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Destination:  Cambodia
Travel Style: Acanela Local Expedition ©
Accommodation: Basic Hotels
Activity Level:  • • 3 • • (Medium)
Group Size: Min 1, Max 16
Age Range: 18 to 65+

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Itinerary Overview

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Welcome to Cambodia! Over the next week, we will explore this amazing culture. The highlights of the trip will include visiting Angkor Wat (a UNESCO World Heritage site), spending time on Tonle Sap Lake, and touring the palaces of Phnom Penh. We will eat traditional meals and enjoy relaxing evenings at the hotels.

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap

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Arrival Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (REP)

Upon arriving at the airport, you will meet your local driver. You will proceed directly to your hotel for check-in. After settling in at the hotel, take a moment to adjust to the time change, and spend the evening on your own exploring the city.

Accommodation: Mother Home Boutique or similar

Day 2: Siem Reap, Angkor Wat

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In the morning, we will go by vehicle to discover Angkor Wat, the national symbol of Cambodia and the epicenter of Khmer civilization. It has been in continuous use since it was built. Angkor Wat is a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of humanity’s devotion to its gods.

After lunch, we will enter the Ta Prohm, "the Brahma ancestor." Nature overtook this temple long ago, and modern archaeologists decided to only partially clear the site. Today, it's a place where stone mingles with the roots of century-old kapok trees.

We will continue on to visit the Preah Khan temple. Enigmatic in many ways, it was built by King Jayavarman VII, who dedicated it to his father. It contains the only building with round columns, as well as beautiful devatas sculptures. At the end of the day, you will go to Angkor Archaeological Park to climb the temple mountain Pre Rup at sunset. Once we reach the top of the mountain, we will see the hills of Phnom Kulen and Phnom Bok.

Accommodation: Mother Home Boutique or similar

Day 3: Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake

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We will take a boat trip among the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake. The lake is a major part of development of the site of Angkor, and today more than a million people live in the area. When the lake's water level is high (from August to January), you will discover the village of Kampong Phluk, enlivened its fishing, farming, and floating gardens. We will take a pirogue ride in the flooded forest that borders the village. In the dry season (from February to July), we will sail to the village of Metchrey and discover the silk farm in Pourk. After we return to Siem Reap in the afternoon, you will have the rest of the day to explore on your own.

Accommodation: Mother Home Boutique or similar

Day 4: Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

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During our private bus ride to Phnom Penh, we will stop at the forgotten temples of the ancient royal capital Sambor Prei Kuk — originally called Içanapura, or the city of Içanavarman, King of Zhen-la. The first capital of the Great Lake region, this city is the largest pre-Angkorian site, containing 60 listed and classified monuments.

As we continue our drive to Phnom Penh, we will see the Cambodian countryside with its rice paddies dotted with “Thnot,” the country’s iconic sugar palm. Our next stop — at the local market of Skun — will allow us to sample tarantulas, one of the many arachnids much appreciated by Cambodians.

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel or similar

Day 5: Phnom Penh Tour

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In the morning, we will board a tuk-tuk and start the discovery of Phnom Penh, "the pearl of Southeast Asia." The colonial period transformed the old village into a modern capital, distinguished by new construction and urban planning, revaluing the city's architecture and landscaping. Time permitting, we will also stop by Wat Phnom Hill and visit the Central Market.

In the afternoon, we will discover the Royal Palace, as well as King Sihamoni's main residence and the Silver Pagoda. Finally, we will visit the National Museum which houses rich collections of Khmer art, especially statuary. Most of the objects come from the Angkor site.

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel or similar

Day 6: Phnom Penh, Explore the City

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Enjoy a full day on your own to explore Phnom Penh.

Accommodation: Pacific Hotel or similar

Day 7: Depart Phnom Penh

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After a delicious breakfast, we will check out of our hotel & continue to the airport to catch our international flights back home or, if you have chosen to extend your adventure, continue on to another country in Southeast Asia!

Departure Airport: Siem Reap International Airport (REP)

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel Style: Local

  • Service Level: Simple (comfortable and clean accommodations; public and private transport)

  • Route: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh

  • Accommodation: Guesthouses and hotels

  • Transport: Private vehicles

  • Meals Included: One meal per day


Expedition Route

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This Acanela Local Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort and adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical and culinary highlights along the way.

Dates & Prices

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From $800 / person | Comprehensive package including accommodation for all nights; in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight; lecture and instruction materials from our expert driver guides; all activities listed in the itinerary; and one meal per day. *International airfare and visa fees are not included. 

+ 7 Day Laos Extension: From $1000 / person

+ Single Room Supplement: $200 / person

Please note: Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.

Single Room Supplements and Extension add-ons become available after you select Book Now and hit continue. *Extensions are not eligible for discounts or promotions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours, and it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. We would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking.

+ Can you arrange my travel visas?

Requirements for travel visas vary widely depending on your nationality and your destination. Although we are unable to arrange visas on your behalf we are able to help determine if visas are required for the countries you are visiting. If you do require a visa you can arrange them yourself or use the services of a travel agent or visa processing company.

+ What clothing should I bring for my trip?

We always recommend packing as light as possible; however, the specific requirements for your tour will vary widely depending on where and when you are traveling. Prior to each trip we provide a suggested packing list. The checklist is tour specific and based upon the experience of our ground staff.

+ What vaccinations should I get before my trip?

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+ I'm a solo traveler — will I be charged a single supplement?

We are happy to accommodate solo travelers, but we do require a single supplement charge.

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