Taste Of Cambodia

Taste Of Cambodia

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Taste Of Cambodia

5 Days Starting in Phnom Penh and ending in Siem Reap

Visiting: Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, cambodia, End of tour

Tour operator:

Expat Explore Travel

Tour code:

VC2L

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

10 - 51

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

Spend five days exploring the untamed beauty of Cambodia. Start in phenomenal Phnom Penh and experience iconic sights like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom temple. Our Cambodia tours reflect on the country’s tragic history with visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museums and Killing Fields. Experience the colourful floating villages of Chong Kneas on board a traditional wooden boat, just like a local. Spend a day exploring the magnificent Angkor Wat, one of Cambodia's most renowned ancient temples. This Cambodia holiday will leave you forever changed!
If you'd like to experience Vietnam in addition to Cambodia, consider the Vietnam & Cambodia Explorer tour - click here.

Highlights

  • Tour the Angkor Wat temple complex with a local guide

  • Phnom Penh city tour, including the Royal Palace

  • Visit the Killing Fields and Wat Phnom Temple

  • Shop at the Russian market in Phnom Penh

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Of Tour In Phnom Penh

Location: Phnom Penh

Welcome to Phnom Penh and this tour of Cambodia! Check in at the hotel and, if you arrive early enough, take to the streets to drink in the vibrant bustle of the Cambodian capital. Top sights include the Cambodian Landmine Museum, Angkor Silk Farm and the Wat Thmei monastery. Why not relax at a roadside cafe and watch the world go by or simply walk around and absorb the city’s atmosphere? This evening, meet the tour leader and rest of the group at the hotel for an overview of what to look forward to over the next five days!

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Location: Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Phnom Penh on a city tour today. Start with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Once a former school, it was later used to hold many prisoners captive under the merciless Khmer Rouge regime. Follow in their footsteps in the Killing Fields (Choeung Ek Extermination Camp). After a morning of the tumultuous past, experience light and humbling experiences this afternoon. Visit the bustling Toul Tom Poung Market and shop for souvenirs and keepsakes. Then, it’s onto the Royal Compound, where you can encounter the famous Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.  Round it all off with a visit to the Wat Phnom Temple perched atop a hill.

Visit Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 prison): The security forces of the Khmer Rouge, under the instruction of Pol Pot, kept countless prisoners captive at the infamous S-21 prison. 


Experience the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek: In the horrific period between 1975 and 1978, more than 17,000 prisoners were executed at Choeung Ek after being detained at the S-21 prison. This included me, women and children who were kept as political prisoners of the Khmer Rouge. 


Explore the Toul Tom Poung Market: This bustling market is also referred to as the Russian Market because it was favoured by Russian expats in the 1980s. Today it’s a great spot to pick up some travel bargains.


Tour the Royal Compound: The Royal Palace is a complex of structures that serve as the home of the king of Cambodia. There are many wonderful things to see in the area that is passable to the public. This includes the Silver Pagoda, where the king meets with the monks. 


See Wat Phnom Temple: Constructed in the late-1300s, the beautiful Wat Phnom temple is situated atop a tree-lined knoll just shy of 30m high.

Day 3: Siem Reap

Location: Cambodia, Siem Reap

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a local breakfast before travelling to Siem Reap. This resort town is the gateway to the famous ruins of Angkor. Check in at the hotel and kick off with a visit to the friendly and colourful floating village of Chong Kneas. Explore Tonle Sap Lake on a traditional wooden boat, just like locals do! Enjoy the rest of the day at Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor, observing how young Cambodians train in the age-old traditions of the Khmer culture.

Experience Chong Kneas floating village: This is a unique shopping experience if ever there was one. Take a traditional wooden vessel to the central market of the floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. 


Visit Chantiers Ecoles - Les Artisans d'Angkor: This social business is instrumental in creating job opportunities for young people from rural communities. They are taught traditional wood- and stone carving, silk painting, lacquerware and other artisanal skills. 

Day 4: Angkor Wat

Location: Cambodia, Angkor Wat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, it’s time for a highlight of the tour - Angkor Wat! This temple complex is a symbol of Cambodia and one of the country’s most popular travel attractions. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also the largest monument of its kind in the world. The Angkor temple complex covers over 400 km2 (including the forested area). It's home to the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire. Take the day to explore the sights, which include the Bayon Temple, Royal Enclosure and more.

Explore Angkor Wat: For many centuries, Angkor was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. One of its most iconic sites is the Angkor Wat temple, which was constructed in the 12th century. This temple is the largest and best-preserved structure in the Angkor Temple complex. Another notable temple is the Ta Prohm temple. This jungle-covered temple is a testament to the strength of the forces of nature. The huge fig trees and enormous creepers have almost completely absorbed the man-made temple.

Day 5: End Of Tour In Siem Reap

Location: cambodia, End of tour

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a whirlwind five days, this Taste of Cambodia tour comes to an end today. The tour will finish after breakfast this morning. Take some time to exchange contact details with your fellow travellers so you can keep in touch afterward before saying goodbye! Expat Explore hopes to welcome you on another tour again soon!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities
    Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

  • Transport

    Modern air-conditioned private van or coach

  • Meals

    4 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners*Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

  • Experiences

    Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
    Experience the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek
    Explore Toul Tom Poung market
    Tour the Royal Palace complex
    See the Wat Phnom Temple
    Shop at the Chong Kneas floating village
    Watch ancient Khmer traditions at the Chantiers Ecoles
    Explore the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex

What's Not Included

International flights
Travel to the start point and from the endpoint is not included. We recommend using Skyscanner to find the best deals on international flights.


Travel insurance
For a relatively small price, travel insurance provides you with the peace of mind so that you can enjoy your tour without any worries. 


All passengers travelling on an Expat Explore tour are required to have valid travel insurance cover and you are responsible for arranging your own insurance. Click here for more information.

Mode of Transport


  • Modern air-conditioned private van or coach

Accommodation


  • 4 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities

  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Traveller Comfort - *VC VIETNAM & CAMBODIA* tours

We welcome all travellers on our tours but we would like to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. In light of this, please ensure that you are happy with the below information and level of fitness required.


Expat Explore tries to be as accommodating as possible, however, our tours are unfortunately not designed for people travelling with wheelchairs or severe mobility issues.


Our tours are fast paced because they are designed for you to see the most a destination has to offer. We also want to ensure that you explore as much as possible, which may require long periods without stops on the coach as we drive to a new destination.


With regards to our accommodation, not all hotels have lifts and this means potentially having to carry bags up and down stairs.


For more information regarding traveller fitness please see our Terms and Conditions.

Check out our Q&As

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    If you are travelling alone there is no compulsory charge - you will share a twin room with another passenger of the same gender. There is an optional single supplement/private room upgrade available for single travellers who wish to have a private room. This can be added at the time of booking or by contacting our team.

  • Children on tour?

    Our tours are not suitable for young children which is why we have a minimum age limit of 10 years old. However, at the discretion of Expat Explore we may consider younger children on certain tours if they meet certain criteria and a request is received in writing via email. Minors (between 10 and 18 years of age) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts full responsibility for them. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on tour. Expat Explore reserves the right to decline any booking at our discretion. Any minor (between 10 and 18 years of age) is priced the same as an adult.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    The health and safety of our travellers and employees are our top priority. Which means, when you travel with us, our enhanced hygiene protocols will ensure you do so in a safe and responsible way - ask for details of current policies.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Expat Explore we value responsible travel and are committed to exploring the world consciously and kindly. We are proud to make responsible travel possible with a number of our sustainable travel practices!

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Relate is a South African based not-for-profit organisation that Expat Explore supports. The group aims to help those less fortunate create better lives for themselves through a variety of fundraising initiatives. On our South Africa tours, each passenger will receive an Expat Explore branded Relate bracelet. We donate the cost of these bracelets to our chosen Relate charity: the Nelson Mandela Sc

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of expat explore travel charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 44 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 70% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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