Cambodia - Best Tours & Trips 2019

399 Cambodia tours from 97 tour companies. 572 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Since the dark days of Pol Pot in the 1970's, Cambodia has become a leading destination for travelers in Southeast Asia today. It's best known as the site of the ruins of Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious complex, and its fantastic river cruises on the Mekong river.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Secrets of Cambodias Angkor Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 139 / day
$ 695
From : $ 855
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Siem Reap, Cambodia, Thailand
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Amazing Thailand & Angkor Wat

SmarTours
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17 days
$ 159 / day
$ 2,699
From : $ 2,899
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Buddhist Temples (Bangkok)
  • See the Floating Market (Bangkok)
  • Explore Grand Palace (Bangkok)
  • Wat Mongkol Borpith Statue (Ayutthaya)
  • Visit Elephant Camp (Chiang Mai)
  • Wat Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)
  • Temples of Angkor Wat
  • Tenle Sap Lake Boat Trip (Siem Reap)
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Thailand
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Untamed Cambodia

Myths and Mountains
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14 days
$ 321 / day
$ 4,495
From : $ 5,529
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Visit Angkor Wat
  • Enjoy a boat cruise on Mekong
  • Explore  the  stunning  Royal  Palace complex,  home  to  the Cambodian  royal  family.
  • Learn about the rescued Sun bears at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
  • Enjoy a unique experience in Elephant Valley Project
  • Drive Kartie to see Dolphins
  • Explore Thmor  Sarus  Crane  Reserve that now holds more than 200 bird species
  • Explore Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary
  • Visit  the  immense  walled  city  Angkor  Thom
  • Enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh , Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Cambodia Experience

G Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 84 / day
$ 759
From : $ 1,025
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore exciting and fast-paced ho chi minh city
  • Float through the mekong delta
  • Discover the magnificence of angkor wat
  • Savour an authentic khmer meal at a social enterprise project
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Killing Fields, Mekong Delta, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh , Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
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Mekong River Adventure – Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 250 / day
$ 999
From : $ 1,229
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Sail the mighty mekong
  • Explore the floating markets and villages
  • Discover phnom penh and get to know the locals of kampong chhnang
  • Visit ancient temples and small villages
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market
Visits:
Siem Reap, Phnom Penh , Cambodia
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Temples, Floating Lodges and Private Islands

Global Basecamps
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12 days
$ 489 / day
$ 5,863
From : $ 6,684
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the temples of Angkor
  • Take time to give back to the local communities
  • Enjoy two nights on a floating river lodge
  • Three nights on a private island off the coast!
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Classic Cambodia

Intrepid Travel
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6 days
$ 213 / day
$ 1,024
From : $ 1,574
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See the very best that Cambodia has to offer in just under a week as you traverse the country with a small group of up to 11 new friends.
  • This is a Comfort style trip, which means slightly higher standard hotels and a few more inclusions and meals than on most Original style itineraries. We also fly between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to make the most of our time together.
  • Discover a land of contrasts and turbulent history, nowhere more visible than in Phnom Penh. Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21) and Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) as well as the opulent Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
  • Kick things off with dinner at Friends the Restaurant in Phnom Penh and combine an excellent local cause with a memorable dining experience.
  • Conclude your time in Cambodia by exploring the amazing Angkor archaeological complex in depth. You'll have a 3 day pass so as well as our guided tours you can return on your own to further immerse yourself in the beauty and mystery.
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Killing Fields, Phnom Penh , Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Cambodia and South Vietnam by Land and Sea - Phno ...

Peregrine Adventures
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
14 days
$ 254 / day
$ 3,560
From : $ 4,806
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Your 3-night feature stay at navutu dreams resort & wellness retreat will allow you to relax and rejuvinate whilst exploring stunning siem reap, angkor wat and surrounds
  • See the important sights of phnom penh on a full-day guided tour around the cambodian capital. the tuol sleng genocide museum and choeung ek (killing fields) are sobering experiences you won't forget
  • Enjoy two days of fully guided temple tours in siem reap, with in-depth insights into the history of these extraordinary structures and plenty of time at angkor wat
  • By dining on delicious local cuisine at the sala bai hotel school, you're supporting the cause of underprivileged hospitality students in training
  • Drop anchor in phan tiet to witness the enormous reclining buddha on ta cu mountain, the fairy spring and the glorious sand dunes of mui ne
  • See how pottery is done the old fashioned way, without kilns or turntables, in bau truc, the oldest pottery village in south east asia
  • Marvel at cham architecture, some of which dates back as far as the 11th century – the po klong garai cham in nha trang, and twin cham towers in qui nhon
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Killing Fields, Phnom Penh , Cambodia, Vietnam
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Cycling Cambodia

Exodus Travels
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 150 / day
$ 1,799
From : $ 2,429
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Cycle through Cambodia's rural villages and countryside
  • Discover Angkor Wat by bike
  • Visit the sobering Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison in Phnom Penh
  • Uncover the colonial charm of Battambang
  • Vibrant Siem Reap  
Visits:
Mekong River , Phnom Penh , Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Cambodia Adventure

14 days
$ 200 / day
$ 2,800
From : $ 3,780
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Indochina Discovery

G Adventures
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30 days
$ 64 / day
$ 1,999
From : $ 2,677
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore history at angkor wat
  • Taste local flavours with a khmer meal in a small village
  • Relax in the sunshine on golden beaches
  • Take in majestic views of halong bay
  • Wander local markets
  • Bond with your travelmates on a night out in siem reap
  • Cruise the mekong on a long houseboat over two days
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap, Vientiane, Hoi An , Mekong River , Phnom Penh , Saigon, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
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Asian Fusion

Topdeck
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
27 days
$ 118 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 4,319
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Pak Ou Caves
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun & the Golden Triangle
  • Guided tour of Bangkok
  • Visit Angkor Wat at sunrise
  • Visit Hai Van Pass
  • Visit to KOTO restaurant in Hanoi
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  • Almsgiving ceremony in Luang Prabang
  • Bangkok street eats tour via tuk tuk
  • Mekong River boat cruise
  • Cu Chi Tunnels tour
  • Party cruise in Halong Bay
  • Street eats tuk-tuk tour in Bangkok
  • Guided trishaw tour in Chiang Mai
  • Visit Wat Rong Khun
  • Visit the Cai Be floating markets
  • Street eats tour in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Drive along the Hai Van Pass
Visits:
Angkor Wat, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Hoi An , Killing Fields, Mekong River , Phnom Penh , Siem Reap, Ta Prohm, Luang Prabang, Cai Be, Chiang Mai, Cu Chi Tunnels, Hanoi, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
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Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
16 days
$ 518 / day
$ 8,290
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover Southeast Asian life on the water as you cruise rivers
  • lakes & klongs; explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Angkor
  • Hoi An & Hué; see Bangkok's golden Reclining Buddha
  • Hué's Imperial Citadel on the Perfume River
  • and the Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam; travel via buggy
  • motorboat & cyclo; meet the hill tribes of Chiang Mai
Visits:
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Da Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam
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Mekong River Experience – Ho Chi Minh City to S ...

G Adventures
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 179 / day
$ 1,299
From : $ 1,758
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Sail the mighty mekong
  • Explore the floating markets and villages
  • Discover phnom penh and get to know the locals of kampong chhnang
  • Visit ancient temples and small villages
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of a floating market
Visits:
Cai Be, Ho Chi Minh, Killing Fields, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh , Cambodia, Vietnam
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Cambodia Adventure

Exodus Travels
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15 days
$ 130 / day
$ 1,949
From : $ 2,631
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the famous Kampot pepper plantations
  • Explore remote Koh Kong with roaring waterfalls, mangrove lined rivers and deserted white sand beaches
  • Jump aboard a bicycle rickshaw for a tour through the streets of Phnom Penh and along the banks of the mighty Mekong River
  • Visit the sobering Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison
  • Cycle through the countryside of rural Battambang
  • Spend two full days exploring the temples of Angkor including Ta Prohm
Visits:
Phnom Penh , Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Top Cambodia Experiences and Attractions

Top Cambodia Experiences

Walking past Hindu and Buddhist temples at Angkor Wat, that have lasted almost a millennium and taking in the majesty, curiosity, and grandiosity of one of the world’s most impressive archaeological ruins.

Learning to make authentic Cambodian foods from a local family

Sailing on a Mekong river cruise from Vietnam to Siem Reap, near Angkor Wat.

Diving into the tranquil, emerald green splendor of the 700,000 year old crater lake in Yeak Lom, after listening to local legends about the mythical creatures that are said to call the lake home.

Exploring the intricate and environmentally fascinating Tonle Sap Lake, which dramatically changes depending on the time of year.

Discovering incredible birdlife -- including large storks and pelicans -- in a unique biosphere at Prok Toal Bird Sanctuary.

Contemplating the darkest aspects of our human history at the informative but respectful memoirs found at the Killing Fields Museum.

Visiting the traditional Khmer designed royal palace of King Sihamoni in the capital and cultural hub of Phnom Penh.

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572 Cambodia Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

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Vietnam and Cambodia multi day tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our trip was run almost flawlessly. From airport pickup in Hanoi to airport drop off in Siem Reap. I normally travel by myself and do tours quite different from this. So I had many questions and Mike Hung promptly answered them all. Any discrepancies were quickly worked out with him.
For my fiancee and her son, this was a first in a lifetime vacation and she was very nervous about many things. So it helped tremendously that drivers were there for us at the airports, we were picked up promptly each day and all of the hotels were ready for us.
All of our guides were fantastic and we enjoyed our conversations with them. And what really impressed me was the day our tour ran late due to traffic in Hanoi. We arrived at Cu Chi at about the time our tour should have been over. That conflicted with lunch which was included in our tour. GoAsia gave us the option of having our meal in Hanoi instead of a rushed lunch at Cu Chi.
Mike also met with us in Hanoi and made suggetions on options we might like. We paid for the options which afforded us a day to sleep in late in Phnom Pehn and got to experience sunrise at Angkor Wat. There was some confusion upon arrival in Siem Reap because of the changes in our itenirary that MIke quickly resolved.
I highly recommend GoAsia.

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Operator Go Asia Travel

Every guide was extremely knowledgeable

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I had never been to southeast Asia, so I searched for a reliable travel agent to help me. I found Odynovo through a google search, and was hesitant to work through my travel plans via email. But after checking some excellent online reviews, I decided to contact them for more information. Odynovo responded quickly, providing me with an extensive and detailed itinerary. The entire itinerary was well thought out, and executed with out a problem! We booked a private tour, and an English speaking guide was there to greet us at every stop. Every guide was extremely knowledgeable of the area and the history, and the expert drivers knew how to navigate the areas. Thank you, Nikki (Odynovo) for a wonderful vacation!

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Operator Indochina Odyssey Tours

Fantastic small tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

Fantastic tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I would like to thank Indus team who right from the start have been super responsive to our request and help us arranged a wonderful itinerary to see and experience Vietnam people, culture and places first hand as a family. There were things for everyone of us which we can enjoy in the trip. The guides arranged, both Vietnam and Cambodia, were all great and have taken care of our every need during our trip. Great job and teamwork! We will definitely recommend you our family and friends for the trip to Vietnam & Cambodia!

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Operator Indus Travels

Hello On the Go Tours My name is Maryanne Zahra and I've just returned from your Bangkok to Angkor Wat 23 days tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I just wanted to say it was spectacular, I loved every minute of it, even though the train ride was a little bumpy and I didn't sleep. I want to compliment your tour guides,, they are outstanding and should be highly commended for their complete knowledge of the areas they toured. I also wanted to say thank you to your guides because I'm vegan and without them I would have had an enormous amount of trouble understanding restaurants, they all went beyond what they needed to do for me, even calling up in advance to speak to the restaurant. I cannot wait to attend another On the Go Tour, I wouldn't travel with anyone else, thank you so much.Also I would like to compliment Ashley Flanagan from On the Go who looked after me, I had numerous questions and he answered efficiently and more importantly nothing was a problem, he went beyond his duty to find out information for me. Thanks again On the Go Tours - this is my 2nd tour with you and won't be my last Maryanne Zahra

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Operator On The Go Tours

We had a fantastic time in Cambodia.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had a fantastic time in Cambodia. Everything from our travel, lodging, guide, and excursions were well planned and went smoothly. We learned a lot and had so much fun!

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Operator Global Basecamps

Cambodia Tours and Travel Guide

Cambodia Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Cambodia is a small country with a big heart. Though recovering from a troubled past, Cambodians maintain a positive spirit and rich soul.

Cambodia is famous for the unparalleled Angkor Wat, but many visitors leave just as deeply impacted by the fortitude and courage of the Cambodians themselves. Come to Cambodia with an open mind: it provides at once a connection to an ancient past and a perspective on the modern challenges of the developing world. In short, though it is not the easiest country to explore, it is one of the most rewarding.

Angkor Wat

Simply put, nothing in the world can be compared to Angkor Wat. The towering gopuras that top the city’s temples are so famous that they adorn the Cambodian flag. The massive temple-filled city seems to contain an infinite level of mysteries and wonder.

Though built as a Hindu temple, as evidenced by the scrawling Sanskrit that adorns the ancient stones, Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple during the height of the Khmer empire. The temple mountains have no equal in the world and provide an open and expansive format that allows you to explore for hours or days.

Built between the years 1130 - 1150, the temple of Angkor Wat is the most famous and well known perhaps because it is still in use today. Most historians agree that the temple was used both as a tomb and temple, a fact supported by its western facing carvings and doors, and the bas-reliefs were designed to read in a counterclockwise direction.

To protect this magnificent site, be respectful of areas that are off limits, dress appropriately, and take your time. The many gorgeous carvings along the walls reveal epic stories, myths, and describe a people close to their religion and extremely devoted. Breezing through to check the site off your bucket list will ultimately leave you disappointed and rushed - this is a site which begs to be examined and appreciated for all its historical significance and beauty.

Top Temples in Cambodia

Angkor Wat itself is the main temple and the single largest religious complex in the world. However, it is but one of dozens of elaborate and fascinating ancient temples in the area. The “city of temples” boasts more than ten unique architectural styles spanning over a thousand years. Going to the different temples, some brick, some sandstone, some laterite, is like walking through time.

Bayon Temple

Boasting realistic and iconic faces pointed in the cardinal directions, Bayon is a spectacular and mysterious temple. Take your time exploring the different levels of Bayon, as there are 214 of these iconic faces to be found. Built in approximately 1190 AD, Bayon is a Buddhist temple which incorporates Hindu elements as well. This is probably one of the more commonly visited temples in Angkor, other than Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm Temple. Be patient with the crowds and go at your own pace - there are many details here you don’t want to miss by feeling rushed.

Ta Prohm Temple

Built in 1186, Ta Prohm is one of the only Angkor temples to provide inscriptions within the stone walls that give an indication of why it was built, and a record of its inhabitants. It was built in dedication to the mother of Jayavarman VII.
With its crumbling walls and jungle setting, visitors will have the sense that they have stumbled upon the ruins of a lost city. Gigantic trees entangle themselves among the rocks, and some of the best photo opportunities can be found here.

This is also the famous “Tomb Raider Temple”. A famous shot from the entertaining franchise featuring Angelina Jolie took place here. This also means, however, that it is quite overrun with tourists seeking their own version of the movie still. For a similar looking temple, where nature seems to be overtaking the man-made stone elements, head to Preah Khan - farther away, but worth it to escape the crowds of “Tomb Raider” fans.

Preah Khan Temple

Serving the needs of Jayavarman VII in the 12th century, Preah Khan was dedicated to over 500 divinites. You could say that Preah Khan was the Mykonos of ancient Cambodia - the party temple, hosting no less than 18 festivals during the year. To keep the space maintained during its heyday, thousands of people lived and worked here.

Phnom Bakheng Temple

If you’re looking for the perfect place to watch the sunset from at Angkor, this is your spot. This is a popular activity - for good reason - but it gets crowded extremely early by eager tourists jostling to find a good place to sit or set up their camera. If you have the time to spare and are ok waiting around, try to settle in around 4pm to beat the crowds. A maximum of 300 people are permitted into the temple for sunset viewing.

This is also a great temple to visit for those interested in Hinduism. There are seven levels at Phnom Bakheng, each representing one of the seven Hindu heavens.

Natural Cambodia

From the beaches on the gulf of Thailand to the majestic Elephant Mountains to the biodiversity hotspot of Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia has a host of natural gems.

Natural landscapes are dotted with charming “real Cambodia” towns like the relaxing Kampong Cham, a countryside village that takes pride in its natural beauty aside the Mekong. Close by is Yeak Lom, a near perfectly spherical crater lake that was formed by a meteor impact 700,000 years ago and is endowed with mythical legends by the local town.

Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Southeast Asia and a unique wonder. Nature lovers often stay on floating villages to discover the superlative diversity of fish, birds, reptiles, and other wildlife that call the UNESCO-protected lake home. The bird sanctuary at Prek Toal, in particular, provides a unique opportunity to watch abnormally large storks majestically take off in flight.

Cultural Cambodia

Cambodia’s landscape is punctuated by reminders of its long and complicated history.

Preah Vihear, a temple which predates Angkor Wat, summits a hilltop vista that will mesmerize you. Climb the 162 steps to explore the gopuras that adorn the temple. After exploring Preah Vihar, you can fast forward to the French colonial period at Bokor National Park. The park’s natural beauty is centered around the ruins of the Bokor Palace, a former hotel that has been made famous as a popular set for Hollywood movies.  

You cannot fully visit Cambodia without coming to terms with the raw, emotional vestiges of the country’s turbulent 20th century. Close by Siem Reap is the Cambodia Landmine Museum, which plays a role in helping people understand the true cost of war. The killing fields museum also causes pause for reflection on the nature of humanity.

However, it is not hard to find a strong and courageous side of Cambodia, determined to learn from the scars of its past. The best way to see modern Cambodia and its resolve is in the vibrant Phnom Penh. Once known as the “pearl of Asia,” the French-built capital is full of national architectural monuments. Temples and colonial villas compete with high rises and commercial centers to make for one of the more unique Asian capitals.

After seeing the terra-cotta structure that houses the national museum, you  can appreciate the local Khmer-inspired architecture of the royal palace. Most notable, however, is the steely resolve and warm hospitality of the Cambodians themselves, the most likely reason why you will be so glad you journeyed to this vibrant, dynamic, and beautiful country.

Food in Cambodia

Fish is a huge staple in Cambodian cuisine. Much of it comes from enormous Tonle Sap Lake, situated in the middle of the country. Tonle Sis is an important source of this commodity, and a key element in the daily lives of the many Cambodian communities who make their home on Tonle Sap.

Among the dishes you may have that feature fish, one of the most popular is Fish Amok. Fish mousse (really) combined with coconut milk, and Khmer curry paste with flavors of lemongrass, turmeric root, garlic, shallots, galangal, and fingerroot (chinese ginger).

Many Southeast Asian countries near Cambodia have their own versions of this traditional dish. Cambodian Fish Amok stands out due to their use of a local herb called “slok ngor” which adds a delightful bitterness to the dish you won’t find elsewhere.

Fish Amok is popular from street venders, where it often has more of a soup consistency than its fine dining counterpart, where it is often served in a banana leaf.

Grilled fish and other seafood is also popular in Cambodia, and it’s always very fresh, considering with Cambodia’s close proximity to fresh-water from Tonle Sap and the ocean to the south west.

BBQ is another huge cooking style in Cambodia. A popular breakfast dish is bai sach chrouk - BBQ’d pork. This is a traditional meal, so every household has their own way of making it. But the essentials are always the same: pork that’s been heavily marinated in garlic, soy, and coconut milk and served over rice. Often accompanied by green tomatoes and a side of pickled vegetables it’s the perfect way to start your day!

Noodle soups feature prominently throughout Cambodia, typically featuring light broths, rice or egg noodles, a variety of vegetable toppings and usually a protein of some sort.  

Cambodian food exhibits strong contrasts - one dish or item may be full of tremendous combinations of sweet and savory, spicy and cool. For most meals you receive side plates of condiments; peppers, different sauces, limes...these serve to help draw the flavor profiles out and provide incredible depth to the dish.

Mangos are another very popular item in Cambodian cuisine, used at all stages of ripeness in salads, sauces, and sweet dishes.

You also may have heard of “Balut” a Southeast Asian delicacy which nevertheless can cause even the most adventurous western traveler to squirm. This dish consists of a partially fertilized egg, and while the taste may be very similiar to simply eggs, the visual cues can be enough to dissuade many.

What to Wear in Cambodia

You’ll be visiting a lot of temples during your Cambodia tour. Dressing appropriately is important. Respectful attire will include covered knees and shoulders at the minimum. Most temples will allow you in with sandals, though close toed shoes are generally more accepted.

Lightweight long sleeves can be helpful protection against the sun, but dressing for humidity as well presents unique challenges. Basically its pretty difficult to be one hundred percent comfortable in one hundred percent (or close to it) humidity. Temperatures often reach into the hundreds during Cambodia’s dry season, December through April. The hottest months are January and February.

Wearing breathable materials, that don’t cling, is advisable. Avoid denim or tight shorts - long, flowy and light material for pants or skirts will be extremely helpful in staying comfortable. Remember that your knees should be covered for visiting Cambodia’s many temples.

The rainy monsoon season is between May and November, with the most heavy rains occurring between July and September. During this time, it’s also extremely warm and humid, though not quite as unbearable as during the dry season. Dress in water resistant layers, and carry a light poncho if you want to avoid getting drenched. Be very careful climbing temple steps - they can be slippery!

The rainy season in Cambodia is a great time to visit to avoid crowds, and the roads are also less dusty after all the rain. Lightning storms are common, so be cautious, but also have your camera ready, especially if you happen to be exploring the countryside or Angkor when a lightning storm hits. The dramatic effect and clouds creates incredible photographs!

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Things to Know Before You Go

Most tours in Cambodia are an average of one to two weeks and focus on cultural sites, or are combined with nearby countries in the Southeast Asia region.

You’ll find a wide range of Cambodia tour types, from luxury to extremely basic. It’s a country that’s welcoming and accessible for all kinds of travelers. Aside from the famous archaeological site at Angkor Wat, nature lovers will find a wonderfully biodiverse place to hike and cultural travelers will find a unique gem in Tonle Sap Lake.

The Weather in Cambodia

Cambodia weather is consistently hot, with temperatures averaging in the mid-80’s all year round. Cambodia is also known for its fairly regular rain and moisture in the air. This leads to high levels of humidity, which can be abrasive, especially if you’re not used to it.

Tours visit Cambodia throughout the year, but the best time to go during the dry season, which starts in November and goes until March. If you don’t mind getting drenched, avoid the tourist season and reap cheap prices during monsoon season, from May or November.

Will My Cambodia Tour Visit Angkor Wat?

Most likely, yes. Angkor Wat is an ubiquitous fixture of Cambodia, and most Cambodia tour itineraries include a visit to the famous site.

What many travelers don’t realize at first is that Angkor is really an enormous city with dozens of temples to explore. For first time travelers to Cambodia, you’ll want to make sure the Angkor day includes enough time to explore these other amazing temples!

What Should I Wear On My Cambodia Tour?

Dress comfortably, but do take note that you may be visiting temples and these require conservative dress. Covered shoulders and bottoms below the knee are advised. Closed toed shoes are generally preferred when visiting these establishments.

Lightweight, breathable, and ideally waterproof material is going to help you stay cool in the warm climate. Be sure to have a small compact umbrella with you!

Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand Tours

Many travelers prefer to experience Cambodia on a tour of several, South East Asian countries, including Thailand and Vietnam. To make the most of your time, this kind of trip is best done when it is escorted by a knowledgeable tour guide, who can make sure you see all of the sights and aren’t wasting any time planning your pathway.

Tours of these three countries usually stop at the primary attractions in each. In Cambodia, this means the prominent symbol of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat, and learning about the Cambodian genocide by visiting the Killing Fields.

In Thailand, expect at least a day in Bangkok to visit the Royal Palace and the Emerald Buddha. In Vietnam, you will likely explore the Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) to learn about the Vietnam War, as well as visit the Mekong Delta.

5 Best Souvenirs from Cambodia

1. Betel Nut Box

The betel nut is an addictive nut found in South East Asia. The nut has been chewed for over 2,000 years, but only recently has become exposed for its serious health risks when frequently used. Despite this, the betel nut is still culturally significant part of many countries, including Cambodia, and crafting a small metal box to hold one’s betel nut grinds is a thousand year old craft in Cambodia.

These distinctive silver boxes are a great way to get a unique, beautiful gift.  On a similar note, any silver craft bought in Cambodia is a good souvenir, and there will be plenty of places to bargain for it.

2. A Krama Scarf

A checkered scarf worn locally, the Krama is an item uniquely from Khmer. Buy one early on in your travels, and you can mimic the locals in all the ways to use it -- as a bandana, a head scarf, a sling-like bag are just some of the ways it is used by both men and women alike!

3. Rice Paper Print

These cheap pieces of art are made by placing a piece of paper over the relief of a temple carving, and then rubbing a piece of charcoal over them. Buying a rice paper print is a great way to remember the art you will have seen in Angkor Wat and throughout Cambodia, and it’s easily transported home. Once home, we recommend that you frame your piece of art at home to make it look its best.

4. Cambodian Silk

Cambodia has long been known for its high quality silks, which can be bought cheaply inside the country. Most Khmer people use the traditional method to hand make silk cloth, making the dress, purse, or scarf you pick up even more valuable.

5. A Woven Basket

Weaving baskets out of reeds is a long-practiced tradition in Cambodia, stemming from the Khmers. Buying one of these practical and stunning baskets is not only a great way to remember your trip to Cambodia, but also support rehabilitation programs for victims of landmines.

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