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Highlights of Cambodia

Overland from vibrant Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and the fabulous ruined cities and jungle-clad temples of UNESCO World Heritage Angkor

From Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat

This exciting one week Cambodia tour, Highlights of Cambodia, is in an overland adventure through this fascinating and little known country. From the charming riverside capital of Phnom Penh, up-country through picturesque landscapes, traditional villages, and timeless country scenes to the mysterious and dramatic jungle-clad temples of Angkor itself.

Our Angkor programme, spread over 4 days, allows a comprehensive visit, but at a leisurely pace, as well as providing plenty of time to sample lively Siem Reap’s markets, cafes and restaurants. If you’re only going to visit Angkor once in your life, thenthis tour is designed to ensure that you make the most of your visit!

An unforgettable tour – spectacular destinations, friendly people, informed (and fun) guides, comfortable accommodation and plenty of great local food to discover. (And don’t worry, the deep fried tarantulas are not compulsory!)

 

 

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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 - arrival and an introductory walking tour

Arrival in Cambodia’s bustling capital and check-in to a small, boutique-style downtown hotel Some relaxation time before a leisurely introductory walking tour, including the historic French Quarter, a local market and the lively waterfront area. Get a first-hand feel for the vibrant street-life before sundowners at the famous FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club)?

Extra nights in Phnom Penh prior to 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, Tuk Tuk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Phnom Penh - day tour of the main sites

Tour of some of the sites of the fascinating capital, Phnom Penh: the infamous Killing Fields and S21, the highly moving Genocide Museum and the picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda for some photo opportunities. A mid-day visit to the Russian Market  provides some ‘retail therapy’ and the opportunity for a local style lunch.

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

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Day 3 - Overland to Siem Reap

Journey up-country through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the provincial town of Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia – our base for the nearby temples of Angkor. Visits en route include the famous (or rather, infamous), ‘spider village’ of Skuon, (tasting not compulsory), and a rarely visited 11th-century temple. Lunch will be beside a picturesque lake. A sunset visit to the Prei Rup Temple at Angkor 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

Dawn at Angkor Wat, followed by a morning tour of the vast temple itself. Return to our hotel to escape the midday heat with siesta, spa, market or just relaxing by the pool time. In the afternoon we’ll visit the ruined city of Angkor Tom including, the Leper King & Elephant Terraces, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, and last but not least, the dramatic Bayon Temple with its famous faces.

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

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Day 5 - Angkor - jungle temples

Today’s Angkor visit begins with the spectacular hill-top Phnom Bakheng Temple followed by the jungle-clad ruin of Preah Khan. Enormous roots, towering trees and screeching parakeets make this atmospheric temple one of everyone’s favourites.  After a break, we’ll take a short hike to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. Ta Prom – the famous ‘Tomb Raider’ Temple  – continues the jungle theme and concludes the day’s visit.

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

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Day 6 - Siem Reap - A remote temple and afternoon at leisure

Early morning drive to spectacular Beng Melea, one of the remoter and less visited sites. This huge, partially ruined temple complex, overgrown by jungle, lying to the west of Siem Reap, is one of the most impressive Angkor monuments. Return to Siem Reap with an afternoon free to relax by the pool, maybe visit the National Museum, explore the town’s markets or even try an optional Khmer cookery lesson?

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

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Day 7 - Siem Reap - morning at leisure and departure

Morning at leisure; some last minute shopping in the street markets or a final massage at the hotel’s spa and end of tour.

 

Extra nights in Siem Reap 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: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Cambodia, Terrace of the Leper King

Just a few of the many highlights

Jungle-clad ruined temples with mysterious carvings covered in creepers, roots, vines, and inhabited by monkeys and screeching parakeets, is certainly one of the most evocative sights in Southeast Asia

  • Travel through the scenic and timeless Cambodia countryside - ox carts, stilt villages, emerald paddy-fields and serene landscapes
  • Explore the atmospheric, jungle clad ruined cities of Angkor - undoubtedly one of Asia's most evocative and exotic destinations
  • Remote Beng Melea, the ultimate Indiana Jones temple - mysterious carvings covered in creepers, with jungle-clad walls and towers
  • Consistently one of the best surprises on any of our tours - Phnom Penh maybe chaotic and hectic, but certainly a lot of fun
  • Experience dawn at Angkor Wat - watch the sunrise over the iconic silhouette of the world's largest religious building
  • Meet the exceptionally friendly and welcoming local people and sample the sumptuous and varied local cuisine

Air Departures (UK)

  • 28 June 18 1,600 GBP
  • 25 July 18 1,700 GBP
  • 6 August 18 1,700 GBP
  • 20 August 18 1,600 GBP
  • 19 September 18 1,600 GBP
  • 14 October 18 1,600 GBP
  • 6 November 18 1,600 GBP
  • 1 December 18 1,600 GBP
  • 27 December 18 1,800 GBP
  • 21 January 19 1,600 GBP
  • 17 February 19 1,600 GBP
  • 16 March 19 1,600 GBP
  • 12 April 19 1,600 GBP
  • 9 May 19 1,600 GBP
  • 5 June 19 1,600 GBP
  • 2 July 19 1,600 GBP
  • 29 July 19 1,700 GBP
  • 25 August 19 1,600 GBP
  • 21 September 19 1,600 GBP
  • 14 October 19 1,600 GBP
  • 6 November 19 1,600 GBP
  • 29 November 19 1,600 GBP
  • 29 December 19 1,800 GBP

Land Departures

  • 29 June 18 750 GBP
  • 26 July 18 750 GBP
  • 7 August 18 750 GBP
  • 21 August 18 750 GBP
  • 20 September 18 750 GBP
  • 15 October 18 750 GBP
  • 7 November 18 750 GBP
  • 2 December 18 750 GBP
  • 28 December 18 750 GBP
  • 22 January 19 750 GBP
  • 18 February 19 750 GBP
  • 17 March 19 750 GBP
  • 13 April 19 750 GBP
  • 10 May 19 750 GBP
  • 6 June 19 750 GBP
  • 3 July 19 750 GBP
  • 30 July 19 750 GBP
  • 26 August 19 750 GBP
  • 22 September 19 750 GBP
  • 15 October 19 750 GBP
  • 7 November 19 750 GBP
  • 30 November 19 750 GBP
  • 28 December 19 750 GBP

Guaranteed Places Left Special Price Solo Traveller Closed

*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...

The 252, Phnom Penh view

  • Small, boutique-style and low-key
  • Quiet but central location near cafes and restaurants
  • Garden setting with pool and cafe

Villa Langka, Phnom Penh view

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

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

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

Visa Info & Notes

CAMBODIA

Visa requirements:  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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