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Top Activities in Cambodia
Exploring the massive Angkor Wat temple complex
Visiting archaeological ruins
Taking a history tour and paying respects at the Killing Fields
Taking a cooking class in Siem Reap
Meeting local artisans
Visiting the floating villages of Tonle Sap
Classic Cambodia Itineraries
Cambodia in 1 Week
In one week, you'll hit many of Cambodia's main attractions, including the entrancing city of Angkor Wat. It's enough time to experience some of the best that Cambodia has to offer in cuisine, culture, and history.
Day 1-2, Phnom Penh: A vibrant combination of ancient and modern, history and nightlife, Phnom Penh is a natural place to start your tour of Cambodia. Visit The National Museum, take an architecture tour to learn about the distinct French influence, and enjoy delicious fusion cuisine. Visit the impressive Silver Pagoda, the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek.
Day 3-4, Siem Reap: In Siem Reap, you’ll enjoy time outdoors, exploring colorful markets and meeting locals. Enjoy classic Cambodian cuisine, and appreciate the slower pace compared to Phnom Penh. Of Siem Reap’s main attraction, the ancient city of Angkor, is one of the highlights of this visit. Visit at sunrise for unbelievable lighting and photo opportunities
Day 5, Angkor Wat: Angkor Wat is the main temple within the ancient ruin city of Angkor. There are actually several temples to visit within Angkor, and you can take up to two to three days and still not see everything there is to see. Tours will often dedicate more than one day to Angkor. Take a 20 minute drive from Siem Reap to the city and begin exploring it’s many walkways, statues, and carvings.
Day 6, Siem Reap: Return to Siem Reap for more exploring of the city’s main sights and other activities. You might visit Tonle Sap Lake, or take a cooking class, or choose to spend more time exploring Angkor.
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Cambodia in 2 Weeks
With two weeks in Cambodia, you can take the time to explore farther afield than just Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Enjoy everything from beach days to National Park Days, to bike days and history tour days.
Day 1-2, Phnom Penh: Phnom Penh is where many tours in Cambodia begin. This city is a vibrant combination of ancient and modern, history and nightlife. You’ll visit The National Museum, observe the photogenic French influenced architecture, and enjoy delicious fusion cuisine, as well as spectacularly classic street food.
Also in Phnom Penh, you’ll take a tour of the infamous Killing Fields. This excursion can be hard, as it exposes a particularly ugly period in Cambodian, and in fact, human history. During the time of the Khmer Rouge regime, more than a million people were killed, and this mass grave marks the horrific events.
Day 3-4, Khmer homestay: Experience local life in a traditional Cambodian household. You’ll learn about the everyday tasks of rural province living, get to participate in each part of the day, learn to cook meals, and meet friendly families of all ages. You may also get to see and learn traditional dances and customs.
Day 5-6, Floating Village of Kompong Luong: This floating village is quintessential Cambodia, providing a glimpse into a unique community. The residents here live entirely in “floating houses”, raised on stilts, rising out of the Tonle Sap waters. Take a boat trips through this fascinating microcosm of daily life, and be sure to have your camera ready for some beautifully poignant shots.
Day 7-8, Battambang: Unique stone statues of animals and deities line the streets in this quaint colonial town, with perfectly preserved architecture and distinct French influence. A lovely riverfront, calm town, Battambang is a great place to rent bikes and experience a slower paced Cambodia than is found in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
Day 9-11, Siem Reap: In Siem Reap, you’ll enjoy time outdoors, exploring colorful markets and meeting locals. Enjoy classic Cambodian cuisine, from street stalls as well as many restaurants and markets. Drive back to Phnom Penh after you spend a few days exploring Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat - Siem Reap is of course the jumping off place for tours to Angkor Wat. Generally one day is not nearly enough time to get a full appreciation of the breadth and depth there is to see and do among the many temples of Angkor. Try to spend at least two days to explore this ancient, beautiful ruin city.
Day 12-14, Sihanoukville: Finish your Cambodia two week tour with a visit to Sihanoukville, where you will spend a day exploring the marine reserve of Ream National Park. Sihanoukville is a beautiful and relaxing coastal beach town, perfect for a final day of beach relaxation before you head home.
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