9 Days Wonders of Cambodia

9 Days Wonders of Cambodia

Nibble at Vietnam as you wander around its most dynamic city and then take a bite sized chunk into the cultural miasma that is Cambodia, drifting fleetingly at first but then growing clearer and firmly cementing its place in your heart. From scenes of a country that derives both pain and pride from its history, Cambodia is particularly like two sides of a coin flipping between the horrific Killing Fields and Genocidal Museums and the sublime Angkor Wat complex that mesmerizes with its colossal presence. Food that makes your salivary glands double its work allocation, snaking rivers, quaint villages and exotic treasures envelop the senses every step of the way, until you get to Thailand where you finish with a flourish in the thriving, multifaceted capital Bangkok.

  • Start Location : Ho Chi Minh Vietnam
  • Finish Location : Bangkok Thailand
  • Trip Style : Short Breaks, Signature, Solo Travel,
  • Country : Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand
  • Group Size : 2 to 16

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Inclusions


Accommodations

8 Nights twin share hotel

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Activities

Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, City Tour, Street Food Walking Tour, S-21 School, Choeung Ek Centre, Skun Spider Market, Phom Santuk, 11th Century Bridge, Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Angkor Wat Guided Tour, Angkor Thom, Ta Phrom Thom, Sunset Quad Bike Tour, Grand Palace, Old Quarter Walk Tour, Orientation Walk in all major Cities

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Airport Transfer

Arrival & Departure Transfer Included

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Local Tipping

Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport

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Meals

8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 2 Dinners

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Transportation

Private bus, Auto rickshaw, Private vehicle, Cycle rickshaw, Internal Flights

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Itinerary

Day 1
Saigon
Day 2
Ho Chi Minh
Day 3
Phnom Penh
Day 4
Phnom Penh
Day 5
Siem Reap
Day 6
Siem Reap
Day 7
Siem Reap
Day 8
Bangkok
Day 9
Bangkok

Day 01 Welcome to Saigon

Welcome on board! Kick start your tour by meeting your tour leader and other travel companions at 6 pm and then proceed to familiarize yourself with some authentic Vietnamese fare over an included dinner.

Day 02 Explore Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City’s pulse and character reflects the bewildering mix of cultural influence and class that has brushed its history through the ages. Trade relations with the Chinese, French, Malay, Thai and Indians enriched its own Khmer customs and thus sprouted a cultural crucible that’s immediately noticeable as you step out for a tour of the city this morning. Start from the General Post Office that’s tinged with a Gothic and renaissance flavor. Walk through some of the elegant colonial buildings past the Paris Square and then enter the Reunification Palace that seems eerily like a slice of history arrested in time with its tunnels, war rooms, radio transmitters and card tables sitting mutely as if waiting for the clock to start ticking again. Follow this up with a visit to the War Remnants Museum to get a more personal understanding of the Vietnam War as well as the First Indo China War through exhibits, photographs, documents and so much more. Later in the evening, strike out for a street food tour where a variety of local dishes sizzle, pop, crackle and make as much noise as the vendors trying to vie for your attention.

Day 03 Flight to Cambodia

Rise and shine, have some breakfast and say good bye to Vietnam. As we leave Vietnam and take a short flight to Phnom Penh we enter Cambodia’s capital. If you’ve got some time on your hands this evening and you’re itching to get a taste of the city, hop on board the eco-friendly cyclo – a remnant of a colonial past as it gently negotiates Phnom Pehn’s roads and allows you to breeze through some of the city’s most popular landmarks.

Day 04 Today is a day for remembrance and reflection

Today is a day for remembrance and reflection.  After breakfast we will be cycling to S-21 and thereafter, to Choeung Ek, two sites that chronicle a grim past. Yet as grim as it is, these are stories that need to be told, heard and preserved for generations to come because, they serve as a reminder and a testament to Cambodia’s brutal past. Tuol Sleng, code named S-21, was originally a school that was converted to an interrogation centre where not less than 12,000 people were tortured and murdered on the orders of Pol Pot when his Khmer Rouge movement took control of Cambodia in April 1975. Sometimes graphic and almost always heart breaking the museum hosts photos, accounts and tools that were used to torture the detainees here. Much of that dark history follows you as you head for the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre or the Killing Fields where prisoners from S-21 and elsewhere were taken to be exterminated.  Rows of bones and human skulls feature in this surprisingly well kept field underscoring the irony of all human intentions.

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Day 05 On the road to Siem Reap

We board a private vehicle to bridge the journey between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap this morning. Although the journey is typically 6 hours, we’ll be making several pit stops in between to get a wide variety of experiences just to keep things interesting. Stop by the Skun Spider Market, plonked right in the intersection of two highways playing host to local delicacies that includes locusts, tarantulas and other creepy crawlies! Make a bet or two with your travel companions by testing your squeamish quotient and then wheeze your way up the 809 steps to Phnom Santuk where images of reclining Buddhas, pagodas and recalcitrant monkeys survey a kingdom of exposed boulders and a green forest cover. Kick some dust as you walk across the Dragon Bridge that hangs over a muddy Kampong Kdei River, your next and last stop before reaching Siem Reap. Marvel at the 12th century engineering that still keeps it standing over rough wars and weather.

Day 06 Angkor Wat sunrise

If ever there is a single memory that lodges itself on the mind of people travelling through Cambodia, it is the one of the sun crawling cat-like upon the ancient stones of Angkor Wat, breathing life yet again upon it just as it has done centuries and centuries ago. Rise in the early hours of the morning to catch this brilliant spectacle and then sink deeper into the historical, religious and cultural associations of this monument that has come to define Cambodia more than anything else. Though gigantic in aspect, walk through this fascinating complex taking in the little details as well that warrant a pride of place in the Cambodian heart.  Finish the tour with a picnic lunch and then return to the city centre to do as you please for the rest of the day.

Day 07 Quad bike around Siem Reap

As impressive as the Angkor Wat is, the other sites around the Angkor complex are equally as impressive. Weave your way through the giant silk cotton trees that wrap themselves around the Ta Phrom temple like constrictors reluctant to let go of their prey as well as the Angkor Thom lined with busts of Gods, bas beliefs and a stone tower. Discovering as you do so, their own independent architectural details and history. Later during the day take a guided quad bike tour just outside of Siem Reap and snatch impressions of daily life that resides out of the cities.

Day 08 Farewell diner in Bangkok

We leave Cambodia today and catch a flight to Bangkok. Before you’ve got time to settle your hair in its place you’ll be sitting in the super efficient sky train and heading straight to the Bangkok Grand Palace, the number one site to visit while you’re in the country’s capital. A stunning amalgam of Thai and European architecture, the palace dazzles with its beautiful grounds, gilded buildings, detailed murals and its crowning glory, the Wat Phra Kaew or the Emerald Temple. Take time to soak in the palace complex and after you’re done head for your hotel. For the latter half of the day, follow your tour guide around the riverside enclave of Rattanakosin district or the old quarter where the side streets lined by weathered buildings and 16th century temples still recall a time when the first monarch of Thailand’s present ruling dynasty, founded the kingdom in 1782. Flit through the ghosts of colonial buildings and open your senses to the smell of flowers, fruits and incense as street vendors sell their wares through holes in the wall cubicles. Later in the evening, raise your glasses and settle in for one final meal with your tour leader and other travel companions as the tour comes to an end.

Day 09 Good bye Bangkok

It’s time now to bid farewell to your tour leader and new friends but not without a backpack full of memories. Departure transfers are included on the day. Please consult with your tour leader or the hotel desk to confirm the check out time.

Our Hotels


Apsara Greenland Boutique Hotel

Apsara Greenland Boutique Hotel is the perfect home away from home while you explore the ancient wonders of Siem Reap. The rooms are beautifully designed with traditional Cambodian decor, comfortable beds, and modern amenities. The hotel's restaurant serves delicious Khmer and Western cuisine, with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. You can also unwind at the hotel's rooftop bar, enjoying the view of the city while sipping on a signature cocktail. But what sets Apsara Greenland Boutique Hotel apart is its commitment to sustainable tourism. The hotel has implemented eco-friendly practices such as using solar power, recycling, and reducing plastic waste. You can also participate in their community-based tourism activities, such as visiting local villages and supporting local artisans.

Cardamom Hotel

Cardamom Hotel in Phnom Penh is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. The hotel offers modern and stylish rooms with comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, and private bathrooms, making it the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring the city. But what sets Cardamom Hotel is its rooftop bar, offering stunning views of the city skyline and the perfect spot to enjoy drinks. The hotel's central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the city's many attractions, including the Royal Palace, National Museum, and bustling markets. And after a long day of sightseeing, you can take a dip in the hotel's rooftop pool or relax with a massage at the spa.

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04 Aug 2024
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12 Aug 2024
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18 Aug 2024
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26 Aug 2024
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22 Sep 2024
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30 Sep 2024
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27 Oct 2024
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Reviews

Ava Martin

I had a blast on the 9-day Cambodia trip with One World Adventures and our awesome tour leader, Hoang. The group dynamics were fantastic, making the journey fun and lively. Despite the hot weather, the trip was amazing, packed with unforgettable moments. Hoang's expertise and guidance made the journey smooth and enjoyable. Huge thanks to One World Adventures for organizing this fantastic experience.

Noah Thompson

I had an incredible experience with One World Adventures. As someone who typically prefers independent travel, I was initially skeptical about joining a group tour. However, my doubts were quickly dispelled. Our tour leader, Tang, was phenomenal, showcasing extensive knowledge about his country and its people. This trip surpassed all my expectations, and I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to explore with One World Adventures. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.

Mia García

Cambodia is an absolutely amazing and beautiful country. The people are incredibly friendly, and it exceeded all of my expectations. I highly recommend visiting this wonderful destination

James Smith

Our Cambodia trip left a lasting impression. It exceeded our expectations with its rich history, vibrant culture, delicious food, and enlightening temple visits. We were inspired by the sustainable development projects we encountered. The meticulous planning, expert guides, and exceptional execution made the experience truly remarkable. We wholeheartedly recommend this journey to anyone seeking a profound exploration of Cambodia's diverse offerings. Every moment is filled with wonder and discovery.

Isla O'Reilly

Cambodia is a captivating destination, brimming with awe-inspiring wonders and warm-hearted individuals. Our journey with One World Adventures, led by the exceptional guide Tang, provided us with a remarkable exploration of this enchanting country. With their expert guidance, we were able to witness the captivating beauty of Cambodia's diverse landscapes, immerse ourselves in its rich cultural heritage, and forge unforgettable connections with its hospitable people. The seamless organization and meticulous attention to detail displayed by One World Adventures, combined with Tang's deep knowledge and passion, made our experience truly extraordinary. I wholeheartedly recommend this journey to anyone seeking to discover the majestic allure of Cambodia.

Emily Scott

I embarked on my first trip with One World Adventures as a solo traveler, I was a bit nervous about what to expect. However, my worries were quickly put to rest by our fantastic tour leader. He went above and beyond to ensure that everyone on the tour felt welcome and comfortable, and before long, we had all become fast friends. The itinerary was well-planned and provided a great balance of activities and free time. I also appreciated the small group size, which made for a more intimate and personalized experience. Overall, my trip with One World Adventures exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to travel with them again in the future. I highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a fun and stress-free travel experience.

Harper Wright

My husband and I had an excellent time on the tour. Our guide Hoang was fantastic, his wealth of knowledge and helpfulness really enriched our experience and gave us a deeper appreciation for the sights and culture we encountered. The tour was incredibly well organized, which made it all the more enjoyable. We are so grateful to One World Adventures for providing such a wonderful experience, and we will certainly be recommending them to our friends and family.

Samuel Martinez

Cambodia was a truly unforgettable destination, with Angkor Wat being just one of the many highlights. The country is full of fascinating temples and historical sites that provide a unique insight into their rich culture and heritage. The people are friendly and welcoming, and the local cuisine is delicious. The overall experience was amazing and highly recommended to anyone looking for a blend of adventure and cultural exploration.

Ethan Nguyen

This trip was the bee's knees! Our tour leaders were some of the most chill folks I've ever met. And get this-wait until ya hear what we saw! It was like a real-life Adventure. All sorts of beautiful temples and gorgeous scenery too. Oh, and did I mention that the food was superb? And then to top it off - holy moly if it didn't have perfect weather as well! Don't even get me started on how awesome this trip really was because... man oh man will I never forget it.

Olivia Smith

I had such an amazing trip through Cambodia! Hoang was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, making me feel safe as a solo female traveler. I also made some great friends along the way and loved learning about this country's history - so grateful for the experience.

Isabella Brown

I was beyond impressed with One World Adventures' amazing trip to Cambodia. It surpassed all my expectations and offered me such interesting experiences that will stay in my heart forever! Absolutely incredible - I highly recommend this experience!! Thanks, One World Adventures for a job very well done

Ethan Chen

Yee-ha!! My dream of visiting Cambodia and particularly Angkor Wat has come true at last - yippee! And what a success - this tour surpassed all my expectations! It was extremely well organized and safe for us ladies who were traveling solo, and being in such a small group made it mega easy to get around. Our guide Len knew exactly what they were talking about when explaining the historical background of the country. Winner winner Chicken Dinner.

Matteo Rossi

This company rocks. We're already counting down the days 'til our next adventure - so much easier than rolling dice to decide if it's safe to continue onto that notorious dragon cave. The booking was an absolute cinch, and this trip kept us laughing from start to finish. Our tour guide was like the best imaginary friend a person can have: always with a smile on her face and totally spectacular enthusiasm for the day's plans. Can't think of anything we'd change about this experience!

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