You’ll start in Ho Chi Minh then high tail it to Phnom Penh, before beach time in Sihanoukville, island visits near Kampong Cham, Ancient Wonders in Siem Reap and… fish pedicure in Bangkok?
Forget everything you know about traffic lights, pedestrians and stop signs. They don't matter here. Wait until you're safely on the other side before you start high-fiving your success.
(Was Overland Indochina)
Day 1-2 - Ho Chi Minh City
Nothing planned for the first day. You can shop for tiny ceramic tea sets at Ben Thanh Market while snacking on chao tom (barbecued shrimp paste on sticks of sugar cane).
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and explore this fascinating city. There will be a pre departure meeting at approx. 6pm tonight!
Day 2 - Phnom Penh
Buckle up (even though there’s probably no seatbelts) for a full day of travel to Phnom Penh. When you arrive, hit the Foreign Correspondents Club for a mojito on the rooftop.
Drive to Phnom Penh by public bus (approx 6-7 hrs).
Head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial
Learn more about Cambodian history with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
Check out the National Museum
Explore Wat Phnom, a peaceful temple situated on a hill for which the city is named
Take in the sites by cyclo! Tours generally take in the following: central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument, finishing at the Royal Palace.
If you're in the mood for shopping, stop at Psar Thmei (Central Market) or travel out to Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market)
Day 3 - Chambok Homestay
Sitting close to the greenery and beauty of the Kirirom National Park, Chambok provides serenity, an abundance of nature and a taste of traditional Khmer life.
Travel by private bus into rural Cambodia (approx 3 hrs).
Enjoy a homestay - witness everyday Cambodian life and enjoy a traditional-style dinner
Facilities are basic and multishare with mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets all providedDinner
Day 4-5 - Sihanoukville
Visit the lively or quiet beaches of Sihanoukville or scoot out to the nearby islands on a boat tour. You can even go on a tropical safari in Ream National Park, if you want. Take a private bus to Sihanoukville (approx 3 hrs) - named for the Cambodian royal family
Sihanoukville is a beach town with warm, welcoming people
Take a boat to one of the nearby islands, perhaps enjoy a barbecue lunch and relax on the beach
Make a trip out to the Ream National Park - home to a variety of animal and bird speciesBreakfast
Day 6 - Phnom Penh
Shake the sand off your 'nads and jump on a bus back to the capital. Here you have the option to soak up more reminders of the country's horrific past in Tuol Sleng Museum, or visit Seeing Hands for a massage.
Take a local bus to Phnom Penh (approx 4 hrs) Perhaps visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison or indulge in a traditional massage at the Seeing Hands Massage parlour. An initiative set up to support visually impaired masseurs, who are also some of the best massuers in the cityBreakfast
Day 7 - Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham. Frontier charm, French-colonial character, etc. Hire a bike and pedal to Koh Paen island, if you want, or visit some nearby mountain temples.
Travel by public bus to Kompong Cham (approx 4 hrs) - once an important trading hub and now a laid-back small town
Explore the serene 11th-century Wat Nokor
Hire a bike to explore the island of Koh Paen, linked to Kampong Cham by a bamboo bridge (passable only in the dry season, take a ferry in the wet)
Get a better understanding of local cottage industries
Perhaps travel further to the twin 'mountain temples' of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei.
Day 8-10 - Siem Reap
Angkor Wat is the obvious highlight but you’ll get a real kick out of counting the faces of Bayon and exploring the jungle temple of Ta Prohm. There’s a bit of temple overload here, so take some free time to haggle for souvenirs at the market or get a pedicure from thousands of tiny fish.
Take a bus to Siem Reap (approx 8 - 9 hours)
Visit the South Gate of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Baphoun, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Terrace of the Leper King, Ta Prohm and, of course, Angkor Wat.
Kick back in Siem Reap and just wander around the town, visiting its market, shops and restaurants
Depending on the season, perhaps visit Tonle Sap Lake to see local life.
Get your heart pumping with the flight of the Gibbon zip line adventure where you can feel like a bird flying through the jungle.
Day 11-12 - Bangkok
Bangkok is as crazy as you expect it to be. It's a South East Asian gem, so make the most of everything on offer here. If you don't return home absolutely exhausted and overwhelmed, you did it wrong. Go back and try again.
Drive from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approx. 8-9 hours including border crossing and lunch)
On arrival enjoy some free time. Perhaps indulge in a Thai massage, or travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals)
You could also explore the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The trip will end after breakfast on Day 12
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time
What to Know
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking local tour guide throughout the tour.
• Free time to explore Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Siem Reap, the temples of Angkor and Bangkok.
- International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 13 Aug 2014 - 24 Aug 2014 4 places left US $790 Book Now 24 Sep 2014 - 05 Oct 2014 Available US $775 Book Now 08 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014 Available US $775 Book Now 15 Oct 2014 - 26 Oct 2014 Available US $775 Book Now 29 Oct 2014 - 09 Nov 2014 Available US $775 Book Now 05 Nov 2014 - 16 Nov 2014 Available US $805 Book Now 19 Nov 2014 - 30 Nov 2014 Available US $805 Book Now 03 Dec 2014 - 14 Dec 2014 Available US $825 Book Now 17 Dec 2014 - 28 Dec 2014 Available US $825 Book Now 24 Dec 2014 - 04 Jan 2015 Available US $825 Book Now 31 Dec 2014 - 11 Jan 2015 Available US $825 Book Now 07 Jan 2015 - 18 Jan 2015 Available US $825 Book Now 14 Jan 2015 - 25 Jan 2015 Available US $825 Book Now 28 Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2015 Available US $825 Book Now 04 Feb 2015 - 15 Feb 2015 Available US $780 Book Now 11 Feb 2015 - 22 Feb 2015 Available US $780 Book Now 25 Feb 2015 - 08 Mar 2015 Available US $780 Book Now 11 Mar 2015 - 22 Mar 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 25 Mar 2015 - 05 Apr 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 01 Apr 2015 - 12 Apr 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 22 Apr 2015 - 03 May 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 06 May 2015 - 17 May 2015 Available US $730 Book Now 27 May 2015 - 07 Jun 2015 Available US $730 Book Now 10 Jun 2015 - 21 Jun 2015 Available US $730 Book Now 01 Jul 2015 - 12 Jul 2015 Available US $730 Book Now 22 Jul 2015 - 02 Aug 2015 Available US $730 Book Now 05 Aug 2015 - 16 Aug 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 26 Aug 2015 - 06 Sep 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 09 Sep 2015 - 20 Sep 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 23 Sep 2015 - 04 Oct 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 07 Oct 2015 - 18 Oct 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 21 Oct 2015 - 01 Nov 2015 Available US $755 Book Now 04 Nov 2015 - 15 Nov 2015 Available US $780 Book Now 25 Nov 2015 - 06 Dec 2015 Available US $780 Book Now 02 Dec 2015 - 13 Dec 2015 Available US $800 Book Now 16 Dec 2015 - 27 Dec 2015 Available US $800 Book Now 23 Dec 2015 - 03 Jan 2016 Available US $800 Book Now
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Bec - Australia, 10 Feb, 2014
I absolutely loved the trip! I definitely want to go back to Cambodia! one criticism is that I personally would've preferred to have stayed in Phnom Penh two nights in a row rather than two separate nights.