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 and kayak through the mangroves. You will laze around on a beautiful tropical beach and explore the picturesque seafront town of Kep.

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

  Explore Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
  Bike ride into the countryside
  Kayak through the mangroves
  Relax on a picture-perfect beach
  Eat barbequed fish in Kep market
  Discover Phnom Penh by tuk tuk

15 days from £1,625 pp

Plus international flights starting at £1,000

A two-week holiday in Cambodia for a family of four usually costs from £6,500 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. If your flight arrives early in the day we may suggest an optional visit this afternoon to learn about the life-saving rats helping to sniff out landmines.

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. 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. Here there is a colonnade of colossal human faces, carved from stone. Continue on from here to see the extraordinary Bayon Temple as well as 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.

This evening, enjoy an exciting performance by a local acrobatics and dance circus group. An innovative social enterprise, profits generated help support education and arts training for young people. Highly recommended!


Day 3 Siem Reap
Setting off early, head out into the countryside by open-sided van. On quiet rural trails, mount your bikes and start your gentle ride, passing through small villages – wave hello to the locals as you go.  Arriving at your destination, it’s time to meet the elephants!

Today will include preparing snacks for the elephants, walking alongside them through the forest as they forage freely, and observing the elephants as they bathe. An ethically-run and responsible experience, a highlight will no doubt be sitting back with a cool drink and simply watching the elephants’ natural behaviour. Afterwards, you can cycle back a different way to explore other villages. Or, if you’re already hot enough why not grab a ride in the support van and just relax all the way back to your hotel.


Day 4 Tonle Sap Lake
After breakfast you will drive to a ‘floating’ village built on 8-metre-high stilts over the vast waters of Tonle Sap, a freshwater lake that is home to traditional fishing communities. This is a world heritage site and is best explored by a small wooden boat which enables you to sail amongst the stilt houses and through the flooded mangrove forest.

This afternoon is free to enjoy Siem Reap, a very pleasant town with fantastic restaurants and shops as well as a fabulous night market. There are plenty of other activities that we can include this afternoon if you wish, such as visiting a remote ‘jungle’ temple, cookery classes, ziplines through the forest, jeep tours and so on. If not already included, going to see the elephants (outside of Siem Reap) or visiting the life-saving landmine rats are always a winner with children.

We would be happy to arrange any of these activities in advance, or you can speak to your guide locally if you prefer.


Day 5 Siem Reap – Cardamom Mountains
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Sihanoukhville on the coast. From here continue to a resort in the Cardamom Mountains. You will stay in 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. Alternatively borrow one of the lodge kayaks and explore from the water.

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Day 6 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.


Day 7 Cardamom Mountains
This morning take a kayaking tour through the mangrove forest near your lodge. Navigating up narrow river inlets, with butterflies flitting through the gnarled roots, you feel as though you have entered another world.

Return to your lodge for a cooling dip in the river. In the late afternoon take a sunset boat ride on the river. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys and brightly coloured birds.


Day 8 Cardamom Mountains – Sihanoukhville – Koh Rong / Koh Rong Samloem
After breakfast transfer to Sihanoukhville and take the ferry over to an idyllic island (either Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem depending on hotel choice). Here there are picture-perfect white sandy beaches backed by swaying palms. Bag a hammock or a beach lounger, find a quiet spot and soak up the views.


Day 9-10 Koh Rong
Two blissful days to relax and enjoy the beach.


Day 11 Koh Rong – Sihanoukhville – Kep
This morning you will return to the mainland. From here, continue along the coast to Kep, a quiet coastal town in the south.

The twin towns of Kep and Kampot are very picturesque with lovely ocean and river views and distinctive crumbling French colonial architecture. They are a great base for a couple of days of gentle exploration of the surrounding countryside. This is a verdant landscape of emerald green paddy fields and pepper plantations, flocks of white egrets and small stilt villages.

This area has fantastic seafood and a strong restaurant scene. Dine on crab and giant prawns, freshly cooked on a barbeque.


Day 12 Kep
A free day to explore the local area.


Day 13 Kep – Phnom Penh
This morning you will leave the coast behind you with a transfer back to Phnom Penh. After a relaxing afternoon, take a picturesque sunset cruise along the Mekong, the best vantage point for a view of the city.   


Day 14 Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh is a small but attractive city that can be explored on foot or from the back of a tuk tuk. Your guide will take you to visit the Royal Palace, home to Cambodia’s Royal Family (and also to a small ice-cream shop if that proves necessary!). You will also 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, this afternoon you may also want to visit the Killing Fields or the site of Tuol Sleng. The latter is 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 check out one of the local restaurants for a final Cambodian ‘fish amok’ curry before your adventure comes to an end.


Day 15 Phnom Penh
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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