Run Amok in Cambodia (2015)

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Phnom Penh
Ancient city of Angkor
Phnom Penh's history
The bustling streets and cyclos of Saigon
  • You’ll start in Ho Chi Minh then hightail it to Phnom Penh, then there's beach time in Sihanoukville, island visits near Kampong Cham, ancient wonders in Siem Reap and… fish pedicures 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.


    Day 1 - 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!

    Please 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, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

    If you have extra time in Ho Chi Minh City ensure you make a visit to the Reunification Palace - formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was the site of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975, and the War Remnants Museum - originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard you'll find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.

    Optional Activities
    • Ho Chi Minh City - War Remnants Museum - VND15000
    • Ho Chi Minh City - Reunification Palace - VND30000
    Saigon Royal Hotel or similar

    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).

    So many optional activities to choose from in this city here are some ideas for you:

    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)

    Optional Activities
    • Phnom Penh - Killing Fields of Choueng Ek - USD3
    • Phnom Penh - Transport to Choeung Ek - USD10
    • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda - USD7
    • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD5
    • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
    • Phnom Penh - Cyclo tour - USD4
    • Phnom Penh - Entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek Killing Filelds - USD3
    Nawin Guesthouse or similar

    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 provided

    Included Activities
    • Chambok Homestay Traditional Dance

    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 4 hrs) - named for the Cambodian royal family

    Sihanoukville is a beach town with warm, welcoming people

    Plenty of optional beach side activities to choose from:

    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 species

    Optional Activities
    • Sihanoukville - Island boat trip - USD15
    • Sihanoukville - Ream National Park entry fee - USD5
    sunday Guesthouse or similar

    Day 6 - Phnom Penh

    Shake the sand off your 'feet 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 city

    Optional Activities
    • Phnom Penh - Traditional Khmer massage - USD5
    Nawin Guesthouse or similar

    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 3 hrs) - once an important trading hub and now a laid-back small town

    Optional activities on offer are:

    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.

    Optional Activities
    • Kompong Cham - Wat Nokor - USD1
    • Kompong Cham - Bicycle hire - USD2
    • Kompong Cham - Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei - USD10
    Mekong Hotel or similar

    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 5 hours)

    Spend a full day being guided around the massive Angkor wat complex.

    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.

    Included Activities
    • Siem Reap - 1 day Angkor Pass
    Optional Activities
    • Siem Reap - Remork transport to Tonle Sap Lake - USD10
    • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap boat trip - USD15
    • Siem Reap - Flight of the Gibbon ziplining - USD129
    • Siem Reap - Khmer cooking class - USD25
    • Siem Reap - Three Day Angkor Pass - USD40
    • Siem Reap - Remork transport to Angkor complex - Free
    Parklane Hotel or similar

    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

    Optional Activities
    • Bangkok - Thai massage - THB250
    • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok by Bike - THB1500
    • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery - THB1870
    • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB100
    • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Temple & River of Kings - THB2200
    • Bangkok - Urban Adventures - Tuk Tuk city tour - THB1400
    Nouvo City Hotel (Canal wing) or similiar
  • What's Included

    • • 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.

       One day Angkor Wat pass included to get you started

    Not Included

    • 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.
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    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.

    Run Amok in Cambodia (2015)

    Bec - Australia, 10 Feb, 2014
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    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.

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Public bus, Public coach
1 night Homestay, 10 nights Basic hotel
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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