Cambodia on a Shoestring
3 fascinating countries. 1 super-affordable tour!
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Group Size: Avg 12, max 18
Trip code: ATRC
Duration: 10 days
Always wanted to explore Cambodia but don’t have a bottomless bank account? This affordable guided tour covers the best bits of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and offers loads of optional extra activities on the way, allowing you to build an adventure that suits your budget! Beginning in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, this tour winds through the temple ruins of Siem Reap, the historical hotspot of Phnom Penh, and the island paradise of Koh Rong. Round off your adventure in Vietnam with a unique cultural homestay and a night in buzzing Ho Chi Minh City!
- Hit three Southeast Asian countries on a budget!
- Explore the enchanting temple ruins of Angkor Wat
- Stretch out on the beach in gorgeous Koh Rong
- Discover new treats on a street food crawl
- Get an authentic slice of Vietnamese life at a traditional homestay
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Day 1: Bangkok. Arrive into Bangkok at any time and make your way to your accommodation in time for a 6pm welcome meeting.
Day 2: Bangkok/Siem Reap. Cross the Cambodian border and head for beautiful Siem Reap. Enjoy a tasty traditional meal at a local community project. Get to know the locals and enjoy a unique insight into Cambodian life.
Day 3: Siem Reap. Wake up early to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Enjoy a guided tour around the temples and statues. Spend the afternoon relaxing in Siem Reap or choose from a range of optional activities, including a museum visit and a circus performance.
Day 4: Siem Reap/Phnom Penh. Jump aboard a local bus and travel to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. Arrive in the city and follow your guide on a brief orientation walk. Get ready for your first night of Cambodian city living!
Day 5: Phnom Penh. Take advantage of a full free day of exploration. Opt to visit the infamous S-21 prison or the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Alternatively, you could delve into the busy Russian Market or take a look at the Royal Palace.
Day 6: Phnom Penh/Koh Rong. Head south to the stunning Cambodian coast and transfer to the paradise island of Koh Rong. Relax on your own private beach and enjoy a dip in the warm sea waters.
Day 7: Koh Rong. Spend the day chilling on the beach or opt to join a snorkelling boat trip and get up close to underwater wildlife.
Day 8: Koh Rong/Chambok. Climb aboard a private vehicle and travel to rural Cambodia for a traditional homestay. Tuck into an authentic homemade meal at a local village.
Day 9: Chambok/Ho Chi Minh City. Roll across the border into Vietnam, and travel through the gorgeous countryside towards Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a street food crawl and then head out into the city for some independent exploration.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh City. Your fantastic shoestring adventure comes to an end today! Say goodbye to group and head for the airport. Depart at any time.
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Most expensive: £909 July, 2023
Arrive into Bangkok airport on Day 1 of the tour. Airport transfers are not included but are easily arranged. There is an airport bus that costs around THB150 or you can take a taxi that will cost between THB350 – 500.
Your tour ends in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Day 10. A return airport transfer is not included. Speak to us about your onward travel plans and we can advise you about your best transfer options.
9 nights of single-sex multi-share accommodation are included on this trip.
7 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included on this trip.
You will be required to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is an excellent opportunity to throw yourself into local life and interact with local people at restaurants and food markets. Southeast Asian cuisine is delicious and mostly very cheap so eating out during your trip shouldn’t break the bank!
The minimum age to join this group tour is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
Thailand – British nationals arriving by land or air can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. Please note if you are using the 30 day visa exemption, you can only enter Thailand through a land border twice per calendar year. To cross more frequently or if you plan on staying longer than 30 days, you will need to get a visa in advance of travelling.
Cambodia – British passport holders will need a visa to enter Cambodia. Tourist visas are available on arrival at the border or you can obtain an eVisa online before you travel. If you wish to obtain a visa on arrival, please make sure you take a couple of passport-sized photos and approximately $30 USD cash.
Vietnam – British nationals will need to apply for a visa before travelling to Vietnam. You can apply for a eVisa, which will allow for 30 days in Vietnam, through the offical Vietnamese government website.
Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the embassy websites for up to date information.
Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.