Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Extension (from Saigon)

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Trip Extensions
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
XOF
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Group size:
1–6
Min age:
16

Explore Angkor Wat, the ancient complex of temples and palaces.

'Discovered' enmeshed in jungle in 1860, Angkor, the ancient capital of the powerful Khmer empire, is one of the finest archaeological sites in the world. Built between the 9th and 13th Centuries, the wonderfully preserved sprawling complex of temples and palaces is on a par with any great monument of the world with magnificent towers, sculptures and bas-reliefs. 

Highlights

  • The sprawling Angkor temple complex
  • Sunrise tour of the temples
  • The highlights of the fascinating capital city, Phnom Penh

Key information

  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • Hotels: 2 nights in Siem Reap / 2 nights in Phnom Penh
  • Price from £879
  • Single sup from £105 / single traveller sup from £360
  • Countries visited: Cambodia

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • International flight from Saigon to Siem Reap
  • Internal flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
  • Guided tours of all sites included

What's not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's & vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly from Saigon to Siem Reap

    You will fly to Siem Reap (included as part of the extension) and be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Depending on the flight schedule there may be time for an afternoon visit to Angkor temples with your local English speaking guide or, season depending, a visit to the Tonle Sap Lake (extra fee for the boat and entrance fee).

  • Day 2

    Angkor Wat

    A full day will be spent exploring the complex. You will visit the incredible Angkor complex, the many temples inside the Royal City of Angkor Thom, including the magnificent Bayon, and other less-visited outlying temples. Particularly impressive are Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm, which is still covered in jungle, as it was first found almost 140 years ago. There is also the opportunity to see this fantastic temple complex at sunset. A truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Angkor and Phnom Penh

    For those that are keen we will start the day with a sunrise tour of the temples. We then have a half day temple tour planned to enable us to get the most out of visiting this spectacular site. We will take a late afternoon flight to Phnom Penh. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Phnom Penh

    We have a full day city tour of Phnom Penh today. This will include the beautiful Royal Palace and the Tuol Sleng Museum (Museum of Genocide), which graphically displays the horrors of the 4 years when Pol Pot systematically ordered the murder of between 2 and 3 million Cambodians. Tuol Sleng was originally a school but was used as a torture and interrogation centre between 1975 and 1979. It is a sobering, depressing and enlightening place to visit. Following the visit to the museum we travel out to the 'Killing Fields' of Choeung Ek, a mass gravesite discovered after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Many of the dead were former inmates of the Tuol Sleng prison.

    Phnom Penh is a city in transition and, despite its horrific recent history, it has started to find its feet. Some of its former French colonial buildings have been restored and there is a small but lively restaurant and bar scene developing along the riverfront. The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda date back to the 19th century and were built in classic Khmer style under the French protectorate. Here you will discover a priceless collection of historical objects giving you an insight into the past achievements of the Khmer Empire.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    End Phnom Penh

    End Phnom Penh. Flights are usually overnight so you will have some free time in the morning/afternoon before heading to the airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Cambodia

Arriving By Flight:

An electronic visa (e-Visa) facility is available via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website at the cost of $37.

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Arriving Overland:

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Important advice regarding E-Visas

Please be advised, e-Visas are not accepted at all border check points when travelling overland. This applies to the following borders/trips:

Tinh Bien, Vietnam/ Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia border: AOX- Thai Indochina Explorer and AOG- Thai Indochina Grand Tour

Xa Xia, Vietnam/ Prek Chak, Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing): FIJ- South East Asia Adventure

You can only purchase a tourist visa on arrival at these borders as e-Visas will not be accepted. More information can be found at: 

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/information/port_entry/3

 

Vaccinations

Cambodia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

Food is cheap in Cambodia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Cambodia's food is all about the contrasts—sweet and bitter, salty and sour, fresh and cooked. It shares many dishes with its neighbors, and you'll find noodle soup similar to Vietnamese pho, Thailand's refreshing salads and sour soups, Indian-inspired curries, and noodles and stir fries handed down from years of Chinese migration. From Cambodia's days as a French Indochina colony, there's a national love of coffee, pate, and good bread. Baguettes are served with soup, made into sandwiches, and sold by men riding bicycles carrying baskets of long loaves. Western food is also available in most of the places visited.

Weather

The weather will be hot and humid throughout with temperatures during the day usually between 28ºC and 34ºC. It is only a little cooler at nights. The dry season is late October to May and the monsoon is normally between May and October; though there is an obvious transitional time between those settled periods. The dry season is as it sounds, with hot days and generally clear skies, though you can expect the odd shower.

Is this trip for you?

This extension is possible after our Trails of Vietnam trip (AOF) and our Vietnam Adventure trip (AOV).

Please note that although the above is usually the exact itinerary we will stick to there have been incidents of very last minute flight schedule changes between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Although rare, you should be aware that there is a slight possibility of this. We have however ensured that there is enough free time built into the itinerary so that you are guaranteed a full day and a half seeing the Angkor sites as well as a full day in Phnom Penh to explore this fascinating city.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You will spend four nights in comfortable hotels with en suite facilities. 

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for tailor made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed January 2020

    Great extension to the Vietnam trips

    Five days is not really long enough to explore this fascinating country but our two bases gave a quick snapshot and a desire to know more.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In Siem Reap: 1) The sunrise over Angor Wat; which was really quite spectacular. 2) Wandering down a street away from all the bright lights and restaurants on Pub Street, finding eateries where the menus were not in English and realising why the dish we'd selected was called ginger with pork and not the other way around. A plate full of what we had thought were noodles turned out to be shredded ginger with a few bits of pork. Delicious, very warming and possibly not one for the English dinner party. In Phnom Penn: 1) Seeing the evidence of the Khmer Rouge activity, which we had heard of in the 70's at home but not realised the full extent of their effect on the country nor how long it had taken to finally defeat them. Also hearing our guides personal family experience. 2) Eating at the rooftop restaurant of our hotel over looking the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both were helpful and informative. In Siem Reap Darath was great at explaining the history of the temples and the Angkor Empire, whilst delivering a great series of jokes and knowing all the best spots to take photos from. In Phn om Penh Chanchesda was informative and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you can afford the extra few days at the end of a busy holiday then this is an extension not to be missed.

Dates & Prices