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An Essential Guide to Cambodia Itinerary 5 Days

February 26, 2024 - 2 views

The 5-day Cambodia tour will take you to several highlights of the country and give you true insight into what the native life is like. You are planning to visit Cambodia but don’t know where to start? The tour can be the answer.

Day 1: Arrive in Cambodia’s Capital - Phnom Penh 

Welcome to Phnom Penh, the vibrant bustling capital of Cambodia, which is situated at the confluence of three rivers, the mighty Mekong, the Bassac, and the great Tonle Sap. 

On arrival at Phnom Penh airport, you are picked up by our friendly tour guide and then transferred to the hotel in the city center for checking in. The room is t ready after 14:00, so please contact us if you want to book an early check-in. 

Day 2: Phnom Penh City tour & Travel to Siem Reap

On day 2, you will spend half a day getting around Phnom Penh, which was once called Paris of the East. Then, after lunch, the tour will take you to the city of Siem Reap, within which stands the impressive Angkor Wat. 

Join in the morning tour in Phnom Penh 

You will join the city tour to visit most of the must-see places in the capital.  After breakfast, the tour guide picks you up from the hotel lobby to start the tour. You will visit the Independence Monument,  Royal Palace compound, Silver Pagoda (The Emerald Buddha temple), and National Museum.   

The morning tour ends in Wat Phnom, the only hill in the town with sacred sites. You can climb to the top of the hill to see the beautiful city below.  

Get to Siem Reap in the afternoon

We will be transferred to the Mekong Bus station for a 6-hour drive to Siem Reap. The tour guide is not with you on the bus, but you can see him/her in Siem Reap. On the way to Siem Reap, you can see more of the rural area in Cambodia, the bus stops at Arunras Restaurant for the restroom where you can order meals, and snacks. 

Upon arrival at Borei Seang Nam station in Siem Reap, you will be met by a local tour guide, who will bring you to the hotel in the city center for refreshments. Free time in Siem Reap, you can explore the day and night market, enjoy Khmer massage and spa treatments, visit a variety of great cafes and restaurants, or try fish massage!  Relax and prepare yourself for tomorrow's tour of Angkor.

Day 3: Full-day Explore Angkor Wat Complex

Today, you will join a full-day tour to explore the Angkor complex. The travel guide will take you to the complex and introduce to you the history and characteristics of Angkor Wat. 

In the morning

You will be visiting Ta Prohm Temple, the undisputed capital of the kingdom of the Trees. The temple is embraced by the roots of enormous fig trees and gigantic creepers, creating a holy scene. Ta Prohm was also the location where the famous Hollywood film Tomb Raider was filmed.   

After Ta Prohm Temple, you will visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom. The tour will start from the South Gate, then continue to the Bayon Temple which is unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara, the Phimeanakas, the Royal Enclosure, the Elephants Terrace, and the Terrace of the Leper King.  

In the afternoon

We will explore the most famous temple of all the temples in Angkor, which is called  Angkor Wat. 

This temple is considered the heart and soul of Cambodia and has become the national symbol. Covering 200 hectares, this huge rectangular temple is a combination of two basic features of Khmer architecture: temple-mountain architecture along with long and narrow corridors. This structure represents Mount Meru, home of the gods in Hindu legend: between a moat and 3.6 km (2.2 mi) long wall is a three-story main hall with rectangular architecture, connected by rows of deep corridors. 

The center of the temple is a complex of 5 towers with a central tower and four towers at four square corners. Unlike other Angkorian-style temples, Angkor Wat faces the west and there is still no unified interpretation of what this means. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of its architecture, the abundance of sculpture and the large number of deities adorning its stone walls. 

After the visit to Angkor Complex, you will be dropped off at Amazon or Kulen II restaurant to enjoy a buffet dinner with Khmer Traditional Dance Show. 

Day 4: Time to Travel around Siem Reap 

You will have a day free to explore Siem Reap. You can enjoy some delicious street food, indulge in a traditional Khmer massage, or get one final insight into the heart of Cambodia with a cooking class. 

On the day, optional tours are still available for you to choose from. Usually, it is Tonle Sap Lake Half Day and Siem Reap cooking class half day that tourists can join.

Tonle Sap Lake is the greatest lake in Southeast Asia. Here, many Cambodians live and earn their living through aquaculture. On visiting Tonle Sap Lake, you will have a chance to immerse in the tranquility, admire the scenery and explore how life is going on every day. 

On the other hand, in the Siem Reap cooking class, you will learn how to cook famous Cambodian dishes such as Nom banh chok, Bai sach chrouk, Ang dtray meuk, etc. You will then have a chance to try what you cook for the first time. In this way, you can explore the local culture through what and how its people eat. 

Day 5: Say Goodbye to Cambodia 

After a memorable tour in Cambodia, today you will be transferred to the airport in Siem Reap for the flight out of the city. If you want to spend more time in this city, we can help to book additional accommodation, please contact us as soon as you can.

Above is the Cambodia itinerary for 5 days that you can refer to on planning your trip. If you want to explore more about the Cambodia tour and itinerary, don’t hesitate to visit our website at We are always here to give you more information about the country.

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