Cambodia

Cambodia Highlights

This 2-week example holiday takes in all the main highlights in Cambodia, starting in Siem Reap and finishing in Phnom Penh. You will see the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, ride the bamboo train, kayak through the mangroves and laze around on a beautiful tropical beach. There are a wide number of different accommodation types available including many hotels with pools. Also remember that the itinerary can be tweaked to ensure that this is suitable for the ages of your children.

Highlights

  Discover Phnom Penh by tuk tuk
  Sunset boat ride on the Mekong River
  Bike ride along the Sangker River
  Visit French colonial Battambang
  Explore Siem Reap & Ankor Wat
  Visit Kompong Phluk floating village

15 days from £1,000 pp

Plus international flights starting at £650

A two-week holiday in Cambodia for a family of four usually costs from £4,000 plus flights.

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Cambodia Highlights day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Siem Reap
When you arrive in Siem Reap you will be met at the airport by a Stubborn Mule Travel representative, who will take you directly to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax.

Siem Reap is the gateway city to the Temples of Angkor. These are absolutely incredible and will be a highlight of your trip. Angkor Wat is the name of the largest and most famous temple but there are literally hundreds. Some of these have been fabulously preserved and restored whilst others are almost completely over-run by the jungle and feel very remote.


Day 2 Siem Reap
A full day to explore the Angkor Temples. You will start at the magnificent ‘South Gate’ of Angkor Thom, famed for the colossal human faces carved from stone and flanking the route. From here you will see all of the main temples including Bayon, Phimeanakas, the Elephant Terrace and Angkor Wat itself.

If your children are old enough we can arrange bikes for you to use as this is a great way to get around. The countryside is flat and it can be fun to cycle along some of the quieter roads, stopping off at the less visited temples. Alternatively we can arrange for you to get around by tuk tuk as this is a fun mode of transport that the children will enjoy.


Day 3 Siem Reap
A full free day to further explore the temples. We can either arrange for you to be accompanied by a guide or you can choose to explore on your own.

When you have had your fill of temple-hopping, Siem Reap is a very pleasant town with fantastic restaurants, markets and shops. Perhaps stop in a foot massage parlour where you can dip your weary feet in a fish tank and tiny fish will nibble off the dead skin!

There are plenty of other activities that we can include if of interest. These include cookery classes, ziplines through the jungle, quad bikes and village visits.


Day 4 Beng Melea & Tonle Sap
The first stop today is Beng Melea Temple, an enormous ruin the size of Angkor Wat but still completely part of the jungle. This is real Indiana Jones stuff and you can swing on giant lianas that grow through the temple walls, clamber over huge tree roots, tunnel through thick undergrowth to dilapidated carvings and generally feel as if you are one of the first to discover the ruins.

From here you will continue to Kompong Phluk, a floating village built on 8m high stilts over the vast waters of Tonle Sap. This freshwater lake is home to traditional fishing communities and is best explored by a small wooden boat, enabling you to sail amongst the stilt houses and through the flooded mangrove forest. There will be the chance to visit a stilt house and you may also be able to stop by a local school.

Return to Siem Reap for the night.


Days 5 Siem Reap – Battambang
After breakfast you will head to Mechrey where you will take an ox cart ride through this small rural village.

From here you continue west to Battambang, Cambodia’s second largest city and a world away from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. There are lots of slightly crumbling but attractive French colonial buildings, many of which are home to excellent cafes and restaurants. This afternoon older children may enjoy a bike ride along the peaceful Sangker River that runs through the town.

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Day 6 Battambang
A full day to explore the sites around Battambang with a guide. There are plenty of temples which you can visit, including the magnificent Phnom Banan which dates back a thousand years and sits in a glorious setting on top of the forested hillside. Our favourite activity is the ‘Bamboo Train’, which is essentially a small wooden platform that is placed on top of two sets of wheels and driven along a single gauge railway powered by a small motorbike engine!

In the evening perhaps watch a performance at the Phar Ponleu Selpak Big Top. This is a school of performing arts that puts on excellent productions of acrobatics and dance in a traditional circus big top.


Day 7 Battambang – Cardamom Mountains
Return to Siem Reap to take a short flight to Sihanoukhville on the coast. From here continue to a resort in the Cardamom Mountains, a lovely eco-lodge in the middle of a beautiful landscape of lush virgin forest. You can spend your time following quiet trails into the jungle, a haven for wildlife and many tropical birds, or borrow one of the lodge kayaks and head downriver with a local guide into the mangrove forest.


Day 8 Cardamom Mountains
This morning take a walk through the jungle to a waterfall and swim in the pool at the base of the falls. In the afternoon relax back at your lodge and enjoy the gorgeous views. At sunset take a boat ride on the river in search of monkeys and keep your eyes peeled for brightly coloured birds and butterflies.


Day 9 Cardamom Mountains – Sihanoukhville
After breakfast transfer to the beach where you spend three nights in a boutique hotel with beautiful views over the sea.


Day 10-11 Sihanoukhville
Two full days to relax and enjoy the beach. Perhaps take a boat ride out to Rabbit Island and go snorkelling in the turquoise waters.


Day 12 Sihanoukhville – Phnom Penh
After a lazy morning on the beach you drive to Phnom Penh. This evening take the kids on a sunset cruise along the Mekong.   


Day 13 Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is a small but attractive city that can be explored on foot or from the back of a tuk tuk. Make sure that you visit the Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s Royal Family (and also to a small ice-cream shop if that proves necessary!) and stop at one of the many pleasant cafes that line the Mekong River in the centre of town. Depending on the age of your children, you may also want to visit the Tuol Sleng, a museum on the site of a former Khmer Rouge prison. The exhibits are grisly but a visit can provide a fascinating insight into this traumatic period of Cambodia’s history.

This evening perhaps have dinner at Friend’s Restaurant, which is run by street children.


Day 14 Phnom Penh
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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