Classic Cambodian Holidays are designed to show you the best that the country has to offer in the available time at your disposal and within your budget. We are reluctant to list “standard” packages because everyone has different needs as well as budgets.
What we will do here is to suggest a standard Classic Cambodia Holiday itinerary which will give you a great sample of the things you should do and see – particularly if you are a first time traveller to the country. You can then personalise your own trip by adding extra days to places you want to spend more time in or extra places you want to see.
There are also many activities that you can include in your trip which are listed here on our website. These range from a simple activity taking a few hours (such as a Vespa food tour) or a few days or longer (such as cycling or hiking adventures around Siem Reap or kite surfing in Kep).
We also offer custom holidays built around a specific activity – such as honeymoons, golfing, mountain biking, off-road motor-biking, kite-boarding, etc. These specialized holidays are addressed elsewhere on this website.
You will also personalise your holiday package by the standard of accommodation you require. These range from the beautifully upmarket Song Saa resort off the island of Koh Rong to a backpackers dormitory that costs just a few dollars per night for a bed or room. It’s all your choice!!
We have a section on our website called Cambodian Highlights which will help you when considering where you want to visit and what you want to do. Remember that getting around Cambodia by road is a fairly time-consuming process. You can fly easily (and cheaply!) between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and between Siem Reap and Sihanoukville.
Essentially the first time visitor should spend a couple of days in Phnom Penh, some time in Siem Reap and then some time at the coast around Sihanoukville – preferably on one of the islands. How much time you want to spend in each place will be determined by your available holiday time, your budget, your specific interests and how amenable you are to changing locations and checking in and out of hotels.
In Phnom Penh you will be able to visit the Royal Palace, Pavilion and the National Museum of Cambodia as well as some of Cambodia’s recent history at the Toul Sleng Prison and Choeung Ek – the Killing Fields Museum. You will also be able to do some wonderful shopping at the Central and Russian Markets where you can buy wonderful crafts, jewellery, clothing and souvenirs at excellent prices. There are also many fun pubs and good restaurants to discover as well as the opportunity to take a sundowner cruise on the Mekong River.
Siem Reap offers the incredible experience of the Angkor Wat temples and – depending on your capacity for antiquities – you could spend three days visiting temple after temple. Nearby you also have the remarkable Tonlé Sap Lake offering a myriad of experiences as well as all the adventure opportunities around the lake, the temples and Siem Reap itself. In the town itself there are wonderful markets, pubs and restaurants to keep you busy too.
Sihanoukville (normally pronounced “Sinoville”) is the main port in Cambodia and it is the departure point for the ferries going out to the islands. The town itself is very laid back and a favourite of backpackers. There is lots of inexpensive accommodation and pubs full of people having fun. There are some amazing beaches and a short distance away are the towns of Kep and Kampot – well worth visiting.
There are a range of ferries travelling between Sihanoukville and the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem every day. They are differentiated by their speed and their price. Koh Rong is the bigger island and considered to be more of a party island – hence generally a younger crowd than Koh Rong Samloem which is a picture postcard island offering a real get-away-from-it-all experience. Song Saa is a tiny private island just off the coast of Koh Rong and like a mini Maldives – absolutely beautiful and private.
One of the best things about the islands is that there are no hawkers bugging you constantly to buy their merchandise! It would be truly remiss of you to travel all the way to Cambodia and not send some time on one of these very special islands!!