Cambodia is a small country with a wealth of cultural attractions and landscapes, from glorious beaches to thick jungle-clad mountains and lush rivers. However, it's best not to pack too much into your visit because the infrastructure makes getting around quite slow. If you opt for a slow-travel experience that favors quality over quantity, it doesn't matter whether you have five days or two weeks in Cambodia, as you'll certainly have a rich and rewarding stay.
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This two-week itinerary covers the bases for a complete Cambodian experience, combining top sites, fun activities, insights into local life, and sampling authentic dishes from rice cakes to pepper crab. Over 14 days, you'll explore Angkor's temples, boat among Tonlé Sap Lake's floating villages, cycle the countryside, meet landmine-sniffing rats, and enjoy glamping in Cardamom Mountains National Park. Plus, there's time to relax by the beaches of Kep before rounding out your adventure in Phnom Penh.
You can experience every facet of Cambodia in two weeks, from exploring its ancient culture and archaeological treasures to off-the-beaten-path rainforest adventures and a relaxing beach idyll. Spend several days exploring the ancient sites and rural culture of Siem Reap, the Royal Palace and markets of Phnom Penh, and the wildlife-rich rainforest of Botum Sakor National Park. Top it off with four days kicking back by sunning and snorkeling on the beaches of Koh Rong.
With two weeks in Cambodia, travelers have a wealth of options. Go on a classic tour of the highlights, such as Angkor, Phnom Penh, Botum Sakor National Park, and Kon Rong, or opt for an active rural adventure with cycling, kayaking, and exploration by tuk-tuk. Travelers keen to compare Cambodia and Laos can enjoy a journey that begins in Luang Prabang and ends in Angkor. And those with a social conscience can opt for a "feel good" adventure spanning community arts projects to an elephant care center.
Contribute to the betterment of Cambodian society on this feel-good 14-day active adventure that engages you with community projects, from an art school in Phnom Penh and an elephant-care project to restaurants that train young disadvantaged Cambodians for brighter futures. Along the way, you'll hike to waterfalls in the mountains, cycle to countryside villages, explore Angkor's temples by tuk-tuk, and visit the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake by boat.
This 10-day itinerary is ideal for travelers seeking the splendor of Cambodian history, wildlife, and culture. Exploring by pedicab, you'll begin in Phnom Penh for the Royal Palace and National Museum before kayaking the Mekong River in search of Irrawaddy dolphins, then visiting the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake by boat. Finish your adventure in Siem Reap as you explore the magnificent temples of Angkor by tuk-tuk, accompanied by a local expert.
This itinerary covers a wide range of must-see places and unique excursions for an authentic taste of Cambodian history and culture. Over 10 days, you'll marvel at exploring Angkor's temples before visiting Tonlé Sap Lake's "floating villages" and spending two nights in Phnom Penh. From here, bicycle the countryside, explore the seafood markets around Kampot, and head to the seaside resort of Kep, where you'll complete the adventure.
With 10 days to explore Cambodia, you can combine several distinct locations. For example, opt for an itinerary that combines roaming Angkor's root-riddled ruins, boating Tonlé Sap Lake's "floating villages," and kayaking the Mekong in search of dolphins. Or explore Angkor's temples plus the Royal Palace and National Museum of Phnom Penh, cycle the countryside around Kampot, and relax on Rabbit Island. Then, there's an itinerary that combines some of the above with time spent among Asian elephants in the cool highlands.
Experience many of the quintessential highlights of Angkor and eastern Cambodia, from the temples of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom to the floating villages of Tonlé Sap, the wild elephants of Mondulkiri, and the endangered freshwater dolphins of the Mekong River. Along with a mix of outdoor activities and cultural tours, you'll visit a silk farm, Cham and Phnong indigenous villages, plus pepper and coffee plantations for a well-rounded and fulfilling adventure to remember.
One week in Cambodia is enough time to explore Angkor or Phnom Penh, plus the highlights of one other region. Cycling enthusiasts can explore the Angkor temples, ricefields, and villages around Battambang by bicycle. Nature lovers can look for wildlife while hiking and kayaking in Botum Sakor and Cardomom national parks. Or combine Phnom Penh with Battambang, the Angkor temples, and the floating villages of Tonlé Sap Lake for a more-rounded itinerary.
Perfect for active travelers who enjoy cycling, this 7-day tour of Cambodia winds at an easy pace past the most majestic temples of Angkor and through the rice fields and idyllic countryside around Battambang. You'll learn about local culture and lifestyle, savor traditional Khmer cooking, and enjoy a performance of ancient Apsara dancing.
Explore the wilds of southern Cambodia on this week-long active itinerary. With boat trips, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, and kayaking galore, you'll experience the best of culture and nature. Start from Phnom Penh and visit the Phnom Da temple, a pepper farm, plus wildlife-rich Botum Sakor National Park and Cardamom National Park.
Exploring by bicycle, boat, and "bamboo train" are a few of the ways you'll experience the enchantment of Cambodia on this week-long adventure focusing on history, architecture, culture, and cuisine. Start in Phnom Penh, with the markets, "killing fields," and a sunset Mekong River cruise. Then head to Tonlé Sap Lake and Battambang for insights into local life. Finish with two nights in Siem Reap, where you’ll explore the Angkor temples and watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat.
To make the most of a five-day trip to Cambodia, it's best to focus on one city or region—you'll save time and avoid spreading yourself too thin. On these three unique itineraries focused on Siem Reap and the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how diverse the sights and activities can be as you cycle past ancient temples, plant rice with local farmers, and kayak among the floating villages of Tonlé Sap lake.
This 5-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Siem Reap—the gateway to the world-famous Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lively city will be your base for excursions to Angkor by "remork" and bicycle, and into the countryside to live like a local for a day. Plus, you'll get to meet Cambodia's landmine-sniffing HeroRATS and witness an exciting Cambodian circus.
This relaxed yet active 5-day itinerary explores the area around Angkor and Siem Reap. Basing yourself in Siem Reap for four nights, you'll experience the many fascinating Hindu and Buddhist temples of Angkor Wat and neighboring temple complexes by "remork" and bicycle. Then take to the waters of Tonlé Sap lake and kayak the wetlands to visit the floating villages and spot some of this biosphere reserve's many colorful bird species.
Cambodia experiences two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy (wet) season. Most travelers prefer to visit during the dry season when the skies are clearer, temperatures are generally lower, and the conditions are good for sightseeing and experiences. However, there are advantages to visiting in the wet season, especially if you're interested in photography and don't mind getting a bit wet. Find out more about the best time of year to visit Cambodia.
June is the start of the wet season in Cambodia, and while not many tourists visit at this time, there are distinct advantages to doing so. The early wet season is also known as the green season when vegetation and crops come back to life after many months of minimal rain, so the countryside is lush and vibrant. Plus, it doesn't rain all day, every day. Read on to learn more about traveling to Cambodia in June.
With the end of the wet season and the beginning of the cooler dry season, tourists flock back to Cambodia in November. As well as highlights like Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap, and the islands off the southwest coast, visitors in November can enjoy the festivities of the Cambodian Water Festival, Bonn Om Touk. Read on to find out more.
The conditions are excellent for travel in Cambodia in December, with clear skies, warm (but not-too-hot) temperatures, and little-to-no rain. Whether you want to explore the ruins of ancient Angkor, lounge on a tropical beach, birdwatch on Tonlé Sap, or hike in the mountains, December is a great time to visit Cambodia. Find out more about where to go and what to do.
January is right in the middle of the cool, dry season in Cambodia, and it's one of the busiest months of the year for tourism. If you don't mind sharing iconic destinations like the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat with the crowds of other tourists, it's a great time to visit. Read on to find out more about traveling to Cambodia in January.
February is in the middle of Cambodia's cool, dry season, but "cool" is a relative term, and visitors can still expect warm-to-hot temperatures. The conditions are ideal for getting outdoors, whether hiking and biking or simply wandering around the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. Many other travelers have the same idea though, so expect Cambodia to be busy with tourists if you visit in February.
The rainy season in Cambodia ends in October—the wettest month (along with September) of the year. But don't let that stop you from making plans to visit. Now is an excellent time to avoid the hordes of tourists at the ever-popular Angkor Wat and the surrounding ancient city. Find out more about traveling to Cambodia in October.
September is among the wettest months in Cambodia, and it's the low season for tourism. But if you're prepared for some rain and minimize your overland travel, there are benefits to coming at this time of year. Fewer other visitors at highlights like Angkor Wat are one major plus, as are the birdlife and floating villages on the Tonlé Sap lake. Read on to find out more about traveling to Cambodia in September.
August is right in the middle of Cambodia's wet season, which also happens to be the low season. But these factors don't make it a bad time to visit—if you're prepared for a bit of rain, you can enjoy some of Cambodia's highlights with few other travelers around. Culture and history enthusiasts should head to the ancient city of Angkor, while nature and wildlife lovers should spend some time around Tonlé Sap. Read on to find out more.
July is early in Cambodia's wet season, yet as a tropical country, temperatures stay warm. This is a great time to come if you want to avoid crowds of tourists and don't mind a bit of rain. As well as having some lesser-known temples virtually to yourself, you'll also be treated to vibrant landscapes and an array of fresh food—ideal for foodies. Find out where to go and what to do in Cambodia in July.
To avoid the crowds that flock to Cambodia's ancient city of Angkor, consider traveling to the Southeast Asian country in May. This is the shoulder season for travel as the weather is generally quite hot and humid. But the draw of tropical beaches and thinner crowds may be enough to entice you. Find out more about traveling to Cambodia in May below.
Cambodia in April is shoulder season. Although it's still drier than at other times, the temperatures are increasingly hot. It's a great time to travel if you are comfortable in hot weather, as crowds are thinner at some of the most popular places, particularly the incredible Angkor ancient city. For more on where to go and what to do, read on.
March is the final month of the cooler, drier season in Cambodia. Visitors flock to the country mainly to spend time at the unparalleled Angkor Wat complex, while the skies are clear and the temperatures warm but generally comfortable. As well as Angkor, visitors can spend time on beautiful beaches, get active outdoors, and explore atmospheric towns such as Kampot, which gives its name to the black pepper variety. Read on to find out where to go and what to do in Cambodia in March.
Perfect for active travelers, this 8-day itinerary combines Cambodia's most iconic highlights with memorable off the beaten path excursions. Start in Siem Reap, where you'll trek through the little-seen trails and temples of Angkor and hike to the sacred peak of Phnom Kulen. After a visit to the floating villages of Tonle Sap, it's on to the capital of Phnom Penh to discover the sobering history and bright future of the "Pearl of Asia."
Immerse yourself in rural Cambodia on this two-week journey through ancient temples, charming villages, and spectacular countryside. Traveling from Siem Reap to Battambang and Banteay Chhmar, you'll explore Cambodia with trekking, cycling, and kayaking excursions while learning about local communities and culture. Discover the hidden temples of Angkor by remork, paddle to the floating villages of Tonlé Sap, hike to the sacred Phnom Kulen Waterfall, and hitch a ride on Battambang's exhilarating Bamboo Train.
Experience Cambodia's most enchanting cities on this whistle-stop tour through the Kingdom of Wonder. Your tour begins in Phnom Penh, the capital once known as the Pearl of Asia. After a few days exploring, travel to the sleepy heritage city of Battambang before rounding off your trip with a visit to Siem Reap—gateway to Angkor Wat. Make your way through Cambodia's countryside, ending with a romantic boat trip to a remote Angkorian temple to experience the sunset away from the crowds.
This 6-day tour takes an in-depth look at the temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world. Enjoy sunrise visits and tours of its entire complex, plus visit the other temples in the area, such as Bayon, Ta Phrom, Preah Khan, and Banteay Srei, as well as the ancient city of Angkor Thom and the temples of the Grand Circuit. Enjoy cultural elements of Cambodia, with typical dinners and dances, rides in Cambodian tuk-tuks, observations of daily life at Tonlé Sap Lake, and a traditional circus performance.
Culture & Nature of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh, Cardamom Mountains & More - 15 Days
Explore remote temples hidden in the jungle, ride bicycles through rice paddies and past traditional stilted houses, and go on boat trips to waterfalls and remote fishing villages on this 15-day culture and nature tour through the Kingdom of Wonder. Start in the historic city of Siem Reap where you can marvel at the ancient capital of Angkor, then make your way to Battambang and Phnom Penh, before ending your trip with a week exploring Cambodia's wild and beautiful southwestern regions.
Enjoy a different side to Cambodia and learn about the fascinating culture and cuisine of the country on this slow-paced 5-day tour around the colonial city of Siem Reap and through ancient Angkorian ruins. From local breakfasts and street food to home-cooking, market stalls, and fine dining, with guided tours of lesser-visited temples and plenty of time to explore the historic hotspots, this is the ideal tour for food fans who want to experience a more authentic taste of Cambodia.
This 15-day tour of Cambodia brings you to the wonders of Angkor, Phnom Penh, the heritage town of Battambang, the pristine natural beauty of the Cardamom Mountains, and the tropical island paradise of Koh Rong. Get off the tourist trail and experience a different side of the Kingdom of Wonder, with visits to remote temple complexes and villages, and the chance to experience the Phare Circus and take a boat trip through the rainforest with a backdrop of mountains and rivers.
Dig into the nature, history, and fascinating culture of Cambodia on this two-week trip that takes you from temples to tropical beaches, a lush national park, and the bustling capital city. Start in the gateway to the temples of Angkor, Siem Reap, where you'll take a cooking class and see the amazing Phare Circus. Spend a few days relaxing in an island paradise, take a boat trip to a secluded resort deep in the Cardamom Mountains, and end your trip with a food tour in Phnom Penh.
This journey through Indochina will walk you into the ancient Khmer city of Angkor, take you on a trip to the authentic floating villages on Tonle Sap Lake, and let you explore the world-famous Halong Bay. You will start your journey in historical Siem Reap in Cambodia and continue to Vietnam, where you will explore the Imperial City in Hue, the famous 400-year old Japanese Covered Bridge, and Ho Chi Minh City—the largest city in Vietnam.
On this trip, you'll cycle through the heart of the old Khmer Empire to the ancient trading port of Hoi An. Weaving far beyond the beaten track through the Cambodian and Vietnamese countryside, you'll visit Angkor temples, remote areas near the Laotian border, and truly get to know this fascinating pocket of Southeast Asia.
Discover the ancient ruins and delights of Angkor, just outside the bustling modern city of Siem Reap, on this 4-day trip to northern Cambodia. You'll hike and bike around Angkor's sacred sites, experience the nightlife of Siem Reap, and learn to cook and farm the Khmer way.
See Cambodia by bike, following a pilgrimage route from Angkor to the Siem Reap Province. By getting off the beaten path, this challenge is a truly unique way to experience the lost temples and unknown sites of Cambodia. Alternatively, the tour can be completed on foot, offering great opportunities for trekking and hiking.