2 Weeks in Cambodia: Sample Itinerary
2 Weeks in Cambodia
In the newest addition to our popular itinerary series, here’s a travel itinerary for 2 weeks in Cambodia we’re confident you’ll love!
There’s a reason why so many travellers choose to return to this country year after year. The locals are friendly, the kids will steal your heart, the temples of Angkor are possibly the best collection in the world and the country’s mighty Khmer history and culture is rich and storied.
How does exploring ancient ruins like Indiana Jones sound? How about cruising the countryside on a bamboo train, kayaking with pink dolphins in the Mekong River, motorcycling in the hillsides, or just chilling in a hammock?
This sample itinerary is just a guide and you depending on what type of traveller you are, you can modify this to suit your own travel style.
Figured out your budget yet? Let us help you with our awesome post, “What to Budget for Cambodia”.
2 Week Itinerary
Itinerary: Siem Reap, Battambang, Kampot, Phnom Penh, Kratie
Days 1-3: Siem Reap
- Arrange for a tuk-tuk driver to pick you up around 4 am and take you to Angkor Wat so that you can take in one of the most iconic sunrises in the world. Make sure to bring a torch as you’ll want to arrive while it’s still dark.
- Spend the day (and the following day) temple hopping around Angkor. Make sure to check out our photo tour and guide to the temples of Angkor for more information on pricing and the best temples to see.
- Have dinner at Haven, a fantastic restaurant which trains local youth, mostly orphans, to work in the hospitality industry. Make sure to make reservations for dinner at least a day in advance as it tends to book up fast.
- Head out at night to Pub Street where you can meet travellers and expats from all over the world.
- Siem Reap is also a fantastic place to try “Happy” Pizza. So if you feel like adding a little green to your pizza, you shouldn’t have any issues finding it.
Where we stayed: Voodoo Guesthouse – $8 USD per night (private room, A/C)
Days 4-5: Battambang
- After arriving, grab a tuk-tuk and head off to the famous bamboo train which will take you on a fun ride through the countryside on nothing but a plank of bamboo and powered by a lawnmower engine! After you’ll go by tuk-tuk to see the other highlights of the Battambang region, a gorgeous hilltop temple, the Killing Cave and the picturesque Cambodian countryside.
- Read all about our day exploring Battambang in this post.
Where we stayed: Royal Hotel – $5 USD per night (private room)
Days 6-8: Kampot
- Popular spot amongst backpackers as the place to chill and meet other travellers. Many travellers (like us!) plan on spending a few days here and end up staying much longer!
- Rent a motorbike and explore the beautiful countryside and then take in the panoramic views from the mountainside close by. Chill out with cold drinks, good food and company after a refreshing river swim.
Where we stayed: Bodhi Villa – $6 USD per night (private room)
Days 9-11: Phnom Penh
- Get up early, find yourself a tuk-tuk and then spend the day learning about the atrocities of the Khmer Rogue at the S-21 Prison and the Killing Fields. Although both of these sites are emotionally challenging to visit, you cannot truly understand the current country, people and politics without understanding this terrible dark time in the country’s past. Read more about it in our post here.
- Spend an hour or so exploring the city’s colourful central market and make sure to grab some cheap and tasty street food while there.
- Head out one evening to take in a Pradal Serey fight. This style of fighting pre-dates Muay Thai and involves moving in time with music while kicking and punching their opponent.
Where we stayed: Happy House 19 – $8 USD per night (private room)
Days 12-13: Kratie
- Get up early, grab a tuk-tuk and head off to the WWF protected area of the Mekong where small local boats will give you a close encounter with the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. For more information make sure to check out our post on our experience with the pink dolphins of the Mekong.
- In the afternoon, rent a bicycle and take the little river ferry across to the other side of the Mekong where you can then spend the afternoon bicycling around beautiful rice fields and meeting friendly locals.
Where we stayed: Heng Heng Guesthouse – $5 USD per night (private room)
Day 14: Moving on…
- Fly back home or onward to your next destination!
Cambodia is country with so much to offer it’s easy to see why many expats call it home. That said, it’s definitely a country where you can sample the highlights in two glorious weeks. Follow our itinerary and you will understand why this country has stolen so many hearts.
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Make sure to also check out our post, “What to Budget for Cambodia” to help you further plan your next adventure!
Ross & Alyse
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