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Cambodian Traveller

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
16
Avg user rating: 
5
Asia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam | 10 days
Trip code: 
TKSE
What's included: 

Transport - Public bus, boat, private charter vehicle

Accommodation- Hotel (8nts)

Meals - 4 breakfasts & 1 lunch

Trip Highlights: 
Temple hop around the impressive Angkor Wat
Explore the tangle of streets in Ho Chi Minh City
Experience the Buzz of Bangkok
see full itinerary >>

Trip Highlights: 
Temple hop around the impressive Angkor Wat
Explore the tangle of streets in Ho Chi Minh City
Experience the Buzz of Bangkok
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Public bus, boat, private charter vehicle

Accommodation- Hotel (8nts)

Meals - 4 breakfasts & 1 lunch

Trip Overview: 

Travel westwards from the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City to the cosmopolitan canals of Bangkok, stopping en route at the spectacular Angkor complex and sobering Phnom Penh along the way. This fascinating journey will give you ample opportunities to marvel at the glory of the ancient Khmer civilisation, temple-hop, shop and savour the culinary delights on Indochina while on the exciting road to Angkor.

Itinerary: 
Day
1-2
Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Take an overnight flight - on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 2. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is characterised by a vast array of sights and sounds, and is a fascinating blend of old and new, East and West. The huge number of people rushing about their daily lives in Vietnam's largest city gives it a dynamic atmosphere and the French influence is evident in the excellent baguettes and coffee on offer. Much of city life takes place on the busy streets lined with shops, stalls and vendors, who have their wares spread out on the footpath and sell everything from soup to sophisticated electronics.

Check out the Reunification Palace. Formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was the site of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975.

Visit the War Remnants Museum. Originally opened in September 1975, it displays old military equipment and other related items from the Vietnam War. In the courtyard you'll find some larger exhibits including a F5A fighter and a UH1-Huey helicopter.

Optional Activities

  • HCMC - Reunification Palace - VND30000
  • HCMC - War Remnants Museum - VND15000

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
3/4
Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Travel by public bus through rural Vietnam and Cambodia to Phnom Penh (approx 6-7 hrs).

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, is set on a major junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers and boasts some fine examples of French-inspired architecture.

Confront Cambodia's tragic past on a guided tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former school which served as a Khmer Rouge torture centre. It's estimated that more than 20,000 people were held and tortured here.

Head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of some 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. This was the execution ground for the torture victims of Tuol Sleng and standing in this peaceful setting it's almost unthinkable to imagine that to date nearly 9000 corpses have been exhumed from the area.

Learn about a brighter period in Cambodian history with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Explore Wat Phnom, a peaceful temple situated on a hill for which the city is named. According to legend, a 14th-century woman named Penh found sacred Buddhist objects in the nearby river and placed them here on the small hill.

Check out the National Museum. Housed in a beautiful traditional building, it contains many outstanding examples of Khmer craftsmanship.

Take in the sites by cyclo! Tours generally take in the following: central market, US Embassy, Wat Phnom, Mekong river front, independence monument, finishing at the Royal Palace.

Stroll along the famous Sisowath Quay and enjoy a coffee or cocktail at one of the many cafes while observing the busy river traffic.

Included Activities

  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour Choeung Ek (Killing fields)
  • Phnom Penh - Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Optional Activities

  • Phnom Penh - Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda - USD7
  • Phnom Penh - Wat Phnom - USD2
  • Phnom Penh - National Museum - USD5
  • Cyclo tour - Phnom Penh - USD3

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
5-7
Siem Reap; Angkor Wat

Siem Reap; Angkor Wat

Travel by private bus to Siem Reap (approx 6 hrs). A great opportunity to look at the real Cambodia, we'll make several stops at points of interest along the way, including an opportunity to sample the local cuisine of deep fried spiders.

The small but expanding town of Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor. It's markets are a great place to shop or to try some cheap, delicious street food.

Temple-hop with our local guide to make the most of our visit to the world-famous Angkor complex. These temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries when the Khmer empire was the pre-eminent influence in South-East Asia. The temples were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind-blowing and there are spectacular photographic opportunities at any time of day - watching a sunrise or sunset is a must. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 sq km, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap so we'll have plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.

Take a boat trip on Tonle Sap lake and visit one of its floating villages.

Included Activities

  • Siem Reap - Tonle Sap Lake boat trip
  • Siem Reap - 3 day Angkor pass
  • Angkor Wat - Guided tour

Optional Activities

  • Siem Reap - Landmine Museum - USD3

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nts)

 

Day
8
Battambang

Battambang

Travel by private minibus to Battambang (approx 4 hours).

Cambodia's second-largest city, Battambang, (pronounced Battambong) is an attractive riverside town with traces of French elegance, friendly Khmer people and well-preserved colonial architecture.

Consider a guided tour of the countryside to discover the local rural way of life stopping off at small cottage industries producing sticky rice, noodles & fish paste making.

Join the locals for a ride on their famous bamboo train transferring goods such as rice - a great local interaction opportunity!

Consider a mouth-watering cooking class and learn the secrets of local dishes such as: amok, Khmer curry & fried spicy chicken

Optional Activities

  • Battambang - Countryside tour - USD10
  • Battambang - Bamboo Train - USD10
  • Battambang - Cooking class - USD10

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
9
Bangkok

Bangkok

It's a long drive from Battambang to Bangkok (approx 8-9 hrs including border crossing and lunch)

Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food.

Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore – why not take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets; wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road; pay a visit to Wat Pho, home to the country's largest reclining Buddha and keeper of the magic behind Thai massage; explore the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; or travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals) of Bangkok. Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital.

Optional Activities

  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour - THB800
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple - THB100

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

 

Day
10

Tour Ends

Your adventure ends today and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

 

Angkor Wat

Travel back to a brighter time in Cambodian history with a trip to the temples of Angkor. From sun-up to sun-down soak up the sacred beauty of this magnificent site as you explore the eerie shadows of Ta Prohm and the serene smiles of the carved faces of the Bayon.

Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam's largest city is brimming with streetside stalls, stylish new boutiques, tamarind trees and motorbikes carrying everything from children to chickens. Slurp a steaming bowl of pho, or try some bargain hunting at the Ben Thanh Market.

Bangkok

Skip across the border into Thailand and on to Bangkok for a spicy curry, a soothing Thai massage, or a spot of shopping at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. Charter a longtail boat or take in the Grand Palace's gleaming architecture as a fitting end to this historic adventure.

Our Cambodian Traveller trip is just one of our many Cambodia tours. To find out more visit our Cambodia holidays page.