With 10 days to explore Cambodia, you can combine several distinct locations. For example, opt for an itinerary that combines roaming Angkor's root-riddled ruins, boating Tonlé Sap Lake's "floating villages," and kayaking the Mekong in search of dolphins. Or explore Angkor's temples plus the Royal Palace and National Museum of Phnom Penh, cycle the countryside around Kampot, and relax on Rabbit Island. Then, there's an itinerary that combines some of the above with time spent among Asian elephants in the cool highlands.

Itinerary #1: Cambodia History & Nature

This relaxed 10-day itinerary combines the splendors of Cambodian history, wildlife, and culture, including kayaking with river dolphins and exploring Phnom Penh, the temples of Angkor, and more.

Kayaking among Irrawaddy dolphins is a rare experience
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Phnom Penh, City Tour by Cyclo (Pedicab) Phnom Penh
Day 2 Royal Palace & National Museum, Friends Lunch, Tuol Sleng & Killing Fields Phnom Penh
Day 3 Across the Mekong to Koh Trong Island via Kampong Cham Koh Trong
Day 4 Kayak with Dolphins (Half Day) & Free Afternoon Koh Trong
Day 5 Transfer to Kampong Thom, Relax & Explore Kompong Thom
Day 6 To Siem Reap via Sambor Prei Kuk Siem Reap
Day 7 Explore Angkor Thom & Preah Khan Temples by Remork (Full Day) Siem Reap
Day 8 Angkor Wat Sunrise, Explore Banteay Srei & Ta Phrom Siem Reap
Day 9 Discover Life on Tonlé Sap, HeroRATS & Phare Cambodian Circus Siem Reap
Day 10 Free Morning, Depart  

Begin in Phnom Penh with a highlights tour by cyclo (pedal-rickshaw), plus visits to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum, as well as the sobering Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the "Killing Fields" of Choeung Ek. Then head to Koh Trong Island, where your highlight experience will be kayaking the Mekong River in search of freshwater dolphins. Next, based in Kampong Thom, you'll explore the temple ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before arriving in Siem Reap—the gateway to the awe-inspiring temple complex at Angkor.

Then you'll spend four nights in Siem Reap, where an entire day is spent exploring the temples of Angkor Thom—the largest and last capital of the Khmer Empire—and circuiting the outlying temples by remork (tuk-tuk). You'll also witness sunrise over Angkor Wat and explore the ancient Banteay Srei temple, plus the "Tomb Raider" temple of Ta Phrom. Finally, you'll spend a morning visiting the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap Lake, plus get to meet the giant landmine-sniffing "HeroRATS" of the APOPO Visitor Center. End your remarkable 10-day adventure with a performance of Phare, The Cambodian Circus. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Siem Reap to the Coast

Whether you're interested in exploring the temples of Angkor, learning how giant rats can identify landmines, tasting the famous durian fruit in Kampot market, or lazing in a hammock on Rabbit Island, this 10-day itinerary has it all.

Ta Som is one of many root-entangled temples at Angkor
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Siem Reap, Visit Ta Phrom Temple Siem Reap
Day 2 Explore Angkor Thom & Grand Circuit by "Remork" (Full Day) Siem Reap
Day 3 Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre & HeroRATS Siem Reap
Day 4 Siem Reap to Phnom Penh via Kompong Khleang, Spean Praptos Bridge & Skuon Phnom Penh
Day 5 Royal Palace & National Museum, Champey Academy of Arts Phnom Penh
Day 6 Phnom Penh to Kampot, Sunset River Cruise Kampot
Day 7 Kampot Backroads Cycling Tour, Afternoon/Evening at Leisure Kampot
Day 8 Kampot to Kep with Pepper Farm Visit Kep
Day 9 Kep Crab Market, Rabbit Island Excursion Kep
Day 10 Free Morning in Kep, Return to Phnom Penh & Depart  

Start your adventure in Siem Reap by exploring the vast religious site of Angkor, including Ta Prohm—the root-entangled "Tomb Raider" temple—and the Bayon temple, with its 54 towers decorated with giant bas-relief faces. You'll also watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat temple, then journey to Banteay Srei temple, with exquisite carvings depicting tales from the Ramayana. At the APOPO Visitor Centre, you'll meet the giant "HeroRATS" that sniff out landmines, plus you'll visit the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap and the ancient Spean Praptos Bridge (guarded by nine-head Nagas) en route to Phnom Penh.

Explore the capital city, including its beautiful Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, plus the National Museum and Champey Academy of Arts, dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged Cambodian children. Then head to laid-back Kampot, on the Gulf of Thailand, to enjoy a scenic river cruise, cycle the countryside to experience the rural lifestyle, and visit a spice plantation. Spend your last two nights in Kep, a once-popular and now laid-back resort renowned for delicious seafood, and where you'll take a boat to Koh Tonsai (Rabbit Island) for a day of relaxation, snorkeling, and/or coastal hiking. Learn more

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Itinerary #3: Angkor to the Mekong: Temples, Nature & Culture

On this grand 10-day adventure in Cambodia, you'll watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat, go dolphin-spotting on the Mekong River, and spend a full day with Asian elephants at the Elephant Valley Project.

The Elephant Valley Project protects Asian elephants
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Siem Reap, At Leisure Siem Reap
Day 2 Explore Angkor Thom & Grand Circuit by "Remork" (Full Day) Siem Reap
Day 3 Sunrise at Angkor Wat Banteay Srei & Ta Phrom Temples Siem Reap
Day 4 Mechrey "Floating Village" & Cruise to Prek Toal, Phare Cambodian Circus Siem Reap
Day 5 Spean Praptos Bridge, Santuk Silk Farm & Koh Trong Island Koh Trong
Day 6 Cycling and Community-Based Activities on Koh Trong Koh Trong
Day 7 Sen Monorom & Dolphin-Spotting on the Mekong River Sen Monorom
Day 8 Elephant Valley Project (Full Day) Sen Monorom
Day 9 Discover Life in a Phnong Village & Bou Sra Waterfall, Sunset at the Sea Forest Sen Monorom
Day 10 Transfer to Phnom Penh, Visit Phnong Village & Plantation, Depart  

Begin in Siem Reap with two full days exploring the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site at Angkor. Here, your temple visits by remork include Bayon, with its giant bas-relief smiling faces, pyramidal Baphoun, plus the Terrace of Elephants. You'll also witness sunrise over the reflecting pond and temple at Angkor Wat, journey to the well-preserved Banteay Srei temple, and roam Ta Prohm, the root-entangled "Tomb Raider" temple. Add a day excursion by boat to the "floating villages" of Tonlé Sap, birdwatching in Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary, and a visit to the Saray Tonlé handicraft project.

From here, you'll head to Kampong Kdei to view the remarkable 12th-century Spean Praptos Bridge, then on to Santuk Silk Farm to learn about Cambodia's artisanal silk industry, ending with two nights on bucolic Kon Trong Island in the Mekong River. Here, you'll participate in community-based activities while cycling the isle, and take a dolphin-watching cruise on the Mekong. Next, head to Sen Monorom to visit the Elephant Valley Project, an indigenous Phnong tribal village, and trek to the magnificent Bou Sra waterfall—the largest cascade in Cambodia. End your adventure in Phnom Penh. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in Cambodia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Cambodia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas