Idyllic white sand beaches can be found in the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, a lively nightlife in the capitol city of Phnom Pehn, but exploring rural Cambodia is the reason that I keep returning. Being able to experience The Cambodian culture and the people are more than enough reasons to fall in love with this beautiful country.
Below I have detailed the ultimateCambodia itinerary. This two week Cambodia ititnerary takes you through Angkor Wat, the Islands, Kampot and Phnom Pehn.
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2 Week Cambodia Itinerary
Before you Go
VISA: A Visa is required by most countries to enter Cambodia. You can get an E-Visa here before you go or get one on arrival. I always get one on arrival, it cost $20 and there are ATM’s that dispense USD at the borders. Just make sure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport and a blank page for the Visa.
Purchase World Nomad’s Travel Insurance. I always have it when I travel. You can never be too prepared.
READ: The Ultimate Guide to Cambodia
How to Get There
Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap
Try the Amok, which is a classic Khmer dish, curry like with coconut milk, vegetables and your choice of beef, chicken, or fish. It also came with steamed rice and only cost $2.50. 😋
Day 2, 3, 4 Explore Angkor Wat
Day 5: Spa Day in Siem Reap
I love Siem Reap for many reason but one of the top reasons is for the budget luxury. You can treat yourself by getting a massage, pedicures, facials, you name it and it doesn’t break the bank. Get your inner diva on because tomorrow you’ll be on traveling to Battambang.
Day 6: Head to Battambang
Today you will journey to Cambodia’s second largest city Battambang. Chances are you’ll be able to book bus tickets through your hotel so make sure you do this ahead of time. The bus from Siem Reap to Battambang takes about 4 hours and runs frequently.
Where to Stay in Battambang
Seng Hout Hotel
The Sanctuary Villa Battambang
Day 8: Journey to the Cambodian Islands
It wouldn’t be a vacation if you didn’t get a tan would it? Head to southwest to spend a few days in the Cambodian Islands. Buses run frequently to Sihanoukville where you will then have to take a ferry to the islands.
Where to Stay in Koh Rong
Coconut Beach Bungalows
Paradise Bungalows Koh Rong
Sok San Beach Resort
Royal Sands Koh Rong
Pick a hammock and stay there! I’ve never spent a whole day in a hammock until I spent time in the Cambodian Islands and I live on Maui! These were the best beaches to explore.
- Long Beach
- Palm Beach
- Lonely Beach
Day 10: Explore Koh Rong Samloem
Explore Koh Rong Samloem. Only a $5 ferry ride from Koh Rong is where you’ll find this less populated slice of paradise. Find a hammocks in the ocean where you can laze all day and enjoy the warm tropical waters.
Day 11: Travel to Kampot
Kampot itself is a cute, charming, riverside town with French influence architecture. The best way to explore the town is by renting a moped. It’s small in size so zipping around is user friendly and enjoyable.
Have drinks on one of the many riverside boats to watch sunset. We had drinks at the Rusty Keyhole, I had a nice big, glass of wine complete in a Bordeaux glass for only $3 USD.
Where to Stay in Kampot
I stayed at Kool Kampot while I explore this cozy nook of Cambodia. Kool Kampot was perfect walking distance to town and for sunset on the river. For a larger list of suggestions on where to stay in Kampot
Day 12: Explore Kep
If you’re venturing to Kep on a moped make sure you bring a scarf to cover your face or wear a helmet with a face mask because it is very dusty and it will get in your eyes, ears, and mouth. This was a very intense moped ride when we had nothing to protect our face and dirt got everywhere inside our eyes, ears, and mouths!
Day 13: Travel to Phnom Penh
Travel to Phnom Penh, the final stop on your Cambodia itinerary. It is about a 4-5 hour bus ride from Kampot. Buses are frequent and direct.
Phnom Penh doesn’t have the best reputation but I happen to disagree. We had a blast here! We were able to meet up with our friend Charity who happened to be passing through Phnom Pehn on the way to the Cambodian Islands. The 3 of us sipped crafted cocktails at Le Boutier which was a friend of a friends bar. We had a blast enjoying hand crafted cocktails in a swanky Cambodian bar. Later we hit the town with our new local friends. It was a great unexpected night that you just can’t plan for 😊. A must do on anyones Cambodia itinerary.
Where to Stay in Phnom Penh
Need some inspiration in choosing housing in Phnom Penh? Check out this article ↓
Spend your last day exploring the city. Be sure to check out the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda if you haven’t already the day before. If you’re into museums The National Museum is worth effort.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the killing fields that are located just outside of Phnom Penh. It is here that 8985 bodies were dug out from several mass graves. Victims from the Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot. It’s a somber experience but important to remeber.
Alas, your trip has come to an end. I’ve traveled to Cambodia on 3 separate occasions and fall in love with it more and more time after time. I hope this Cambodia itinerary has helped you plan the perfect vacation of budget luxury! As always thanks for reading!
survival tips on your Cambodia Itinerary
To visit the Temples you must have your knees and shoulders covered. Bring an appropriate dress or buy a sarong to where over your shorts.
ATMS are widely available throughout Siem Reap.
Cambodian overnight sleeper buses are better than most in South East Asia