Journey through Cambodia on an adventure from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
Touchdown in Vietnam amid the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City, travel through Cambodia and arrive in Thailand’s bustling capital. Stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat and contemplate the horrors of the Killing Fields at Phnom Penh. This nine-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture, and history of this incredible region. Its natural beauty coupled with tumultuous history makes Cambodia a truly fascinating destination. With your accommodation, transportation, and entrance to Angkor etc arranged by your Tour Leader, you can concentrate on making this the time of your life.
After filling up on breakfast at the hotel, we’re off to Cu Chi! We’ll kick-start today’s activities with a discover the legacy of Vietnam’s turbulent past with a visit to the haunting Cu Chi cave system. Learn all about the intricate network of caves, built by local residents, and follow the trails underground to get a sense of what it was like for those who had to endure these living conditions.
We’ll get the ball rolling this morning by driving to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s lively capital. Get your cards ready or pile up the podcasts, as we’ll be on the road for at least 6 hours. Watch the landscape unfold from your window, as we pass rice paddies, jungle thickets and small towns. Once we touch-down in the city, check into your hotel and then we’ll head out to explore the city streets. From the vibrant markets to graceful tree-lined boulevards and a mass of beeping horns, this is a city that demands your attention. Catch a glimpse of its ornate palaces and temples before grabbing a cold beer on one of the riverside promenades to bask in its irrepressible spirit. Then hop aboard a boat for an exclusive sunset cruise, as the river glistens with dusk. We’ll round off the day with a delicious feast, as we settle into the rhythms of life Cambodia-style – you’ll forget that you ever have to return to the office.
To fully immerse yourself in a country, you need to understand its history, so today we’ll come face-to-face with Cambodia’s tragic past with a guided walk around the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. More than 20,000 people were held and tortured in this notorious prison in the 1970s, under the Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot. We’ll also visit the Choeung Ek Memorial, where a stupa made up of 8,000 human skulls marks the site of the infamous Killing Fields. Standing in the fields today, it’s hard not to be overcome by the desperately sad past of a place where so many Cambodians – friends, family and neighbours – lost their lives.
This morning, we’re off to the temple-studded city of Siem Reap – the gateway to the ancient world of Angkor Wat. After touch-down in Siem Reap, we’ll check into the hotel and you’ll have some time to acclimatise to your new surroundings. Dive into the cool waters of the pool for a refreshing dip. Relax as you prepare for your much-anticipated visit to Angkor tomorrow. Perhaps hit the markets for some delicious street food.
Temple-hop with your local guide and make the most of your visit to the world-famous Angkor complex. The temples, dating back as far as the 9th century, were believed to represent the cosmic world and were set in perfect balance, symmetry and composition. The intricately carved bas-reliefs and architectural designs are mind-blowing and there are spectacular photo opportunities at any time of day. Watching a sunrise or sunset is a must. The ruins are scattered over an area of some 160 square kilometres, but the main cluster of temples is close to Siem Reap, so there will be plenty of time to fully appreciate the great archaeological sites of Angkor Wat, the Bayon and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm.
We’ll kick off the morning by flying over to Thailand’s world-renowned capital. The gateway to South-East Asia, Bangkok teems with energy, and you’ll be struck by the rhythm of urban life from the moment you leave the terminal. Ancient temples in leafy courtyards are shadowed by highways and super-malls, and street food carts amble along outside 50-storey towers; all played out to the soundtrack of beeping traffic. Come evening, we’ll round off this epic adventure with a delicious feast in a local restaurant. Tuck into mouth-watering Thai and Lao flavours as you reminisce over your shared memories and travel stories.
After our final breakfast at the hotel, it’s time to say goodbye. What a spectacular adventure you’ve had. You’ve journeyed through the enchanting streets of Phnom Penh; marvelled at the majestic Angkor Wat glowing with sunrise; you’ve quad-biked through the countryside at sunset and discovered the backstreet secrets of Bangkok – not to mention all that mouthwatering food along the way. It’s now up to you to make your own way home. If you feel like extending your South-East Asian adventure, speak to your tour leader.
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