Trip Duration: 9 Nights / 10 Days
Itinerary: 1 Nights Bangkok | 2 Nights Siem Reap | 2 Nights Phnom Penh | 2 Nights Sihanoukville | 1 Nights Can Tho | 1 Nights Ho Chi Minh City
Cambodia on a Shoestring
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 18:00. Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you\'re back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))
Travel to Siem Reap. Enjoy a delicious Khmer meal at a G Adventures for Good project or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap (depends on the departure). Cross from Thailand into Cambodia, the home base for exploring incredible Angkor Wat. Arrive in time for our included dinner at a Planeterra-project restaurant or with a local family in a village outside of Siem Reap.
Private Vehicle Bangkok - Aranyaprathet 4h-4h Morning. Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.
Border Crossing (Thailand - Cambodia) Aranyaprathet - Paoy Pet. Get ready to cross into Cambodia. Aranyaprathet is known for being one of the most hectic border crossings but CEOs will help make the process go as smoothly as possible. The border crossing is done on foot and can take up to an hour so be patient and think of all the fun Cambodia has in store.
Private Vehicle Paoy Pet - Siem Reap 3h-3h Afternoon. Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant
Siem Reap Enjoy a traditional meal of Khmer food at the New Hope Vocational Training Restaurant - an initiative kickstarted by Planeterra, that provides skill-building opportunities to marginalized community members and funds the adjacent free community school and health centre. Visit the restaurant run by locals and see how the New Hope project has supported positive change in the community. (Breakfast,Dinner)
Guided tour of Angkor Wat temple complex. Opt to visit Tonle Sap floating village and Angkor National Museum. Angkor Wat Guided Tour Angkor Wat Enjoy a tour of these impressive ancient ruins with a local professional guide. Wake early to watch the sun rise over the magnificent Angkor Wat temple. Visit the enigmatic faces of Bayon within the walled city of Angkor Thom, and tour Ta Prohm (aka the 'Tomb Raider' temple), which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle.
Optional Activities Tonle Sap Floating Village. Siem Reap. Tour the floating villages of Tonle Sap. See what life is like living on a lake - rice planting, pig farming, even attending churches and school, are all done on top of water.
Angkor Museum Visit Siem Reap. Learn about the story of Angkor and the Khmer empire at the interactive Angkor Museum. Explore the museum\'s inspiring galleries and interactive technology, which bring Angkor's past to life.
Phare - The Cambodian Circus Siem Reap. Take in Phare, a unique circus that injects Cambodian culture and history in its inspiring shows. See acrobatics, contortion, and aerial arts melded with theatre, modern dance, and more; performers train for up to 10 years to master their art. Arrive before 20:00 (entrance closes at 20:05). Come early if you wish - the cafe opens at 18:00 and there is an option to enjoy dinner with the show. (Breakfast)
Transfer to Cambodia's capital. Orientation walk around Phnom Penh.
Local bus Siem Reap - Phnom Penh 6h-7h Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Orientation Walk Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast)
Opt to learn about Cambodia's sombre history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields. Sights you might choose to visit this afternoon include the National Museum and adjacent complex which includes the Silver Pagoda and Royal Palace. To learn about Cambodia's sombre history, visit the Tuol Sleng Prison and the Killing Fields, reminders of the genocide that took place under Pol Pot\'s reign as leader of the Khmer Rouge.
Free Time Phnom Penh Full Day. Free time to tour the sites of Phnom Penh.
Optional Activities Tuol Sleng Museum (S-21 Prison) Guided Tour. Phnom Penh Learn about the dark history and devastation that occurred at Security Prison 21 (S-21); the prison, used by the Khmer Rouge regime, is now Tuol Sleng Museum. Take a guided tour to hear the stories behind the sombre photos lining the museum walls.
Choeung Ek (Killing Fields) Guided Tour Phnom Penh. Learn more about the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge visiting the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek; the grounds now stand as a powerful memorial filled with victims' skulls and mass graves. Tour this sombre, yet serene, site with a guide. (Breakfast)
Swim and relax on the beach after transferring to Sihanoukville. Private Vehicle Phnom Penh - Sihanoukville 4h-5h. Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Free Time Sihanoukville 14:00-21:00 Evening. Rest up for an optional fun night out with the group starting with a barbecue on the beach and then a night out on the town for some dancing. (Breakfast)
Swim and relax by the beach, or take an optional snorkelling boat trip. Free Time: Sihanoukville Full Day. Take a look at life under the water with a snorkelling trip or just hang around on the beach.
Snorkelling Boat Trip: Sihanoukville . Come on this snorkel adventure to explore Cambodia's unique reefs and underwater world. See coral-crested ridges that support a wide range of marine life - you may spot moray eels, sting rays or dolphins. The trip includes a stop on a secluded island beach for a seafood barbecue before heading back to shore. (None (Meals on your own))
Cross the border to Vietnam. Overnight at a local village homestay. Opt to cruise the Mekong on a boat trip. Cross into Vietnam and stay in a basic village homestay that includes dinner.
Private Vehicle: Sihanoukville - Can Tho 9h Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Border Crossing (Cambodia - Vietnam): Bavet - Moc Bai. Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Get ready to cross another country off your bucket list.
Home Meal: Enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal served at a local residence - it's a great way to peek into day-to-day regional living. (Dinner)
Travel through the scenic Mekong Delta region and onto Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO, opt to take a guided tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, visit the Ben Thahn market or check out the War Remnants Museum. This evening, head to one of the rooftop bars such as the Rex Hotel, one of the classic colonial Saigon institutions, where there is often live music.
Private Vehicle: Can Tho- Ho Chi Minh City 5h-6h Morning Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
Street Food Crawl: 30m-2h Evening. Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum! (Breakfast)
Depart at any time. Departure Day . Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)