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Images of Cambodia (extended)

A fully-accompanied Cambodia photography tour including the fabulous temples of Angkor, floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, vibrant Phnom Penh streetlife and much more...

An 11-day Cambodia photography tour

This original Cambodia photography tour, accompanied by one of our experienced, professional travel photographers, Gary Latham or Jeff Perigois, provides the opportunity of a leisurely, but comprehensive, tour of one of the most stimulating photographic environments in the world – the ruined jungle temples of Angkor.

Our photographers have extensive local knowledge of the country, sites and people, allowing you photographic opportunities not available to the casual visitor. Furthermore, Gary and Jeff will encourage participants to engage with the local people, street scenes and everyday life as much as shooting views of the stunning temples and landscapes.

An exciting round trip, combining Cambodia’s Angkor temples and best-known sites, with some of the more off the beaten track ones, on a road and river adventure through this fascinating and little-known country. From the chaotic but charming riverside capital Phnom Penh, we’ll travel overland through picturesque countryside to the mysterious and dramatic, jungle-clad temples of Angkor, before crossing the scenic Tonle Sap Lake to travel by boat through the unique floating villages of the Sangkar River to Battambang.  After a tour of surrounding villages to take in cottage industries and local life, we’ll return to Phnom Penh via the highly photogenic river-port of Kompong Chhnang.

For those with less time to spare we offer a shorter, 8-day version of our Images of Cambodia tour beginning in Phnom Penh and finishing at Siem Reap International Airport.

 

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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 introductory walking tour

Check-in to a small, boutique-style hotel followed by an introductory, walking tour to provide a first-hand feel for the city’s vibrant and photogenic street-life as well as offering some initial tips on portrait and market photos. We’ll take in the old French Quarter and riverfront finishing perhaps with sundowners at the famous FCC – Foreign Correspondents Club? A welcome dinner introduces you to the region’s little-known but delicious cuisine.

Photo themes: – street scenes, historic buildings, Buddhist temples

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

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Day 2 - Phnom Penh - city tour

Day tour combining some of the sites of Cambodia’s fascinating capital city – the infamous Killing Fields, the highly moving Khmer Rouge Genocide Museum and the picturesque Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda  – with less frequently seen backstreet, local market and everyday scenes.

Photo themes: – street scenes, markets, portraits, architecture, historical sites

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

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Day 3 - Phnom Penh - a visit to 'Silk Island'

Morning visit to the narrow and bustling streets of the Olympic Market area before heading off in the afternoon to nearby Koh Dach (Silk Island). Though just a short from downtown, it’s a world away and allows us to experience local village life as well as an opportunity to discover the traditional silk weaving methods still employed on this picturesque Mekong River island.

Photo themes: – markets, street-life, river scenes, villages and handicrafts

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

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Day 4 - On the road - up-country to Siem Reap

Upcountry through Cambodia’s scenic countryside to the provincial town of Siem Reap in Western Cambodia. Stops on the way include the famous ‘spider village’ of Skuon, and a rarely visited but well preserved 11th-century temple with of course plenty of landscapes, rural scenes and ‘on the road’ images on the way. A visit to the atmospheric ruins of Banteay Kdei completes our day.

Photo themes: – landscapes, villages, rural life, ‘on the road’, ruined temples

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

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Day 5 - Siem Reap - dawn at Angkor Wat

Angkor, with its vast jungle-clad temples and mysterious stone carvings, is certainly one of the region’s most evocative and photogenic destinations! We’ll begin with sunrise followed by a comprehensive tour of iconic Angkor Wat before a break in Siem Reap to escape the midday glare. Afternoon walking tour of Angkor Tom,  Leper King Terrace, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace, Baphuon and, last but not least, (we’ll wait until the crowds have gone), the dramatic Bayon Temple with its famous faces.

Photo themes: – ruined temples, Angkor dawn, landscapes, flora & fauna

Our precise temple itinerary may vary due to light and weather conditions

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

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Day 6 - Siem Reap - jungle temples

Short forest hike to take in the spectacular vistas of hill-top Phnom Bakheng Temple before a visit to Preah Khan. Dense jungle, huge roots and squawking parakeets make this atmospheric temple a consistent favourite. After a break in Siem Reap, the day continues with a jungle walk to Ta Keo via the remote and rarely visited Ta Nei Temple. A visit to famous Ta Prom, the ‘Tomb Raider’ temple, continues our jungle theme and concludes our day.

Photo themes: – historical sites, ruined temples, landscapes, flora & fauna

 

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

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Day 7 - Siem Reap - Beng Melea, a remote site

Morning trip to one of the more remote, but most photogenic and impressive Angkor monuments – the atmospheric, jungle-clad ruins of Beng Melea . Opportunities to take in the countryside and village scenes on the return to Siem Reap and an afternoon at leisure, Relax by the pool, check out the spa or explore the local markets with your camera.

Photo themes: – markets, villages, landscapes, temple ruins

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

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Day 8 - Siem Reap to Battambang - scenic river journey

Spectacular boat journey across the Tonle Sap Lake, past the flooded forest and Prek Toal bird sanctuary. On down the Sangkar River with its highly photogenic, floating fishing villages and stilt-houses to the town of Battambang. Stops on the way include the Prek Toal community water hyacinth weaving project.

Photo themes: – river scenes, landscapes, wildlife, floating villages

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, 

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Day 9 - Battambang - village life

Morning tour by tuk-tuk through the surrounding villages to discover the area’s traditional cottage industries and handicrafts. Plenty of opportunities to meet the friendly residents as well as sample their products. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the friendly provincial town or just watch the world go by and capture some street scenes from a coffee shop terrace.

Photo themes: – architecture, village life, portraits, landscapes

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

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Day 10 - Battambang to Phnom Penh - overland to the capital

Travelling east our first stop will be the lively and colourful market in Pursat Town offering plenty of photo opportunities, the chance to check out the weird and wonderful produce on display as well as meet some of the friendly locals. Moving on, we’ll stop at the fascinating river port of Kompong Chhnang and explore the bustling riverfront before continuing to our day’s final destination, Phnom Penh.

Photo themes: – markets, landscapes, river-life, ‘on the road’

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

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Day 11 - Phnom Penh - morning at leisure and end of tour

Morning de-briefing session and an opportunity to look at some important editing and post-production techniques. Afternoon end of the tour and departure at your leisure.

Photo themes: – editing, post-production, street-life

Extra nights in Phnom Penh prior to, or 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 on request.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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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

Vibrant street scenes and local markets of Phnom Penh; landscapes and village life by road and by river and the fabulous temples of Angkor, including dawn and dusk visits, make for a truly spectacular and varied photography tour

  • Hands on photographic assistance, tips and advice by a hugely experienced professional travel photographer
  • 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
  • Explore the jungle clad ruined cities of Angkor - certainly one of Asia's most evocative and exotic destinations
  • Meet the exceptionally friendly and welcoming local people ...and sample the sumptuous and varied local cuisine
  • Village life and cottage industries of Battambang's countryside

Air Departures (UK)

  • 24 December 19 2,850 GBP
  • 17 January 20 2,650 GBP
  • 6 August 20 2,750 GBP
  • 8 October 20 2,650 GBP
  • 13 November 20 2,650 GBP
  • 30 December 20 2,650 GBP
  • 23 February 21 2,650 GBP

Land Departures

  • 25 December 19 1,850 GBP
  • 18 January 20 1,850 GBP
  • 7 August 20 1,850 GBP
  • 9 October 20 1,850 GBP
  • 14 November 20 1,850 GBP
  • 31 December 20 1,850 GBP
  • 24 February 21 1,850 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

Delux Villa Battambang view

  • Small and friendly, low-key resort in Battambang
  • Swimming pool and lush, garden setting
  • Quiet but convenient central location

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

Visa Info & Notes

Visas; Citizens of Asean countries do not require visas while passport holders from certain African and Middle Eastern nations need to apply in advance. For the majority of nationalities though, a visa on arrival is issued at international airports and all land borders including arrival from Laos and the Mekong entry point from Vietnam.  Visa fees and conditions are subject to change but are usually $30 payable in cash in US dollars 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 and certain land crossings only and do not include the Mekong crossings from Vietnam or Laos.

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

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 $2-3 per person per day. With regards 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.

Further info: more details and photos of ‘Images of Cambodia‘ tour here and suggested reading and viewing on Cambodia at this link

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