Cambodia is a small country nestled in between Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, making it a great place to visit on a South East Asian tour. It is also a very compact city, with most of the main sights and attractions clustered around two main cities. This makes Cambodia a great option for a short holiday or break. The international airport in Phnom Phen has flights arriving daily from all over the world, so why not consider Cambodia for your next Asian holiday?
One Week in Cambodia
One week is the perfect amount of time to spend in Cambodia. One week will allow you to take your time to explore it’s two main cities; Phnom Phen and Siem Reap fully, while also packing enough in that you don’t get bored.
Day 1: Arrive in Phnom Phen
Depending on when you arrive in the capitol of Cambodia, you may have an entire day to explore or only a half day. Take this day to get your bearings, visit one of the markets, introduce yourself to Cambodian food, and rest up for the rest of the adventure.
Day 2 and 3: Phnom Phen
Considering how small the capitol of Phnom Phen feels, there is quite a bit to see and do here. Visiting the historical monuments and museums here will give you a much greater depth of understanding when you go to visit Angkor Wat later on in the itinerary.
I have written a 48 hour guide to Phnom Phen which will take you to the four main attractions in the city. I recommend having a read of it when planning your time in the capitol.
Day 4: Travel to Siem Reap
Depending on how you choose to travel, this step may take you all day, or it may only take you an hour. Several flights operate daily between Phnom Phen and Siem Reap and take about 50 minutes to reach their destination. Depending on your time frame, budget, and travel style, this may be a good option for you. Travelling by plane will certainly save you lots of time.
The most budget (and adventurous) way to get to Siem Reap from Phnom Phen is by bus. The bus takes about 7 hours and there are a couple bus companies to choose from. The cheapest is the old overcrowded local buses that make frequent stops and cost about $6. This is the option I took. It wasn’t the most comfortable of journey, but it was a bit of an adventure. Those wanting more comfort can opt for one of the newer companies that boast air con, wifi, and movies on board. These cost a little bit more, but are not too expensive. Some bus companies even offer overnight buses between Phnom Phen and Siem Reap.
If you have a tight schedule then I would recommend either flying, or taking the over night bus.
Day 5, 6 and 7: Angkor Wat
The last three days of your trip will be spend at the Angkor Archaeological Park. This is home to the famous Angkor Wat temple, whose name is generally used to describe the entire complex. It is almost impossible to see the sights in one day, so I recommend buying the three day pass.
For more tips on visiting Angkor, please check out my article full of Angkor travel tips here.