16 Day Thai-Khmer Explorer

This trip is an ideal introduction to  Asia, spanning two countries and plenty of fun, adventure, parties and sight-seeing! We head south from Bangkok to Rayong, journeying along the south east coast of Thailand towards Cambodia via the beautiful Thai island of Koh Chang. When we enter Cambodia we head straight to the beaches and parties of Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Samloem for island life before working our way north through the capital of Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Plenty of culture on this trip as we visit some of South East Asia’s most historical sites including Khmer Killing Fields, S21 and Angkor Wat.

Route

A BangkokB RayongC Kog ChangD SihanoukvilleE Koh Rong SanloemF KampotG Phnom PenhH Siem Reap

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN BANGKOK

Today is airport pick up and meet and greet with your new travel buddies. In the evening head out for a few drinks on the famous Khao San Road.

 

DAY 2-3 – RAYONG

Leaving Bangkok in the morning we take a private minibus to the lovely beach-side town of Lae Mai Pim in Rayong. After checking into our rooms and getting acquainted we’ll head down to the boat (seasonal) and head out on our Undiscovered Thailand boat trip, hitting the open seas, snorkelling and visiting a turtle sanctuary on a private island! In the evening we’ll grab a bite at the resort restaurant which boasts possibly the best pizza in Thailand and possibly a few cocktails at Drift Bar on the beach. The next day we’ll have a cheeky lie in and head down to the beach or a cool secret lake for a ridiculously tasty BBQ, some watersports and to soak up the sun, for those wanting a bit more action there’s even optional flyboarding to take in the sights from above!

*Note, if the boat trip does not run on day two we will usually have the beach bbq day instead and take a trip to a local waterfall on day three.

 

DAY 4-5 – KOH CHANG BOUND

Today we hit the coastal road again over to the beautiful Island of Koh Chang. Whilst the 3rd biggest Thai Island, Koh Chang is not as well know among tourists as others like Samui or Phuket so it’s some what of an idyll. We stay in some cool little beach bungalows in the backpacker area of Lonely Beach which has great stretches of white sand, crystal clear water, cool bars and restaurants. On day five we’ll take a trip to an awesome waterfall which is part of the islands national park. The rest of the time we can kayak, explore, sunbathe or party…we have two days to chill and ready ourselves for the next leg of our epic road trip…Cambodia!

 

DAY 6-7 – SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA

We start the Cambodia leg of the tour in Sihanoukville where there is no shortage of beaches, islands and parties. Whilst down in Sihanoukville we’ll stay near the main beach for two nights and hit the famous beach bars for one or two cocktails, buckets and 50cent beers. We take part in the Dolphin bar booze cruise on day seven.

 

DAY 8-10 – KOH RONG SAMLOEM

On the beautiful, secluded tropical island of Koh Rong Samloem we stay at an awesome new backpackers resort right on the beach which is extremely fun and sociable. Here we spend days as true beach bums, you can choose to chill on the luscious white sand, sip cocktails at the bar or soak up the rays! Whilst on Koh Rong Samloem we’ll also have a special beach bbq and fire show night on us and on day nine we head out on a boat cruise around the island, hit up some awesome snorkelling spots, try some fishing and kick back in the crystal clear turquoise waters!

 

DAY 10-11 – KAMPOT

On day 10 we take a short ride to the great little town of Kampot. Staying at an awesome backpackers right on the river we’ll spend the next two days chilling, rafting, tubing, playing on rope swings, pontoons, swings and the blob! Yet another destination with amazing natural surroundings, yet very different from the island/beach feel of the others. The hostel we stay can also arrange some optional (extra) activities around town like cycling, rock climbing and abseiling in caves.

 

DAY 12-14 – PHNOM PENH

Arriving in the capital by private mini bus, we’ll get checked into one of the coolest backpackers in the city! We can explore the city a little, before heading out on a charity pub crawl run by our partners at Mad Monkey Hostels. Whilst in the city, tradition dictates that we take a tour to the historical and eye opening site of the Khmer Killing Fields and S21. Two historical land marks which shine some light on Cambodia’s chilling and not too distant history.

 

DAY 15-16 – ANGKOR WAT

Depending on the season we’ll either take a mini van or boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, home of the magnificent Angkor Wat temple ruins (where they filmed Tomb Raider & Tekken). We’ll take a sunrise trip through the temple complex exploring the awe inspiring ancient ruins which happen to be a UNESCO World Heritage site. We stay in one of the towns most sociable and fun backpackers so expect plenty of parties and good times! On the last night we’ll take you out for a nice meal on us then to pub street for a pub-crawl to end the trip on a high.