2 weeks of Cambodia’s villages and cities with an optional beach bolt-on!
14 or 20 days
- 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!
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!
Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!
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!
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 an island 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.
- Airport pick up and transfer
- 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
- International Flights
- Visa costs
- Vaccination costs
- 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
- Travel Insurance
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 book your flights, please contact our flight specialist on 01892 277037 who will do their best to get you the best deal on the day. Please provide them with your full name as it is stated in your passport. Before you make the call please make sure you have your required departure dates, return dates and other details you may require.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your Online account, or alternatively, you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can help you to do this if you book this with us and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking. If you are from outside the UK you will need to provide us with a recent police record check from your home country.
Please note that you must have adequate cover in place before your trip begins. Whether you’re travelling for two weeks or two years, insurance is an essential part of your adventure and will help you enjoy your travels, secure in the knowledge that you have the protection you need. Of course you are free to buy insurance from any provider, however at Real Gap Experience; we have travel insurance that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of global travel that’s far from run-of-the-mill. If you think you’re already covered by an existing policy, such as those provided by credit card providers, check the policy very carefully to ensure it covers you for your Real Gap Experience, specifically: For the duration you require and for the activities you’re planning on doing. If you would like some further information about our insurance options please speak to one of our travel advisors.
You must bring a copy of your travel insurance with you on your trip so that your trip leader can make a record of your insurance details and send them to our operations team. This will ensure that your policy details can be easily retrieved should you lose them.
Passports and visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller, and for this trip you will require a tourist visa for Cambodia. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport beyond your intended stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa.
There will be Wi-Fi cafes in the local areas where you’ll be able to get internet access at an affordable price. Please be aware that the internet service may not be as speedy or reliable as you are used to in the UK!
The international dialling code for Cambodia is +856. Be sure to let your friends and relatives know that they’ll have to dial this code before a Cambodian number.
The code for the UK is +44, so you’ll need to type in this code before a UK number if you are calling from Cambodia.
Some of your accommodation may offer laundry services for a fee, or you can use local Laundromats if this is unavailable. We suggest you bring travel wash or biodegradable detergent in case you need to do your own washing on the go!
Electricity in Cambodia uses 230 volts, 50Hz. There are two types of plug sockets used in Cambodia;
Two round pins
Cambodia is 7 hours ahead of GMT.
The unit of currency in Cambodia it is the Cambodian Riel (KHR).
US Dollars are the other most widely accepted currency and credit cards can be used for a fee in most large cities or at resort hotels but are not often accepted by small locally run businesses. ATMs are found in all major cities and almost all provincial banks. If you do opt to use USD notes, they will have to be clean and not ripped or torn. It’s best to bring smaller denominations when travelling.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.75 $
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) 1.55 $
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle) 1.00 $
Water (0.33 litre bottle) 1.00 $
(Prices quoted in US Dollars)
It is very likely that you will need to withdraw cash at some point during your travels. Please be cautious when withdrawing money from an ATM and ensure that you are vigilant of other people near the ATM, especially those that offer unsolicited assistance if your card is detained. It has been recognised that individuals are operating unlawful withdrawals by placing ‘traps’ in ATMs whereby personal bank cards are being detained, causing the victim to believe their card transaction has not been completed, and leaving their bank card in the ATM which is then later retrieved by the thief.
If your card is confiscated or you are concerned that your card has been tampered with, please report immediately to the bank or cancel your card. Every now and then, some ATMs in Cambodia run out of money, if this happens during a transaction, please contact a member of staff at the bank in Cambodia and contact your bank at home, taking note of the time it happened.
Asia is a majoratively religious country, with the primary religion being Buddhism. Asian culture stresses the importance of politeness and honour, and respect for age and hierarchy.
Asia is conservative in terms of clothing. Away from beaches, people tend to dress smartly and conservatively. Please do remember to cover up and try not to show too much flesh. A man walking around without a top on is frowned upon and may even draw the attention of the police in urban areas. Girls should try to cover their knees and shoulders and not expose too much flesh. When visiting a temple it is absolutely necessary that you cover up in trousers or long skirts, and ensure shoulders, midriffs and backs are covered. Footwear must be removed and left at the door before you enter a temple.
Do ensure that you bring beachwear, bikinis, swimsuits, swimming shorts and flip flops etc.
Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs
Smoking and drinking is acceptable in Asia and is widely available. However, you must respect others and be aware that smoking is not permissible in people’s homes. Anti social behaviour will not be tolerated.
It is absolutely forbidden to carry drugs into Asia and being caught in possession of drugs can lead to at least a prison sentence and a hefty fine. Please note that there is still the very real threat of the death penalty for carrying drugs in Asia. Always keep an eye on your luggage while travelling, and under no circumstances should you bring anybody else’s luggage through customs.
You will experience a range of different bathroom facilities during your stay in Asia. Outside of hotels there may rarely be hot water. While the cool water takes a little getting used to it is usually very welcome after a hot day! Toilets will be a combination of Western and Asian style – remember to place toilet tissue in the bins provided and not in the actual toilet.
You may find that some places don’t have toilet tissue or soap in the bathrooms, so it may be useful to carry a small bottle of antibacterial hand wash and a packet of tissues.
Please take heed of the following information, which is designed to ensure that you feel safe on your travels!
- Always keep personal items such as passport, money and camera with you and in a safe place.
- Always walk around in groups, do not go off with strangers under any circumstances.
- Be wary of strangers who seem to friendly or overly helpful or familiar too quickly.
- Never go out alone after dark.
- Refrain from getting into fights or arguments with locals. We cannot ensure your safety and it may cause future ill feeling against tourists.
- Never leave your drink unattended and do not accept drinks from strangers. If you do end up leaving your drink unattended – even briefly – it is best to discard it.
- Stick with the escorted trips. If you do go out in the evening unescorted you do so at your own risk. You should make sure that you tell your guide where you are going and what time you will be back, and you will have to sign a release form.
Most tourists travel through Asia with no safety concerns. This information is merely a guideline so that you come to Asia feeling prepared! Most regions in Asia are known for their hospitable culture. We suggest that you check your government’s advice before travelling abroad. Please find the relevant links below:
Please find some handy phrases for your trip detailed below. It’s advisable to pick up a language guide so that you can cover the basics when out and about!
- Hello – Jumreap sooa
- Thank you – Orgoon
- I don’t understand – K’nyom men yooul teh
- Where is the rest room? – Noev eah nah bawngkohn
- What is this? Nih ch’muah ey?
- Good-bye – Leah suhn heuy
The climate of Cambodia is tropical. There are two different seasons, the wet and the dry season. The wet season runs from May through to October, where the southwestern monsoon carries strong winds, high humidity and heavy rain-though mainly in the mornings. The dry season, carried by the northeastern monsoon lasts from November to April and brings little rain.
When planning your trip, you should be aware of the major national holidays celebrated throughout the country. However, although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops are almost never closed. The main impact on the tourist of these holidays is the increased competition for travel and accommodation from Cambodians who use long weekends to get away from the big city.
To view a list of the public holidays for Cambodia please see the link below:
Vaccinations and Health
Risks to your health while travelling will vary depending on your age, general health, and the type of activities you will be participating in during your holiday. We strongly advise you to consult your General Practitioner or a reputable Travel Medical Advisory Service before you travel. By doing this you can ensure that your general health is assessed and you’ll be able to find out more about any particular health risks. You will also be advised on vaccinations, necessary medication, and any precautions you should take.
A useful website to visit is http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk
The Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, and while the illness often occurs without symptoms it can cause an illness similar to dengue fever. There has recently been reported a possible link between exposure to the Zika virus in pregnancy and microcephaly and other congenital malformations. Investigations are ongoing. We suggest that you consult the FCO website and select your destination country for the latest travel advice prior to booking.
If you are already pregnant we suggest that you seek medical advice from your GP as The National Travel Health Network and Centre advises that pregnant women should consider avoiding travel to areas where Zika virus outbreaks are currently reported.
Support and Advice
Your safety is paramount which is why all our programmes have been visited and assessments have been conducted to ensure any major risks have been minimised. In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to. In addition our overseas partners and coordinators are on hand in-country to assist you. You may also want to consider our one day Gap Year Safety Course so you are well prepared for your overseas adventure find out more at www.realgap.co.uk/safety-course
We know that the last thing you want to worry about when you’re planning your trip of a lifetime is whether your money is in safe hands. As a leading global gap year provider it’s our job to make sure your finances are secure, so when you book with us you can be confident that we do just that.
Real Gap Experience is part of Gap 360 Ltd. The owners of Gap 360 have been providing gap years and adventure holidays for young people since 2003.
Your money is safe and secure when you book with Real Gap Experience. Our membership of ABTOT (The Association of British Tour Operators Trust) means that you can rest assured that that the monies you have paid to Real Gap are completely secure. Gap 360 has provided a financial bond which will cover you in the event of the financial failure of the company.
Trip Note Disclaimer
The information contained in this trip note has been compiled with great care and is provided in good faith. Any itinerary featured is correct at time of release. However, our itineraries may change as make improvements that result from traveller’s comments, our own research or from time to time as a result of Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice.
You can rest assured that it is always our goal to provide you with the most rewarding trip and experience ever!
If you have any questions about this trip please do not hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer them.
Phone: 01892 277040
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