Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Cambodia Discovery tour
Bangkok Phnom Penh  Cambodia Discovery Trip

Cambodia Discovery

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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
12 days
From: $ 824 $ 69 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex, one of South East Asia's most stunning sights
  • Confront the sobering but important Khmer history in Phnom Penh, with optional visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial
  • A homestay in the village of Chambok puts you right in the heart of everyday life in rural Cambodia
  • Starting in Ho Chi Minh City and finishing in Bangkok, you'll get the perfect glimpse of Cambodia's neighbouring countries. These action-packed cities are brimming with delicious street food and astounding histories

Short Description

Take advantage of the plethora of things to do in South East Asia on this unique adventure packed full of ancient sights and breathtaking beauty. Explore the hustle of Ho Chi Minh City's tourist spots and journey to the bustle of Bangkok in Thailand, with an incredible trip through Cambodia in between. Take on Cambodia's beguiling Phnom Penh, pay a visit to Cambodia's ancient Angkor ruins and discover the laidback charm of the Khmer. Enjoy a voyage of discovery on this Cambodian travel adventure.

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.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Ho Chi Minh City
End City Bangkok

Destinations

Thailand Vietnam Cambodia

Cities & Attractions

Bangkok Phnom Penh Siem Reap

Activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Ho Chi Minh City

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these ready to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, get out and discover the city's blend of old and new, East and West. Be sure to sample a baguette or some of the excellent coffee on offer – both markers of the city's strong French influence. Equally essential are visits to Reunification Palace (the site of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975) and the War Remnants Museum. Notes: 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.

Day 2 Phnom Penh

Travel by public bus through rural Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh (approximately 10 hours including two border crossings and lunch). Cambodia's capital city is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some fine examples of French-inspired architecture. You may want to take a cyclo tour of the city's sights, including the central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument and Royal Palace. If you're in the mood for shopping, stop in at the art-deco Psar Thmei (Central Market) or travel out to Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market) for the best range of local souvenirs.

Day 3 Phnom Penh

Enjoy a free day in the swirl and bustle of Phnom Penh. Visiting the Choeung Ek Memorial is highly recommended. This is the site of the Killing Fields, the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng. A confronting experience, it is nonetheless an essential for understanding modern Cambodia. Wat Phnom, shrouded in myth, is equally worth a visit, as is the National Museum and its excellent Khmer collection. Perhaps indulge in a traditional massage at Seeing Hands (a great social enterprise supporting visually impaired masseurs). A traditional Cambodian massage may be a little different than you are used to, its generally an oil-free, fully-clothed affair.

Day 4 Sihanoukville

Make the journey to Sihanoukville Province by public bus (approx. 7 hours including lunch and rest stops). Head for one of the beach towns for a few days of R&R. It's also a jumping-off point to many beautiful islands. Settle in and perhaps take a refreshing swim.

Day 5 Sihanoukville

Enjoy a day of free time. You could take a boat to one of the nearby islands, enjoy a barbecue lunch or simply relax among swaying palms, white sands and blue waters. Maybe explore the local market and pagodas, or take a Khmer cooking class. The nearby waterfall of Kbal Chaay is particularly dramatic during the wet season.

Day 6 Homestay

Travel by private vehicle (approx. 4 hours) into rural Cambodia to the region of Kampong Speu and the village of Chambok. There's a lot of natural beauty to discover here, and the Chambok community is renowned for its ecotourism. A member of the Chambok community will take you on a village walk and be happy to chat about their community’s history, lifestyle and local ecotourism projects. Meet the families your group will spend the night with and settle into your homestay accommodation. You may like to trek to a stunning waterfall this afternoon. This optional trek takes approx. 60-90min and access is weather dependant. In the evening, head to the community centre to enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner prepared by women from the community. You'll also be treated to a traditional dance performance.

Day 7 Kampong Cham

Travel by private vehicle to the riverside town of Kampong Cham (approximately 5 hours). This peaceful town was once an important trading hub and is now a great opportunity to experience life in small-town Cambodia. You might like to explore the serene 11th-century Wat Nokor. Alternatively, hire a bike to explore the rural island of Koh Paen which is linked to Kampong Cham by an elaborate bamboo bridge (it's passable only in the dry season; you'll have to take a ferry across in the wet). The locals here make their living fishing, growing tobacco and sesame, so it's a good place to go for a closer look at some of Cambodia's cottage industries. A little further afield are the twin 'mountain temples' of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei.

Day 8 Siem Reap

Take a public bus to Siem Reap (approx. 6 hours including lunch and rest stops). Experience rural Cambodia along the way and take the opportunity to sample the local cuisine of Skuon – deep fried spiders! The small but expanding town of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. This is the most popular destination for travellers in all of Cambodia, perhaps even in South-East Asia. The markets are a great place to shop or to try some cheap, delicious street food.

Day 9 Siem Reap

Today you will visit the world-famous Angkor complex with your guide. These temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent influence in South-East Asia. The temples were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind-blowing and there are spectacular photographic opportunities at any time of day – seeing them at sunrise or sunset is a must. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 square kilometres, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap. You'll have plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm. Notes: A single-day Angkor Pass is included on this tour. If you'd like to return to Angkor outside of your included visit, you can buy a longer pass. Just ask your leader.

Day 10 Siem Reap

Today there may be a chance (depending on the season) to visit Tonle Sap Lake for a look at local life. If you feel like some adventure, another option is to do the Angkor zip-line course, which gives you a birds-eye view of the beautiful rainforest – and an adrenaline rush, of course. Another option is to visit the sobering Landmine Museum. It's located a little further field, but is well worth the journey.

Day 11 Bangkok

It's a long drive from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approx. 10 hours including two border crossings and lunch). You'll be travelling by private minivan. Embrace Thailand's bustling capital, a world of tuk tuks, khlong (canal) boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Head out with your new found friends for a last optional group dinner and find out why this city never sleeps.

Day 12 Bangkok

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. If you are wanting to stay longer in Bangkok check out one of the many Urban Adventure tours on offer.

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I had a really interesting time on the trip. Having tried both the "Intrepid Original" and "Intrepid Basix" now I think I prefer the one with more inclusions, but the trips were all really enjoyable.
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The range and breadth of experiences on this trip were wonderful. I felt like we sincerely grappled with the recent history of Cambodia, as well as got an authentic look at the lives of everyday Cambodians, and saw the beauty and struggle of the whole country. Our guide, Dino, was exceptional. He was informative, capable, patient, excited, friendly, and had a great sense of humor. It was great getting to know him and his insights into his country.
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The trip had a great route with a nice mixture of stops, generally good level of accommodation and all very well organised so that you could make the most of your trip with excellent activities on offer
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Some additional trips were very expensive.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Public bus,Private mini bus

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

Guesthouse (2 nights),Homestay (1 night),Hotel (8 nights)

Guides

All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Additional Information:

Finish point

  • Astera Sathorn Hotel
  • 143 South Sathorn Rd., Yannawa, Sathorn
  • Bangkok
  • 10120
  • THAILAND
  • Phone: 22127090
  • Fax: 22123610

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