Cambodia with Ease

Our Cambodia with Ease holiday gives you a relaxed but well-rounded taste of one of Asia's most rapidly transforming countries. Drift back in time to witness the wonders of Angkor Wat, before experiencing Cambodia’s buzzing, modern capital. Then relax at one of our favourite little beachside towns.

At a glance
  • Explore the buzzing city of Phnom Penh
  • Learn how Cambodians are recovering from their horrific recent history
  • Meet some bears with Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue
  • Kick back in Kep, a beautifully sleepy coastal town
  • Navigate the flooded forests & floating villages of Tonlé Sap
  • Hop on a bike to discover the fabled ruins of Angkor
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, but your temple experience will begin with a gourmet breakfast as the sun rises over Angkor Wat itself. You will also visit a rural village that few visitors are lucky enough to reach, and spend time making lunch with a local family. Once you arrive in Siem Reap, your day will be at leisure, be that a swim in the hotel pool or a wander around town - perhaps using our InspirAsian app to find a recommended local restaurant for dinner.

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's flooded forest & floating village

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Step aboard your private boat to visit Kampong Klaing, a water village built entirely on stilts in Tonle Sap, the lake at Cambodia’s centre. See the little school, church and shops before puttering off to a floating fishing village, and a flooded forest, where - if water levels are high enough - you can pass amongst the branches by boat. The voyage will finish around mid-afternoon, leaving the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 4 - Kulen Elephant Forest

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Spend a morning at the Kulen Elephant Forest. This protected forest sanctuary is currently home to a handful of elephants who have spent the majority of their lives carrying tourists around the Angkor temples, and are now able to engage in natural behaviours within the safety of their new home. Over the course of the morning you’ll spend time observing the resident elephants and how they interact with each other, take a walk with them through the forest and assist with feeding them. After a local-style lunch head back to Siem Reap where the rest of your day is at leisure.

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Phnom Penh - 3 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. Spend a day with the Free the Bears team as they care for 100 or so rescued bears in their forest sanctuary, and visit key Khmer Rouge sites for a deeper understanding of the people you’ll meet during your stay in Cambodia.

Day 5 - Drive to Phnom Penh, evening food tour

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Depart for Phnom Penh by car, passing through provincial towns, villages and roadside hamlets offering an insight into life away from the cities. There'll be an opportunity to stop at Skun Village, famous for its deep-fried tarantulas, which you can snack on if you so wish! There will also be a stop to stretch your legs and enjoy a coffee in Kampong Thom. Once you reach Phnom Penh, your afternoon is at leisure until 5pm when your guide will arrive in a tuk-tuk for a food-focused tour of the city. First stop of the evening is a lively bar on Sisowath Quay. Find a spot on the balcony and your guide will leave you to enjoy a cocktail with views across the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers as the sun sets. Re-join your guide for a rather different experience - head down to the river, where roadside stalls sell a variety of edible bugs which you will have the opportunity to try. Your guide will be on hand to decipher the surprisingly tasty offerings. Continue by tuk-tuk to the Russian Market, where the food stalls draw local diners with typical Khmer food such as Banh Chheo, 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 barbequed seafood, before you return to your hotel, again by tuk-tuk, and probably ready to loosen your waistband...

Day 6 - City Tour, Tuol Sleng & Cheung Ek

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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.

Day 7 - Free The Bears Centre

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Spending the day with rescued bears is probably the best possible response to learning about Pol Pot, so today you’ll visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, a sanctuary for over 100 bears. You’ll get behind-the-scenes access as you help to prepare the bears’ food and treats, and - yes - you will get an opportunity to meet the residents.

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Kep - 4 nights

The chilled out seaside town of Kep is one of our favourite places to wander in Cambodia. Although the beach isn’t great, you can always hop on a boat to glorious Rabbit Island... and the secluded hotels you’ll find tucked away along this subtropical coastline are perfect for kicking back and soaking up the sunshine in peace. Your entire stay here will be at leisure, but your driver will be available for daytripping. You could walk in the Bokor Mountains, relax in the waterfront cafes of Kampot, or visit a nearby organic pepper farm - Kampot’s pepper is consistently voted the finest in the world!

Day 8 - Drive to Kep

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Journey by car to Kep. The remainder of your day will be free to kick back and relax.

Days 9 to 11 - R&R time

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Your days will be at leisure to kick back and relax, hop over (sorry!) to Rabbit Island and tuck into some fresh seafood.

Day 12 - Depart Kep

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Transfer to Phnom Penh airport 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 - 5 6 -10
Standard £1,268US$1,661 £1,146US$1,501 £1,059US$1,387

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

Veranda Resort

The view from the Veranda Resort is quite something, overlooking the town of Kep and out to the Gulf of Thailand. This rustic resort… See more
First Class £1,519US$1,990 £1,398US$1,831 £1,311US$1,717

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

Veranda Resort

The view from the Veranda Resort is quite something, overlooking the town of Kep and out to the Gulf of Thailand. This rustic resort… See more
Superior £1,893US$2,480 £1,771US$2,320 £1,684US$2,206

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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Knai Bang Chatt

The only resort of its kind in Cambodia, perhaps the world, Knai Bang Chatt consists of three original 1960’s art-deco style villas, each lovingly restored to its former glory... See more
Deluxe £2,255US$2,953 £2,132US$2,793 £2,046US$2,680

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

Knai Bang Chatt

The only resort of its kind in Cambodia, perhaps the world, Knai Bang Chatt consists of three original 1960’s art-deco style villas, each lovingly restored to its former glory... 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

  • Perhaps take an extra day or two travelling between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, taking the western route around the Tonlé Sap via Battambang - a journey that would have been off-limits until relatively recently, due to its status as a Khmer Rouge stronghold. Along with Battambang's attractive colonial architecture, visitors can enjoy little-visited Angkor-era temples and hill-top pagodas en route.
  • You may have heard about the large crowds at 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.
  • Nature lovers may wish to include a visit to the Four Rivers Floating Lodge, on Cambodia's Koh Kong in the far south west. We won't reveal too much but it's all about floating tents and wildlife in abundance!
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 one 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

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
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • 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. 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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Stephen – Indochina tailor-made specialist

Our 'At Ease' range focuses on delivering a well-balanced blend of cultural highlights and relaxation, all whilst travelling at a comfortable pace. Cambodia with Ease does this effortlessly.'

StephenIndochina tailor-made specialist

Speak to Stephen on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

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.