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Cambodia Overland

From the chaotic, 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 Overland Tour – a 10-day road and river adventure through this fascinating, yet little-known country. In keeping with all our 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 lesser-known, more off-the-beaten-track ones.

From the chaotic, yet charming, riverside capital Phnom Penh, travel we’ll overland through picturesque landscapes to the mysterious, evocative, jungle-clad temples of Angkor, before crossing the scenic Tonle Sap Lake and travelling upriver by boat to Battambang. We’ll explore the traditional village life and cottage industries in the tranquil surrounding countryside by tuk-tuk, before completing our overland loop to Phnom Penh.

Our 3-day Angkor temple itinerary is carefully designed to provide a comprehensive, yet leisurely-paced, tour of the fabulous site, avoiding any need to rush around in the tropical heat or any risk of ‘temple fatigue’. Timing also aims to avoid crowds at the more popular temples as well as providing plenty of free time to check out the town’s markets, handicrafts and cafes or just relax in a spa or by the pool. (If you’re only going to visit this amazing site once in your life you may as well do it properly!)

A fascinating, varied and unforgettable 10-day Cambodia tour.

Note for those with less time to spare a shorter, 1-week version of our Cambodia Overland tour, Highlights of Cambodia, is also available, beginning in Phnom Penh and finishing in Siem Reap. Conversely, for those with more time, and to get the most out of your airfare, a slightly longer option, Saigon to Angkor, starts in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City and travels through the lush Mekong Delta before taking you by boat up the Mekong River itself to Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh.

Includes:Meals: B x 9, L x 4, D x 5

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Itinerary

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

Cambodia, Phnom Penh Central Market

Day 1 - Phnom Penh - Introductory walking tour

Arrival and check in to a small, comfortable, downtown hotel. Time to relax before an introductory city walking tour, taking in the old French Quarter and lively waterfront area, as well as giving you a first-hand feel for the bustling street life and finishing, perhaps, with sundowners by the river.

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

Cambodia, a Phnom Penh local market

Day 2 - Phnom Penh - The City's sights

2 Tour of some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city. The infamous Killing Fields and highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum help 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, 

Cambodia, rural scene near Siem Reap

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. An atmospheric sunset visit to Banteay Kdei Temple completes our day.

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

Cambodia, Angkor Wat

Day 4 - Siem Reap - Angkor Wat and Angkor Tom

An unforgettable tour of this fabulous site with 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, the 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, 

Cambodia overland, Prasart Bayon

Day 5 - Angkor - the jungle temples

Morning forest hike to visit the spectacular Phnom Bakheng 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 forest hike to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. Ta Prom – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ Temple – keeps to the jungle theme and concludes our day’s visit.

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

Cambodia World Heritage Sites, Beng Melea

Day 6 - Beng Melea - a remote temple

Morning trip to one of the more remote yet most impressive Angkor sites – the truly spectacular Beng Melea – a huge, crumbling, creeper-covered temple, lying to the west of Siem Reap. Return to our hotel by way of an optional visit to the unusual Apopo, giant rat de-mining centre with an afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool or perhaps visit the excellent National Museum.

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 unique, floating, fishing villages to the town of Battambang. Stop-offs on the way include the Prek Toal community water hyacinth weaving project.

If water levels are too low during the dry season, a part of today's trip may be by road.

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

Cambodia, Battambang fish market

Day 8 - Battambang - Village life and cottage industries

Morning guided tour by tuk-tuk of the surrounding villages to discover some of the traditional cottage industries and local handicrafts. An afternoon at leisure allows time to further explore the friendly provincial town, chill out by the pool or head back into the countryside to visit the area’s famous bat caves of Phnom Sampeu.

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

Cambodia, Kompong Chhnang

Day 9 - The Bamboo Railway and return to Phnom Penh

After an early morning trip along the famous Battambang bamboo railway, it’s time to complete our loop to Phnom Penh where a local-style farewell dinner awaits us.

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

Cambodia, Phnom Penh market shopping

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.

Extra nights in Phnom Penh before or after your tour can be booked on request.

Overnight: Departure Meals: B, 

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Details

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

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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.

  • Phnom Penh with it's French Quarter and lively waterfront - chaotic but great fun and one of Asia's friendliest capitals
  • Travel by boat up the Sangkar River - floating villages, bird-life, unique scenery - "like being on a Nat Geo programme"!
  • Take a tuk-tuk tour to visit cottage industries and traditional livelihoods in Battambang's villages
  • Explore Angkor - it's well known and lesser known sites, certainly one of Southeast Asia's most evocative and exotic destinations
  • Discover the timeless and picturesque Cambodian countryside - emerald rice paddies, traditional stilt houses, ox carts and village life
  • Experience dawn at Angkor Wat - watch the sunrise over the iconic silhouette of the world's largest religious building

Air Departures (UK) *From

  • 3 August 24 1,975 GBP
  • 1 September 24 1,975 GBP
  • 29 September 24 1,975 GBP
  • 27 October 24 2,015 GBP
  • 24 November 24 2,015 GBP
  • 22 December 24 2,215 GBP
  • 19 January 25 2,265 GBP
  • 16 February 25 2,265 GBP

Land Departures

  • 4 August 24 1,175 GBP
  • 2 September 24 1,175 GBP
  • 30 September 24 1,175 GBP
  • 28 October 24 1,215 GBP
  • 25 November 24 1,215 GBP
  • 23 December 24 1,215 GBP
  • 20 January 25 1,265 GBP
  • 17 February 25 1,265 GBP

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*As fares are fluctuating wildly at present all ‘with flight’ prices are approximate.

*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...

Patio Hotel and Urban Resort

Patio Hotel and Urban Resort view

  • Convenient central location nearby shops, cafes, restaurants
  • Comfortable, well-appointed and well-decorated
  • Spectacular rooftop infinity pool
Pierre Hotel Siem Reap

Pierre Hotel Siem Reap view

  • Great riverside location close to the town centre
  • In-house pool, bar, coffee shop and restaurant
  • Low-key, friendly staff and atmosphere
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

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

Visa Info & Notes

Visas: For the majority of nationalities, a tourist 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.

E-visas are available at this link for $36 and speed up arrival procedures as well as economising a page in your passport. When entering Cambodia make sure you get an entry stamp in your passport and keep your departure card.

Standard entry and exit point for this tour is Pochentong International Airport, (Phnom Penh).

Passport: 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.

Tipping: we recommend a kitty system for the smaller, daily tips such as hotel/restaurant staff and local drivers. Amounts inevitably vary with group size but would generally be in the region of $3-4 per person per day. With regards to guides accompanying you for longer periods we’d recommend a separate tip of approximately $5 per person, per day though of course, this is always discretionary and performance-related. (Local currency or USD are fine.)

Meals: breakfasts are either buffets or a la carte in smaller hotels with lunch and dinners based on local food. Lunches on the road are typically simpler dishes such as variations on noodles or fried rice while your tour leader will generally order more elaborate-style dinners consisting of a selection of local fare. The excellent 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.  A number of meals are not included, which allows you to ‘do your own thing’ or take a break if you’re feeling ‘riced out’. 

Accommodation: All choices fall into the comfortable 3* range, with an emphasis where possible on the smaller, ‘boutique-style’, 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.

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