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.
Make the Most of Your Time in Cambodia
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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.
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.
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.
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.