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Explore the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat and temple ruins from the set of Tomb Raider. Experience village life and stay the night with friendly locals in a unique homestay. Enjoy traditional khmer food, beachside BBQs and sample a crunchy Cambodian delicacy: fried spider! Relax on pristine beaches, try your hand at kayaking, jetskiing, scuba diving and fishing. Learn more about Cambodia`s history at the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields. Get lost in vibrant markets, stunning palaces or learn the art of Cambodian kickboxing!

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: REPKHM/201125
  • Starts: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Finishes: Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Itinerary

01

Day 1

Welcome to 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
From 1st October 17
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 included: Comfortable guesthouse near Khao San Road

02

Day 2

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 Tour Leader and group
From 1st October 17
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, breakfast included
Activity included: Welcome Night meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group

03

Day 3

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.
From 1st October 17
Today you get to experience two of Siem Reap’s highlight activities. First you’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples, a crucial part of the Cambodian national identity. Then finish 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, breakfast included
Activities included:
? Full day Angkor temple tour: Spend the day exploring the magnificent ancient city of Angkor. 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. Highlights of the tour include the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, which most people recognise from Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie.
? Phare Circus performance & dinner: Prepare to be amazed! Indulge in a delicious three-course meal, then sit back and enjoy the show as this troupe of talented young artists share authentic modern and folk Cambodian stories through an energetic display of acrobatic feats, music and dance. The circus is run by a non-profit organisation that only employs and trains local children and young adults.

04

Day 4

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
From 1st October 17
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, where you’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home to experience rural community life first-hand. Many people consider this to be one of the highlights of their Cambodia trip and you’ll soon see why after meeting your hosts, sharing a meal with them and wandering through the village and nearby rice paddies.
Accommodation and activity included: Overnight in a traditional Cambodian village*: Spend the night in a Cambodian family’s home in the picturesque countryside for a truly memorable experience. Immerse yourself in this rural community nestled amongst rice paddies by sitting in on a lesson at the local school, helping the kids with their English and enjoying a delicious traditional dinner and breakfast with your host family.

05

Day 5

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
From 1st October 17
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 included: Guesthouse with private rooms

06

Day 6

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.
From 1st October 17
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, 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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms

07

Day 7

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.
From 1st October 17
With two full free days in Sihanoukville, you have plenty of time to hop on an island boat tour to check out beautiful Koh Rong and the other nearby islands just off shore. With crystal clear turquoise water and empty stretches of white sand beaches, the Cambodian islands feel like castaway paradise, the perfect spot to snorkel in the waves and watch the rainbow of colours cast by another stunning sunset.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms

08

Day 8

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
From 1st October 17
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. Your itinerary includes a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Kampot 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 included: Guesthouse with private rooms
Activity included: Sunset river cruise: Take a leisurely boat cruise up the Kampot River. You’ll be encouraged to sit back with a refreshing cool beverage and absorb the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and the Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the calm river waters.

09

Day 9

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.
From 1st October 17
From Kampot we head inland 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 mingling with the locals while watching the sun set over the Mekong River.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area

10

Day 10

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.
Optional Connection: Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City
You have the option to travel from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City via an unguided connection on a public bus rather than return to Siem Reap and Bangkok. You will need to arrange your own Vietnam visa in advance for this land border crossing, but your Tour Leader will organise the unguided bus transport for you. There is no extra fee for the bus connection to Ho Chi Minh City, but if you choose this option you forfeit the remaining sectors returning from Phnom Penh to Bangkok.
Accommodation: Hostel with dorm beds
From 1st October 17
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 included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area , breakfast included
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. 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.
Accommodation included: Centrally located hotel or guesthouse, breakfast included

11

Day 11

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!
From 1st October 17
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 adventure!

Inclusions:
    • + All accommodation as per itinerary (twin share with ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
    • + Activities as indicated
    • + Stray homestays and village stays include accommodation, meals, activities and donation
    • Entry fees included:
    • Cambodia
    • Bamboo Train ride
    • S21 Prison & Killing Fields
    • From 1st October 17
    • Accommodation:
    • + 10 nights:
    • 9 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
    • 1 Stray homestays, includes meals, activities and donation
    • Meals: + Cambodia: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Activities & Entry Fees:
    • Cambodia
    • + Welcome Night with Stray Tour Leader and group
    • + Full-day Angkor Temple Tour, Siem Reap
    • + Circus performance and dinner, Siem Reap
    • + Bamboo Train ride, Battambang
    • + Sunset river cruise, Kampot
    • + S21 Prison & Killing Fields, Phnom Penh
    Accommodation

      + 10 nights:
      - 9 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
      - 1 Stray homestays, includes meals, activities and donation

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