Cambodia & Thailand Tour
Travel to two of South East Asia’s greats on this exciting 13-day trip to Cambodia and Thailand. Explore the ancient temples of Angkor, journey across the giant Tonle Sap Lake, and unearth the horrors of Cambodia’s tragic past as you journey through South East Asia’s friendliest nation. Begin the Cambodian leg of your tour in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, where you can explore the Royal Palace and stunning Silver Pagoda, before heading to the lively town of Siem Reap, home to the magnificent temples of Angkor. Leave Cambodia behind to discover lively Bangkok, the home of street food and rooftop bars. After a couple of nights in this bustling metropolis, travel to Phuket to spend your last few days relaxing on Thailand’s famous beaches; the perfect way to end your Cambodia and Thailand tour.
EXPLORE THE INCREDIBLE ANCIENT TEMPLE RUINS OF ANGKOR
TAKE A BOAT TRIP ON THE TONLE SAP LAKE, ONE OF THE LARGEST IN ASIA
Discover the bustling metropolis of Bangkok
Relax on the sandy beaches in Phuket
Day 1 – Arrive Phnom Penh
When you arrive in Phnom Penh, make your way to the hotel for check-in, which will be from 2pm onwards. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. If you arrive in time, you can join your guide and the rest of the group for dinner to get to know your fellow travellers! Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 2 – Phnom Penh
This morning you will visit the stunning Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda, built by King Norodom in 1866 in Phnom Penh’s old town. Next, you will head to the National Museum to see a collection of Khmer art, and over 5000 artefacts from Angkor Wat. You will then continue to the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum and The Killing Fields to understand the atrocities which occurred in this beautiful country under Pol Pot’s regime. This can be an upsetting experience, but it is important to know what happened here not so long ago. From here, you will be taken to the Psar Toul Tom Poung, also known as the Russian Market. You can then enjoy sunset views from Wat Phnom Temple. Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 3 – Phnom Penh / Siem Reap
After breakfast, you will be leaving Phnom Penh and heading by private transport to Siem Reap. You will have some free time to explore on arrival. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 4 – Siem Reap
After breakfast, you will be taken to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas, 10km south of Siem Reap. From here, take a boat trip in a traditional wooden boat down the Tonle Sap Lake, one of the largest lakes in Asia. You will continue to a local primary school and then to Chantiers Ecoles – Les Artisans d’Angkor, where training is being provided to young Cambodians in an effort to revive the ancient Khmer traditions of stone carving and wood sculpting. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 5 – Siem Reap / Angkor
Today you will be exploring the wondrous ancient ruins of Angkor. Starting at the south gate, you will see Angkor Thom, famous for its series of colossal human faces carved in stone. Next, take a visit to the impressive Bayon Temple, with its multitude of smiling stone faces. You will also explore the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, and the Elephant Terrace. If there is time, you can also walk up to Phnom Bakheng Hill, for spectacular sunset views over these incredible sandstone monuments. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 6 – Siem Reap / Angkor
The beginning of your second day touring the Angkor area will be spent at Bantey Srei, a 10th century Hindu temple dedicated to the God, Shiva. During the trip you will visit the temple of Bantey Samre where, according to legend, a farmer became King of the Sweet Cucumbers. On the way back you will visit Ta Prohm, the jungle temple which has been engulfed by the surrounding trees and featured in many a Hollywood movie. In the afternoon you will head out to discover the beautiful Angkor Wat, one of the most extraordinary monuments in the world. Overnight in Siem Reap.
Day 7 – Siem Reap / Bangkok
Today you will be saying goodbye to Cambodia and taking a flight to Bangkok, Thailand’s buzzing capital city. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and the rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 8 – Bangkok
After breakfast you will travel to the Grand Palace and visit the most sacred Buddha statue of the Thai nation. Enter the second court where the major throne halls are located and visit inside the Amarin Tharawinitchai Throne and the Dusit Mahaprasart Throne. Afterwards, we’ll visit Wat Pho, home to one of the largest reclining Buddha statues. After lunch, we’ll travel to Bangkok Canal by motor boat, also known as a ‘long-tailed boat’. Along the way we’ll pass by the famous royal temple, the Temple of Dawn, or Wat Arun. View Bangkok’s most stunning landmark, The Pang, and visit the Flower Market, PakklongTalad. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 9 – Bangkok / Phuket
After breakfast, the rest of the day will be at your leisure in Bangkok. An early evening transfer will take you to the airport to catch your flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll be spending four nights for some well-earned beach time.
Days 10, 11, & 12 – Phuket
The days in Phuket will be at your leisure for further exploring or just relaxing on the beautiful beaches!
Day 13 – Depart Phuket
Today is the last day of your Cambodia and Thailand tour. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time before you need to make your way to the airport for international flights home.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE CAMBODIA AND THAILAND TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3 & 4-star hotels with breakfast
- 2x Flights between Siem Reap & Bangkok / Bangkok & Phuket
- Private tours with an English-speaking local guide
- Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles (excludes airport transfers)
- Entrance fees to sites as mentioned in itinerary
- Private boat on Tonle Sap Lake
- Up to eight weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on the Cambodia and Thailand Tour on payment of a deposit of £250.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- International flights are not included and will need to be organised separately. Please do not book flights until we give the go-ahead. If you would like flight suggestions or help with booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
ESSENTIAL TRIP NOTES
You will need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and that you have a couple of blank pages. Please ensure the name on your booking and flight match your passport.
It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure they obtain the correct visas for travel. British passport holders travelling to Thailand are visa exempt for stays of up to 30 days. You will, however, need to apply for a visa to enter Cambodia. This is a quick and easy process that can be done online. Information for both Cambodia & Thailand can be found for British Nationals on the FCO website. If you hold another nationality passport or originate from another country, please check the relevant embassy website.
You may want to take a copy of your passport and flight confirmations with you – if you lose the originals, it is easier to get replacements if you have copies.
FLIGHT TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION
Please ensure you have proof of return travel tickets and hotel accommodation to hand for arrival as you may need to present details of this.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you’ll need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t already purchased your travel insurance policy, we have partnered up with Columbus and you can buy your policy through us.
MONEY & COSTS
The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, but you will find that you will mostly use US Dollars. The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht. You can change up your money before you go, or you can take Euros, Pounds or Dollars with you and exchange when you get there. Alternatively, you can take cash out of ATM’s, which are widely available in all the towns you will visit on your trip. Credit cards are accepted at some restaurants and shops, but it’s best not to rely on your card.
We recommend budgeting £20 – £30 a day for meals, drinks and tipping of local guides and porters. Any souvenir shopping you wish to do would be on top of this. Thailand will be slightly more expensive than Cambodia. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when on holiday, so please plan accordingly.
If you feel as though you have received a good service, please reward your guide and driver with a tip. We recommend $3 – $5 US dollars per person, per day for your guide, and $1 – $3 US dollars per person, per day for your driver (you can tip your guides/drivers in local currency). Tipping is of course voluntary but gratefully accepted in recognition of good service.
If you would prefer to have your own room on this trip, the additional cost would be £399. Please let us know at the time of booking as it cannot be guaranteed closer to the time.
We will be taking two internal flights on this trip. The first from Siem Reap to Bangkok (approx. 1 hour) on day 7, and the second from Bangkok to Phuket (approx. 1.5 hours) on day 9, the checked-baggage allowance for these flights is 20kg, plus one piece of hand luggage.
We will be covering a lot of ground on this trip but there will only be one notable journey by road, and this is from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The journey should take approximately 5 hours and we will stop regularly on the way to use the bathroom and stretch our legs.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable walking shoes or trainers
- We recommend dressing modestly in Cambodia and Thailand, especially when visiting holy sites. Cambodia and Thailand have tropical weather so you will find it quite warm all year round. Lightweight clothing is recommended during the cooler months (DEC-FEB), the dry season (MAR-JUN) and the rainy season (JUN-NOV) but please do take additional waterproof clothing during this period. You may also want to bring an additional layer for the morning or evenings, such as jumper or cardigan.
- Adequate sun protection – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Waterproof jacket
- Insect repellent
- Re-fillable water bottle if it has built in filters
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Power bank
- Plug adaptors – These can be viewed via the links: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/cambodia/ & https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/thailand/
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase, ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough.
Whilst travelling around, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewellery and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home. Be vigilant always and avoid carrying large amounts of money around with you. You could invest in a money belt to go under your clothes to keep cards, money or air tickets in for extra safety.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
By now you should have been to see your doctor or travel nurse and made sure that your vaccinations are all up to date. Please check the government website if you need more information.
It is not recommended to drink the tap water in Cambodia or Thailand. Although it is clean and safe for locals to drink, what you are used to at home will differ and you could end up with an upset stomach. You should keep hydrated whilst you’re out there as it will be very hot and humid, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you from the UK as items may not be as readily available as they are here.
If you are travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever, you will need to take a valid certificate with you to prove you have had the vaccine.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website.
VISITING RELIGIOUS SITES
When visiting some religious sites, you will need to remove your shoes before entering.