If you want more than a bus tour from point A to point B, try this 15-day journey through Cambodia and get to know the country in depth. You’ll visit Angkor Wat and will also travel off the beaten path. Ride on a bamboo train, dine on the beach, and more!
What to Expect
Experience the culture, the scenery, the monuments, the cuisine, and the people of Cambodia on a 15-day excursion that includes ground transportation, accommodation, guided tours and more!
Day 1: Arrival
You’ll be met at the airport and taken to your hotel, where you will be offered a welcome drink and given information about Cambodia and the fantastic trip you are about to take. You may want to freshen up or relax on one of the deck chairs in the garden, near the swimming pool. Add a cup of coffee or a refreshing cocktail and your holiday begins.
At the end of the afternoon, your tour leader will take you to a pagoda where you can learn more about Buddhism and where you will be blessed by a monk, which is quite a unique experience.
Day 2: Angkor Wat
After breakfast, you will be picked up by a tuk-tuk and head off with your guide to explore Angkor Wat, one of the largest and most beautiful temple complexes in the world.
After exploring this World Heritage Site, you’ll take a short drive to visit Angkor Thom, and later in the day you’ll see the Ta Phrom temple. This is one of the few temples that has not been restored, and is partly overgrown with gigantic tree roots. It became famous because of the movie Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie.
Day 3: Phnom Koulen National Park
First, you’ll visit Bantey Srei temple to admire the extremely detailed and well-preserved sculptures. Next, you’ll take a drive by jeep to Phnom Koulen National Park and enjoy breathtaking landscapes along the way.
The mountain in the park has sinificant religious meaning for Hindus and Buddhists. Many consider seeing the reclining Buddha image to be the highlight of the day. Additionally, 2 of the most spectacular waterfalls in Cambodia are located here. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool at the base of the falls!
Day 4: Country bike tour
A circuit through the Cambodian countryside Our guides knows the best tracks for an enjoyable tour that allow you to see the rural life. You will bicycle approx. 20 km.
Afternoon you will be free to spend the rest of the day as you like.
In the evening you'll go the Phare the Circus. Phare, The Cambodian Circus tells uniquely Cambodian tales using modern circus arts and high energy music, touching on themes strong in Cambodian tradition, ethos and spirit. The performances mix theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling, aerial acts, fire and contortion with an explosion of virtuosity and sensitivity. During the hour-long shows, the Phare performers share their emotions and excitement, blowing the audience away with their integrity and power.
Day 5: Free
At leisure. You may want to sleep in, relax by the pool, or take a pleasant walk. If you’re looking for an activity, you can take an optional Cambodian cooking lesson or visit the Angkor National Museum.
Day 6: Battambang
Today, you’ll leave Siem Reap and travel to Battambang. In the rainy season, it’s possible to travel by boat. Depending on the river level, the trip takes 5-8 hours. If the water level is too low, the trip is made by taxi, with the drive taking about 3 hours. You’ll check in to your hotel on arrival, and enjoy the swimming pool and rustic palm garden.
Day 7: Battambang
Take a ride on the famous bamboo train, a raft-like device made from bamboo and used by the local villagers to transport their goods. This is a unique and fun ride that you must experience!
Enjoy lunch along the Stung Sangke River and then take a bus ride through small villages and rice fields to Phnom Sompov Mountain. Climb the 800 steps to reach the top, where you’ll see shrines and the killing caves used during the Khmer Rouge period. Take in views of Battambang and the beautiful scenery of the area. You’ll walk down the mountain steps at dusk and see the vast numbers of bats flying out of their caves on the side of the mountain.
Day 8: Free
Spend the day as you like. You can opt to take an interesting cycling trip with an English-speaking guide or simply explore the old French colonial city. You might prefer a day by the pool with a good book or choose to pamper yourself with a wonderful massage.
Day 9: Phnom Penh
After breakfast, you’ll travel to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The taxi ride takes around 4-5 hours, with regular photo stops along the way. Visit the Tonlé Sap River area and enjoy the magical sunset.
Day 10: Phnom Penh
A tuk-tuk will take you to the genocide museum known as Tuol Sleng. Afterwards you’ll go on a short drive to the Royal Palace to see examples of classic Khmer architecture.
Head out of the city to see the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields at Choeung Ek, where thousands of people were tortured and buried in mass graves. Stop at one of the local markets on the way back to the city.
Day 11: Bike tour of the Mekong Islands
Take a cycling tour for half a day and pedal through the Mekong Islands that lie just north of Phnom Penh.
Day 12: Sihanoukville
In the morning, a taxi will pick you up at the hotel to take you to Sihanoukville, a drive of around 4 hours to the south of Phnom Penh. In the evening you’ll see the sun set and dine on the beach.
Day 13: Free
To be spent as you wish. Buy souvenirs or read a good book by the pool or on the beach. You might prefer to go snorkeling or diving. Boat trips to nearby islands and a visit to Ream National Park are other options.
Day 14: Free
To be spent as you wish.
Day 15: Departure
Today you’ll transferred by taxi from Sihanoukville to the international airport in Phnom Penh.
- Accommodation in good middle-range hotels
- All transfers
- Blessing by a monk
- Day tour of Angkor (tuk-tuk, entrance fee, English-speaking guide)
- Day tour of Bantey Srei temple and Phnom Koulen (jeep, English-speaking guide, lunch, entrance fee)
- Half-day bicycle tour (English-speaking guide, bicycle, water )
- Tickets for “Smile of Angkor” (buffet dinner and show)
- Boat ticket or taxi fare from Siem Reap to Battambang
- Day tour of Battambang (tuk-tuk, English-speaking guide, entrance fee, lunch, bamboo train)
- Private car from Battambang to Phnom Penh
- Sunset Mekong River boat trip in Phnom Penh
- City tour of Phnom Penh (English-speaking guide, Royal Palace admission, Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng Museum)
- Half-day Mekong Islands bicycle tour (English-speaking guide, bicycle, ferry, water)
- Private car from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville
- Private car from Sihanoukville to the Phnom Penh airport
- Cambodian SIM card
What's Not Included
- International airfare
- Cambodia visa
- Other meals and drinks
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours
Know Before You Go
You can pay with the local currency (KHR) everywhere in Cambodia, and also with USD.
Cambodia is a Buddhist country, so please be mindful of the culture.