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Cambodia Overland

From the hectic, yet charming, riverside capital Phnom Penh, travel overland through picturesque landscapes to the mysterious, dramatic, jungle-clad temples of Angkor

Discover Cambodia overland and up-river

Presenting our Cambodia tour, ‘Cambodia Overland’; a road and river adventure through this fascinating, yet little known country. As with our other Southeast Asia tours this exciting journey will combine the best known sites – including of course the fabulous ruined cities and temples of Angkor – with some of the more off the beaten track, lesser known, ones.

From the hectic, yet charming, riverside capital Phnom Penh, travel overland through picturesque landscapes to the mysterious, dramatic, jungle-clad temples of Angkor, before crossing the scenic Tonle Sap Lake and travelling down river by boat to Battambang. We’ll explore the traditional village life and cottages industries in the tranquil Battambang countryside by bicycle or tuk-tuk and complete our loop to Phnom Penh via the photogenic riverside town of Kompong Chnang.

An exciting, fascinating and unforgettable 10 day tour of Cambodia!

 

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Itinerary

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

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Day 1 - Phnom Penh - Introductory walking tour

Arrival in Phnom Penh and check-in to a small, comfortable downtown hotel Time to relax before stretching your legs with an introductory, city walking tour, taking in the historic French Quarter and the lively waterfront area as well as giving you a first-hand feel for the bustling street-life. Finishing perhaps, with sundowners at the celebrated FCC or Foreign Correspondents Club?

Extra nights in Phnom Penh prior to and 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.

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

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Day 2 - Phnom Penh - The City's sights

Tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city. The infamous Killing Fields & highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum help to explain the country’s recent tragic history while the picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda will provide plenty of photo opportunities. The Russian Market offers some ‘retail therapy’ and a chance for a local style lunch.

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 3 - Phnom Penh to Siem Reap - up country

Travel through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the provincial town of Siem Reap in Western Cambodia, our base for the next few days as we explore nearby Angkor. Stops  include the famous ‘spider village’ of Skuon, (tasting not compulsory), a rarely visited 11th century temple and lunch by a scenic lake. A sunset visit to the Prei Rup Temple completes our day.

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

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Day 4 - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat and Angkor Tom

An unforgettable tour of this fabulous site; its vast jungle clad temples and mysterious stone carvings. Dawn at Angkor Wat, followed by a morning visit to the temple itself. Return to Siem Reap to escape the midday heat before an afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom including: Leper King and Elephant Terraces, Phimeanakas, Baphuon and last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone), Bayon Temple and its famous faces.

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

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Day 5 - Angkor - jungle ruins

Morning forest hike to visit the spectacular Phnom Bahkeng Temple and the huge jungle-clad ruin of Preah Khan. Enormous roots and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites.  After a midday break, we continue with a short jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to Ta Prom – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ Temple – keeps to our jungle theme and concludes the day’s visit.

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

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Day 6 - Beng Melea - a remote temple

Morning trip to one of the more remote, less visited, yet most impressive Angkor temple sites; the truly spectacular Beng Melea. A huge, crumbling, creeper covered temple complex, lying to the west of Siem Reap. Return to our hotel with an afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool, perhaps visit the National Museum, explore the markets or even take an optional Khmer cookery lesson?

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

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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 down the Sangkar River with its traditional, floating, fishing villages to the town of Battambang. Stop off on the way to visit the Prek Toal community, water hyacinth weaving project. (Time of arrival will depend upon water levels.)

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Boat,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 8 - Battambang - Village life and cottage industries

Morning guided tour, (by bicycle, or tuk-tuk for the less energetic), by local students to one of the surrounding villages to discover its traditional cottage industries and local handicrafts. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the friendly provincial town, or just chill-out in one of the many coffee shops.

Overnight: Battambang Transport: Bike, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 9 - Kompong Chhnang and return to Phnom Penh

Early morning ride on Battambang’s famous ‘Bamboo Railway’, (we’ll explain later), before heading east to the fascinating and photogenic port town of Kompong Chnang on the bank of Tonle Sap River where we can take in the the bustling river front area and a very local style market before continuing to our days final destination – Phnom Penh.

Overnight: Phnom Penh Transport: Minibus, Train,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 10 - Phnom Penh - morning at leisure and end of tour

Morning at leisure; relax by the pool, do some last minute shopping or check-out a spa treatment. End of tour and departure at your convenience.

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

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

Wonderful landscapes, traditional villages, evocative jungle-clad ruined temples, bustling Phnom Penh and of course plenty of friendly locals and sumptuous cuisine

  • An introductory tour of Phnom Penh; hectic, chaotic even, but great fun and one of Asia's friendliest capitals
  • Explore the ruined cities of Angkor - certainly one of Southeast Asia's most evocative and exotic destinations
  • Take a ride through the countryside on Battambang's unique and highly unusual 'bamboo train'
  • Experience dawn at Angkor Wat - watch the sunrise over the iconic silhouette of the world's largest religious building
  • Travel by boat up the Sangkar River - floating villages, bird-life, unique scenery; 'like being on a Nat Geo programme'!
  • Discover the timeless and picturesque Cambodian countryside; emerald rice paddies, traditional stilt houses, ox carts and village life

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Air Departures (UK)

  • 5 August 17 1,850 GBP
  • 1 September 17 1,850 GBP
  • 1 October 17 1,850 GBP
  • 30 October 17 1,850 GBP
  • 28 November 17 1,850 GBP
  • 24 December 17 2,000 GBP
  • 1 January 18 1,950 GBP
  • 22 January 18 1,850 GBP
  • 13 February 18 1,850 GBP
  • 14 March 18 1,850 GBP
  • 9 April 18 1,850 GBP
  • 6 May 18 1,850 GBP
  • 1 June 18 1,850 GBP
  • 28 June 18 1,850 GBP
  • 25 July 18 1,950 GBP
  • 20 August 18 1,850 GBP
  • 19 September 18 1,850 GBP
  • 14 October 18 1,850 GBP
  • 6 November 18 1,850 GBP
  • 1 December 18 1,850 GBP
  • 27 December 18 2,050 GBP

Land Departures

  • 6 August 17 1,000 GBP
  • 2 September 17 1,000 GBP
  • 2 October 17 1,000 GBP
  • 31 October 17 1,000 GBP
  • 29 November 17 1,000 GBP
  • 25 December 17 1,000 GBP
  • 2 January 18 1,000 GBP
  • 23 January 18 1,000 GBP
  • 14 February 18 1,000 GBP
  • 15 March 18 1,000 GBP
  • 10 April 18 1,000 GBP
  • 7 May 18 1,000 GBP
  • 2 June 18 1,000 GBP
  • 29 June 18 1,000 GBP
  • 26 July 18 1,000 GBP
  • 21 August 18 1,000 GBP
  • 20 September 18 1,000 GBP
  • 15 October 18 1,000 GBP
  • 7 November 18 1,000 GBP
  • 2 December 18 1,000 GBP
  • 28 December 18 1,000 GBP

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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...

Villa Langka, Phnom Penh view

  • Lush garden setting with pool
  • Very convenient central but quiet location
  • Helpful, friendly and efficient staff

Hilary’s Boutique Hotel, Phnom Penh view

  • Central but peaceful location in bustling Phnom Penh
  • Small, family run hotel
  • Garden setting, pool and in-house cafe/bar/restaurant

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

King Fy Hotel, Battambang view

  • Central riverside location in Battambang Town
  • Great roof-top 'Sky Bar' for sundowners
  • Suoer friendly staff, comfortable rooms, cracking breakfast

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

Visa Info & Notes

Cambodia; For most nationalities, a visa on arrival is issued at airports and all land borders used on our tours.  Visa fees and conditions are subject to change but are usually $30 payable in cash in US dollars.  A passport photo is required.   Tourist visas are issued for 30 days from entry into Cambodia.

E-visas are now available for many nationalities https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

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

Passport validity: 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 or in poor condition.

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