Cambodia: The Road Less Traveled

  • The contrast of Cambodia's energetic capital and its serene countryside
  • An intimate look at the country's lesser known, rarely glimpsed regions
  • Sleep in a floating lodge, kayak through mangrove forest, and go boating at night
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Laos Extension

This intimate look at the little-known, rarely glimpsed regions of Cambodia begins in the country’s charismatic capital, Phnom Penh. After a day’s sightseeing, journey south through the quiet countryside to the Gulf of Thailand and the seaside town of Kep, bordered with sparkling waters and verdant mountains. You’ll visit its lively crab market and enjoy an excursion to the sandy beaches of Rabbit Island, or alternatively, ascend to Bokor Mountain, with the atmospheric ruins of its abandoned hill station from the French colonial era.

Then continue west via Kampot, renowned for its flavorful pepper, to Chi Phat and your stay in a rustic bungalow of the Cardamom Forest Protected Area, part of a sustainable tourism project. There are opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, or just general meandering through the pristine surroundings. Next, follow the Koh Kong Conservation Corridor to Tatai village and your floating lodge set in the mangroves. You can explore by foot and kayak, gaining unbridled access to the lush interior that is studded with magnificent waterfalls, birds, and fireflies. Return to bustling Phnom Penh before going north to Siem Reap, stopping along the way at the seldom-visited pre-Angkorian temples at Sambor Prei Kuk. You’ll spend several days exploring the great complex of temples at Angkor, one of humanity’s greatest architectural achievements.

Cambodia tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Phnom Penh
  • Day 2: Phnom Penh
  • Day 3: drive to Kep
  • Day 4: Kep and surroundings
  • Day 5: drive to Chi Phat and the Cardamom Forest Protected Area
  • Day 6: drive and cruise to the Tatai River and the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge
  • Day 7: exploring the mangrove forest
  • Day 8: drive to Phnom Penh
  • Day 9: drive to Siem Reap via Sambor Prei Kuk
  • Days 10 & 11: exploring Angkor temple complex
  • Day 12: depart Siem Reap.