Bang Pa In Royal Palace in Thailand

Best of Cambodia & Thailand Beach Break

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Countries Visited

Thailand, Cambodia

Places Visited

Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap, Sisowath Quay, Killing Fields of Choeung Ek...

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Suggested Duration

12 Days

The best of both in Southeast Asia: rich cultural and historical exploration, followed by a tropical island with white beaches. There’s more to Cambodia than Angkor and eight days provides an intimate exploration of an eye-opening and evocative nation; artisanal villages, cafe culture, capital city highlights, a juxtaposition of colonial and Khmer. In Koh Samui, you do nothing but escape the world for days filled with exotic colors and a soft salty breeze. To discover other itineraries that might...

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Trip Highlights

  • Spend several days fully exploring the wonder of Angkor, the greatest temple complex of them all
  • Lounge on a white sand beach and escape the world with a stay on Koh Samui
  • Understand Cambodian culture and history with some eye-opening experiences in both Phnom Penh and Battambang
  • Learn to cook Khmer style, check out the cafe culture of Cambodia’s capital, and discover artisanal villages
  • Snorkel tropical waters, walk-in pristine jungle, and find very private places on Koh Samui
  • Watch the sunset from an Angkor temple, find the place from Tomb Raider, and discover parts of the Angkor archaeological site that escape crowds

Detailed Description

Southeast Asia lures most of its visitors two ways. There is the culture and history found in such an exotic corner of the world. Then there is the promise of tranquility, this also being a region of tropical islands and white postcard beaches. This handcrafted tour combines the best of both, but it’s a little different to most itineraries. Rather than stick to Thailand, you travel on an intimate exploration of Cambodia, the culturally intriguing neighbor that has so much more to offer than Angkor Wat. Thanks to new airports you can now fly from Cambodia to one of Thailand’s southern islands in just a few hours, so you end the vacation on the region’s finest beach.

It was a nightmare to get around Cambodia a decade ago. Every journey meant a lost day. Now the infrastructure has been drastically improved, yet the majority of visitors don’t make it past Siem Reap, the tourist capital and gateway to Angkor. Authentic encounters can be found on most street corners in Phnom Penh and Battambang, while villages provide a genuine glimpse into local life, a far cry from their heavily touristic counterparts in Thailand. While Thailand tempts with temples galore, Angkor is the greatest temple complex of them all. With Siem Reap as your base, you really need several days to discover Angkor.

With this handcrafted tour, you go local for eight days, traveling deep into the heart of Cambodia: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Battambang. Then you stop, relax, and drift off. There aren’t any secrets on Koh Samui, the island really does look like the postcards. Sink your feet into the sand, feel the warm ocean breeze, perhaps go swimming or snorkeling, or watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand. You can do things on Koh Samui, but mostly the experience is about doing nothing at all. It’s Thailand’s second largest island and one of the famed slices of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand. It is large enough to absorb the crowds and leave a piece of beauty for everyone, with your small five-star resort tucked away on the lesser-seen southern coast.

Before the beach, there’s the culture. First Phnom Penh, a capital city of local flavors and redolent history. It’s a wonderful and mostly off the beaten track destination, one that comes alive in the hands of a good guide. Cafes await down colonial streets, Khmer remains to suggest spiritual histories, and monuments pay tribute to the country’s harrowing recent history. Fly to Siem Reap and discover Angkor’s wonders, including the temples overtaken by tree roots. Explore the outer reaches of the archaeological site and follow the stories through the ancient royal city. Then spend two days with the locals in Battambang, a lively town that’s full of quirks and Cambodian inspiration. The tempo is fast paced in Cambodia, which is why you’ll then love Koh Samui even more. 

Zicasso offers a variety of Thailand and Cambodia vacations. Be sure to browse the trips reviews for Thailand and Cambodia.

Starting Price

$2,395 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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