Our favourite itinerary! Discover the most beautiful and impressive temples in Siem Reap, where time stops between centuries-old walls, unique brick sculptures and giant trees. Ta Prohm, Prasat Kravan and the world’s largest monument Angkor Complex, each temple is a bridge leading you back to the past. Venture to Sihanoukville – Cambodia’s tropical island with kilometres of white-sand beaches, a perfect location for swimming, snorkeling and various water activities. Visit the capital Phnom Penh, where the traditional Khmer and colonial charm is well preserved. Get a glimpse into the history of Cambodia in the 19th and 20th centuries when exploring the city’s most important sites and buildings.
- Day 1: Siem Reap – Arrival
- Day 2: Siem Reap – Full-Day Exploration
- Day 3: Siem Reap – Angkor Complex – Full-Day Exploration
- Day 4: Siem Reap – Flight to Sihanouk Ville
- Day 5: Sihanouk Ville – Boat Trip
- Day 6: Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh – Sightseeing Tours
- Day 07: Phnom Penh – Departure
- 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.
Siem Reap – ArrivalDay 1
Your private tour guide will meet you at Siem Reap airport and will escort you by private car to your selected hotel in Siem Reap. Your knowledgeable guide will be happy to answer any questions along the way about your 2-week adventure in Vietnam and Cambodia and will assist you with check-in and registration at the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure.
Lunch and dinner will be on your own, but your guide will recommend excellent options for your preferred cuisine – we highly recommend trying Cambodian cuisine for a true immersion experience.
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 Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Full-Day ExplorationDay 2
This morning you will get up early to witness the sunrise over ancient Angkor, and then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, you will embark on the tour. Today with the help of your private guide, driver and a private vehicle, you will get to explore the town’s major attractions.
– Banteay Srei: A favorite site of most visitors. The special charm of this temple lies in its compact size, remarkable state of preservation, and the excellence of its decorative carvings.
– Banteay Samre: With its rose-colored sandstone walls, decorated with carvings and bas-reliefs, which are among the most accomplished Angkor has to offer.
After lunch, your tour will continue.
– The fabulous Ta Prohm embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers.
– Prasat Kravan – With its unique brick sculptures.
– Srah Srang – The “Royal Baths” once used for ritual bathing.
– Banteay Kdei – Meaning a “Citadel of Chambers” also known as the “Citadel of Monks”, built between the 12th & 13th Centuries.
– Thommanon & Chau Say Tevoda Temples. Built during the reign of Suryavarman II (from 1113-1150), a UNESCO world heritage site.
If time permits you will also visit:
– East Mebon with a 10th Century Temple built during the reign of King Rajendravarnan.
– Neak Poan is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple and said to be a symbol of the Universe.
– Preah Khan was built in 1191 according to the tradition on a spot where the king fought a crucial battle against the Cham.
Your day tour will end at the hotel at around 17:30. The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your pleasure. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Angkor Complex – Full-Day ExplorationDay 3
After breakfast, you will start your tour on bicycles, or you can choose to travel by private car. You will cycle for 45 minutes to the world heritage areas, on the roads less traveled. You will ride through parts of the jungle and pass local villages and shops. This morning, you will explore some of Angkor’s most beautiful temples.
You will start from the West Gate of Angkor Thom – undiscovered by most tourists.
The sites in this complex include:
– The ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century)
– The South Gate, Bayon Temple- unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 serene stone faces jutting out from the upper terrace.
– Baphuon temple, built in the mid 11th Century, lying just to the north of Bayon and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
– The Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas, built at the end of the 10th Century, and styled as a three-tier pyramid.
– The Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
After returning to the hotel you will have time to rest before this afternoon’s tour. Lunch will be on your own.
Mid-afternoon you will continue on to the most famous temple: Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat became a World Heritage Site in 1992, famous for its beauty and splendor. Angkor Wat features the longest continuous bas-relief in the world, which runs along the outer gallery walls and narrates stories from Hindu mythology.
You will end up our day with an Elephant ride up Bakheng Hill to visit Bakheng Temple and enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset.
After returning to the hotel, the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your pleasure. Dinner will be on your own.
Overnight in Siem Reap
Siem Reap – Flight to Sihanouk VilleDay 4
After breakfast, your private tour guide will pick you up and take you to Siem Reap airport for a short flight to Sihanoukville.
Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a private driver and driven to our hotel for check-in. The lovely beaches of Sihanoukville are some of the most unspoiled in all of Southeast Asia. There are some 10 km of beach stretching the whole length of the town and dozens of small islands just a short boat ride away, which make for a perfect tropical getaway, with facilities for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving.
This free day will provide an opportunity for you to relax, sunbathe, or enjoy the various water sports on these beautiful beaches. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
Overnight in Sihanoukville
Sihanouk Ville – Boat TripDay 5
After breakfast and checkout, you will head out by boat for an exciting trip to the best of the many islands lying offshore from Sihanoukville. You will be taken to Koh Russei, also called Bamboo Island (transfer time 1 hour).
Upon arrival, you will take a short hike through the forest across the island. Then you will have time at leisure on the fine beach in the North of the island, which is still pristine and lined with Casuarinas trees.
Activities here include sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming or just relaxing! The rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.
Overnight in Sihanoukville
Sihanouk Ville – Phnom Penh – Sightseeing ToursDay 6
After breakfast and check out, you will depart Sihanoukville for Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh- the city still retains traditional Khmer and colonial charm. French villas along tree-lined boulevards remind the visitor that the city was once considered the gem of Southeast Asia. Recent political changes have triggered an economic boom of sorts, with new hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs springing up around the city.
On arrival, you will take a guided tour, visiting the cities major attractions.
– The Royal Palace compound was built in 1866 by the Predecessors of King Norodom, one of the most impressive and colorful Khmer-style Palaces.
– The Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha Temple), displaying many Buddha Statues decorated with diamonds, emeralds, gold and silver.
– The Independence Monument which was constructed in 1954 after Cambodia took their country back from the French.
– The National Museum – the distinctive red building with beautiful Khmer architecture, built in 1917. It contains more than 5000 art objects made of sandstone, bronze, silver, copper, and wood.
– The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng means “Hill of the Poisonous Trees”. Tuol Sleng was only one of at least 150 execution centers in the country whereas many as 20,000 prisoners were executed.
After that, you will return to your hotel in Phnom Penh, and the rest of the day will be yours to explore at your leisure. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
Overnight in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – DepartureDay 07
After breakfast and a leisurely morning on your own, you will check out by midday and your private driver will pick you up and take you to the Phnom Penh airport for your departure flight home.
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- 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
Why to visit Cambodia
Where to Go
When to Go
Obtain a Cambodia Visa
How to book a tour
Packing and Luggage Allowance
Why to visit Cambodia
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”.
Where to Go
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
When to Go
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.
Obtain a Cambodia Visa
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.
The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Cambodia for a certain amount of time:
- 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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Step 2: Reviewing/ Customizing our offer!
It’s your holiday so everything should be exactly what you want! We encourage your careful review of what we offer, letting us know what changes you would like to make. We’ll be more than happy to fine-tune the tour to fit best your interests, budget and time! This step may require several emails/call exchanges until perfect!
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And then you start counting down the day for your most fabulous trip!
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Packing and Luggage Allowance
Packing Checklist – Be sure to check them all 😉
- 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
- Insect repellent
- Refillable water bottle with filter
- 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
- Ear plugs & eye mask
- Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
- Lightweight travel towel
- Local language phrasebook
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.
Kerri SMaryland, USA
My visit to Thailand and Vietnam was a trip of a lifetime! Lizzie diligently worked with me to create a trip that included everything that I wanted to see and do—-learn about the country, culture and foods. Everything about the trip was perfect. Hotels, tours and most especially the tour guides! The tour guides were so knowledgeable and flexible and I feel so blessed to consider them my friends now. They really made the trip for me!
Lizzie Pham, I can’t sing your praises enough for your attention to detail! You and everyone I met along my adventure have a special place in my heart. You opened my eyes to amazing places and people. I can’t wait to explore more countries with you!
This is the second time we used Indochina Pioneer. Earlier this year we used them for a great tour of Thailand and this time for another great tour in Vietnam. We are very lucky to of worked with Kata Tran, and she spent much time in helping us customize a tour based on the amount of time we wanted to spend in Vietnam. We really feel spoiled that we can arrange a private tour and customize the tour further throughout the tour. We have been so happy to have private tours as tours are the most efficient but we were always turned off by large tours and everyone following someone carrying a flag. With a private tour, we can call the shots as there will be a place that we want to spend more time and places we want to spend less time. The tour guides and driver coordinate perfectly so as we finish one place, our van would be waiting for us with the air condition on and cold water. I actually asked one of the tour guides that were subcontracted by Indochina Pioneer and was very pleased when they said that really enjoyed working with Indochina Pioneer because they can see that Indochina Pioneer really wants the best for their customers and that to ensure that, they hire the best subcontractors and take care of them also so everyone is happy. I hope Indochina Pioneer and Kata Tran prosper and grow larger and there are other places that we want to travel and would like to use Indochina Pioneer again and again.
Trish WBig White, Canada
"Superb Travel Agency and Consultant Kata Tran"
We have just returned from a 17-day excursion in Southern Vietnam, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Kata Tran was EXCELLENT to deal with. She listened to what we wanted to do for our tour and she delivered! The guides and drivers were great. The guide’s knowledge of the sites and English was very good and the drivers were timely and caring. They always had a cold bottle of water and a cleansing towel ready for us when we returned from visiting a site. The whole tour unfolded on time and without a hitch. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Patara Elephant Park outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where we spent a full day with the elephants: learning about them and being taught how to communicate with them; feeding them; watering them; riding them in the jungle for 45 minutes; then bathing them. It was WONDERFUL. Kata recommended this particular Farm for an elephant experience and we were so happy because we had heard from others about their disappointment at some other elephant sanctuaries/excursions. Patara Farm is associated with the Veterinary Department of Chiang Mai University so you know the animals are well cared for and it shows.
We were disappointed with our hotel in Bangkok and Kata and the guide did everything they could to ensure our happiness and they definitely accomplished their goal.
I would HIGHLY recommend Indochina Pioneer and Patara Elephant Farm
John MMelbourne, Australia
"BRILLIANT TRAVEL AGENCY AND CONSULTANT (MS HIEN PHAM)!"
In 21018 we visited the southern half of Vietnam and loved it so much that we decided to do a 16-day tour of the north in March 2019.
We had a fairly good idea of where we wanted to go and stay (eg. A few days in Ha Noi, an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, stay in a mountain village, visit Hoi An, etc, etc), but we had no specific hotels or tours in mind.
Enter Indochina Pioneer and Ms. Hien Pham who was assigned to us. I found the company on the internet and after checking a few Trip Advisor recommendations I contacted them and began putting the details of our tour together (based largely on Hien’s recommendations).
She was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! So patient, understanding and she left nothing to chance!!! And all at a very reasonable price (better quality – but cheaper than Australian package deals!!!) Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) went as she planned it. The great accommodation (eg. The Apricot Hotel in Ha Noi was outstanding – see my separate review), the tours, the local city guides, the transfers, etc, etc, all went well).
I can’t recommend Ms. Hien Pham and Indochina Pioneer highly enough. Book your tour with them – you won’t regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Best Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip"
We chose Indochina Pioneer and they put together the best-customized tour for us. The timings were well planned and it became one of the memorable tours for us. Hien from Indochina was very helpful in planning. We were very particular about places, and she helped us to plan what we want. We started from Cambodia (Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake), then Laos (Luang Prabang), and then to Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Thien Duong Cave, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfalls). Every day we had a blast. The service was really good. And I’m booking through them again to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. And that tells how good they are. Thanks to Indochina Pioneer and special thanks to Hien for planning the best trip for us.
"Best Myanmar trip"
We decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a trip to Myanmar with our family. It was 17 days length trip only in Myanmar. This was an amazing experience and an excellent country to visit. Ms. Hien was very helpful to plan our itinerary, ad hoc to our needs. Tour guides have mostly good knowledge and good English. Especially Mr. Cho and Ms. Thin were really good tour guides, we liked them a lot.
"Splendid personalised tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"
Following a recommendation we chose Indochina Pioneer to put together our bespoke tour. Sales Manager Kata Tran took on board our requirements and offered a proposal which we then fine-tuned into an excellent itinerary. We had a really splendid holiday. Different guides at different locations were all good and three were outstanding. Our boutique hotels were mostly very good and we found the service offered was always delightful – the same for restaurants. The high spots of our holiday were the gentle trekking in Sapa, the wonderful Ha Long Bay cruise (outstanding food on our boat), Hanoi city and the street food, Hoi An so charming, exciting Saigon, the high-speed boat ride up the Mekong and the fantastic Angkor temples in Cambodia. We built two relaxation breaks into our tour, primarily to meet up with friends and family but this was also useful to catch breath in the middle of the tour. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Indochina Pioneer although it would probably have been best to travel from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by air rather than by bus. Cambodia was very, very hot at this time of year.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Indochina Pioneer for similar tours in Vietnam and Cambodia.
Jerry Ray BowlingUSA
"Worry-free Vietnam travel!"
Reliable and caring. You name it and Ryan has the know-how to plan it. From a hassle-free airport taxi to your place of relaxation, day trekking in Nhin Binh and rowing a Sampan in a National park and of course the 2-night Halong Bay Junk Boat. The quality of communication during planning, the freedom to ask questions, make changes and make even more changes were without pressure. Our day tour guide Cuong was simply wonderful in conversation and culture and share a few recipes with my wife!
This was my 1st experience using a tour service and I will honestly say… its the only way to travel Vietnam, see what you want to see, have reliable timely transportation, professional safe drivers and a plan. These agents and supporting cast are sincere in the duties to the customer and your experience in Vietnam.
On another note, I had forgotten an item. Contacted them, and both went out of there way to ensure my item was returned. So grateful
Next tour Sapa, Lao Cai, Hai Phong
"Great travel agent for Vietnam travel"
Decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a private tour for my husband and I to travel within Vietnam. Elly Do was our assigned guide and she did a great job putting our itinerary together and helping every step of the way with entry visas, forms and payment information. She was a wonderful communicator always answering punctually and with much detail and information in answer to my questions. Most of the guides were great and we had excellent experiences. One guide stopped the car along the way so that we could speak with minority people working in the fields and we found that the guides were always very flexible when we needed to stop and linger somewhere.
"Vietnam holiday with Indochina Pioneer"
I took a trip to Vietnam with two of my sons in Sept 2019 for 10 days. Mr. Lam organized the trip for three of us. The trip was absolutely amazing. I recommended it to all and I will also use him for my future trip.