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Cambodia Explorer

Group Tour

14 Days From C$4,664

Overview

While Cambodia may be most famous for the Angkor Temples at Siem Reap, there is lots more to explore in this endlessly fascinating country. This comprehensive tour starts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s riverside capital and travels lesser known routes out to the jungles of Mondulkiri to spend time at an elephant rescue project, and then on to Kratie on the mighty Mekong River to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

During the trip we’ll take in remote Preah Vihear, off limits for years ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

13 x Breakfasts
11 x Lunches
11 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use minibuses, boats, bicycle and foot.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

13 nights x Superior

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in good mid-range hotels and guesthouses. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low / Moderate

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Cambodia Explorer
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DAY 1: TOUR BEGINS IN PHNOM PENH

DAY 1: TOUR BEGINS IN PHNOM PENH

After meeting at our hotel in Phnom Penh this evening, we will have time to enjoy dinner at a traditional Cambodian restaurant in this wonderful riverside destination.

Patio Hotel & Urban Resort or similar
Dinner

DAY 2: IN PHNOM PENH

DAY 2: IN PHNOM PENH

After being destroyed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s, Cambodia’s capital city is now a thriving epicentre. Sitting on the banks of the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers with wonderful crumbling colonial architecture, it’s a city spinning into the future. We hit the ground running this morning, exploring the highlights of this truly fascinating city, including the National Museum and the Royal Palace. After lunch, head to the Tuol Sleng Prison Museum where our guide will explain the history of the Khmer Rouge and walk us through the different museum displays. We then continue on to the Choeung Ek Memorial, the site of one of the country’s many killing fields. This sobering visit offers an important insight into Cambodia’s tragic and very recent history. After returning to the hotel to freshen up we will then head out for dinner at a local restaurant.

Patio Hotel & Urban Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: PHNOM PENH - SEN MONOROM

DAY 3: PHNOM PENH - SEN MONOROM

After breakfast we depart Phnom Penh and travel northeast, pausing at Skuon, affectionately known as 'Spiderville', where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep-fried tarantula! We will have lunch beside the Mekong River in the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham, where we will also visit the interesting Hindu/Buddhist temple of Wat Nokor. After lunch we continue east towards the small junction town of Snuol, our gateway to the wilds of Mondulkiri Province. The first half of the journey from Snuol is flat, passing through patches of lush forest and areas of cultivation and plantations. After Khau Si Ma district, the road begins to snake up through the mountains that give Mondulkiri its name of 'where the mountains meet'. Nearing Sen Monorom, the provincial capital, the scenery changes again, jungle giving way to clusters of pine trees and rolling grasslands. The scenery is unique for Cambodia and dotted with traditional Bunong villages, the main minority group in Mondulkiri.

Mayura Hill Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: AROUND SEN MONOROM

DAY 4: AROUND SEN MONOROM

Today we experience responsible tourism at its best as we spend the day at the Elephant Valley Project which, with the support of the local Bunong villagers, rescues and treats domestic elephants who have suffered injury and abuse. To enjoy a unique 'Walking with the Herd for a day' experience, we will be introduced to the herd of elephants and get to know more about their history, character, behaviour, body language while walking alongside them in their natural environment.

Mayura Hill Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: SEN MONOROM - KRATIE

DAY 5: SEN MONOROM - KRATIE

This morning we start the day with a visit to Bousra Waterfall. Mondulkiri's rolling green scenery marks it out as a special destination within Cambodia and the Bousra Waterfall is a hidden gem amongst the greenery. Set in Bousra Eco Park, a beautiful protected forest that is home to diverse wildlife, the waterfall has dramatic upper and lower sections with spectacular views. Take a dip in the fresh cold water or simply enjoy the view! There are also market vendors selling local products, food and drinks. After taking in the scenery and Bousra Waterfall, we will continue on to a local village and coffee plantation where we can learn more about the local industries and communities in this area. After lunch we drive on to Kratie, a journey that will take around 3 hours.

Soriyabori Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: KRATIE

DAY 6: KRATIE

We set off by bicycle this morning as we explore local villages which dot the banks of the Mekong River. Enjoying the beautiful scenery and meeting friendly villagers, we can learn a little about the islanders lives - and maybe sample some of their famous pomelos, before finishing the morning with lunch at a local house. Later today we will travel out of town to Kampi, where the rare Irrawaddy dolphins gather to feed in the deep Mekong pools in this part of the river. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with these gentle creatures. On our way back to Kratie we will stop at the hilltop temple of Phnom Sombok to enjoy sunset over the Mekong.

Soriyabori Resort or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: KRATIE - PREAH VIHEAR

DAY 7: KRATIE - PREAH VIHEAR

This morning we travel north towards Stung Treng, where we stop for a short walk around the colourful vegetable market. We then continue towards Preah Vihear, home to the famed ruins. On arrival at the base of this sacred mountain, we change into 4WD vehicles to take a final steep ascent up the mountain to the second enclosure of this incredibly impressive temple. Exploring the temple on foot we continue to the final level, which clings to a cliff face in the Dangrek Mountains, towering hundreds of metres above lowland Cambodia. The view from this temple is simply breath-taking, with the foundation stones stretching to the edge of the cliff as it plunges precipitously away to the plains of Preah Vihear province below. In the late afternoon we check into our boutique hotel.

Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: SRAH EMM – BANTEAY CHHMAR - BATTAMBANG

DAY 8: SRAH EMM – BANTEAY CHHMAR - BATTAMBANG

After breakfast we head west towards Samrong, deeper into Oudor Meanchey province and our destination, the incredible jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar. We’ll travel through some beautiful stretches of Cambodian countryside to arrive at the main temple, famous for its signature faces of Jayavarman VII, and take the opportunity to explore the site. Amongst other things we see the magnificent carvings of Lokesvara with 32 arms, nicknamed lok sam-pee (Mr 32) by Khmers, as well as the beautiful Hall of Dancers. The outer complex has impressive gates and is protected by a moat and the jungle-clad towers of Yeay Chy and Samnang Tasok. There’ll be plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere of this enchanting place, after which we’ll then enjoy lunch with a local family. This afternoon we drive the scenic route on to Battambang, where we spend the next two nights.

Bambu Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: AROUND BATTAMBANG

DAY 9: AROUND BATTAMBANG

Heading out into the countryside today we learn more about life in one of the local villages. Here we can learn about local industries, such as the methods of making jars, rice paper, and spring rolls, and visit one of the markets where we can try some local delicacies. Stopping at Wat Ek Phnom, a dilapidated 11th Century temple that some say was the example for Angkor Wat, we can then enjoy a well-earned lunch at a family home. In the afternoon, we journey upwards to Phnom Sampeau Mountain to visit the somber killing fields and mountaintop temple which offers spectacular views stretching across miles and miles of rice paddies. Around 5:30pm we will move onto the Bat Caves and perch ourselves at the ready for the spectacular sunset display of hundreds of bats flying away from the cave. After sunset we return to town for the evening.

Bambu Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10: BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP

DAY 10: BATTAMBANG - SIEM REAP

This morning we set off on our last leg of the journey as we drive to Siem Reap, a journey which takes around 3 hours. Having settled into our hotel and enjoying some lunch, this afternoon we will begin our exploration of Siem Reap as we really go behind the scenes of this fascinating and growing city. Beyond the typical tourist trail lies a fiery town full of inspiring people, doing unique work with the goal of giving back to Cambodia. This tour gives us an insider’s look into the network of social enterprises and non-profits in Siem Reap who are slowly but surely bringing new light and new skills into the bustling and ever-expanding tourist town. With three core stops along the scenic route we'll have the chance to learn, get hands-on and pick up a few take-home gifts along the tour, all whilst knowing in our own way we are giving back to the community as a responsible traveller. This evening we then enjoy the very special Bambu Stage Temples Decoded, a unique dinner and presentation given by expert Nick Coffill, immersing us in the ancient landscapes and framework of the magnificent Angkor temples.

Asarita Angkor Resort & Spa or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: AROUND SIEM REAP

DAY 11: AROUND SIEM REAP

Waking up early this morning we head to the magnificent Angkor Wat for sunrise after which we can enjoy a morning tour of the temple before the worst of the crowds arrive. Mid-morning we return to the hotel for breakfast and some free time. In the early afternoon we return to the temple complex, this time visiting Angkor Thom, the famous walled city and home to the fascinating Bayon temple with its many magnificent faces smiling out. We also pay a visit to Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei, two of the more unique temples in the complex. There are several beautiful spots from which to watch the sunset, which we can decide on the day. Discuss with your guide where you would like to be and then relax and enjoy a memorable end to your day at the temples. Return to our hotel we will then have the evening free to explore at leisure.

Asarita Angkor Resort & Spa or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12: AROUND SIEM REAP

DAY 12: AROUND SIEM REAP

Setting out once again to the temples, we spend the morning exploring this magical area by bicycle, Following hidden routes and pathways, we will access the lesser-known temples and venture through the jungle and along the ancient wall of Angkor Thom. After a delicious lunch overlooking the royal bathing pool of Sra Srang, we return to our hotel for some free time to explore or relax. This evening we will be treated to a unique performance by the Cambodian Circus, also known as the hugely talented Phare Ponleu Selpak from our VIP seats. Literally translated as ‘’the brightness of the arts’’, this Artistic and Social Center has been running as a non-profit association since 1994, and was founded by a group of young ex-refugees from Battambang Province. Sitting in the centre of the big top tent, we will witness some remarkable acrobatics and visual arts while supporting one of Cambodia’s most inspiring projects.

Asarita Angkor Resort & Spa or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: AROUND SIEM REAP

DAY 13: AROUND SIEM REAP

This morning we drive for about an hour before boarding a boat for a 40-minute ride to one of the lake villages on the vast Tonle Sap Lake. The homes are built on stilts here because this area floods in the rainy season. Venturing through waterways, flooded forests and out into the lake, we make our way back through the village experiencing how the locals live in this watery environment. Our final afternoon and evening we are then treated to a stunning last supper, as we are taken to the beautiful Kompheim village, located just outside Siem Reap. Here we can enjoy a two hour walk through a traditional village with one of the local guides, who will give us an introduction to the daily lives of the villagers. Finish this with drinks at the beautiful and unique Village House at sunset, where we can relax and enjoy our very own private dining experience. After enjoying our special culinary experience, we will be transferred back to your hotel later this evening.

Asarita Angkor Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: TOUR ENDS IN SIEM REAP

DAY 14: TOUR ENDS IN SIEM REAP

The tour ends today after breakfast at our hotel.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range
Good quality service and overall comfort
Superior
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

REVIEWS OF THIS TRIP

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Local Initiatives

Elephant Conservation Project
We explore the far reaches of Cambodia’s mysterious eastern jungles on this tour as we visit Asia’s largest captive elephant sanctuary – the Elephant Valley Project. With just over 1,500 hectares of land and only 10 elephants, this allows more space for the elephants to roam free in their natural habitat and focus on their rehabilitation, avoiding the detrimental activities such as riding and swimming that plague the majority of other camps in Southeast Asia. 

Local Initiatives
Siem Reap is a hub for non-profit organisations and social enterprises, which have been established to help support local initiatives in a variety of ways, from providing educational support to improving conservational efforts throughout the country. During this tour we will get the chance to visit some of these initiatives and learn more about their efforts and achievements.  

Phare Circus
One of the highlights of this tour will surely be witnessing the incredible talents of the Cambodian Circus, also known as Phare Ponleu Selpak. Literally translated as ‘’the brightness of the arts’’, this Artistic and Social Center has been running as a non-profit association since 1994, and was founded by a group of young ex-refugees from Battambang Province. Combining remarkable acrobatics and visual arts with a fiery energy and humour, this is a wonderful way to support one of Cambodia’s most inspiring projects.  

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BR 068 London Heathrow (LHR) 21:20 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) 15:45
PG 935 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) 17:25 Phnom Penh Airport (PNH) 18:35
BR 067 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) 13:05 London Heathrow (LHR) 19:20
PG 924 Siem Reap (REP) 09:50 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) 10:45

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa for Cambodia.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

Coastal Escape

Why not allow some time at the end of your tour to relax on one of Cambodia’s best beaches? Koh Rong and it’s neighbouring Koh Rong Samloem offer stunning palm-fringed white-sand beaches and tropical surroundings, with a good selection of budget to mid-range accommodation. For those looking for something that bit more special, try the exclusive Song Saa Private Island, or the newly opened Six Senses, both stunning luxury options that offer the highlights but avoid the crowds of the busier beaches of Thailand. (3-7 days)

Cardamom Mountains and Beyond

Another hidden gem in the south, the Cardamom Mountains and surrounding rainforest offer an exciting and nature-filled escape for those looking to switch off and hide away. Enjoy a stay at the peaceful Four Rivers Ecolodge, located on the picturesque Tatai River, or immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the jungle as you stay at Bill Bensley’s magical Shinta Mani Wild, a luxury camp dedicated to preserving the surrounding rainforest. (3-5 days)

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

Cambodia has a climate that is warm all year round, but it does have distinct seasons. The dry season runs from November to May with the first half being cool and the second, March to May, being hot and humid. The wet season is between June and October. The daytime temperature on this tour will generally be 30-35 degrees, so hats and sunscreen all round!

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional. However, please note that on the morning of Day 6 of this tour there is a cycle ride included on mud tracks around villages and farms, however you can opt out of this activity if you wish.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation, but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement, we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 12462 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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