Cambodia holidays, Phnom Penh & Angkor
(boutique-style 3*) & most meals as per itinerary.
(Visas & local tips not included.) Return UK flights from £650, optional single room supplement £210.
(Fully licensed, ATOL protected.)
Description of Cambodia holidays, Phnom Penh & Angkor
Our Cambodia Overland tour will show you the fabulous, World Heritage jungle ruins of Angkor as well as revealing more recent tragic history at Phnom Penh’s infamous Killing Fields but there’s much, much more to experience on our fascinating and varied 10-day tour of this still little-known nation.
You’ll also experience the bustling street-life and vibrant local markets of Cambodia’s hectic, chaotic, but fun capital Phnom Penh; have time to check out the cafes and handicrafts of charming Siem Reap and travel by boat across the vast Tonle Sap Lake and past the unique floating villages of the Sangkar River on route to the provincial town of Battambang. There we’ll meet the local residents and discover the still very traditional cottage industries and everyday life of the surrounding villages before completing our overland loop with a return by road to Phnom Penh.
Our Angkor itinerary – carefully timed and fine-tuned after 20 years of experience – optimizes your visit to this magnificent site which, with its creeper-clad ruins and mysterious carvings surrounded by steamy tropical jungle, is certainly one of the World’s most evocative destinations. We’ll take you on a comprehensive tour of the main sites, as well as some of the hidden ones, at a leisurely pace designed to avoid both the crowds, the midday heat and any ‘temple fatigue’ with plenty of free time to wander the town, perhaps try out the in-house spa treatment or just sit back by the pool with a cold drink.
A fascinating, varied and unforgettable 10-day Cambodia tour.
1. Phnom Penh with it's French Quarter and lively waterfront - one of Asia's friendliest capitals
2. Explore Angkor - certainly one of Southeast Asia's most evocative and exotic destinations
3. Travel by boat up the Sangkar River - floating villages, bird-life, unique scenery
4. Discover the timeless and picturesque Cambodian countryside
5. Tuk-tuk tour of cottage industries and traditional livelihoods in Battambang's villages
6. Experience dawn at Angkor Wat - watch the sunrise over the iconic silhouette of the world's largest religious building
1. Explore the south of the country with our 4-day Kep and Kampot mini-tour
2. Add on a beach extension to jungle-covered Koh Chang, Thailand
3. Break up your return journey with a 2-day guided exploration of Thailand’s vibrant capital, Bangkok
Note; groups sizes are 2 to maximum 12 persons with most meals (local-style) included and accommodation in boutique-style 3* hotels.
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11 Reviews of Cambodia holidays, Phnom Penh & Angkor
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2020 by Hilary BourneIt was an interesting trip. Excellent local guides Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2018 by Alison FernandesThe entire trip was unforgettable. The openness and friendliness of the Cambodian people was heart warming and this was evident in every exchange...I would rate the holiday as superb. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 May 2018 by Chris HarnbyThe whole immersion in another culture was educational and we loved it all. A thoroughly wonderful holiday though we were lucky to be the only three on the trip which gave us comfortable journeys. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2018 by Vivian MunnThe S-21 site in Phnomh Penh, all the temples at Siem Reap and the boat journey between Siem Reap and Battambang. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Dec 2016 by Thamar SmitBecause we were a small group, we were able to change the itinerary and instead of visiting one of the main temples, we went 'off the beaten track' and travelled to a temple way out of Siem Reap without any tourists there. It really felt like we made our own discovery! Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Mar 2015 by Andrew WhitrowTourism is an important employer in Cambodia so our staying in small hotels and using local guides, river boats, the bamboo train etc were all supportive. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jan 2014 by Anna BradleyFantastic window into cambodia. we needed a few days on a thai beach to assimilate it all. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2012 by Janet PottsSo many things were amazing. Seeing the sun rise at Angkor Wat, trekking in the Kulen mountains and camping overnight at the monastery at the top. My daughter would say it was riding on an elephant, something she has always wanted to do. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Apr 2012 by C BeelsRather to my surprise, given that I went solely to see Angkor, the most memorable part was probably eating real food in local Cambodian eating places...I would rate is as well constructed and well led - and well enjoyed. What more could I have wanted? It was perfect. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Mar 2012 by Caroline ProudThe most memorable part was watching dawn break and the sun rise at Angkor Wat. Just magical. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2011 by Hazel WhiteMany aspects of the holiday were memorable. The painful recent history, the friendly locals, the scenic beauty, variety and the welcoming attitude to tourists today. For the children, possibly the elephant riding... Read full review
PlanetOverall, the intention with this, as with all our tours, is to offer an ethical, responsible holiday which respects the places and people we visit. We combine the well-known tourist sites with off-the-beaten-track ones thus diverting tourist revenue and contact into areas not usually benefiting from this income, and at the same time, providing a more authentic view of the region visited.
On our Cambodia Overland tour this includes rarely visited destinations such as Prek Toal floating village, Pursat and Kompong Chhnang.
We deliberates limit groups to a maximum of 12 persons as we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. This also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus offering a greater facility for individual attention and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators on a personal and friendly basis rather than dealing with establishments primarily equipped for larger tourist groups. We prefer to eat, drink and shop where the locals do and to use local cafes plus street and market stalls.
Equally, Hotels chosen are small and independently owned with proven responsible travel credentials and all - fully-licensed - guides and drivers are locally employed.
Portions of entrance fees to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, Tuol Sleng Museum, Prasart Kuhanokor, the Angkor Archeological Park, Prasart Ek Phnom (Battambang) and Beng Melea Temple are used for both restoration and conservation purposes as well as for salaries for the numerous local people employed at such sites. All sites are important sources of income and employment for the local communities.
We also hope that visits to ‘off the radar’, unregulated temple and historical sites will increase residents’ awareness and encourage conservation.
As a small company our support projects are localised and targeted and tend to react to local needs, currently our focused aid schemes projects in both northern Thailand and Myanmar’s Shan State.
On a micro-level we support and assist the the Saray Community Eco-tourism scheme in Prek Toal Village.
PeopleIt is important to us to ensure that we support local communities by giving back. All hotels and several of the restaurants used on this tour participate in educational and training projects for underprivileged youths.
Every group will visit the Saray Community Eco-tourism scheme in Prek Toal Village as well as participating in a tour with Butterfly Tours in Battambang. These handicraft and cottage industries tours are organized by local students who, as well as helping to finance their studies and practice their language skills, also provides training for underprivileged rural youths.
In addition, during free time, guests are encouraged to visit projects such as Artisans Angkor which is involved with the education and welfare of people from poor rural communities, and Phare Ponleu Selpak which supports children, young adults and their families with educational programs and social support.
We avoid any chain or international hotels and all accommodation used on this tour is independently owned by local residents with the exception of the 252 Hotel in Phnom Penh which is owned by long-term European residents of Cambodia. A portion of their profits goes towards funding educational projects for local children and orphanages, providing corresponding information for guests as well as suggesting appropriate donations. All staff members are local residents. Our Siem Reap Hotel has a policy of employing all of its staff members from underprivileged families. The aim is to educate, train and reintegrate young people and orphans from poor backgrounds whose opportunities are otherwise limited by a lack formal education.
Meals are provided in either locally-run restaurants or local-style cafes, market and street stalls. All products are locally sourced and all staff are local residents. The emphasis is also very much on traditional Khmer food which we hope increases an interest and pride in the region’s cuisine.
Additional food products - for takeaway lunches, picnics etc – is deliberately purchased from local bakeries and /or fresh produce markets rather than chain supermarkets.
All transport is locally owned – whether minibuses or boats and tuk-tuks for shorter journeys.
With regards souvenirs our clients are also encouraged to buy directly from fabricants’ houses in the case of our Battambang cottage industries tour and Saray community tourism project or either markets or outlets attached to aid and educational organizations such as Artisans Angkor for example rather than the large, purpose-built souvenir stores.
All guides and most leaders are local, while any foreign leaders employed have lived in the local communities for long periods and are experienced in customs, culture and as much as possible, language. Thus leaders and guides can provide suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning; genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices
By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.