Essential Cambodia
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Essential Cambodia

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The perfect mix of culture and relaxation, this private tour through Cambodia introduces you to the wonders of the Temples of Angkor, including sunrise over Angkor Wat, the chilled out beach resort of Sihanoukville and captivating capital Phnom Penh.

tour duration 10 Days from
tour price 2,490pp
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Siem Reap (2N) - Sihanoukville (4N) - Phnom Penh (1N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Admire a sunset from the summit of Pre Rup Temple
Get lost in the exotic temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park
Witness the temple of Ta Prohm which been left in the grips of the jungle
Relax on the white, sandy beaches of Sihanoukville
Discover Cambodia’s regal history at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Cruise on the Mekong River as you enjoy Cambodia sunset vistas

Day 1 Fly to Siem Reap
Fly overnight to Siem Reap.
Day 1 Fly to Siem Reap
Day 2 Arrive and Explore
On arrival at Siem Reap you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy the sunset from the summit of the 10th century Angkorian temple of Pre Rup.
Day 2 Arrive and Explore
Day 3 The Temples of Angkor
Watch the sun rise over the majestic beehive towers of the indescribable Angkor Wat. Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of this masterpiece of Khmer architecture which is a monument to religious devotion and the best preserved of Angkor’s temples. The Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses a thousand temples, the remains of the seats of the Khmer Empire between the 9th and 15th centuries. Visit the fortified city of Angkor Thom, passing through the South Gate to reach the enigmatic Bayon at its heart, followed by the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Finally explore the atmospheric Ta Prohm which has been left in the grips of the jungle. (B,L)
Day 3 The Temples of Angkor
Day 4 Travel to Sihanoukville
Spend the morning at leisure – Siem Reap has plenty of boutiques and galleries to keep you occupied. Take the short flight to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s premier beach resort, where you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 4 Travel to Sihanoukville
Days 5-7 Sihanoukville at Leisure
The next three days are yours to relax and explore Sihanoukville. Take a boat trip around the many offshore islands, head a little way out of town to find a peaceful stretch of sand all to yourself or simply relax around the pool at your hotel. (B)
Days 5-7 Sihanoukville at Leisure
Day 8 Journey to Phnom Penh
After breakfast drive to Phnom Penh. This afternoon there is the option to take a tour of Cambodia’s charming capital, including visits to the Royal Palace, the National Museum and finally, a sunset cruise on the Mekong. (B)
Day 8 Journey to Phnom Penh
Days 9-10 Fly Phnom Penh to UK
Grab your last minute souvenirs before boarding an overnight flight to the UK via Bangkok, arriving home the following day. (B)
Days 9-10 Fly Phnom Penh to UK

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If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

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Additional Price Information:

Tour departs any day subject to availability
Single supplement from £140pp
Sole passenger price from £2,150pp
Land only from £1,100pp (Siem Reap - Phnom Penh)
4* hotels from £1,990pp
5* hotels from £2,390pp
Includes international flights and current taxes, domestic transportation, accommodation, meals as stated, touring with guides and entrance fees and visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Excludes tipping

Singapore Extension

Singapore Extension

tour duration 3 Days from tour price 220pp

A visa is required for entry into Cambodia. Standard visa processing service is included in your tour cost. We will require your passport, completed visa application forms, and 2 passport photos, taken within the last 6 months, to process your visas. We will require all this information 8 weeks prior to departure.  As per our standard visa processing service, passports will usually be returned within 4 weeks of your tour’s scheduled departure. In rare cases you may be required to provide further information or documentation to the Cambodian Embassy; if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Cambodia is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

A lot of tourist shopping in Southeast Asia is made up of copied brand items and reproduced antiques. We have had cases where passengers have bought goods in stores, especially jewellery only to find upon their return home that they are of inferior quality.
 
In keeping with most people’s interest whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to visit local shops and government factories. This may vary depending on local conditions, and should never interfere with your itinerary’s included sightseeing.
Shopping can be fun and entertaining, especially in local markets in Southeast Asia where souvenirs can be purchased for next to nothing. However passengers must realise that in Southeast Asia the authenticity and value of goods is always questionable. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is! 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Westernstyle wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
meals as stated
entrance fees, guides and daily tours
visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those with a short period of time available, and who are looking to explore the main attractions of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh but also enjoy some time of relaxation in Sihanoukville. This itinerary does not include all meals which gives you the opportunity to discover your own dining options.

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