Cambodia small group tour

“This small group tour to Cambodia travels from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via riverside villages and templed hills that take you away from the well-trod tourist trail.”


Phnom Penh | Kampot | Phnom Chhnork cave | Tuol Sleng Prison Museum | Killing Fields of Choeung Ek memorial | Battambang | Wat Kor village | Prasat Phnom Banan Winery | Wat Bai Dom Ram | Sangkar River | Tonle Sap Lake | Siem Reap | Angkor Wat

Description of Cambodia small group tour

You’ll do a figure of eight around south-west Cambodia on this small group holiday, starting in foodie-friendly Phnom Penh and ending up among the jungle-tangled temples of Siem Reap.

En route, you’ll stop by some of the lesser-visited corners of Cambodia. Kampot is one of the prettiest old towns in the country, thanks to its riverside restaurants, French colonial architecture and Bokor Mountain views. Battambang is another well-kept river town where you can explore the rice fields by remork (tuk tuk) and sip your way through the Prasat Phnom Banan Winery.

Between towns, you’ll swing by silversmith and pottery workshops, and spot cottage industries like rice paper making. Best of all, this Cambodia small group holiday pairs you up with a bunch of likeminded adventurers and an expert guide.

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Holiday type

Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

As a global operator, we take our role in the tourism industry very seriously. We recognise the impact that tourism has on local communities and the environment, and we plan and operate all our tours with this front of mind. We believe that every tour operator must be responsible in the way they conduct their business, to ensure the welfare of all people and the conservation of the environment.

All travel on this itinerary, which is completed by private vehicle, includes a large tank of drinking water. Travellers are encouraged to bring their own re-usable water bottle so that they can re-fill it from this tank. More and more hotels are also providing water for guests to re-fill their own bottles. This reduces the number of single use plastic water bottles disposed of by our travellers.

This trip makes the most of a variety of transport types available in Cambodia – remork, boat, private vehicle and cyclo. While the variety keeps it interesting for travellers, whilst also reducing the environmental impact of their visit by not using flights within Cambodia.

The Impacts of this Trip

One of the highlights of this trip is the countryside tour of local producers in Battambang. Travellers will travel by remork, visiting several family businesses to learn about their specialty products and enjoy some taste-testing. Stops may include producers of rice paper and rice wine, fresh fruit growers and experts in bamboo sticky rice. The families visited are all locals who make products for their neighbours and nearby businesses. Through our support of local producers we are sharing the income that tourism brings with more of the wider Cambodian community.

Travellers will have the opportunity to see traditional crafts being made in the village of Andong Russey in Kampong Chhnang province, en route from Phnom Penh to Battambang. Andong Russey is well-known for its traditional pottery, in particular their ka-orm (clay pots). The ka-orm is the symbol of Kampong Chhnang province. Through visiting and perhaps purchasing from local craftspeople, we are helping to preserve traditional skills and designs.
As company our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. Our own in-house foundation has been in operation for over 10 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$6 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Tackling issues such as health care, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and in environmental and wildlife protection. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

Across Cambodia, our foundation actively supports three different projects and causes. These include the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity, a programme focused on education and training to raise awareness of conservation issues. Friends-International which helps marginalised youth and their families in Southeast Asia and Rehash Trash which empowers women with employment.


1 Reviews of Cambodia small group tour

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 May 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable part of my holiday was realizing that where I travelled was full of history, fantastic buildings and stories. That people had been living and existing in this area for a vast period of time and continue to do so.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Read the trip notes so you have an idea of what to expect-nothing can prepare you even when you're there. Expect the unexpected and go with an open mind.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, as locals were employed, ran hotels, shops, etc. I also learnt about the areas and see them in a different light and understanding. We were very aware of leaving the environment how we found it and respect what we saw.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I rate the holiday as a wonderful experience, opening my eyes to many wonders that I could not have imagined. A fantastic experience.

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