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Start in the town of Siem Reap and travel to Phnom Kulen National Park, a place of pilgrimage for the Cambodian people and home to the riverbed rock carvings, the 1,000 lingas.

Head to the commercial hub Kompong Thom, and learn about the silk making process in a nearby farm. Travel via the town of Skon and sample a crunchy Cambodian delicacy, fried spider; before visiting Phnom Pehn for the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields.

Relax on the pristine beaches of the unspoilt island hideaway of Koh Tunsay, feast on a Khmer BBQ and get to know the friendly locals and village life in a remote homestay in Battambang, before heading back to Siem Reap to explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Temples and the town’s vibrant markets and nightlife.

You’ll want to hop off and explore… temple ruins and the set of the movie Tomb Raider in the Angkor Wat Historical Park.

 

The Khmer pass Itinerary - 7 days

  1. Travel Day Arrival in Bangkok
    Welcome to Stray! Your adventure kicks off in the buzzing Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. If you arrive early in the day feel free to check out the vibrant markets and ancient temples that make up only a small side of this multifaceted city. By 4pm, head to our Khao San Road Stray Shop to meet with a Stray staff member, who will give you your bus ticket and a briefing on what to expect on tomorrow’s express trip to Siem Reap. You will also have the chance to sign up for Siem Reap’s highlight activities so you’re ready to dive right into the Cambodian scene. Make the most of your first night in Asia by exploring the exhilarating and intense Bangkok nightlife, snagging a bargain at a night market or dining out on some delicious Thai cuisine!

    Accommodation: Comfortable guesthouse near Khao San Road
  2. Travel Day Bangkok to Siem Reap (Express Day)
    You’ll leave Bangkok at 9am on an unguided public connection heading across the border to Cambodia. Today your destination is the small, but vibrant city of Siem Reap, best known as home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor temple complex. After your early evening arrival, your Cambodia Tour Leader will meet you at the Living Quarters Hostel 543 at 7.30pm to welcome you and explain more about how Stray works. Afterwards you are invited to join your Stray group for a walk along the iconic Pub Street where you will get to know your new travel mates over a tasty dinner and cold drinks.

    Accommodation: Hostel with dorm beds
    Free Inclusions: Welcome Night with Stray Tour Leader and group
  3. Free Day Siem Reap
    Today is a free day and we highly recommend you use it to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples. Ranked at the top of many ultimate travel bucket lists (including Lonely Planet’s), the awe-inspiring ancient city of Angkor is the largest temple complex in the world. You can easily spend a full day at the site and still only see a small portion of this dramatic architectural wonder, but make sure you check out the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, which most people recognise from Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie.

    In the evening you have the option to attend the unforgettably unique Phare Circus, a locally run non-profit troupe that provides disadvantaged young people from the community with a place to learn the skills needed to earn their livings as professional performing artists. Prepare to be amazed by how these talented young artists share authentic modern and folk Cambodian stories through an energetic display of acrobatic feats, music and dance.

    Accommodation: Hostel with dorm beds
    Optional Paid Activities: Cycle or take a guided tour of the Angkor temple complex, Khmer circus.
  4. Travel Day Siem Reap to Battambang (Homestay)
    Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang for a late lunch. After lunch we’ll take a ride on the Bamboo Train, a rail system that was built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, but the locals still use it as simple form of transport. Then we make our way to tonight’s village stay, located in the picturesque countryside. You’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home, experience rural community life, sit in on a lesson at the local school and maybe join in a friendly game or help the school kids with their English. You can wander through the village and nearby rice paddies and finish the day by enjoying a delicious traditional meal with your host family.

    Accommodation: Village stay includes accommodation in a Cambodian family’s home, local activities, dinner, breakfast, and contribution to the village fund/project
    Free Inclusions: Bamboo Train ride
  5. Travel Day Battambang to Sihanoukville
    A full day of travel takes us from the countryside to the popular seaside town of Sihanoukville on the Cambodian coast. En-route we pass through the bustling riverside Khmer town Kompong Chhnang (pronounced ‘kom–pong–ch–nang’), with its busy market and floating village. Arriving in Sihanoukville by late afternoon, settle in at your guesthouse and then you are free to wander down to the beach for a refreshing dip or kick back at one of the many beachfront restaurants and bars. Tonight join one of the beach parties or have seafood BBQ on beach.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse with private rooms
  6. Travel Day Sihanoukville
    Today is yours to relax in Cambodia’s premier beach location. Catch some rays on the beach and go for a swim, or do one of the many water sports including diving, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking or hire a jet ski. Learn to cook Khmer classics like Fish Amok or deep fried bananas at the traditional Khmer cooking school, take a trip out to the surrounding islands, or hire a bicycle and explore the nearby beaches. Tonight you can head to Ochheuteal Beach for some partying with the rest of the backpacker crowd, or watch the sun go down at one of the beachfront restaurants. This is a popular spot to hop off for those wanting time to check out beautiful Koh Rong and the other nearby islands.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse with private rooms
    Optional Paid Activities: Island tour, jet skis, massage, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, party boat, windsurfing, kayaking, cooking class.
  7. Travel Day Sihanoukville to Kampot
    A three hour drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the fascinating salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park. There is an option to take a leisurely boat cruise on the Kampot River, where you’ll be encouraged to sit back with a refreshing cool beverage and absorb the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the river. Tonight we recommend sampling the exceptional regional seafood dishes at one of the many restaurants on the riverfront –the fried shrimp with green pepper corns is an absolute must try!

    Accommodation: Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms
    Optional Paid Activities: Sunset river cruise, tour of the pepper & salt farms.
  8. Travel Day Kampot to Koh Tunsay
    We don’t have too far to go this morning as a short drive brings us to the old French resort town of Kep where we board a traditional Khmer wooden fishing boat and travel to our overnight sanctuary, Koh Tunsay Island. Once on shore embrace the relaxed island way of life. You are free to explore the mountainous terrain, chill out on the beach, swim in the warm sea waters and watch another gorgeous sunset.

    Accommodation: Shared bungalows on the beach
  9. Travel Day Koh Tunsay to Phnom Penh
    Tearing ourselves away from the beach we take the boat back to the mainland. From here we head for the bustling Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, stopping for lunch before we take an afternoon tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields. While it is a very sobering experience to learn more about Cambodia’s harsh recent history, it is one of the most recommended things to do in Phnom Penh. This evening you are free to walk around and discover the many sights of this energetic city or get out to mingle with the locals while watching the sun set over the Mekong River.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse near the main tourist area
    Free Inclusions: S21 Prison and Killing Fields entrance and tour
    Optional Paid Activities: Learn a Cambodian art at Backstreet Academy, half day cycling trip, river boat cruise, city tour, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda tour, Russian Market, National Museum.
  10. Travel Day Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
    This morning we leave lively Phnom Penh, and make an express return with your Tour Leader to Siem Reap on a public bus. After you arrive in the afternoon, make the most of your final evening in Siem Reap by shopping for souvenirs at the market or having one last memorable night out on Pub Street with your Stray group.

    Accommodation: Hostel with dorm beds
    Optional Connection: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (Express Day)

    Those who have opted to travel from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (rather than return to Bangkok) will do so via an unguided public connection. Your Tour Leader will provide you with your public bus tickets and a briefing on what to expect. Please note: Vietnam visas cannot be issued at land borders so you must arrange your visa well in advance.

    Accommodation: Centrally located hotel or guesthouse
  11. Travel Day Siem Reap to Bangkok (Express Day)
    It’s time to say good-bye to Cambodia – the trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok is an unguided public bus connection which your Tour Leader will organise for you. To return to Bangkok you will be driven to the border town of Poipet to process through Thai immigration before the last drive on to Bangkok. Expect to arrive at the bus station in the evening. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure!
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Real Aussie Says:
Offering towns and cities rich in history, lush jungle, sparklingly sandy beaches in the South, and the jewel in the crown, Angkor Wat, Cambodia has it all. Explore chic Siem Reap and the stunning Cambodian countryside on its outskirts, Phnom Penh, for a fantastic insight into the country’s infamous history, and Sihanoukville and the island of Koh Rong for a relaxing tropical paradise.

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Tour code: KHME
$685 USD

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Starts

Wednesdays from Siam Reap, Cambodia

Ends
Siam Reap


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