Days
6
Price from
$369USD

Phnom Pehh is excellent. As is Siem Reap. Therefore… this trip is excellent. Hang in Phnom Penh, hoover up some street food, burl around in a cyclo, see some of the most powerful historic sites in the world… Then head to Siem Reap to see the Angkor complex, which is pretty much the coolest thing EVER.

In 2015 this trip was named "Wats in Cambodia"


Start
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Finish
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Country
Cambodia
Style
Geckos
Theme
Adventure
Code
GTCA
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(54 reviews)
Ages
Min 18 , Max 39
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • There's a sure fire way to a traveller's heart and that's through their stomach - so fall in love with the Cambodian family who'll offer up home cooked local delicacies in their own house

  • With a whole day to see sites Angkor, you’ll soon know your Bayons from Baphouns, and the difference between an Elephant and Leper King Terrace

  • In the space of less than a week you'll get right to the heart of two of Cambodia's most popular cities, and one of the world's greatest religious sites

  • There are tonnes of optional activities to choose from, so you can make your Cambodian experience as full-on or laid-back as you want

Is this trip right for you?

  • As this is a Geckos trip, the majority of activities are optional and you'll have lots of free time. This means you're able to do your own thing at your own pace.

  • Accommodation can be basic but it's always comfortable.

  • Be prepared for a lot of walking around Angkor in often hot weather. Be sure to bring suitable footwear and drink lots of water.

Itinerary

Welcome to Cambodia! This adventure kicks off tonight with a group meeting at 6pm. Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, maybe arrive a day early so you're able to attend. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. At the meeting have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. The best way to get into the groove of Phnom Penh is to eat its food, so start with a nom banh chok from a local street vendor. 
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This day begins with a cyclo sightseeing tour of Phnom Penh, a quirky mix of romantic Indo-China charm, poverty, modern development, friendly locals and cheeky tuk-tuk drivers. After this we recommend taking an optional visit to learn more about the country's history and the Khmer Rouge atrocities at the Choeung Ek Killing Fields and the infamous Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The rest of the day is free to explore the city. If you're in the mood for some shopping then check out the Psar Thmei (Central Market), located in an old French colonial building, for clothing or sarongs. Otherwise maybe stop by the temple of Wat Phnom, the National Museum, Royal Palace or the French Quarter. Tonight’s dinner is a real treat, as you'll enjoy a home-cooked meal in a local family's home.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) - USD3
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda - USD7
  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace on-site guide - USD10
  • Phnom Penh - Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S21) - USD3
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD5
Included Activities
  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour
  • Phnom Penh - Home cooked dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Today you’ll leave Phnom Penh behind and hop on a public bus (the most exciting of all buses) to Siem Reap (approximately 7 hours), your base for exploring Angkor. Before the temple-fest tomorrow, take an orientation walk around the town with your leader and then enjoy some free time to sample local snacks, haggle for souvenirs at the market or get a pedicure from thousands of tiny fish.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - orientation walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
It’s time for the main event with a whole day to enjoy a guided tour around the unforgettable temple complex of Angkor. Begin with a seriously photo-worthy sunset over the temples, which were built 800 to 1,000 years ago when the Khmer empire was the number one power in South-East Asia. The temples are thought to represent the cosmic world and are about balance and symmetry – simply put, the carvings and designs here are mind-blowing and boggling. The main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap so you'll have loads of time to get to the best of this archaeological site, visiting highlights like the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the many faces of Bayon, the Elephant Terrace, the terrace of the Leper King, the jungle-covered Ta Prohm and, of course, Angkor Wat.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today’s a free day in Siem Reap, giving you the chance to kick back and just wander around the town, visiting its market, shops and restaurants, or to otherwise join one of the many optional activities on offer. If you’re still hungry for temples then maybe visit the rose-coloured Banteay Srei, considered to be the best preserved of all of Cambodia’s temples. If you want to see more of local rural life then take a trip into the countryside with a local site guide or maybe a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, passing the floating fishing villages there. If you want to get more active then join the Gibbon zip line adventure and get your heart pumping as you fly like a bird through the jungle.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass - USD45
  • Siem Reap - Phare Cambodia Circus Ticket - USD15
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Cambodian Cook-Out - USD48
  • Siem Reap - Flight of the Gibbon Ziplining - USD129
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventure Street Food By Night Tour - USD47
  • Siem Reap - Landmine museum - USD5
  • Siem Reap - Urban Adventures Tonle Sap Secrets - USD40
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Time to say goodbye and thanks to Cambodia as your adventure comes to an end. You can depart at any time on this day.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private van, Public aircon coach

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included Activities

  • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour
  • Phnom Penh - Home cooked dinner
  • Siem Reap - orientation walk
  • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
  • Siem Reap - Angkor Temples Guided Tour

Reviews

Our The Real Cambodia trips score an average of 4.74 out of 5 based on 54 reviews in the last year.

The Real Cambodia, July 2016

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The Real Cambodia, July 2016

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A single supplement is available to be prebooked on this trip for all nights.

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