Thai Intro is the most incredible way to experience Thailand. On this 9-day adventure tour you depart from Bangkok and end in Koh Phangan. You'll discover Bangkok's crazy nightlife, visit ancient temples, become a booking 'pro' at a Thai cooking class, stay overnight in floating bungalows at the incredible Khao Sok National Park, experience local culture, snorkel in pristine oceans, get up close and personal with elephants, explore tropical beaches, enjoy a traditional Thai massage, party on the beach, and much more!
Khmer Freestyle Tour Cambodia
Venture off the beaten track in Cambodia on a tour packed full of adventure, mind-blowing scenery, local culture and history. Travel stress-free with accommodation, activities and transport all included, with a local Tour Leader to guide the way. As a bonus, you don’t have to stick with the group the whole time - you can hop off anywhere along the route, spend longer in your favorite places and then hop back on the tour with the next group coming through.
That’s the beauty of ‘Freestyle’!
Khmer Freestyle Tour Cambodia
Tour itinerary - 12 Days
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 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 included: Comfortable guesthouse near Khao San Road
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 included: Guesthouse in the centre of town Activity included: Welcome Night meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group
After your first night on Pub Street, you’ll probably enjoy a free day to sleep in and relax at your accommodation. If you’re up for it, get out and explore more of the downtown area, which tends to be a bit quieter during the day when most visitors are out at the temple complex. You’ll find the heart of the city fairly easy to navigate by foot or bicycle. Finish the day by sampling traditional Khmer food and visiting the Angkor Night Market that’s open every night. Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town
Siem Reap to Battambang (Homestay)
Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang for a late lunch. After lunch, we’ll visit a whiskey making village and learn about the local tipple, before checking out a village where they make a staple (but smelly) ingredient in most Khmer and Southeast Asian cuisine - fish sauce! Tonight, we’ll stay in another little village, outside of Battambang, located in the picturesque countryside. You’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home, experiencing rural community life. 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 included: Homestay in a Cambodian family’s home Activities included: Whiskey making village, Paa Hok (fish sauce) making village Meals included: Dinner
Battambang to Siem Reap
After waving goodbye to your hosts we’ll head into the city of Battambang. Despite being the second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang manages to avoid an overly touristy vibe, allowing you to experience a more local side of urban Cambodian life. Wander through the central market alongside the river and grab a coffee at one of the cafes. On the way back to Siem Reap we’ll stop to take a ride on the Bamboo Train, a rail system that was built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, but is still used by the locals as a simple form of transport. Tonight’s activity is up to you, but we recommend finishing the day with 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. Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town Activity included: Bamboo Train Meals included: Breakfast
No trip to Siem Reap is complete without a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples, a crucial part of the Cambodian national identity and one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Ranked at the top of many ultimate travel bucket lists (including Lonely Planet’s), this awe-inspiring architectural wonder is the largest temple complex in the world. Embrace your inner Tomb Raider as you spend the whole day on a guided tour that will take you to highlight sites including the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm. Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town Activity included: Full day Angkor temple tour Meals included: Lunch
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Next up, we head for the bustling Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. With an edgy blend of harrowing history and modern development, Phnom Penh is incredibly important place for a number of political, economic and cultural reasons. You’re free this afternoon to get your first taste of this energizing capital city. Set out to explore the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom, take a river cruise, shop for souvenirs at the huge Russian Market or see a living art performance at the National Museum. Accommodation included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area
Phnom Penh to Kampot
Today, Cambodia’s history is bought to life with a tour of two of the most infamous attractions: the Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng S21 Prison. While it is a very sobering experience to learn more about the country’s harsh recent history and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, these are among the most recommended things to do in Phnom Penh. Afterwards, an afternoon drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot, where we’ll go on a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Kampot River. Reflect on your day while absorbing the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and the Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the calm waters. Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms Activity included: Killing Fields, S21 Prison, sunset river cruise
You have a full free day to explore quaint Kampot. Visit the fascinating salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park or take a day trip to nearby Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island) for some beach time. 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 included: Guesthouse with private rooms
Kampot to Phnom Penh
After a relaxing morning in Kampot, we return to Phnom Penh, where you’ll have the evening free. For something different, why not join the locals at dusk for an aerobic workout along the riverfront. Here you’ll find local ladies garbed in Western-style pyjamas, getting their groove on to Khmer techno music in order to burn a few calories. It may not be your most coordinated moment but will be good for a giggle (even if you’re just laughing at yourself)! Accommodation included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area
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. Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town Optional Connection: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (Express Day) Those who opt 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. Your final night of accommodation in Siem Reap will be transferred to Ho Chi Minh. Please note: Vietnam visas cannot be issued at land borders, so you must arrange your visa well in advance. www.straytravel.asia | 4 Valid: 1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020 | Last updated: 27 May 2019 After a relaxing morning in Kampot, we return to Phnom Penh, where you’ll have the evening free. For something different, why not join the locals at dusk for an aerobic workout along the riverfront. Here you’ll find local ladies garbed in Western-style pyjamas, getting their groove on to Khmer techno music in order to burn a few calories. It may not be your most coordinated moment but will be good for a giggle (even if you’re just laughing at yourself)! Accommodation included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area
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!
Tour code: 36335
Multi-Share. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
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Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – Please re-confirm your booking with our Bangkok team at least 7 day in advance. Their email address is Bangkok@straytravel.asia and their address is 162 Soi Rambutri, Tanao Road, Bangkok.
VISA ON ARRIVAL - Eligibility for every nationality is different, so we recommend you to check before you depart! You'll need between USD $30 and USD $45 in cash, plus a passport-sized photo for the immigration officials on entry.
WHAT TO BRING - Light clothes for wet season (May - Oct) with an extra layer and light jacket for dry season (Nov - Mar); clothes to cover your shoulders and knees for visiting Temples; a good travel medical kit; travel insurance details; sunscreen; mosquito repellent with deet; girls - sarong for swimming as the local culture requires modesty; trainers for walking; a roll of toilet paper and hand sanitizer is useful, and of course, a sense of adventure!
FOOD - Western food is sparse outside the main centers so be open-minded about eating local fare. Vegetarian meal options may be limited but there is always rice, noodles and soups, and excellent fruit and vegetables are plentiful at the local markets.
TRAVEL INSURANCE - Adequate valid insurance is compulsory to travel on Stray, and it is not included in the price of your pass.
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CHILDREN - This tour is not suitable for children 12 years of age and under. Children 12 – 17 year old's may travel if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
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