Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City
Nothing planned for the first day. You can shop for tiny ceramic tea sets at Ben Thanh Market while snacking on chao tom (barbecued shrimp paste on sticks of sugar cane).
Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City and explore this fascinating city. There will be a pre departure meeting at approx. 6pm tonight!
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception.
If you have extra time in Ho Chi Minh City ensure you make a visit to the Reunification Palace - formerly known as the Presidential Palace, it was the site of South Vietnam's surrender in April 1975, and 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.
Day 2: Phnom Penh
Buckle up (even though there’s probably no seatbelts) for a full day of travel to Phnom Penh. When you arrive, hit the Foreign Correspondents Club for a mojito on the rooftop.
Drive to Phnom Penh by public bus (approx 6-7 hrs).
So many optional activities to choose from in this city here are some ideas for you:
Head out to the Choeung Ek Memorial
Learn more about Cambodian history with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.
Check out the National Museum
Explore Wat Phnom, a peaceful temple situated on a hill for which the city is named
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.
If you're in the mood for shopping, stop at Psar Thmei (Central Market) or travel out to Psar Tuol Tom Pong (the Russian Market).
Day 3: Chambok Homestay
Sitting close to the greenery and beauty of the Kirirom National Park, Chambok provides serenity, an abundance of nature and a taste of traditional Khmer life.
Travel by private bus into rural Cambodia (approx 3 hrs).
Enjoy a homestay - witness everyday Cambodian life and enjoy a traditional-style dinner and Traditional Dance.
Days 4-5: Sihanoukville
Visit the lively or quiet beaches of Sihanoukville or scoot out to the nearby islands on a boat tour. You can even go on a tropical safari in Ream National Park, if you want. Take a private bus to Sihanoukville (approx 4 hrs) - named for the Cambodian royal family. Sihanoukville is a beach town with warm, welcoming people.
Day 6: Phnom Penh
Shake the sand off your 'feet and jump on a bus back to the capital. Here you have the option to soak up more reminders of the country's horrific past in Tuol Sleng Museum, or visit Seeing Hands for a massage.
Take a local bus to Phnom Penh (approx 4 hrs) Perhaps visit the infamous Tuol Sleng Prison or indulge in a traditional massage at the Seeing Hands Massage parlour. An initiative set up to support visually impaired masseurs, who are also some of the best massuers in the city.
Day 7: Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham. Frontier charm, French-colonial character, etc. Hire a bike and pedal to Koh Paen island, if you want, or visit some nearby mountain temples.
Travel by public bus to Kompong Cham (approx 3 hrs) - once an important trading hub and now a laid-back small town.
Days 8-10: Siem Reap
Angkor Wat is the obvious highlight but you’ll get a real kick out of counting the faces of Bayon and exploring the jungle temple of Ta Prohm. There’s a bit of temple overload here, so take some free time to haggle for souvenirs at the market or get a pedicure from thousands of tiny fish.
Take a bus to Siem Reap (approx 5 hours).
Spend a full day being guided around the massive Angkor wat complex.
Kick back in Siem Reap and just wander around the town, visiting its market, shops and restaurants.
Depending on the season, perhaps visit Tonle Sap Lake to see local life.
Get your heart pumping with the flight of the Gibbon zip line adventure where you can feel like a bird flying through the jungle.
Days 11-12: Bangkok
Bangkok is as crazy as you expect it to be. It's a South East Asian gem, so make the most of everything on offer here. If you don't return home absolutely exhausted and overwhelmed, you did it wrong. Go back and try again.
Drive from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approx. 8-9 hours including border crossing and lunch).
On arrival enjoy some free time. Perhaps indulge in a Thai massage, or travel by longtail boat down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous 'khlongs' (canals).
You could also explore the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
The trip will end after breakfast on Day 12 and there are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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YOU’LL START IN HO CHI MINH THEN HIGHTAIL IT TO PHNOM PENH, THEN THERE'S BEACH TIME IN SIHANOUKVILLE, ISLAND VISITS NEAR KAMPONG CHAM, ANCIENT WONDERS IN SIEM REAP AND… FISH PEDICURES IN BANGKOK?
What to Know
- This trip includes a fair amount of travel over land. Please be wary if you are easily car sick.
- This trip is also geared towards those 18+.
- Compared to the Western world, Cambodia is a very inexpensive country, however, it does tend to be a little more expensive than its neighbours. You’ll find that costs are a little higher in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap compared to country areas. You can eat quite well for US$2-US$3 a meal, sometimes less if you eat at local markets. A beer will set you back about US$1-US$2 and a litre of water is around US$1.
About the Destination
Contemporary Cambodia is the successor state to the mighty Khmer empire, which, during the Angkorian period, ruled much of what is now Laos, Thailand and Vietnam The remains of this empire can be seen at the fabled temples of Angkor, monuments unrivalled in scale and grandeur in southeast Asia. The traveller’s first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is sublime and is matched by only a few select spots on earth, such as Machu Picchu or Petra.
Despite having the eighth wonder of the world in its backyard, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. The Khmers have been to hell and back, struggling through years of bloodshed, poverty and political instability. Thanks to an unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism, they have prevailed with their smiles intact. No visitor comes away without a measure of admiration and affection for the inhabitants of this enigmatic kingdom.
Just as Angkor is more than its wat, so too is Cambodia more than its temples. The chaotic yet charismatic capital of Phnom Penh is a hub of political intrigue, economic vitality and intellectual debate. All too often overlooked by hit-and-run tourists ticking off Angkor on a regional tour, the revitalised city is finally earning plaudits in its own right thanks to a gorgeous riverside location, a cultural renaissance, and a wining and dining scene to rival anywhere in the region.
Siem Reap and Phnom Penh may be the heavyweights, but to some extent they are a bubble, a world away from the Cambodia of the countryside. This is the place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms. The South Coast is fringed by tropical islands, with just a handful of beach huts in sight. Inland from the coast lie the Cardamom Mountains, part of a vast tropical wilderness that provides a home to elusive wildlife and is the gateway to emerging ecotourism adventures. The mighty Mekong River cuts through the country and is home to some of the region’s last remaining freshwater dolphins. The northeast is a world unto itself, its wild and mountainous landscapes a home for Cambodia’s ethnic minorities and an abundance of natural attractions.
Things to Do
Ho Chi Minh City:
- War Remnants Museum
- Reunification Palace
- Killing Fields of Choueng Ek
- Choeung Ek Memorial
- Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda
- National Museum
- Wat Phnom
- Cyclo tour
- Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
- Traditional Khmer massage
- Island boat trip
- Ream National Park
- Wat Nokor
- Phnom Pros and Phnom Srei
- Tonle Sap Lake
- Gibbon ziplining
- Khmer cooking class
- Angkor complex
- Tuk Tuk City Tour
- Temple and River of Kings
- Jim Thompson's House
- Chinatown Food Discovery
- Thai Massage
How to get there
We recommend flying into Ho Chi Minh City early on Day 1, so you can make an important meeting later that day.
- 10 Sleeps
What is Included
Rates from $680 includes:
- Transportation by Bus, Coach
- 1 night Homestay
- 10 nights Basic hotel
- 2 Breakfasts
- 1 Dinner
Rates Do Not Include:
- International flights
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Departure and airport taxes
- Meals not listed as included
- All optional tours or activities during free time
- Transfers outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
- This tour doesn't have fixed departure dates. Instead, the departure dates can be customized. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour.
- The rates of this tour can be changed without prior notice
- This tour is offered by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
- All information about this tour is provided and updated by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay.
Cambodia tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States, United Kingdom or France for a stay up to 90 days.
Thailand tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States, United Kingdom and France for a stay up to 30 days.
Vietnam tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Kingdom or France for a stay up to 15 days, but IS required for United States.
Rate of $680 USD is subject to change.
Rates are based on availability and season. All rates are quoted in USD. Some packages are customizable. Final pricing depends on add-ons.
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