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Why visit Cambodia?
- Visit one of the wonders of the world the Angkor Wat temple complex
- Cambodia can be quite sobering, but extremely interesting and a great compliment to the partying in Thailand.
- Discovering a new Cambodia emerging. Gorgeous beaches in the South exciting historical cities amazing temples
- Free Connection options from Bangkok
Start: Bangkok to Siem Reap/Don Det to Siem ReapFinish: Siem Reap to Bangkok/Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh
It’s extremely cheap to travel here. And extremely beautiful as well.
- Why visit Cambodia? To discover more. Not as developed as Thailand, you will leave the country having learned and discovered more about yourself as well as this exciting place. It is a real adventure.
Trip Duration: Min 11, recommended 15
Bangkok to Siem Reap
Start days are Wednesday and Sundays. But you can check out the office at 4 pm the day before and have a chat with our travel desk in Bangkok. You’ll leave Bangkok at 9am on an unguided public connection heading across the border to Cambodia. Today your destination is the small, but vibrant city of Siem Reap, best known as home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor temple complex.
After your early evening arrival, your Cambodia Tour Leader will meet you to welcome you and explain more about how it all works. Afterwards you are invited to join our group for a walk along the iconic Pub Street where you will get to know your new travel mates over a tasty dinner and cold drinks.
This sector is unguided.
Siem Reap Free Day
Today is a free day and we highly recommend you use it to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples. Ranked at the top of many ultimate travel bucket lists (including Lonely Planet’s), the awe-inspiring ancient city of Angkor is the largest temple complex in the world. You can easily spend a full day at the site and still only see a small portion of this dramatic architectural wonder, but make sure you check out the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, which most people recognise from Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie.
In the evening you have the option to attend the unforgettably unique Phare Circus, a locally run non-profit troupe that provides disadvantaged young people from the community with a place to learn the skills needed to earn their livings as professional performing artists. Prepare to be amazed by how these talented young artists share authentic modern and folk Cambodian stories through an energetic display of acrobatic feats, music and dance.
Siem Reap to Battambang (Home stay)
Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang for a late lunch. After lunch we’ll take a ride on the Bamboo Train, a rail system that was built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, but the locals still use it as simple form of transport. Then we make our way to tonight’s village stay, located in the picturesque countryside. You’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home, experience local community life, visit the school and join in a friendly local game or help the kids with their English. You can wander through the rice paddies, explore the local market, and enjoy a traditional meal with your host family.
Village stay includes accommodation in a Cambodian family’s home, local activities, dinner, breakfast, and contribution to the village fund/project US$18
Battambang to Sihanoukville
A full day today takes us to the popular seaside town on the Cambodian coast. En route we pass through the bustling riverside Khmer town Kompong Chhnang (pronounced kompong-ch-nang), which its local market and floating village. Arriving in Sihanoukville by late afternoon, settle in at your guesthouse and then you are free to wander down to the beach for a refreshing dip or kick back at one of the many beachfront restaurants and bars. tonight join one of the beach parties or have a seafood BBQ on the beach.
Sihanoukvilla Free Day
Today is yours to relax in Cambodia’s premier beach location. Catch some rays on the beach and go for a swim, or do one of the many water sports including, diving, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking or hire a jet ski. Learn to cook Khmer classics like Fish Amok or deep fried bananas at the Traditional Khmer cooking school, take a trip out to the surrounding islands, or hire a bicycle and explore the nearby beaches. Tonight you can head to Ochheuteal Beach for some partying with the rest of the backpacker crowd, or watch the sun go down at Serendipity Beach.
Sihanoukvilla to Kompot
A 3 hour drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park. There is an option to take a leisurely boat cruise on the Kampot River: a relaxing boat trip where you’ll just sit back, enjoy a cool beverage and absorb the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the river. Tonight we recommend sampling the exceptional seafood at one of the many restaurants on the riverfront – try the fried shrimp with green pepper corns, it’s delish!
Kampot to Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island)
A short drive this morning brings us to the old French resort town of Kep where we board a traditional Khmer wooden fishing boat and travel for 30 minutes to our sanctuary, Koh Tunsay island. Once on shore you can explore the mountainous terrain, relax on the beach, swim in the warm sea waters and just watch the sun go down.
Koh Tunsay to Phnom Penh
Tearing ourselves away from the beach we take the boat back to the mainland. From here we head for the bustling Cambodian capital, stopping for lunch before we take an afternoon tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields. This evening you are free to explore the city with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, and the Russian Market. See a living art performance at the National Museum, or learn a Cambodian craft, dance or kick boxing at the Backstreet Academy.
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
This morning we leave bustling Phnom Penh, and make an express return to Siem Reap with your Tour Leader on a public bus. Why not take this opportunity to visit some of the minor sites or visit nearby villages in and around Siem Reap, relax and grab a massage in a local spa, do some shopping or just spend time chilling at your guesthouse.
Siem Reap to Bangkok
It’s time to say good-bye to Cambodia – the trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok is an unguided public bus connection which your Tour Leader will organise for you. To return to Bangkok you will be driven to the border town of Poipet to process through Thai immigration before the last drive on to Bangkok. Expect to arrive at the bus station in the evening. We hope you had a blast on your Xtreme adventure!
Trip Frequently Asked Questions
- All transport on private hop on hop off backpacker buses from Bangkok back to Bangkok
- Pre travel information the day before start date
- Preah Vihear
- Wat Nokor
- S21 & Killing Fields
- Bamboo train
- Services in support of to backup driver guides
- A group of fun like-minded adventure travellers to share the experiences with.
- Detailed predeparture documentation and support
- Travel insurance
- Entrance to Angkor Wat
- Airport transfers