Day 1

Arrival in Siem reap

[Dinner & Traditional dance show included]

Upon arrival you will meet our local representative who will take you to your hostel.  The rest of the day is free to relax and for you to explore exciting Siem Reap! Take a dip in the hostel pool, get a massage to decompress after your traveling and then later enjoy dinner with a traditional Apsara dancing show at a local restaurant. Afterwards take a stroll around the bustling Old Market and Pub Street area or head back to your hostel as there will be an early start tomorrow.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Pool Party Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 2

siem Reap - angkor

[BBQ/Light Dinner included]

Depart at 5:30am in the morning for the sunrise at the temples of Angkor in Tuk Tuks. Arriving at the mystical Srah Sarong or "King's Bath" at around 6am, just in time to see the sun rise over the water and temples. After sunrise, walk across the road and be first at the fabulous jungle temple of Ta Prohm when it opens. Ta Prohm is particularly amazing in the early morning when all you can hear are the sounds of the jungle, before the crowds arrive.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Pool Party Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 3

Siem Reap – Countryside Cycling

[No Meals Included]

Today you will bike through the surrounding countryside and prepare a local Khmer meal to offer to the monks. Buddhist monks live away from their families and are not allowed to have normal jobs. They depend on the faith and charity of the local people. After a bike just outside of Siem Reap we will meet our chef from the village who takes us grocery shopping at a local food market. Maybe the chef will recommend that you to learn to cook the popular dish Amok, a fish soup, or Samlor Korko. After you have finished your Khmer cooking, the chef and his wife show you how to pack the meal and some rice into a banana leaf. A short walk takes us to the pagoda where the monks live so you can hand them the alms. Most likely the monk will give you a blessing and you can ask him everything you like to know regarding Cambodian culture and Buddhism. After you have given alms and eaten lunch in a local Cambodian home, you will bike back to your hotel and chill for the afternoon.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Pool Party Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 4

Siem Reap – Phnom Kulen

[No Meals Included]

This morning you will travel to Phnom Kulen, the sacred mountain that was the birthplace of the Khmer empire. It was here that Jayavarman II proclaimed independence from Java in 802, setting the stage for the glories of the Angkor-era that was to follow. This mountain plateau was the capital of the Khmer empire before it relocated south to Hariharalaya, known today as Roluos. Wat Preah Ang Thom is a focus of pilgrimage for Khmers during religious festivals and the large reclining Buddha carved into a huge sandstone boulder here offers spectacular views across the lush jungle. Nearby are impressive riverbed rock carvings, including innumerable lingas and representations of Shiva and Vishnu. There is a classic waterfall further downstream which is the perfect place to cool off after exploring, and nearby is a small, jungle-clad temple called Prasat Krau Romeas. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant on your own budget before continuing to Srah Damrei on the back of a motorbike. And around 3:30pm we go back to your vehicle and drive back to Siem Reap. On the way you will have the chance to take  a rest stop at a local night market just to try some Khmer local food which is the most popular dinner restaurants and back to hotel.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Pool Party Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 5

siem reap – Tonle Sap Exploring

[No Meals Included]

The Great Tonle Sap Lake (Boeung Tonle Sap) is one the main natural wonders of Cambodia, important ecological hotspot for freshwater fish in Asia during the wet season and UNESCO designated biosphere. It is a combination of lake and river systems  that make it one of the special wonders of Asia. The monsoons in wet season also cause a unique flow reversal of the river.

This afternoon, we explore the great Lake of Tonle Sap checking out the local life with a visit to the Floating Village of Kompong Khleang or Kampong Phluk.

Colorful settlements are scattered on the margins of the great lake and it will be our pleasure to take you to our favorite spots. Time of year plays an important role here, some villages become completely dry during the hot season and lower water levels across the whole lake may make trips somewhat challenging. We will take care of your lake exploration with the best local knowledge. We will add some colorful markets into the mix as well for a great photography day out focusing on people and expanding waters capes.

On the way back to our last stop close to Siem Reap town we will stop and you can experience a local Khmer picnic! Do you dare to Eat Frogs, Crickets, Grasshoppers, Spiders and more? (This is obviously voluntary!, but you can take some amazing photos)

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Pool Party Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 6

Siem Reap – visit & Volunteer Elephant Sanctuary

[Lunch & Dinner Included]

This morning at 8AM you will be picked up at your hostel before driving around 2 hours and half to reach the Elephant Sanctuary.

By volunteering at the Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia, you will help regenerate the jungle habitat of the endangered Asian elephant. Tree planting, seed collecting and trail-making are just some of the responsibilities you´ll have. It's not often you can participate in a project that is literally at the grass-roots level.

Arrive at Elephant Sanctuary and prepare yourself to be involved in activities. You will first have lunch before start your task to prepare food then later feeding food to the elephants and walking in the jungle and taking the elephants for a bath.

You will be living on site in comfortable accommodation and possibly sharing with at least two other volunteers. Here you will fall asleep to the sounds from the jungle. All meals are vegetarian, with unlimited drinking water available.

Accommodation: Elephant Sanctuary

 

Day 7

Volunteer Elephant Sanctuary – Siem Reap

[Breakfast & Lunch Included]

After a vegetarian breakfast, start your busy morning to make food for the elephants, tree planting and teaching English to local children.

Relax for lunch and then we will travel back to Siem Reap city. Check in you accommodation and relax as your leisure. Take a dip in the pool, get a massage and later head out to pub street or night market area for dinner and drinks.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Pool Party Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 8

Siem Reap – Phnom Penh

[No Meals Included]

This morning you will be picked up from your hostel and transferred to the airport. Leave Siem Reap at on a flight that departs 10:55 AM and arrives 11:35AM . Upon arrival in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh  you will be transferred to your hotel or guesthouse to check-in and freshen up. In the afternoon, around 2 PM, you will depart with your local guide on a walking tour through the heart of Phnom Penh. First briefly stop at the Friends N’ Stuff to have look at the shop of the local NGO Mith Samlanh, a fine project that trains local street children and at risk youth in hospitality and business. Continue through Phsar Kandal, the oldest market in Phnom Penh stopping for local snacks along the way, while observing the busy street life of urban Cambodia.

Go by foot to Phnom Penh’s old French Quarter with its fine colonial era architecture – proudly restored or beautifully decaying. And to Wat Phnom, a sacred and quiet pocket in the busy city, and the Buddhist temple that has given Phnom Penh its name.  Continue by tuk tuk to Tuol Sleng Prison, housed in a high school, to glimpse the devastating horrors that prevailed during Cambodia's ultra-radical Marxist movement. This excursion may prove distressing for some; it is however an important piece of Cambodia’s recent past.

After visiting Tuol Sleng, you will be dropped off at your hotel and have the evening free to chill.  We recommend visiting Phnom Penh’s charming riverside which is alive at night with hawkers and local people dancing, you can even join in the exercise with them for free if you are feeling energetic! Later relax with a cocktail or cold beer at one of Phnom Penh’s cool bar areas, we recommend visiting the trendy and cool Bassac lane area if you have time.

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared at Mad Monkey Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 9

Phnom Penh – Kampot

[No Meals Included]

Depart at 9:30 AM on a two and a half hour journey to sleepy Kampot. Upon arrival in Kampot, you will be transferred to your guesthouse and can enjoy the rest of the day free to chill or stroll about.

At 4:30PM, Your Tuk Tuk driver will pick you  up for a Sunset Cruise along Kampot River (included is one local beer per person). The cruise will last 2 hours, the boat will stop and you can jump off and swim, we will be watching fireflies, stunning Mountain Views as the sun goes down, pass tall mangroves and local fishing villages. The Cruise is from 5:00PM to 7:00PM and is public.

We recommend going to one of Kampots nice restaurants along the waterfront. Kampot and Kep are famous for local seafood (especially the soft-shell crab) so don’t be afraid to try that!!

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared bed at Bohemiaz Resort & Spa Kampot

 

Day 10

Kampot

[No Meals Included]

Today is our big Kampot day trip! Choose a time to meet up in the morning. 10am or earlier is recommended as it is a very full day.

We pick you up from your resort and take you out a full day or half day exploring the Surrounding Kampot Countryside to Visit the Salt fields and majestic Caves, Pepper Plantations and abandoned former colonial holiday residences that were devastated by the Khmer Rouge.  

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared at Bohemiaz Hostel (or similar)

 

Days 11 & 12

Kampot – Koh Rong Samloem

[No Meals Included]

This morning at 8:00AM your tuk tuk driver will transfer you to the bus station to catch your bus depart to Sihanoukville at 8:30AM. Upon arrival at the bus station meet our representative to get your boat ticket and transfer you to the boat pier for boarding to Koh Rong Samloem. Your boat ticket departs at 2:00PM. You will have time for relax or buy some stuff at the mini mart nearby the pier. Take a speed boat ferry for about 45 minutes and you will arrive at Koh Rong Samloem.

Once you get to Koh Rong Samloem, get to chill at one of the tables and inform the staff to process check in forms for you to sign, and they will explain the safety/general information to you. So from this point you can pretty much relax and enjoy the island!

The next two days can be spent sunbathing, swimming, lying in the hammocks and swings in the water, snoozing on the beanbags, chatting to the many other travellers, playing beach volleyball and other games up at the bar, kayaking or going for a wander to the other side if the island and/or the stream (ask the staff how to get there). There is also an inflatable water park equipped with a blob and trampoline at the edge of the pier. It opens each day @ 3pm. The bar closes at 00:00 as the resort shares the island with the army. Everyone usually heads down to the beach to continue the party and swim with the bioluminescent plankton (the most special part of this beautiful island).

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared at Mad Monkey Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 13

Koh Rong Samloem – Phnom Penh

[No Meals Included]

You leave on the first ferry out of Koh Rong Samloem.  Please be ready to go for the boat to wait for the high speed ferry back to Sihanoukville. Once back on dry land, a man with your name sign board will transfer you to bus station. The bus departure time is at 1:30PM.

The trip is around 5:30 hours please grab some snacks and driver will stops for food on the way. Arrive Phnom Penh and meet our representative to transfer you to check in your accommodation.

After dinner, party on!  Mad monkey has a great bar upstairs for some friendly drinks with the other guests, some games an often a DJ. They also take all guests to Club Love (around the corner) at 11:45PM to continue partying.

If you want to go somewhere other than Mad Monkey and club love for drinks. Check out the Cloud 9 Sky bar at the sun and moon hotel. It’s a little fancy so a bit more pricey but a lovely venue. #68, corner of street 136 & 15 Phar Kandal 1, Phnom Penh

Accommodation: Double/Twin shared at Mad Monkey Hostel (or similar)

 

Day 14

Departure Phnom Penh

[No Meals Included]

This morning you will bid a fond farewell to Cambodia and proceed to your next destination on your own.

Not sure where to go or what to do? Let us know if you need inspiration or help for your onwards journey.