Cambodia Experience

2 weeks of Cambodia’s villages and cities with an optional beach bolt-on!

14 or 20 days

from £729

Trip Highlights

  • Tour exhilarating Phnom Penh!
  • Experience the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat
  • Get involved with a rewarding community volunteer project
  • The opportunity to kayak and paddle board in Kampot!
  • Opt for a Beach Extension and relax in Sihanoukville and Koh Rong!

Trip Summary

Cambodia awaits! This enthralling experience will give you the very best of captivating Cambodia, from beautiful temples to city tours and relaxing beachside bliss! You’ll be taken to Angkor Wat the world’s foremost spiritual site, visit the legendary Phnom Penh enjoy a rewarding voluntary role. There’s even the option to kayak and paddleboard in stunning Kampot! There’s also free time for you to make your own memories of Cambodia, and plenty of opportunities to get stuck into the lively nightlife scene!

This trip has an optional Beach Extension – an exciting addition to the trip that’ll have you visiting some of Cambodia’s most breathtaking beaches. If you opt for the extension you’ll get to experience the tantalisingly tropical Sihanoukville, explore picturesque Koh Rong, and party it up island style! This is a once in a lifetime trip that’ll show you the very best of Cambodia!

 

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Trip Info

Day 1 Arrival
You’ll be met by a  lovely representative today and transferred to your city guest house! This evening there’s an optional meeting where you’ll get to relax at the bar with your fellow travellers and have a few drinks.

Day 2 Phnom Penh Guided Tour
There’s a briefing this morning before we head out on an eye opening tour to step back into Cambodia’s sobering history. You’ll be taken on a humbling tour of S21 Prison, a former high school that was used as a prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. You’ll then enjoy a local lunch with your group, before heading over to the Killing Fields to learn more about the Khmer Rouge regime. Round off the day with a group meal, and a few drinks and games.

Day 3 Travel to Siem Reap
This morning you’ll board the coach to Siem Reap! Settle in and enjoy the scenery. Once we arrive we’ll check into our accommodation and freshen up before heading out on a walking tour of the local area. Somehow, we always end up on Pub Street for a few drinks at the end!

Day 4-7 Volunteer Project
Get ready to begin your rewarding role! Over the next few days you’ll be helping to build and repair homes for local families – the perfect way to get to know local communities and lend a hand to improving the local landscape. Your project work is carried out in partnership with local NGOs so you’ll have lots of support and the impact of your good work will be felt for many years to come!

Day 8 Siem Reap Bike Tour!
Board a comfy mountain bike today to tour the landscape of Siem Reap! Visit local farms, NGOs, and much more!

Day 9 Temple Tour
You’ll have a full day visiting Siem Riep’s world famous spiritual sites today! Transfer to the temples by traditional tuk-tuk, and see the World Heritage Site of amazing Angkor Wat, home of the iconic Tomb Raider Temple! You’ll also get to see the smiling stone faces of Bayon. We’ll stay until sunset before heading back to our accommodation – head out on an optional pub crawl tonight!

Day 10 Discover Kampot
Today you’ll head to Kampot for some free time! Perhaps head to the Provincial Museum where you’ll be able to get a glimpse of Kampot’s interesting history, or check out the cafes and shops of Kampot Old Market. You may also want to explore Phnom Chhnork, a beautiful cave that you’ll reach via a short walk through scenic rice paddies. Tonight, there’s usually a group pub crawl!

Day 11 Adventure in Kampot!
Today we’ll head out on a fun-filled bike tour of Kampot to explore the highlights of the city in style! In the afternoon you’ll have some free time, and you might want to spend a leisurely afternoon strolling through Kampot’s charming streets before grabbing a delicious traditional dinner with the group!

Day 12 Free Time in Kampot
Today you’ll have another free day in Kampot! You may want to head to Phnom Bokor National Park where you’ll see stunning waterfalls and spectacular scenery. This evening, there are some optional activities that your guide can arrange for you, so thrill seekers will be pleased to know that there’ll be the opportunity to try out paddle boarding and kayaking!

Please note that any activities you participate in today are optional and are payable locally.

Day 13 Kampot to Phnom Penh
Enjoy breakfast with the group this morning before transferring back to Phnom Penh. This evening you’ll enjoy a tasty group meal on the quayside for a chance to spend time with your mates and share your top experiences of Cambodia!

Day 14 Farewell
Unless you’re doing the fantastic beach extension you’ll be heading off today. Your trip ends here and your guide will be able to help you make travel arrangements. Be sure to swap details with your group in time to plan your next epic experience!

Beach Extension!

Day 14 Head to Sihanoukville!
You’ll depart for Sihanoukville around lunchtime! Once you’ve arrived you’ll check into a guest house just 150 metres from the blissful beach, then it’s time for a quick briefing before you head out as a group. Sihanoukville is a tropical paradise, the perfect place to call home over the next few days!

Day 15 Free Day in Sihanoukville
Explore the beachside jewel in Cambodia’s crown today! Culture vultures can head to Wat Leu, an ornate Buddhist temple that showcases panoramic views of the entire city, or why not enjoy a chilled day and top up that tan! This evening, perhaps head to Serendipity beach which features a few beachside restaurants to enjoy a drink against the breathtaking backdrop of sand and sea.

Day 16 – 17 Head to Koh Rong!
Take a local speedboat to the popular island idyll of Koh Rong. You’ll spend one night here, and there’ll be plenty of free time to explore! We suggest heading down to the pier to experience some local lively bars, and by night there’s plenty of opportunity to party and live it up island style! Whatever you do, you can’t go wrong in Koh Rong!

Day 18 Koh Rong to Sihanoukville
Today, head back to Sihanoukville to freshen up at your guest house before a final party tonight! This is the perfect chance to have fun with your group before heading back to Phnom Penh tonight – and don’t worry, we’ve got a late start tomorrow morning!

Day 19 Return to Phnom Penh
We’ll head off to Phnom Penh this afternoon. We’ll check into our guest house once we arrive, and then you might opt to head out for a tasty meal with your group to swap numbers and share your amazing Cambodia experiences!

Day 20 Farewell
Your tour ends today! Whether you’re travelling onwards or heading home your guide will be able to assist you with your travel arrangements. We hope to see you again for your next big adventure!

Please note itinerary and activities are subject to change. 

 

Accommodation & Meals

You’ll be staying in a range of different accommodations during your time in Cambodia! In Phnom Penh you’ll be staying in a lovely guest house with a swimming pool. The guest house is very comfortable, and is in close proximity to a range of shops, restaurants and bars. The rooms will be shared rooms of between 4-8 people.

In Siem Reap you’ll be staying in Guest Houses on a twin or triple shared basis. Your Kampot Guest House is very close to the centre of town, making it the perfect base from which to explore the city! The rooms in Kampot will be 2-10 people dorms.

In Sihanoukville you’ll be just 150 metres from the beautiful Serendipity beach. It’s a great location surrounded by bars and restaurants, that will allow you to get the most out of your beachside stay!

Your Koh Rong accommodation will be basic yet comfortable. You’ll be in a popular local hostel staying in dorms with capacities of either 4, 6 or 10.

Meals listed in the itinerary are included. Any meals not included will be up to you to purchase, and this will be a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of Cambodia’s culinary delights. Your guide will be more than happy to advise you and tell you about those must-try delicacies!

You’ll find that eating out in Cambodia is usually cheaper than eating out at home, but you’ll probably spend more if choosing Western dishes over local cuisine.

‘Western’ food in Cambodia ranges in both price and quality. Usually you’ll ‘get what you pay for’, as cutting back on the cost of Western meals will usually compromise the quality.

We recommend some of these well-known (and more adventurous!) dishes to try during your stay:

  • Fish Amok: A perfectly balanced curry paste is mixed with refreshing coconut milk and steamed with white fish. Enjoy with sticky rice.
  • Sour Fruit: A great snack for those scenic journeys! Fruits such as mango and guava are chopped and coated in a sugar, chilli and salt mixture. It’s all about the contrasting flavours but it’s incomparable!
  • Bai Sach Chrouk: Strips of marinated pork are char grilled, served with rice and topped with a vibrant combination of cucumbers and tomatoes.

We understand that everybody has personal food preferences and that some travellers may have allergies or intolerances, and our team will always do their best to accommodate for this. Please do note, however, that not all preferences or intolerances are fully understood throughout Asia, as local people tend not to suffer from the same set/level of allergies and intolerances that we do in the West. Of course, intolerances and allergies won’t hold you back from travelling, but while your guide will do all that they can to accommodate for this, we ask that you be patient and understanding of differences surrounding culture and food preparation. Please also be aware that foods may not be rigorously labelled.

Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18.

What Are The Typical Group Sizes?

Group sizes vary throughout the year, but generally you can expect to be with anywhere between 3 and 15 fellow travellers.

How Much Spending Money Would You Recommend I Take?

It’s pretty easy to live on around $20 - $30 (£12 - £18) per day, so £75 - £95 per week. However, if you plan to take trips during your free time, or you like to party, or you’re a market shopaholic, then we suggest adding more to your weekly budget

What Are The Average Ages Of Travellers On This Trip?

This trip is one that can be taken at any age. For the most part our travellers are aged between 18 – 30 years.

I Am A First Time Traveller, And A Bit Apprehensive About Travelling On My Own. Do Many People Do This By Themselves?

First-time travellers are awesome and we welcome them with open arms. Our team will take exceptional care of you throughout the trip so you have nothing to worry about. The majority of our travellers are first-timers and solo so you’ll have plenty in common from the moment you meet. 2-3 weeks before your arrival in Cambodia we will email out a buddy list so you can all start getting to know one another before meeting in Phnom Penh.

Is Cambodia Safe?

Cambodia is as safe as any other country in the world. On the whole, it’s a very safe place for travellers to discover but we do insist that all customers listen to the safety advice from the guides and coordinators at all times.

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

No, all bedding is provided for you.

Will I Need To Bring A Towel?

We recommend bringing at least one towel. If you decide not to and discover you wish you had, they can be purchased locally.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

No, but you can if you want to. Take the usual precautions in your rooms, such as keep doors and windows closed and you’ll be fine, but don’t forget your repellent!

Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box?

Safety boxes are available in most locations.

Whats Included

  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Accommodation
  • In-country transfers as listed in the itinerary
  • S21 Prison and Killing Fields tour
  • Siem Reap Temple tour
  • Siem Reap Mountain bike tour
  • House building volunteer project work
  • Kampot bike tour
  • Angkor Wat entrance fee and tour
  • Breakfast throughout, excluding arrival and departure days
  • Lunch on Day 3 and throughout voluntary project
  • Dinner on Days 2 and 13
  • The support of an experienced local guide
  • 24 hour emergency contact and support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • All optional activities
  • Onward travel
  • Personal expenditure
  • DBS check – we can help with this for an additional charge

Flights

You should arrange for your flights to arrive into Phnom Penh Airport, Cambodia (airport code PNH) on your programme start date and depart from Phnom Penh, on your programme end date. You can arrive and depart at any times on these days.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

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Chanel Buckland

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Angkor Wat at Sunrise was definitely worth getting up at 4am for- sunrise or mid day is optional. Volunteering in Siem Reap, seeing Siem Reap by bike and how the locals live. Learning about the history of Cambodia and visiting the genocide museum and killing fields in Phnom Penh. Finally pub street and the beaches for partying. Hire a moped you get to see so much more around Sihanoukville and the roads are quieter than everywhere else.

Tips for other travellers?

Suitcase was easy to live out of, and there are people around to help carry it up the stairs if needed. Don't over pack though you will want to buy so much out there for half the price. Give everything a go it will be worth it! And pack enough suncream as once you're out there only whitening sun cream is sold.

Any other comments?

The accomodation was a pleasant surprise especially in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. The breakfast included was also great, banana pancake is always good.

Elliott Phillips

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Excellent trip, special thanks to Mike, Azza, di mong and the rest of the team for going above and beyond!

Leigh-anne Jamison

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Jennie Nunn

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Volunteering was incredible meeting the people and seeing where they live was eye opening and has really motivated me to make sure I make time for more volunteer work in the future.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Itwould have been great to have had more solids plans for the time spent in sihanoukville, although a did the island trip on the last day there were lots more trips available and it would have been useful to know this as then a could have organised to do more especially during the bad weather when there is very little to do in sihanoukville.

Tips for other travellers?

1. Invest in a bum bag takes a lot of worry away about getting your bag stolen. 2. Leave space in your suitcase to bring stuff back, you will buy a lot! 3. Bring a travel pillow for the coach journeys I didn't and there is no comfy way to hold your head up!

Sam Jackson

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Angkor Wat, The temple of smiling faces, building a home for a family during the 4 day volunteering and the bike ride in Siem Reap.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Nope, the included activities were perfect and there was the right amount of rest days.

Tips for other travellers?

Get up early to watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, you won't regret it! Get involved with the volunteering, even if you find it hard work. Take part in all of the activities.

Michaela Pollard

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Most amazing 3 weeks! The country is beautiful, the people are amazing and the trip was brilliant. Our guide Annette and Dimong couldn't of done any more for us, they were there anytime we needed them and made sure we had the best time. The volunteering was the best I have done and the organisation is outstanding. Can't wait to return

Katie Stocking

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Definitely the lifelong friends I met whilst out there! The volunteering and Angkor Wat. The drunken nights out with the crew! And of course our tour leaders Annette and Dimong, they were fantastic and the trip wouldn't have been the same without them!

Tips for other travellers?

Girls take enough cosmetics, you'll struggle to find decent ones out there as they have whitening stuff in them, grasp every opportunity and don't be afraid to go on your own or as a couple, just be open and you'll make friends for life!

Tom Fellows

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Nothing can compare to the magic of the temples!! The ancient cities of Cambodia are incredible and truly a day I will never forget, I would advise anyone to go to the quieter temples so you can be alone with the history and the tourists can detract from it but that is unavoidable. The whole trip was completely made by the two guides we had (Annette and Dimong.) I can't speak for the other guides in times past but I honestly felt like our trip would not have been the same without these two. Two friends for life. They were always on the ball and every aspect of the trip was turned to 11 because of these two. Dimong's knowledge of the country was incredible and he is incredible fun and Annette was so re-assuring all the time and also incredibly fun and chilled. They have friends/family in the country and they made us all feel like part of their friendship group from the first moment and I look forward to seeing them again in my life.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

It felt like the perfect trip, if I was to go again I may spend more time at the temples. However the time I spent there I felt was adequate but I would like to get into the nitty gritty a bit more.

Tips for other travellers?

1. Take whatever your comfortable with travelling with. The reviews saying a back pack is essential is not correct! You can easily use a suitcase and at times it would be easier to live out of. I prefer not carrying stuff so I took a back pack but there are times I wish I had a suitcase. 2. Be prepared for sickness, its going to happen at some point, it is a different country and a massive shock to the body but as long as you are prepared and keep your wits about you, you should be fine. 3. Embrace every aspect of it. Take in the history. No one knows you or expects anything from you so leave any pre-tense at the border and be ready for a eye opening trip!

Any other comments?

If your on the fence about this trip then don't be. It wont be anything you expect but so much more than you could ever wish for!

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