Cambodia & Thailand Overland

This relaxed two week Cambodia & Thailand itinerary combines the classic tourist hotspots of Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Angkor, with a peaceful Thai island and remote jungle lodge. 

Your journey begins in Siem Reap with four days exploring the region including, of course, the temples of Angkor. In complete contrast, then travel into the Cardamom Mountains for a unique jungle-based rustic lodge experience. From here it’s a relatively short journey over the border into Thailand and time for some R&R on the tranquil, unspoilt island of Koh Chang, before ending in the bright lights of Bangkok.

At a glance
  • Explore Angkorian temples with an expert guide
  • Kayak through a flooded forest
  • Learn how Cambodians are recovering from their horrific recent history
  • Unwind amidst the natural beauty of Tatai River
  • Kick off your flip-flops on one of Thailand’s finest beaches
  • Savour Bangkok's finest streetfood
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Siem Reap - 4 nights

Siem Reap is the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, the ruined capital of a historic Cambodian empire, and one of the ancient wonders of the world. The town is booming thanks to these fabled ruins, but remains low-rise by royal decree, and retains much of its original charm. 100s of them lie scattered around Siem Reap, largely hidden by jungle. You’ll have plenty of time to discover them with a knowledgeable guide.

Day 1 - Arrive Siem Reap

On arrival in Cambodia, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Day 2 - Angkor Temples exploration

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Begin your exploration of Angkor Wat, and the complex of ruined temples and palaces around it. You’ll be driven between them, so you can fit quite a few in (if you want to), and our guides know when to see the ruins at uncrowded times. If you wish, start the day with the magical (but popular!) sunrise over Angkor Wat, and let your guide know what kind of pace you prefer, whether you want to fill your day with archaeology, or spend some of it on Tonlé Sap lake, or even back at your hotel pool.

Day 3 - Tonlé Sap kayaking

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Morning transfer to the Tonlé Sap Lake where you board a private boat, visiting a floating fishing village and a flooded forest. If water levels are high enough you can kayak amongst the branches and paddle out over the lake to enjoy the scenery, keeping an eye open for its diverse birdlife. Much of Cambodian rural life takes place on rivers and lakes, and you can only truly comprehend what this lifestyle is like by taking to the water yourself. Back on dry land, transfer back to Siem Reap where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Day 4 - Village Explorer

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Explore rural villages, and learn about the daily lives of the local people. You'll be a world away from Siem Reap - it's a perfect opportunity to get ‘off the beaten track’ and gain a better understanding of Cambodian rural life, along with insight into traditional Khmer culture; something few visitors are lucky enough to experience. You'll explore a local market and purchase supplies for your lunch, and travel by an (almost!) pollution-free ox and cart. Still widely used throughout Cambodia, the cart allows you to travel gently along the narrow sandy village roads. Spend time at the home of a local family, where there will be plenty of time to relax and chat (with your guide acting as interpreter) as they prepare lunch using your market produce. You can help if you wish; this is a fantastic opportunity to further your understanding of typical Khmer cuisine. You meal is likely to be very different from those offered in Siem Reap's more westerner-oriented restaurants! Having enjoyed your lunch, there is time to explore the village before returning to Siem Reap.

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Phnom Penh - 2 nights

Cambodia’s capital is one of Asia’s fastest growing cities, booming and blooming as the country recovers from its time under Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge regime. Your stay will include a tour of the ornate royal palace, and lunch at Friends, a restaurant which teaches and employs former street children. You also visit significant Khmer Rouge sites for a deeper understanding of the people you’ll meet during your stay in Cambodia.

Day 5 - Drive to Phnom Penh, Street Food Explorer

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Depart by car for Phnom Penh, with stops to stretch your legs and enjoy a coffee in Kampong Thom and at Skun Village, famous for its deep-fried tarantulas! At 5pm, climb aboard a tuk-tuk for a food-focused tour of the city. Stop for a cocktail at a lively bar on Sisowath Quay and watch the sun set over the river, before heading down to the river, where roadside stalls sell a variety of edible bugs. Your guide will be on hand to decipher the surprisingly tasty offerings! Continue by tuk-tuk to the Russian Market, which draws local diners with typical Khmer food such as banh cheo, chicken rice porridge and beef skewers. Choose what you fancy, pull up a plastic stool alongside the locals, and soak up the atmosphere. Your final food stop for the evening will be freshly BBQ’d seafood, before you return to your hotel, again by tuk-tuk, and probably ready to loosen your waistband...

Day 6 - City Tour, Tuol Sleng & Choeung Ek Tour

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Your guide will escort you around the Royal Palace complex, with its lavish ceremonial buildings. You’ll also have the option to visit the National Museum, which is full of intriguing artefacts from several millennia of Cambodian culture. Lunch will be at ‘Friends’, a restaurant which trains ex-street children and other vulnerable groups in the hospitality trade. The food also happens to be excellent! The afternoon will be a far more sombre experience: Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes and the Cheung Ek ‘killing fields’ will open your eyes to the true brutality of the Pol Pot regime. There’s no sugar-coating this deeply disturbing insight into human capacity for cruelty - but it’s essential to understanding Cambodia and its people today. Your guide will have almost certainly lost loved ones to the regime, and will answer your questions as you try to comprehend what you’ve learnt.

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Tatai River - 2 nights

Tatai River flows through the Koh Kong Conservation Corridor, home to many of Cambodia’s outstanding natural sites, including the southern and central Cardamom Protected Forests, the mangrove forests of Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary, the beaches of Koh Kong and Botum Sakor National Park. It's an incredible setting, and ideal for light adventure such as boat trips through the mangrove forest, trekking and waterfall visits, all of which can be arranged on a daily basis and adapted to your energy levels. You'll reach your river lodge by boat, and once you're there the rest of your stay will be at leisure.

Day 7 - Car & boat to Tatai River

Includes:

Journey by car and boat to your Tatai River resort, arriving in time for a sunset drink!

Day 8 - Relax & explore

Includes:

Explore your scenic surrounds by boat or on foot, or simply kick back and relax.

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Koh Chang - 3 nights

Koh Chang is nestled within Mu Ko Chang Marine National Park and blessed with stunning beaches, clear waters, jungle treks, fishing villages and superb seafood. You'll also have the opportunity to explore under the water, at one of the handful of PADI schools based on the island. Your entire stay here will be at leisure to do exactly as you please, but - as with all days - do speak to your Destination Specialist about arranging particular activities of interest.

Day 9 - Boat & car to Thai border, ferry to Koh Chang

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Morning transfer by boat to Tatai Bridge and continue by road to the Thai border at Cham Yeam. Having cleared border formalities and entered Thailand, continue by car to Trat where you will board the ferry to Koh Chang. On arrival, transfer to your hotel and the remainder of your day will be at leisure to kick back and relax.

Days 10 & 11 - Enjoy a few days R&R

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Your days will be at leisure to relax and dig your toes in the sand.

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Bangkok - 2 nights

Bangkok, Thailand’s capital since 1782, is a bustling metropolis that simply mustn't be missed. Bubbling with energy, this city is always on the go, endlessly reinventing itself with fabulous new hotels, a trendy art scene, world class dining and shopping, stunning temples and a deep cultural heritage all very much in evidence. You'll explore the city on a tuk-tuk safari and riverboat journey, and with your tastebuds, on a mouth-watering streetfood tour.

Day 12 - Ferry & car to Bangkok, Evening tuk tuk streetfood tour

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Take the ferry back to Trat and continue directly to Bangkok. Your day will be at leisure until late afternoon, when your guide will meet you with a tuk-tuk for a tour of the city’s finest streetfood. Zigzag through the city, stopping off to savour local dishes from different parts of Thailand, fresh from Bangkok’s street stalls. Sput-sput past the Grand Palace Temples and stop to admire Wat Pho, all beautifully lit up at night, while your snacks go down before a drink at one of our favourite hidden bars, before more food, finishing by gorging on one of the best Pad Thais you’ll ever eat! With your appetite fully satisfied (and waistbands at bursting point!), you’ll be returned to your hotel.

Day 13 - City Safari

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It's time to plunge into Bangkok's bustle - the city is kept in perpetual motion by a buzzing public network whose modes of transport span from ancient to ultramodern. You'll step straight into the flow today on a tour of highlights, some well known, others further off the track. Begin your journey in one of the city's famous tuk-tuks, before switching to a public ‘bus boat’ through the city’s canals. Disembark to explore the historic house of Jim Thompson, a mysterious American silk merchant, before catching the ‘sky train’ (or jumping in a taxi) to your hotel, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

Day 14 - Depart Bangkok

Includes:

Transfer to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3-4 5-6
Standard £1,717US$2,249 £1,492US$1,955 £1,302US$1,706

The Moon Residence

Situated in the heart of Siem Reap, with the Old Market, shops and the river on its doorstep, The Moon Residence is a good value, locally owned and run hotel, in a brilliantly convenient location...

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Anise Phnom Penh

Conveniently located in the very heart of Phnom Penh, and just minutes by foot from all the key sites and attractions, the Anise hotel allows you to... See more

Rainbow Lodge

With its superb, unmatched location in Cambodia’s South Cardamom Mountains, Rainbow Lodge is a little bit special, offering rustic lodge style accommodation with immediate access to Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary... See more

Awa Resort

Awa Resort brings a touch of oriental simplicity and slick architecture to Koh Chang: characterised by sharp lines, brushed concrete and marble flooring... See more

FuramaXclusive Sathorn

Nicely presented and remarkably convenient, the FuramaXclusive’s central Bangkok location makes it ideal for the start or end of your travels in South-East Asia... See more
1st Class £2,036US$2,667 £1,813US$2,375 £1,625US$2,129

Viroth's Hotel

Not to be confused with the original, smaller Viroth’s hotel, this fresher 1950’s inspired Viroth’s Hotel opened at the beginning of 2015... See more

VMansion Boutique Hotel

VMansion is a welcome breath of fresh air in one of the South-East Asia’s most exciting cities. Located within walking distance of many of Phnom Penh's key highlights... See more

Rainbow Lodge

With its superb, unmatched location in Cambodia’s South Cardamom Mountains, Rainbow Lodge is a little bit special, offering rustic lodge style accommodation with immediate access to Peam Krasaop Wildlife Sanctuary... See more

Gaja Puri

Koh Chang's Gaja Puri is located on the very desirable Kai Bae Beach. Not only a great stretch of sand, you are also within easy reach of a wide array of dining…

U Sukhumvit Bangkok

The U Sukhumvit Bangkok enjoys a prime location in the heart of Sukhumvit, with shopping, restaurants and nightlife on the doorstep. The 82 rooms and suites are contemporary in style and spacious.   

Superior £2,384US$3,122 £2,161US$2,831 £1,972US$2,583

Shinta Mani Shack

Funky and stylish, the Shinta Mani Shack enjoys a location in the heart of Siem Reap’s French Quarter... See more

Palace Gate Hotel & Resort

Surrounding a beautifully restored French-Colonial villa, the Palace Gate Hotel & Resort serves up a well-balanced blend of classic luxury and modern chic...

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4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Visitors wishing to escape the more developed side of Cambodia's south coast will be delighted to pitch up at the incredible 4 Rivers Floating Lodge... See more

The Emerald Cove

Certainly the finest hotel on Koh Chang, The Emerald Cove is located on Klong Prao Beach. Each of the hotel’s four main buildings is set amongst its delightful tropical... See more

Riva Surya

The intimate surroundings of the Riva Surya will suit those looking to get away from the more intense parts of Bangkok... See more
Deluxe £2,818US$3,691 £2,595US$3,400 £2,406US$3,152

Shinta Mani Angkor

So much more than 'just another' deluxe hotel in Siem Reap, the Shinta Mani Angkor is very much part of the city's early heritage. Rebuilt from scratch in 2011, opening again in 2012... See more

Raffles le Royal

Sister hotel to the renowned Raffles in Singapore, the Le Royal is located in the heart of Phnom Penh, just yards from Wat Phnom - the founding place of the city - and within easy reach of many other key attractions, such as the Royal Palace and Central Market… See more

4 Rivers Floating Lodge

Visitors wishing to escape the more developed side of Cambodia's south coast will be delighted to pitch up at the incredible 4 Rivers Floating Lodge... See more

Santhiya Tree

Located on Klong Prao Beach, the Santhiya Tree Resort offers everything you would want on the paradise island of Koh Chang. Traditional in style... See more

COMO Metropolitan Bangkok

Amongst Bangkok's most sought-after properties, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is the ideal hotel for clients wishing to experience the hip and ultra-modern side of the city... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • There are any number of half and full day activities that we can incorporate into your stay in Bangkok. Options range from: cycling through the green heart of the city (away from the traffic and skyscrapers!); visiting the various city centre temples, either by boat or on foot; witnessing the monks' early morning chants at Wat Po; massage schools; cooking classes; tours of China Town - the list goes on and on.
  • You may have heard about the large crowds in the Angkor temples at peak times. Whilst our experienced guides know a trick or two about avoiding these where possible, there are also a number of further-lying (and therefore quieter) temples that you may wish to consider. For example, Beng Mealea, which is the size and scale of Angkor Wat but utterly swallowed by the jungle; and the temple complex of Koh Ker, a 10th century capital abandoned for more than a thousand years. Both can easily be covered in a single day, in place of the existing programme or as an additional day.
  • If you have time, extend your stay with a couple of nights in Phnom Penh. Once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, despite its recent turbulent history it still retains much Colonial charm.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Domestic flight prices are not included in this itinerary. This is because it is often possible to get these at a reduced cost as part of your international flight tickets. We will be happy to advise you further on this.
Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Cambodia and you may require one for Thailand. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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'A wonderfully balanced, leisurely paced two week insight into two quite different Asian countries.'

AaronAsia tailor-made specialist

Speak to Aaron on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

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Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.