One week in Cambodia is enough time to explore Angkor or Phnom Penh, plus the highlights of one other region. Cycling enthusiasts can explore the Angkor temples, ricefields, and villages around Battambang by bicycle. Nature lovers can look for wildlife while hiking and kayaking in Botum Sakor and Cardomom national parks. Or combine Phnom Penh with Battambang, the Angkor temples, and the floating villages of Tonlé Sap Lake for a more-rounded itinerary.

Itinerary #1: Cambodia Culture & History

This week-long itinerary provides a full array of experiences, including a sunset cruise on the Mekong, boating through the floating villages, countryside cycling around Battambang, and two full days exploring the temples of Angkor.

Enigmatic smiling faces of Bayon Temple, Angkor
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Phnom Penh, Afternoon City Tour Phnom Penh
Day 2 Tuol Sleng & Killing Fields, National Museum & Royal Palace, Sunset Cruise Phnom Penh
Day 3 Phnom Penh to Battambang via Andong Rossey & Floating Villages Battambang
Day 4 Cycle the Countryside, Bamboo Train Ride & Phnom Sampeau Sunset Battambang
Day 5 Siem Reap, Angkor Thom & Traditional Dance Performance Siem Reap
Day 6 Angkor Wat Sunrise, Ta Phrom Temple by Tuk-Tuk & Phare Cambodian Circus Siem Reap
Day 7 Depart Siem Reap  

Begin in Phnom Penh and take to the streets for a tour by cyclo (a three-wheeled pedal rickshaw). You'll see the ornate Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, plus an exploration of the dark side of Cambodian history at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center. Then on to Andong Rossey (an artisanal pottery center), the floating villages of Tonlé Sap Lake, and the charming city of Battambang. From here, spend a morning cycling to countryside villages, enjoy a ride on the tiny "Bamboo Train," and visit the Phnom Sampeau temple and the caverns where the Khmer Rouge threw victims to their deaths.

You'll then head to Siem Reap, the gateway to the great temple complex of Angkor. Spend two days exploring this astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its scores of Buddhist and Hindu temples. You'll focus on the most important and interesting sites, including watching the sunrise over the vast temple of Angkor Wat, carved with more than 3,000 bas-relief apsaras (seductive heavenly maidens). End with an evening enjoying a delicious Khmer cuisine and a performance of classic Apsara dancing, as performed a millennium ago in the court of the kings at Angkor. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Southern Cambodia Wilds

This week-long itinerary will delight nature lovers with its focus on exploring the countryside around Kampot and the varied ecosystems of wildlife-rich Botum Sakor National Park and Cardomom National Park in southern Cambodia.

Canvas & Orchids Retreat, in Cardamom National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Phnom Penh to Kampot, Boat Ride to Phnom Da Temple Kampot
Day 2 Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Pepper Farm Visit & Buffalo Cart Ride Kampot
Day 3 Botum Sakor: Cardamom Tented Camp & Wilderness Hike Botum Sakor National Park
Day 4 Hike and Kayak at Cardamom Tented Camp (Full Day) Botum Sakor National Park
Day 5 Free Morning, Transfer to Cardamom National Park Koh Kong
Day 6 Hike Cardamom Mountains or Boat Cruise to Tatai Waterfall Koh Kong
Day 7 Free Morning, Transfer to Phnom Penh & End of Trip  

Head southeast from Phnom Penh for an exciting boat ride through wetlands and rice fields to the small town of Angkor Borei and the 6th-century Phnom Da temple, close to the Vietnamese border. Arriving in Kampot, on the Gulf of Thailand, you’ll marvel at its French colonial architecture, and enjoy stand-up paddleboarding on a calm stretch of the serene slow-moving Kampot River. Here you'll visit a spice farm as well as ride in a buffalo-drawn cart to the scenic Secret Lake.

Spend your next three days immersed in nature as you head to Botum Sakor National Park for two nights at Cardamom Tented Camp. Look for wild elephants, tigers, and other endangered wildlife during guided nature treks and kayak trips. Then transfer to Canvas & Orchids Retreat for two nights of luxury riverside glamping within Cardamom National Park. Thrill to a boat ride to the spectacular Tatai Waterfall, plus kayak and hike in search of wildlife amid the mangroves, swamps, and dense evergreen rainforest, before your return to Phnom Penh on day seven. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Active Cambodia: Cycle Angkor & Battambang 

Perfect for active travelers, this 7-day itinerary explores the majestic temples of Angkor, plus the lush ricefields and countryside villages of Battambang, by bicycle.

Slow down and explore Cambodia like the locals
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Siem Reap, At Leisure Siem Reap
Day 2 Angkor Wat Sunrise, Cycle Angkor & Apsara Dance Performance Siem Reap
Day 3 Cycle the Grand Circuit & Hidden Temples Siem Reap
Day 4 Siem Reap to Battambang, Walking Tour Battambang
Day 5 Cycle the Countryside & Meet Locals (Full Day) Battambang
Day 6 Bamboo Train Ride, Cycle the Countryside, & Phnom Banan Temple Battambang
Day 7 Battambang to Siem Reap, Depart  

The huge scale of the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its dozens of temples, makes cycling a preferred way to explore. Spend three days pedaling to the highlight temples, plus more remote, lesser-visited sites, including the renowned Ta Prohm "Tomb Raider" temple and the vast temple of Angkor Wat. You'll also enjoy a performance of traditional Apsara dancing, as performed by women representing apsara for the ancient Khmer kings.

You'll then head to Battambang, Cambodia's charming second-largest city. Here, explore by walking the riverfront and historic downtown, including its colorful Psar Nat market, then cycle into the countryside to learn about rice farming and the traditional Cambodian rural way of life. You'll also visit the small riverside Kampong Pil pagoda, enjoy an unusual and fun ride on the "Bamboo Train," and, in Banan, hike up 358 stone steps to the hilltop Phnom Banan temple. Learn more

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Map of 1 Week in Cambodia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 1 Week in Cambodia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas