One Week in Cambodia Itinerary

by May 19, 2018Cambodia, Cambodia Itinerary, Itineraries

Welcome to the One Week in Cambodia Itinerary!

 

This 7 day Cambodia itinerary has you covered as you experience the best that this incredible country has to offer! You will make your way from temples of Angkor Wat to the capital of Phnom Penh to the beaches of Sihanoukville with plenty of stops along the way. Before diving into the itinerary be sure to check out the Helpful Tips section to get you prepared for your trip.

Cambodia 7 Days Map View

Take a look at the map below which shows you the three main cities you will be making your way to during the trip. Starting up north by Siem Reap, you will then make your way down to Phnom Penh and then down to the coast where you will find the beaches of Sihanoukville.

 

A Detailed One Week in Cambodia Itinerary

Now lets get on to the actual trip! The following is a detailed breakout of the daily attractions and activities on this 7 day Cambodia itinerary. Feel free to scroll through and click on any more in depth posts along the way.

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Day 1 – Fly into Siem Reap, Cambodia

We start this journey in Siem Reap – home of the famous Angkor Wat. Arriving after a long journey either by plane or bus, take some time to check into your hotel, relax, get some massages and rest up a bit. 

The nice thing about Siem Reap is that the main town area is not too big and you should be able to walk to get to restaurants, massage parlors, markets and nightlife. Take a stroll around to get a feel of the city and the friendly people around you.

You can make your way to the day market, one of which is Psar Chaa and/or the Angkor Night Market. As usual with many markets in Southeast Asia they have a little bit of everything around here and definitely don’t be afraid to haggle a little. Get some souvenirs, clothing, and Cambodian cuisine before you make your way back to the hotel to rest up for Angkor Wat.

 


For nights 1 & 2 of your trip take a look at some Siem Reap hotels


 

Top Recommendations:

1) Central Suite Residence

2) Diamond D’Angkor Boutique

3) Golden Temple Hotel

 

 

Siem Reap Pub StreetSiem Reap MarketFish Massage Siem Reap

Day 2 – Angkor Wat

The main attraction of Cambodia, and one of the most historical in the world is Angkor Wat. A huge array of ancient temples and ruins sprawled across the area, each with its own story and history. It really will not get old going from one temple to the next and discovering what this city once was.

One incredible experience to take part of is heading to the main temple complex for sunrise. Seeing the first rays of light over Angkor Wat is an experience you will not forget!

 

I would highly recommend hiring a tour guide for your time around Angkor Wat. There is so much history and so much to learn about the area, and a tour guide will walk you through it all. Take a look at some highly rated Angkor Wat tour options that could work well for you.

 


For everything you need to know about the area take a look at the Ultimate Guide to Angkor Wat I put together for this portion of the trip


 

On your first day here I would recommend heading out on the Small Circuit of Angkor Wat, which includes the following temples:

1. Angkor Wat

2. Bayon

3. Baphuon

4. Terrace of the Elephants & Leper King

5. Thommanon & Chau Say Tevoda

6. Ta Keo

7. Ta Prohm

8. Banteay Kdei

Angkor Wat Temple ComplexAngkor Wat Monk BraceletAngkor Wat Temple ComplexAngkor Wat Ta Prohm TreeAngkor Wat Hallways

After a very long day of running around Angkor Wat and its surroundings make your way make to your hotel to take a nap and/or get another massage. Later on in the night head out to Pub Street, which is the main nightlife area of Siem Reap.

Pub Street Siem Reap

 

Take a look at some Cambodia travel guides to prep you for your trip


 

Day 3 – Siem Reap Part II

Sleep in a bit since I know you will probably be a bit tired from the previous day and night but get ready for a second day in Siem Reap. You have a couple options here depending on your interests:

 

Angkor Wat Part II (Grand Circuit)

If you aren’t templed out yet, head back with a tour guide or taxi to some more temples within the complex. There will definitely be some around the area you were not able to get to on the previous day.

In the Angkor Wat travel guide mentioned above there are plenty of other temple options part of the Grand Circuit that you can make your way to. You can speak with your guide/driver beforehand to talk about what you did the day before and what others they might recommend. These temples include:

1. Preah Khan

2. Neak Pean

3. Ta Som

4. East Mebon

5. Prae Rup

 

Preah KhanNeak PeanAngkor Wat Ta Som

Tonle Sap Lake Tour

Instead of heading back to the temples you can take a tour out by the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake. The boat tour will go all around the lake visiting the traditional floating villages, seeing some wildlife, and heading to a floating restaurant.

Tonle Sap Floating Village

If neither the additional temples or the floating village work for you, feel free to walk around the town of Siem Reap, take a cooking class, or continue shopping the markets and trying new food.

Once your second day activities are complete it is time to head to Phnom Penh. You will have the choice to get to Phnom Penh this evening or the next morning. You can choose from a 5-6 hour bus ride or can also opt for the quick flight.

 


Take a look through some Phnom Penh hotel options for nights 3 & 4 of your trip


 

Highly Recommended Hotel Options:

1) G Mekong Hotel

2) The Pavilion

3) Sun & Moon

 

Day 4 – Phnom Penh

​Here lies the capital city of Cambodia. You should arrive here sometime later on in the evening on day 3. You will then have two days to explore the city before heading off to your final destination. During your time in the city you can make your way to the following 5 attractions:

 

1. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

2. Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda

3. Central Market

4. Wat Phnom

5. Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre

 


For a detailed view of the attractions check out the 5 Things To Do in Phnom Penh guide


 

Tuol Sleng Genocide MuseumRoyal Palace Phnom PenhWat PhnomCentral Market Phnom Penh

Day 5 – Phnom Penh Part II

On day two in Phnom Penh it is time to learn a bit more about its history and the genocide that happened here. About a 45 minute tuk tuk ride south of the city lies the Choeung Ek Killing Fields. Here is where many of the prisoners from Tuol Sleng were brought to be killed and buried.

 


The Visiting the Choeung Ek Killing Fields guide will help explain what you need to know when visiting this historical site


 

Choeung Ek Killing Fields 1Choeung Ek Killing Fields 6Choeung Ek Killing Fields 7

Once you are done with Choeung Ek, pack your bags and head over to Sihanoukville sometime in the afternoon / evening time. The drive would take 4-5 hours.

If you do opt for the shooting range, plan on getting back to the capital much later in the day. If you opt to head back into the city after Choeung Ek, your day will probably end closer to mid afternoon.

 


End your trip at a Sihanoukville hotel for nights 5 & 6 in Cambodia


 

Top Value Hotel Options:

1) The Secret Garden at Otres Beach

2) Onederz Sihanoukville

3) Tamu Hotel

 

Day 6 & 7 – Sihanoukville

​Once you get to Sihanoukville, your next two days should be filled with beaches and relaxation after 5 days full of touring around. There are plenty of beaches around the area – some of which are more secluded and quiet while others are more for the party scene.

This article gives a great recap of the beaches there and will give you an idea of what type of place you are looking for.

Sihanoukville Beach

Alternatively to staying on the mainland of Sihanoukville, you can also head out to some close by islands, one of which is the beautiful Koh Rong (about a two hour boat ride away). Whatever you choose, you should have about 2 days of beach time on the mainland or on one of the further out islands.

You can also do activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, or even kitesurfing. There will be plenty to choose from depending on your adventure level. Also don’t forget to roam the nearby markets for local goods and all kinds of food!

Ko Rang Cambodia

Once your two days in Sihanoukville are complete it is time to head back home or onwards to the next country on your Southeast Asia tour, either later in the evening on day 7 or sometime on day 8. That concludes your one week in Cambodia trip. Have fun out there!

Head over to the Cambodia itineraries and guides page to check out some more helpful posts, and feel free to comment below with any questions!

 

One Week in Cambodia Itinerary

 

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