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Overview

  • Day 1: Phnom Penh – Arrival
  • Day 2: Phnom Penh – Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap
  • Day 4: Siem Reap – Angkor
  • Day 5: Siem Reap – Departure
  • Extra: Optional Tours

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Phnom Penh – Arrival

Morning/Afternoon
Your private tour guide will meet you at Phnom Penh airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Phnom Penh- the capital of Cambodia. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your 2-week adventure in Cambodia and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel.
After taking a short rest, depends on your requirements, you will visit the ornate Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda which has a floor laid with more than 5,000 silver tiles.
After that, a testament to the horrifying legacy of the Khmer Rouge, a tour of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, will be made. This was a former school which was turned into a concentration camp (also known as Security Prison 21) at that terrible time.
You will then continue on to the Russian market, Psah Toul Tompoung, where the sights and smells will fill your senses. This is a market of narrow aisles and very passionate locals.

Evening
In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome dinner on the Kanika Boat Cruise along the Mekong & Tonle Sap Rivers.

Note: For the Cambodian Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 1 passport sized 3 cm x 4 cm photo and $30 for the stamping fee.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meals: (_/_/Dinner)



Phnom Penh – Phnom Tamao Wildlife Sanctuary

Morning
After breakfast, the first stop of your travel package in Cambodia will be a day of ATV riding (Quad bikes). Enjoy this new day by discovering the “real” Cambodia!
Your private tour guide will pick you up and take you on a drive through the back country roads, while crossing the forest, unusual bridges and streams, visiting small colorful villages. On this expedition, you will also have the opportunity to meet with the local people and see everyday life in their typical homes.
The tour includes a local style lunch served by the Tonlé Bati Lakeside, where you will also explore an Angkorian-Era temple.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will explore the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC) – the largest zoo in Cambodia, which was established in 1995. Since 2001, PTWRC has been run by the Cambodian Forestry Administration in partnership with an environmental non-profit organization called Wildlife Alliance and is set in over 6,000 acres of protected, regenerating forest. PTWRC currently houses over 1,200 rescued animals from 102 species including many of the species that are listed as Endangered or Vulnerable.

Evening
In the evening, you will have dinner in the local restaurant, and the rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Phnom Penh
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

Morning 
After breakfast and check out, your private tour driver will pick you up and take you to the airport for a short flight to Siem Reap. You will be met at the airport by your private tour guide and driver and taken to your hotel for check-in.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will explore Angkor Thom, which was the last capital of the Khmer Empire. Entrance will be from the Western Entrance, where the four faces of Buddha and the flanking statue of gods and demons can be seen.
The exploration will continue from The Terrace of Elephants and the Leper King to the Baphuon temple which opened to the public on 2011 June after 50 years of restoration.
The day will be finished by visiting the main temple of Bayon, which has 216 gigantic faces on the temple’s towers. This has led many scholars to the believers that the faces are the representations of Jayavarman VII himself, and others have stated that the faces belong to the bodhisattva of compassion called Avalokitesvara or Lokesvara, while many think it is a combination of all of these!

In the late afternoon, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset at Prasat Chroung, on the walls of Angkor Thom, accompanied by a bottle of champagne and fresh fruit. After the sun wanes, you will return via the Royal boat cruise through the ancient moat.

Evening
In the evening, you will have a lovely dinner while enjoying a traditional Khmer performance of “Apsara Dances” which depict the early mythology and history of Cambodia. The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)


Siem Reap – Angkor

Morning
In the morning, you will be picked up early from your hotel to visit the Angkor National Park and view the sunrise over Srah Srang a manmade lake once used as the royal bath. While waiting for the sunrise, you can enjoy hot tea or coffee and biscuits.
You will then continue on to visit the picturesque Ta Prohm temple. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor’s most popular temples with visitors. UNESCO added Ta Prohm to the World Heritage List in 1992.
You will end this trip by visiting the Tanai temple, which is sitting in the middle of the jungle, before returning to your hotel for breakfast. You can also choose to have breakfast at the Tanai temple.

After breakfast, we’ll continue on to Angkor Wat, to see this attractive temple which extends over approximately 200 hectares (almost 500 acres). Angkor Wat (Wat temple) is the central feature of the Angkor UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE containing the magnificent remains of the Khmer civilization. Angkor Wat’s rising series of five towers culminates in an impressive central tower that symbolizes mythical Mount Meru. Thousands of feet of wall space are covered with intricate carvings, depicting scenes from Hindu mythology.

Afternoon
After lunch, you will be driven through the lovely countryside, where palm sugar is produced, and visit Banteay Srei.  Many tourists consider Banteay Srei to be one of the prettiest temples. You will also visit the Chao Srei Vibol temple that is one of the off-the-beaten-track Angkor temples, and well worth looking at! The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Evening
In the evening, you will enjoy the Phare, The Cambodian Circus, followed by a delicious Cambodian dinner. The rest of the evening will be yours to explore at your leisure.

Overnight in Siem Reap
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Siem Reap – Departure

Morning
You will be picked up by your private tour guide early in the morning from your hotel to visit the floating village of Chong Khneas. Here you will see the fisherman and fishmongers barter their products in the crowded waters, at a point where the fisherman return to the dock. You will see young students rowing their wooden canoes to a floating school, and boat traders selling their vegetables and meat to the inhabitants of this floating village. These people live a simple and happy life. Whilst visiting, you will enjoy a basket of seasonal fruits to snack on.
You will then return to your hotel for breakfast, after which you are free to relax, enjoy the pool, or visit the Old Market.
Later, you will enjoy the Khmer Traditional Massage, which is a 60-minute full body massage, perfect for relaxation, easing muscle tension and calming the mind.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport in your private van for departure flight.

Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



What else to do in Siem Reap? Below is our recommendation for Optional Tours:

1. The Paint Ball Field: For the adventurous and outgoing types, our Paint Ball Field is a good way to play it rough and tough. Fully equipped with a wide netted playing field, full paintball combat gears and air guns as well as a team of staff who can guide you through (as well as to challenge your battle skills!).

Cost is US$10/person for 60 bullets

2. Cooking Class: Experience a hand on Cambodian Cooking Class at the Sojourn Villa/L’Ecole Paul Dubrule. Learn to make three Cambodian dishes with one of the head chefs, and then get to enjoy your delicious creation after class!
This class will also include a short visit to a local family to learn about food customs within the village (Entire class takes around 2.5 to 3 hours).

Cost in US$ 35 for 1 pack
Cost in US$ 25/pack (Maximum from 2pax up)

3. Horse Ride: Enjoy the countryside trail rides for approximately 3 hours. The horses will take you on a journey to places that are otherwise unreachable, through local countryside villages, scenic rice fields, and tourist-free temple ruins, all waiting for you to explore! An authentic taste of the real Khmer lifestyle viewed from horseback, and a welcome break from the more populated tourist areas.

Cost in US$ 56/pack

4. ATV Quad Bike: Explore the countryside by driving an ATV (Quad Bike). This is a 43 Kilometers trip, which is a perfect way to discover the area. Here you will see the real local life, with chickens, ducks, geese, and cattle roaming the fields.
Cost in US$ 56/pack

Cost in US$ 58 for 1pax on 1 ATV, US$ 73 for 2pax on 01 ATV (Maximum weight per quad = 130Kgs)



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Useful Information

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Cambodia
  • Cambodia entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

How to Plan a successful Trip to Cambodia, Step-by-Step

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a land that continues to surprise and delight its visitors. Home of the Angkor temples (the magnificent legacy of the Khmer empire that ruled over much of Southeast Asia 1,000 years ago) there is much to discover in this country.

By day, learn about the history of the capital city Phnom Penh; by night, dine on traditional Cambodian feasts and experience Cambodian nightlife. Visit the islands that dot the Cambodian coast and the quaint little provincial towns that make up the beautiful countryside. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat, travel the Mekong River by boat and relax on pristine beaches.

Learn about the tragic history of the Killing Fields, the Tuol Sleng Museum and other reminders of the Khmer Rouge regime. You will be amazed by the optimistic attitude of Cambodians, who have found the courage to continue smiling despite three dark decades of civil war. See for yourself what it means to live up to the saying “What doesn’t break us makes us stronger”.

Most popular sites of Cambodia

• Siem Reap – a cluster of villages with a French colonial center; the gateway to the Temples of Angkor
• Phnom Penh – the capital city of Cambodia, situated at the confluence of three rivers and offers an interesting mix of colonial buildings, temples, markets and broad avenues
• Tonle Sap Lake – one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, home to floating villages, forests, and natural splendor
• Sihanoukville – a jewel of white sands, blue sea and fresh seafood, situated in the south of Cambodia
• Kampot, Kep and Bokor National Park – less known but worth a visit on longer itineraries or when crossing into Vietnam at Ha Tien

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and March. During this time the country experiences the least amount of rainfall without becoming too hot.

In general, the entire country is subject to the same weather patterns, with two main seasons: hot and dry, and hot and wet. If you are unaccustomed to the tropics, you will find Cambodia to be very hot and sweaty.

The dry season runs from November to April on the back of the northeast monsoon. November to January is cooler, while February to April is hot and dusty. November is the coolest month and April the hottest.

The wet season runs from May to October, courtesy of the southwest monsoon. The wet season provides 75% of Cambodia’s annual rainfall. July to September are the wettest months.

For most visitors to the Kingdom of Cambodia, a visa is obtainable upon arrival at either airport in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Crossing over from Thailand by land, visas are available at Poipet Banteay Meanchey and Cham Yeam (Koh Kong province). Visitors entering Cambodia from Vietnam by land through Bavet / Moc Bai, or Ka-Om Samnor / Chau Doc, will need to have already obtained their visas prior to their arrival through a Cambodian Embassy or Consulate overseas. Tourists can also obtain their visas through the online E-Visa. Regardless of the method of entry, a Cambodian tourist visa is valid for one month.

Note: your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport. You should also have a 5 cm x 5 cm on a white or off-white background photo ready, as well as USD$30 for the stamping fee.

FYI, a departure tax is charged on all domestic and international flights.

 Visa exemptions

The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Cambodia for a certain amount of time:

Asia

  • Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
  • Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)
  • Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei (maximum stay of up to 14 days)

Unfortunately, citizens of the following countries are ineligible for an e-visa and will have to apply at their nearest Cambodian embassy / consulate:

Middle East – Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia

South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Africa – Algeria, Nigeria, Sudan

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Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook

Client reviews

We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.

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ICP customer review
Candace
USA

"Amazing Trip!"

We wanted a trip for 2 of us, somewhat last minute, and didn’t feel like putting in all the effort to plan it. Hien skyped with us and put together a trip that was AMAZING. We loved Cambodia, but suggest 2 half-day tours of the temples instead of one or two all-day tours. You will get templed-out. Everything will blur together. Definitely try The Bug Cafe. It’s definitely something to talk about later. Our favorite city in Vietnam was Hoi An and we wouldn’t have thought of it if it wasn’t for Hien. Bring your favorite dress and they will remake it for you in 48 hours, buy leather, and try all the delicious food. We highly suggest adding on a cooking class or a lantern class. Hien even came and met up with us at the end of our trip to meet with us personally.

Aug 11, 2019
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David Oliver
Spain

"All excellent"

All excellent. Fantastic travel agent. Elena was fantastic and very kind. A great professional. No doubt highly recommended.

Aug 10, 2019
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Elizabeth
New Zealand

"Very enjoyable tour by Indochina Pioneer!"

Used agent Lizzie who looked after us very well from start to finish. We wanted boutique hotels with pools as like to steer clear of large multinationals and each one selected was superb. We had done our research prior so knew where we wanted to stay so Indochina Pioneer was flexible. Coming from NZ, we found Halong Bay disappointing – polluted water and too many boats. But loved Luang Prabang, Laos just a 45 min flight from Hanoi. It was the highlight for us. No large tour groups & lovely colonial French architecture. Quieter than Viet’s hot spots. Buddhist culture, elephant conservation, serene waterfalls.
Lizzie kept in touch the whole way & adapted our itinerary as requested. Our guides in Hanoi and Laos were excellent. Use a Vietnam based agent like Indochina Pioneer to plan your land content. Nothing beats the local knowledge and back up if things go wrong. Thanks Lizzie & Indochina Pioneer for a great trip.

  

Aug 9, 2019
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Kyle
USA

"Fulfilled Promises – Use Indochina Pioneer when traveling to Asia"

For about a month, I solo traveled through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia and enjoyed the most beautiful trips of my life. Although nervous about doing this trip alone, Mr. Lam Duong promised my safety came first. Each guide in each city took care of me like I was family. Everywhere I went throughout SE Asia, the guides and the locals make you feel at home. The sights are one thing, but the culture is true beauty. I had a blast every single day knowing I was safe, and knowing that I had a full itinerary every day. Each guide was flexible to the itinerary as well. If you are ever planning on traveling to Asia, I 100% recommend using Indochina Pioneer. My itinerary was fantastic, my guides took care of me, and the hotels were beautiful. Thank you again for all of your help Lam!

Must See Destinations: Hoi An, Sapa, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang.

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Jul 23, 2019
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Simon Teevan
Saudi Arabia

"10 out of 10!"

Just back from a fantastic 2 weeks in Cambodia & Vietnam, all organised by the fantastic Kata Tran in Indochina Pioneer. Cannot recommend them highly enough. They gave us great options from which to choose in terms of places to visit, hotels to stay in, tours to take, etc. And, they were very flexible regarding any changes we wanted to make. All guides were great – all locals with great English and very knowledgeable. 10 out of 10!

Jun 15, 2019
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Gan
United States

"Amazing Vietnam private tour"

This is the 1st time we’ve been to Vietnam and we absolutely love it.
Big thanks to Kata (our tour organiser), who has been very accommodating to our requests. The tour was well organised and everything flowed smoothly.
We stayed in Hanoi (2 nights), Halong Bay (1 night) and Hoi an (2 nights), wished we could have stayed longer. Great hotels with delicious breakfast, excellent halong bay cruise and friendly tour guides (Tony from Hanoi and Snow from Danang) and drivers.
Big thumps up to Indochina Pioneer.

Jun 2, 2019
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Hermish Kumar
United Kingdom

"Wonderful stress free tour of Vietnam"

We had such a great holiday with Indochina Pioneer.The whole trip was so much fun and we saw and experienced so many beautiful things. Our guides were great Viet in Hanoi was superb – he spoke and understood English really well and took us to some different local places as we had discussed with him Yao in Sapa also spoke and understood good English and was really helpful on the trek
Banh in Hoi An / Hue had good English and was very informative
Sam in Ho Chi Minh had average English but he is so knowledgeable, helpful and easy to be with.
Pascal in Cambodia was really great and took us to some great locations for different photo opportunities

The hotels were also very good.

Boss Legend Hanoi – great
Sapa – rooms were a bit cold and we had to request a heater but much better the second night
Halong Bay – a fantastic trip would have loved to have stayed for longer!
Hoi An – lovely modern hotel – superb location
Hue – originally we declined a room on the 9th floor which we had been told would be noisy and were given a room on floor 6 – this was dark and we were moved the next day to a balcony room on floor 8 which was perfect.
Ho Chi Minh – lovely hotel and location
Siem Reap – lovely hotel and pool area

Overall everything Indochina Pioneer had booked for us went really smoothly and made our trip so enjoyable

We have already passed your details on to several friends back in the UK who are also contemplating a trip to Vietnam

I hope we will be able to use ICP services again on our future trips to Myanmar, Laos and China

May 22, 2019
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Judy Garvey
Canada

"Enjoy the Indochina Pioneer Experience"

I have used this company twice to book a trip to Viet Nam and a 2nd trip to Viet Nam and Cambodia.
I have also recommended this company to many local friends. I was so happy and pleased with meeting my agent Kata Tran. She is wonderful person, extremely organized and so trustworthy. All of the recommendations that I made to friends were also thrilled with Kata’s service and the professionalism of Indochina Pioneer.
Not only do they provide competitive prices but they have private drivers and guides who are locals. As a result, tourists get a local perspective from very well trained professional guides. The accommodations, food and cars were top notch. Please don’t miss the Indochina Pioneer experience you will not be disappointed.

May 22, 2019
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Tbalinger
Krakow, Poland

"Our fantastic Vietnam trip with Indochina Pioneer"

A couple of our close friends, my wife and I were planning to visit Vietnam for a while, but were not sure if we should do this on our own, or to use one of the travel agencies in Vietnam. A month or two later, a friend of my wife mentioned that she has just come back from Vietnam, used Indochina Pioneer to advise her on the itinerary and get trip organized. She told us she was totally impressed with them. Before contacting Nam Duong, we did some research and were fully impressed, as Indochina Pioneer’s reviews were outstanding. To make long story short, we asked Nam to prepare the itinerary for a two weeks tour of Vietnam. The response was prompt, we loved Nam’s proposal and two weeks later we were on our way.
Everything from the pickup at the airport, hotel choice, vehicles and especially the team of local guides were superb! We spent two weeks sightseeing and learning the history of Vietnam while visiting Saigon and Mekong delta, Hue, Hoi An, Danang, Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. We took millions of pictures and left with unforgettable memories of wonderful people we met during our trip and are grateful to Nam Duong and his team for getting this organized. We strongly recommend Indochina Pioneer. They did absolutely superb job. Thank you, Nam and your team!

May 2, 2019
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Chris C
Las Vegas, United States

"Family Fun in Thailand"

Amazing Vietnam private tour
We stayed in Bangkok (3 Nights), Chiang Rai (1 Night), Chiang Mai (3 Nights) and had a guide the entire trip from the airport for pick up in Bangkok to the airport on departure in Chiang Mai. The tour was very well put together and Lam with Indochina Pioneer was more than accommodating to our changes for what probably seemed like a million back and forth emails. Aurora (our guide in Bangkok) was absolutely amazing, not only for us, but also our children (3 and 7). everything we mentioned she made sure we did or at least knew how to do it when we were done for the day with our tour. Our guide in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai (Tree) was also amazing in showing us more than we could have imagined in Northern Thailand.

Apr 20, 2019
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