pool
  • Particularly friendly service at the in-house bar/restaurant
  • Well-appointed, comfortable rooms
Thailand, Koh Mak Resort, Trat

Koh Mak Resort Trat view

  • The superb Koh Mak Resort situated right by the beach
  • Set on a quiet, unspoilt bay on picturesque Koh Mak Island
  • Pool, in-house restaurant and great beachside cocktail bar
Thailand, KB Resort, Koh Chang

KB Resort Koh Chang view

  • Charming, low-key and beachside resort
  • Chalet style rooms set in a lush garden
  • Friendly staff and fabulous sunset terrace

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Visas – Cambodia: For the majority of nationalities a visa on arrival is issued at international airports. Visa fees and conditions are subject to change but are usually $30 payable in cash in $US although certain land crossings may cost a few extra dollars in random ‘service fees’. A passport photo is required. Tourist visas are issued for 30 days from date of entry into Cambodia.

E-visas (thus cutting down on queuing time at the airport) are now available for many nationalities at this link and cost $36 with a stated processing time of 3 working days. These are accepted at international airports.

When entering Cambodia make sure you get an entry stamp in your passport and keep your departure card.

Thailand: Visitors holding passports of Australia, Canada, UK, US, certain EU countries plus citizens of other ASEAN member states receive an automatic 30-day entry stamp on arrival. Note this is a visa waiver rather than a tourist visa however obtaining a visa in advance or visa or arrival is consequently not necessary and there is no advantage in applying for an e-visa. (Rules may vary for stays over 30 days or multiple entries.)

Not all European countries are covered by this scheme so passport holders from eastern European EU or non-EU nations are advised to check conditions with your consulate or embassy beforehand. You can also check current information on the Thai immigration website.

Both: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia. You may be refused entry if your passport is damaged, in poor condition or does not have at least 2 blank pages remaining.

Your entry point for Cambodia is Pochentong International Airport, (Phnom Penh) and exit point is Phsa Prum (or Prom), (Pailin District) landport. Entry for Thailand is Ban Pak Khad (Pakkad), (Pong Nam Rong District) and exit point in Suvanarnabhumi International Airport, (Bangkok).

Meals: Khmer cuisine shows both Thai and Vietnamese influences though with plenty of unique dishes too.

Dishes are only mildly spicy and both vegetarians and vegans are very easily catered for. For any other likes and dislikes please remind your tour-leader at the start of the tour.

Accommodation: all choices fall into the comfortable, boutique-style 3* range and are en-suite and air-conditioned with pools. We have posted a selection of sample accommodation on the lefthand hotel tab but please note that as we try and avoid the larger hotels, availability, in high season particularly, means we use several options in each destination.

Activities: note that no activities are compulsory and that any offered can be tailored for various fitness levels or alternatives suggested.

Further info: more details and photos of our ‘Ruined Cities and Tropical Islands’ tour here.

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