Cambodia Itinerary: How to Get the Most from 2 Weeks in Cambodia

Customizable and extendable itineraries for your amazing Cambodian adventure

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These 2-week itineraries can be done on their own or combined to create the ultimate adventurous Cambodia itinerary. This is an amazingly diverse country, so grab our itinerary suggestions and get planning your trip!

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There are so many ways to experience Cambodia that two weeks is not nearly enough! If time is not an issue, reserve at least 6 weeks to really do the country justice.

But, if you only have two weeks to play with, you can still see the big sights (yes, Angkor Wat is worth it) and pack in a little (or a lot) of adventure.

Choose From Three Incredible Cambodia Itineraries

We’ve created three distinct itineraries based on three distinct travel styles.

If you’re like us, you’ll want a little bit of all three! In that case, link these three itineraries together to create a magnificent 6-week Cambodian adventure.

  1. Our Culture & Mindfulness Itinerary is perfect for spiritual travellers who want to experience the awe of Cambodia’s ancient temples and immerse themselves deep in Cambodian culture.

  2. Our Adventure Itinerary is great for travellers who want to meet Cambodia’s diverse wildlife and challenge themselves in the great outdoors.

  3. The Beaches and Islands Itinerary is perfect if you prefer lounging on the beach and sipping cocktails.

Itinerary Notes

  • All itineraries assume you will be flying in and out of Siem Reap. You can easily adjust them to arrive across the border from Thailand or Vietnam, or to fly in and out of Phnom Penh. If you’re coming in from a neighboring country, check out our guide to getting to Cambodia overland.
  • These itineraries are pretty packed. We advise you skip at least one of the recommended destinations and extend your stay elsewhere. Slow travel is always more satisfying!
  • Look for the airplane symbol ✈ for travel details and time between destinations.
  • To help plan your route, we recommend 12go.asia where you can find transporation times and prices between almost any destinations in Cambodia.

(Don’t miss: If you’re visiting Vietnam, our Vietnam itineraries can easily be connected to the Cambodian ones)

Banteay Kdei temple in the Angkor Wat grounds.

Cambodia Itinerary 2 Weeks Culture & Mindfulness Tour

If you want to watch the sunrise over ancient temples and take the time immerse yourself in Cambodian culture, this 2-week Cambodian Culture & Mindfulness Itinerary is perfect.

  • Day 1-5: Siem Reap
  • Day 6-7: Banteay Chhmar (optional)
  • Day 8-10: Battambang
  • Day 11-12: Kompong Chhnang
  • Day 13-14: Phnom Penh

Siem Reap – 5 Days

Angkor Wat is what brings people to Siem Reap but there are lots of other attractions to keep you busy. You could easily spend a week in Siem Reap and never run out of things to do.

Cultural Things to do in Siem Reap in 5 Days

Where to Stay in Siem Reap

If you want to splash out on a luxury oasis, Templation looks like perfection. For a less lavish option, we loved staying at Golden Mango Inn, which is a few kilometres from the touristy city centre.

✈ Travel 1/2 Day: Siem Reap to Banteay Chhmar by bus and taxi

Banteay Chhmar – 2 Days

Optional stop

A remote village in Cambodia’s northwest, Banteay Chhmar is not often visited. However, thanks to a community-based tourism program there, there are plenty of services for tourists if you decide to visit. It’s a great option if you want to experience Cambodian village life and even more ancient temples.

Cultural Things to do in Banteay Chhmar

The community based tourism (CBT) program in Banteay Chhmar will help you experience:

  • village tours
  • traditional music
  • rice flattening
  • ancient temples

Where to stay in Banteay Chhmar

You can stay in luxury tents inside the temple grounds! Contact the CBT in Banteay Chhmar to book.

✈ Travel 1/2 Day: Banteay Chhmar to Battambang by taxi and bus

Battambang – 3 Days

Battambang is a sleepy city which makes a very good change from the hectic streets of Siem Reap.

If you decide to skip Banteay Chhmar, you can take a boat trip to Battambang which takes you through remote floating villages and up a river where you will see two major Cambodian social problems — poverty and trash — up close.

Waving to the ferry boat, floating village near Tonle Sap.

Things to do in Battambang

Even though Battambang is something of a provincial town, there are still plenty of things to do.

  • Rent a bike for a couple of hours to ride out of town and see what life is really like in Cambodia
  • Visit the Killing Caves, where the Khmer Rouge carried out some of their despicable crimes
  • Take a tuk tuk tour to Sampeau Hill and its monastery
  • Wander the streets, admiring the Chinese-style shophouses and experiencing local life
  • Go to the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus, run by a non-profit performing arts school

Where to Stay in Battambang

Mid-range travellers will like Battambang Dream Bungalows, with views of the rice fields. If you’re looking for luxury, Bric-a-Brac provides quirky home comforts.

✈ Travel 1/2 Day: Battambang to Kompong Chhnang by bus

Kampong Chhnang – 2 days

Things to do in Kampong Chhnang

  • Take a tour on Tonle Sap Lake to the floating villages
  • Do a self-guided cycle tour to Phsar Krom, the vibrant riverside market
  • Do the temple loop in Kompong Leaeng
  • Visit Andong Russei pottery village, either by tuk tuk, taxi, or bicycle
  • Enjoy an evening stroll along the riverside

Where to stay in Kampong Chhnang

Check here to find your accommodation in Kampong Chhnang.

✈ Travel 1/2 Day: Kompong Chhnang to Phnom Penh by bus

Phnom Penh – 2 days

Though Phnom Penh is not my favourite city in the world, it does offer a glimpse into a more cosmopolitan side of Cambodia life. It is also the access point to two must-see sites: The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

Things to do in Phnom Penh in 2 Days

How to Get Around Phnom Penh

Getting around Phnom Penh can be tough, especially if you don’t like to haggle with tuk tuk drivers. Stop in at a Cellcard office and get a data-only SIM card for your phone (it’s very cheap!). Then download PassApp, which is like Uber but for tuk tuks. PassApp drivers are reliable, honest, and drive new, tiny, eco-friendly tuk tuks.

Where to Stay in Phnom Penh

I really liked my stay at Blue Lime, a quiet hotel with a beautiful pool. I also loved staying at TeaHouse for its big fashionable rooms and for those travelling with kids, it has a fantastic kid-friendly pool. For budget travellers, Mad Monkey Hostels are great!

✈ Travel Day: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by boat (wet season) or bus

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The wild northeast of Cambodia will get your blood pumping with its outdoor adventures.


Cambodia Itinerary 2 Weeks Adventure Tour

  • Day 1-4: Siem Reap
  • Day 4-5: Sra’em / Preah Vihear (optional)
  • Day 6-8: Banlung
  • Day 7-10: Sen Monorom
  • Day 11-13: Kratie

The northeastern region of Cambodia is perfect for adventure travellers, offering off-the-beaten track attractions, jungle adventures, wildlife encounters, and more waterfalls than you can handle.

Siem Reap – 4 Days

Every Cambodian adventure should begin in Siem Reap with a visit to the Angkor Temples. As an adventure travellers, you’ll want to rent a bike or motorbike to explore the temples and countryside at your own pace, without the hassle of tuk tuks and tour guides.

Adventurous Things to do in Siem Reap in 3 days

  • Rent a bicycle to explore Angkor Wat. With your own bike, you can adventure onto back pathways and feel like Indiana Jones!
  • Visit the big market, possibly the most incredible market we’ve seen in the world!
  • Take a countryside cycle tour or rent a bike and do it on your own

Where to Stay in Siem Reap

If you want to splash out on a luxury oasis, Templation looks like perfection. For a less lavish option, we loved staying at Golden Mango Inn, which is a few kilometres from the touristy city centre.

✈ Travel Day: Siem Reap to Sra’em by minibus

Sra’em / Preah Vihear Temple – 2 Days

Optional stop

Pocketed in a remote corner of Cambodia near the Thai border, 30km from the town of Sra’em, this temple makes an adventurous stop on your Cambodian journey. You can skip it and go straight to Banlung, but it makes a good stopover to break up the bus journey.

Things to do in Sra’em

  • Visit the Preah Vihear Temple, which predates Angkor Wat by a century
  • Climb the Ancient Staircase, said to have 2,442 steps. If you do it, please count them and let us know!

Where to Stay in Sra’em

There’s not much selection in Sra’em but you can find you hotel here.

✈ Travel Day: Sra’em to Banlung by minibus


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Banlung / Ratanakiri – 3 days

  • Swim with the locals in Yeak Laom Volcanic Lake
  • Take a tuk tuk tour of the waterfalls around town
  • Camp under the stars on a 3-day trek into the jungle

(Don’t miss: Our complete guide to jungle trekking near Banlung)

Where to Stay in Banlung

I stayed at Bamboo House homestay, which is a simple (and cheap!) homestay. Chatting with Mr. Pov and his family will give you great insight into Cambodian family life. If you want something a little more private, Tree Top Eco-Lodge is a popular choice.

✈ Travel 1/2 Day: Banlung to Sen Monorom by minibus

Sen Monorom / Mondulkiri – 4 Days

  • Volunteer with elephants at Elephant Valley Project sanctuary. Most people we met were doing the 3 day 2 night option and thought it was the perfect length of time. You can visit anywhere from 1/2 day to a week or more.
  • Fly over Bousra Waterfall on the Mayura Eco-Park Zipline course
  • Visit Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary and stay overnight at the Jahoo Gibbon Camp, a Bunong community Ecolodge
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The big draw at Sen Monorom in Mondulkiri is the chance to see elephants.

Where to Stay in Sen Monorom

Indigenous People Lodge is nice a collection of rustic cabins on the edge of town. If you’d prefer something more central, stay in the city at Avocado Guesthouse.

✈ Travel 1/2 Day: Sen Monorom to Kratie by minibus

Kratie – 3 Days

Adventurous things to do in Kratie in two days

  • Visit the Irrawaddy dolphins
  • Explore Koh Trong island by bicycle
  • Take a 2-day cycle trip to a homestay on Koh P’dau island
  • Watch the sunset over the the Mekong

Where to Stay in Kratie

I really liked Le Tonlé Guesthouse, which is a training centre for underprivileged Cambodian youth. The upstairs rooms are simple but great. The downstairs dorm rooms are pretty cramped (though it was fine for one night). Arun Mekong, located on Koh Trong Island, is the closest you’ll get to luxury in Kratie.

✈ Travel Day: Kratie to Siem Reap by bus


Cambodia Itinerary 2 Weeks Beaches & Islands Tour

  • Day 1-3: Siem Reap
  • Day 4-5: Kampot
  • Day 6-8: Koh Ta Kiev
  • Day 9-11: Chi Phat
  • Day 12-13: Koh Kong (optional)
  • Day 14: Phnom Penh

This itinerary takes you to explore our favourite part of Cambodia, the south coast! From the French colonial town of Kampot to jungle villages, to exotic islands and beautiful beaches, this itinerary will restore your soul.

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Yes, the views are amAZing on Koh Ta Kiev!

Siem Reap – 3 Days

Things to do in Siem Reap for Three Days

Though Siem Reap doesn’t have beaches or islands, we include it in the itinerary because the Angkor Temples really can’t be missed. If you don’t care about Angkor, you might consider flying into Phnom Penh and heading straight for Kampot. That way you can spend more time on the island of Koh Ta Kiev and in Kampot.

Where to Stay in Siem Reap

If you want to splash out on a luxury oasis, Templation looks like perfection. For a less lavish option, we loved staying at Golden Mango Inn, which is a few kilometres from the touristy city centre.

✈ Travel Day: Siem Reap to Kampot by bus or plane

Kampot – 2 Days

We love Kampot, so if you can massage your itinerary to spend a few more days here, do it!

Things to do in Kampot

(Don’t miss: Our full guide to adventurous things to do in Kampot)

Where to Stay in Kampot

If you want a modern hotel in the city centre, Hotel Five.S is central, clean, and fairly new. It also has a quiet pool area for lounging in the afternoon.

If you decide on a longer stay in Kampot (which I highly recommend) venture out to Sabay Beach Resort, which I absolutely loved.

Budget travellers will find cheap huts with great river swimming at Samon Village where we stayed during our bike trip.

✈ Travel 1/2 Day: Kampot to Koh Ta Kiev by mini bus and boat

Koh Ta Kiev – 3 Days

The beauty of Koh Ta Kiev is that there is really nothing much to do. It is a tiny island a 45-minute boat ride from Sihanoukville. With no electricity and no running water it’ll give you a real Robinson Crusoe experience.

Things to do on Koh Ta Kiev

Where to Stay on Koh Ta Kiev

We absolutely loved our stay at Ten103 Treehouse. Our little hut, The Crab Shack, was hidden away in the jungle and the food there was fantastic!

✈ Travel Day: Koh Ta Kiev to Chi Phat by boat and bus and boat

Chi Phat – 3 Days

This eco-tourism village is in the jungles of the Cardamom mountains. Ex-poachers now act as guides and the homeowners in the village earn money through their homestays. It’s a bit of an adventure just to get to Chi Phat but completely worth the effort.

Cycling the main street of Chi Phat.

Things to do in Chi Phat

Wildlife Alliance runs the community-based tourism program in Chi Phat which will organize any activities and accommodation you need.

  • Go on a jungle trek, mountain bike tour, or kayaking tour
  • Take an evening sunset, fireflies, and starlight cruise
  • Learn about Cambodian rural life on a village tour
  • Swim at Chay Khpos waterfall

Where to Stay in Chi Phat

All accommodation in Chi Phat is organized through the CBT. You can choose between a simple homestay, a guesthouse, or a private bungalow.

✈ Travel Day: Chi Phat to Koh Kong by boat and bus

✈ Or Chi Phat to Phnom Penh by boat and bus

Koh Kong – 2 Days

Optional stop

Koh Kong is not much of a destination but i is a convenient place to stop if you’re heading into Thailand.

If not, we only recommend Koh Kong if your budget stretches to the fabulous 4 Rivers Floating Lodge.

Things to do in Koh Kong

Where to Stay in Koh Kong

The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge has been on our bucket list ever since we cycled through Koh Kong in 2014. We will get there someday — and if it fits in your budget, we recommend it!

For a more affordable riverside stay, try Thmorda Riverside Resort which is where we ended up after our first guesthouse in Koh Kong turned out to be absolutely awful.

✈ Travel Day: Koh Kong to Phnom Penh by bus or minibus

Phnom Penh – 1 day

Things to do in Phnom Penh in 1 Day

phnom penh boutique hotel

Elsewhere in Phnom Penh offers a great selection of gifts and clothing made by locally made artisans.

Where to Stay in Phnom Penh

I really liked my stay at Blue Lime, a quiet hotel with a beautiful pool. I also loved staying at TeaHouse for its big fashionable rooms and for those travelling with kids, it has a fantastic kid-friendly pool. For budget travellers, Mad Monkey Hostels are great!

✈ Travel Day: Phnom Penh to Siem Reap by boat (wet season) or bus

How to Get Around Cambodia

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If you’re brave, you can cycle around Cambodia but most people take the bus!

Getting around Cambodia can be an adventure in itself!

Travelling between more popular destinations can be done by bus some of which are even comfortable and reliable.

Giant Ibis Bus

Giant Ibis is by far the best bus company in Cambodia. Unfortunately their routes are limited to only a few destinations within the country.

They also travel outside the country. If you’re heading to Vietnam after Cambodia, you can take the Giant Ibis bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. If you’re heading to Thailand, they also run a bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok.

(Don’t miss: See our complete guide to getting between Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos)

Other Cambodian bus companies

The cheaper bus companies will get you a little farther off the beaten path in Cambodia. Unfortunately, they tend to be slow, a little rickety, and can take up to twice as long as advertised.

(My 4-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh to Kratié took a little more than 8 hours!)

Use Book Me Bus to find route info and book tickets (or you can just buy them at the bus station).

Mini busses in Cambodia

When you get truly adventurous, mini busses are the only budget option in Cambodia. The ones I took were all fairly comfortable, but since they tend to run around town for hours picking up various locals and sundry items like bags of rice and motorbikes, Cambodian mini-busses can test your patience.

You can book your mini bus at your hotel, guesthouse, or hostel.

Private taxis in Cambodia

It’s easy to hire private taxis to take you from city to city if you have the budget, but you will miss out on the fun of independent travel!

You can book your taxi at any hotel, guesthouse, or hostel.

Tuk tuks in Cambodia

In Cambodia cities, you’ll almost certainly use tuk tuks to get around.

Don’t forget to bargain for your ride! Go into the negotiation with an idea of what you’d like to pay and a sense of humour. If you can’t get the price you want, don’t get mad. Just laugh and walk away. There’s always another tuk tuk or 50 right around the corner.

When I got tired of tuk tuk negotiations in Phnom Penh, I found PassApp to be invaluable. It’s like Uber, but you can pay cash. All my rides with Pass App were hassle-free and cheaper than using the traditional tuk tuks. They also have cars you can hire, but I never found the need to get one.

If you have any questions about these Cambodia itineraries or any questions about travel in Cambodia, ask in the comments below so we can share our answers with our readers!

  Happy mindful adventures, Jane & Stephen

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cambodia itinerary 2 weeks

These 2-week Cambodia itineraries can be done on their own or combined to create the ultimate adventurous Cambodia itinerary. This is an amazingly diverse country, so grab our itinerary suggestions and get planning your trip!

Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.

14 comments

  1. Comment by Alicia

    Alicia October 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Great blog!!
    getting a lot of useful information for planning my trip.
    Could you please tell me how you did Sra’em to Banlung by minibus? I am not able to find in internet the van company. (I will do the oposite, first Ratanakiry and after that Preah Vihear)

    • Comment by Jane Mountain

      Jane Mountain October 26, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks so much. I’m glad it is helping in your travel plans!

      Mini busses are best organized just by asking your hotel / hostel. I’m not aware of much online that gives you details of mini busses but in Cambodia, they will take you almost anywhere, so don’t worry about booking those ahead of time!

      J

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