Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Extension (start Siem Reap) Trip Notes

Destinations:
Cambodia
Programmes:
Trip Extensions
Trip Code:
XOV
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

5 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

'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. 

At a Glance

  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • Hotels: 2 nights in Siem Reap / 2 nights in Phnom Penh
  • Price from £959 
  • Single sup from £110 / single traveller sup from £400

Trip Highlights

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

Is This Trip for You?

This extension is possible before or after our Cycling in Vietnam trip (MOV).

Please note that although itinerary listed in the trip notes usually is 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.

If you are doing this extension before the MOV tour commences in Saigon, this extension starts in Siem Reap and ends in Saigon. The flight from Phnom Penh to Saigon is included in the extension.

If you are doing this extension after the MOV tours finishes in Hanoi, the extension includes a flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap where the extension starts and it will end in Phnom Penh.

Group

Please also note that you will be guided around the sites in Angkor/Phnom Penh during the day but are left free in the evenings. The 2 guides are employed (1 local guide in Siem Reap, 1 local guide in Phnom Penh) for these few days as a guide of the local sites and as such is not the same as the Exodus ‘leader’ you will have on the trip. There will be an emergency number provided however should you need assistance when he/she is not guiding you at the sites.

 

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
1
Max group size:
6

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Siem Reap

    You will fly to Siem Reap and be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel (arrival transfer to hotel included). 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).

    If booking this extension post MOV tour, you will fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap (included flight).

    Comfortable Hotel

  • 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. 

    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

    Phnom Penh to Saigon

    You will fly from Phnom Penh to Saigon (transfer to Phnom Penh Airport and international flight included). You will join the MOV group at the hotel this evening on day 1 of the MOV tour.

    If booking this extension post MOV tour, you will be transferred (transfer included) to Phnom Penh Airport where your extension will end.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

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

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & 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 & Seasonality

Weather Information

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.

Joining Instructions

Free transfers are provided, please let your sales consultant know your arrival time upon booking. 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Transfers to Saigon and Phnom Penh International airport are included. 

Location start:
Siem Reap
Location end:
Saigon

What to Take

Angkor Wat

Practical Information

Passport

Cambodia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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 FCDO 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 FCDO 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

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

 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

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. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Cambodia's Timezone:
Asia/Phnom_Penh +07 (GMT +07:00)

Electricity

Cambodia's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types A, C & G; establishments can often take two round pin plugs and/or two flat parallel pin plugs.

Money

Cambodia's Currency

 The national currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (May 2022) of approximately 4500 to the GBP, 4000 to the USD, 3000 to the CAD, 4200 to the EUR, 2800 to the AUD and 2550 to the NZD.

In practice the economy of Cambodia as far as the visitor is concerned, runs mainly on US dollars (and is preferred). However, you will receive some change in Riel, which can be useful for smaller purchases. USD bills will not be accepted if they are torn, or printed before 2010.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Lunches and dinners are not included (allow £70-£100 to cover all meals in Cambodia).

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.