Cambodia Experience

An adventurous discovery of Cambodia’s highlights 

14 or 20 days

from £779

Trip Highlights

  • Visit some of Cambodia’s most infamous historical sites
  • Get stuck in to rewarding volunteer work rebuilding a local community
  • Ride through the beautiful Phnom Penh landscape on a mountain bike tour
  • Tour the prestigious spiritual sites of Angkor Wat and Bayon
  • Fall in love with the architecture and charm of the riverside town of Kampot
  • Add on an incredible beach extension to Sihanoukville and Koh Rong 

Trip Summary

Cambodia is captivating not just for its revered spiritual sites and turbulent history, but also for its remarkable natural beauty, which includes its charming riverside towns and vibrant golden beachfronts; it’s a great host to the adventure traveller and laidback nomad alike. This trip will take you on an enchanting journey through some of the country’s buzzing city centres, sombre historic settings, famous temple grounds, and modest rural villages. You’ll spend time working with local organisations on volunteer projects to help repair the landscape for a small community, learn about Cambodia’s ancient and recent history, explore thriving towns, and let your hair down and party with a group of great people. There are plenty of opportunities to try out fun activities like paddleboarding and kayaking, and the option to extend your trip to include a fantastic tour of the country’s most idyllic beaches. 

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Trip Info

Day 1: Arrival

Arriving in Cambodia today, you’ll be met at the airport by one of our fantastic team who will take you to your guesthouse accommodation in the city centre. Take a bit of time if you can to unwind and familiarise yourself with your surroundings before heading to this evening’s group meeting to find out a bit more about the weeks ahead and get to know your travel buddies over a drink or two.

Day 2: Phnom Penh guided tour

We’ll start the day with a morning briefing before taking a sobering tour of S21 Prison, a former high school used as a prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. Afterwards we’ll have lunch together and sample some delicious local food before learning a bit more about Cambodia’s devastating history with a tour of the Killing Fields. In the evening we’ll gather for a group meal and enjoy a few drinks and games.

Day 3: Travel to Siem Reap

In the morning we’ll board the coach to the historic town of Siem Reap. We’ll arrive in the afternoon and check in to our accommodation, freshen up and then head out for a walking tour of the local area. We’ll take in the sights and get our bearings in the place we’ll be calling home for the next few days, ending up in Pub Street – you can probably guess what we’ll be doing there!

Day 4-7: Volunteer project

Over the next few days you’ll be getting stuck in to a great volunteer project locally to help rebuild and repair homes and buildings for the community. Work is carried out in partnership with local NGOs, so you know the work you’re doing will be helping to improve areas that need it the most and can rest assured that you’ll be given the right tools and materials to work with as well as heaps of support.   

Day 8: Siem Reap bike tour

Today we’ll tour the rich and varied landscape of Siem Reap by bike. We’ll hop on mountain bikes sturdy enough to cope with the rough terrain of unmade roads and farmland and do the rounds, stopping off at a couple of NGOs to find out more about their work as well as making time to chat to the locals and take in the sights of our beautiful surroundings.

Day 9: Temple tour

We’re heading off on an adventure today as we climb aboard some trusty tuk tuks and make our way to Siem Reap’s prestigious World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat – the temple complex that featured so famously in Tomb Raider. We’ll get to visit the ancient stone faces of Bayon on a sight-strewn wander through these spiritual grounds before watching the sunset – the perfect backdrop for some spectacular photos. Then it’s back to our accommodation to pull on our glad rags for an optional pub crawl tonight.

Day 10-12: Discover Kampot

Following a packed-out itinerary, you’ll be pleased to hear you’ll have some time to yourself over the next couple of days. We’ll be in the charming riverside town of Kampot, so go and have fun on the water with a paddleboarding session or spot of kayaking, take a saunter through town and browse the market stalls and pretty French architecture, or pay a visit to the remarkable seventh century cave temple of Phnom Chhnork, which is nestled amongst a blanket of bright rice paddies. On day 11 we’ll head out on a bike tour to explore the town’s highlights, and in the evenings we’ll regroup and more than likely venture into town for a few drinks.

Please note any optional activities over these days will be at your own cost, but your tour guide will be on hand to help you plan and arrange anything you’d like to try out.   

Day 13: Kampot to Phnom Penh                 

After breakfast we’ll be making our way back to Phnom Penh, and enjoy a bit of chill time in town before all heading out for an ambient meal by the quayside to exchange our best stories from the trip so far and to bid farewell to those leaving the trip tomorrow.

Day 14: Farewell or travel on

If you’re heading home today, have a chat with your tour guide to arrange a taxi or shared transport to the airport – leave yourself plenty of time to make your flight!

If you’re staying on for the beach extension, we’ll be departing for Sihanoukville at around lunchtime. We’ll check in to our guesthouse, a mere 150 metres from sun-drenched sandy shores, and gather for a quick team briefing before excitedly making our way to the beach!

Day 15: Free day in Sihanoukville

Today you can take things in your stride and explore this laidback beachy paradise in a leisurely manner fit for your surroundings. Laze in a hammock and top up your tan, or if you’re feeling energetic try out the multitude of water sports on offer. If you’d rather partake in more cultural activities, you could make your way to Wat Leu – an ornate Buddhist temple with spectacular panoramic views of the city. In the evening try heading over to Serendipity Beach for a bite to eat at one of the many beachside restaurants and enjoy a few drinks by sunset.

Day 16-17: Koh Rong

On day 16 we’ll jump aboard a speedboat to make our way to Koh Rong in style as we bounce through the crystalline waves to our island accommodation for the evening. There’ll be plenty of time to explore before bedding down for the night, so take a look around, visit the pier, and party with the rest of the group at some fun and lively bars. On day 17 you’ll be able to take it easy (which might be a necessity following last night’s events!) and kick back in the beach or take an easy walk into town before enjoying some traditional Cambodian food in the evening.

Day 18: Koh Rong to Sihanoukville

Today we’ll be hopping back on the boat to Sihanoukville to freshen up at the guesthouse before a big party tonight – a great opportunity to have fun with the whole group and the perfect ending to the last few weeks’ adventures.

Day 19: Return to Phnom Penh

We’ll make our way back to Phnom Penh this afternoon, checking into the guesthouse with plenty of time to relax before heading out in the evening for dinner with the group. Why not round off your final night in Cambodia with a night stroll along the riverfront, or have a few farewell drinks before parting company tomorrow?

Day 20: Farewell

It’s time to say final farewells before heading home. Get your guide to help you sort out transport to the airport – sharing, if you can, with other members of the group.

Accommodation & Meals

You’ll stay in a range of different accommodation during this trip, which will mainly consist of simple but comfortable hostels and guesthouses. You’ll share a room with other members of the same sex from your group – numbers to each room will depend on the type of accommodation, but you can expect to be sharing with between three and nine others.

All of the hostels, lodges, and guesthouses we select for our trips are clean, safe, and set in great locations – so you get the most from your experience. Your accommodation in Phnom Penh has a swimming pool and is close to shops, restaurants, and bars, in Kampot you’ll be close to the pretty town centre and in Sihanoukville you’ll be staying just 150 metres from the very beautiful Serendipity Beach. 

Breakfast is included every day of your trip other than on arrival and departure days; lunch will be provided on day 3 and during your time at the volunteer project; and dinner is included on day 2 and day 13. Meals outside of those included on the itinerary are yours to choose from the huge number of eateries available in Cambodia, so take the opportunity to try out the local cuisine. Western dishes will be available at most cafes and restaurants, but will generally be more expensive – and the local food is so much nicer anyway, so give it a go! Do let us know if you have any dietary requirements or allergies when booking.

Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age for this trip is 18.

You will need a visa to enter Cambodia. You can obtain a visa online before travelling or on arrival at the airport (where you will need to pay the 30USD fee). If you are planning on extending your stay it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid visa for the duration of your stay, or obtain any necessary visa extensions while you are in Cambodia.

DBS

On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check previously known as CRB, or Criminal Record Bureau check and will need to have a clean criminal record.

DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.

There is an addition cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in three stages:

1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.

2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS will need verification of your identity – to do this you will need to take three original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.

3. Once the post office verification is done it usually takes up to two weeks for your DBS to be processed, and your DBS will be sent to you directly in the post.

You will need to provide a photocopy of your DBS check at your orientation.

How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?

A good weekly budget to keep in mind is around 400000KHR-500000KRH (£75-£95), although if you’re planning on taking part in lots of optional activities, or have a penchant for market stalls and travel memorabilia, bring a bit more with you.

Do I Need To Bring Bedding Or A Towel?

No need to bring bedding – it’s all provided at your accommodation. We do however recommend you bring at least one towel with you, but if you’re short on luggage space you can always buy towels locally.

Should I Pack A Mosquito Net?

You can do if you like, but it’s not necessary if you make sure the windows and doors to your room are kept shut. It’s worth bringing a decent mosquito repellent with you though!

How Many People Will Be In My Group?

This varies, but on average you can expect to be in a group of around 7-12 people.

Whats Included

  • Airport transfer on arrival
  • All accommodation
  • Transport between each location listed on the itinerary
  • S21 Prison and Killing Fields tour
  • Siem Reap Mountain bike tour
  • House building volunteer project
  • Kampot bike tour
  • Angkor Wat entrance and tour
  • Breakfast every day, excluding arrival and departure days
  • Lunch on day 3 and during voluntary project days
  • Dinner on days 2 and 13
  • An experienced, English-speaking guide
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Optional activities
  • Return transfer to the airport
  • DBS check – we can help with this for an additional charge

Flights

You should arrange for your flights to arrive into Phnom Penh Airport (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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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