Journeys Within Ground Operations offers customized independent tours in Cambodia including highlights such as Angkor Wat, the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Tonle Sap Lake, the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, and the gorgeous beaches along the coast. Not to mention more remote areas such as the jungles of Mondulkiri and hidden gems of Koh Kong.
With expert advice and English-speaking guides to help guests get the most out of their visit, we offer a place far, far away where smiles are free and thus traded daily. Banyan trees envelop ancient temples while sticky rice cooks on an open fire. Ancient and recent history mix to show a country that has endured so much yet has so much to give… We offer you Cambodia!
Angkor Wat and hundreds of other temples hidden for so many years are now becoming major tourist attractions. After the must-sees, guests can head out to explore the more remote and hidden temples that invoke a sense of discovery. Phnom Penh, with its wide tree-lined boulevards and gleaming Royal Palace, is shedding its old reputation, but still struggles with the effects of its tumultuous past. Peace has brought with it fabulous restaurants, and luxurious unique hotels.
Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri provinces in eastern Cambodia are home to some of the most remote and undisturbed hill tribes in Southeast Asia. Through our eco- and cultural-minded tours we strive to show travelers the flavor of hill tribe life without damaging or leaving a mark on it.
Stretching for 13,000 square kilometers in the wet season and only 2,500 square kilometers in the dry season due to its seasonal change of direction, the Tonle Sap Lake is a unique body of water and the lifeblood of Cambodia. Visitors can explore its flooded forests, visit local fish farms and observe the life of floating village residents. For even more peace and quiet, why not retreat to the Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary where they can see the multitude of birds that also depend on these waters. The Mekong River transects Cambodia from North to South. In Phnom Penh it offers stunning sunsets and river cruises.
Recent history imparts a lingering sad and important shadow on any Cambodian tour. Today Cambodia offers many memorials to the estimated two million victims of the Khmer Rouge. Though hard to bear, Tuol Sleng Prison Museum, Choeng Ek Killing Fields and the Killing Caves of Battambang offer a historic and shocking look at Cambodia’s genocide and civil war.
If anyone has ever wanted top of the range fresh crab for $1, then we offer Kep, a quiet seaside town that is yet to be discovered. Surrounded by national parks and stunning views, this is where life really does seem to slow down. Hop on a scooter and explore, or take a boat ride out to Rabbit Island.
For many years Cambodia has been closed off to the world due to wars and the Khmer Rouge Regime. Until 1998 Cambodia was a place few visitors chose to go. Now, however, Cambodia is making a miraculous recovery.
Only those who have experienced war are driven by such a strong desire for freedom and peace, and the people of Cambodia are rebuilding their country, provoking an enthusiastic response from the tourism industry.
This is not to say that there are no dangers in Cambodia. They still suffer from a serious land mine problem, and though the international community and the people of Cambodia are doing all they can, it will take years for the entire country to be cleared. However, the mines are cleared from all tourist areas, crime has dropped significantly, and the rebel groups no longer exist.
Journeys Within prides itself on safety, and works hard to make our guests feel safe and comfortable exploring Cambodia.
We have put together an extensive Cambodia Country Guide to help you advise and prepare your guests in the lead up to their trip. This is available to anyone partnered with JWGO in Cambodia, and includes detailed information on the following –
- Top Ten Tips
- Passport & Visa Requirements
- Currencies and Money Matters
- Toilet Facilities
- Regional Airline Maximum Weight Restrictions
- Suggested Packing List
- Health (Inoculation Requirements, Medical Facilities, Water and Food)
- Etiquette in Southeast Asia
- Responsible Travel
- Recommended Books, Movies and Travel Apps
- Travel Insurance Advice
- A Typical Day On Tour
- JWGO Management Team
- Journeys Within Local Office Contact Details
Here is a selection of the kind of unique tours we can create in Cambodia. Please CONTACT US for more information on detailed itinerary options.
Tour Style: Classic Journey
Tour Name: Cambodia Highlights Tour (15 days)
Countries Visited: Cambodia
Brief Description: Cambodia is so much more than just temples. From the bustling capital with its tree-lined boulevards, to visiting the amazing 4 Rivers Ecolodge and eating pepper crab on a deserted beach… With this itinerary, we can guarantee guests will love the temples, but we can’t guarantee they’ll be the highlight of their trip.
They can enjoy the new Phnom Penh nightlife, be amazed by the temples of Angkor Wat, soak up the beauty of the amazing national parks and relax with the locals on white sand beaches. This tour will take visitors beyond the tourist traps so they can get a true sense of this incredible country.
Must-See Sites Include: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Phnom Penh Royal Palace, Killing Fields
Exceptional Experiences Include: Kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake, interacting with students in a JWOC class, meeting local vendors in the market
Tour Style: Family Focus
Tour Name: Classic Family Cambodia Tour (14 days)
Countries Visited: Cambodia
Brief Description: Travelers can head out and explore all the different countries and culture Southeast Asia has to offer, or they can spend their time really getting to know all Cambodia has to offer. Cambodia is so much more than just temples. As we often say, “you’ll love the temples, but you’ll fall in love with Cambodia.”
If your guests and their family are ready to fall in love with Cambodia, they should take this tour throughout the highlights of this incredible country, enjoying the city and shopping in Phnom Penh, discovering the wonders of the Angkor temples, and relaxing on the beaches in the south.
Must-See Sites Include: Angkor Wat and other temples, Phnom Penh Royal Palace, Killing Fields, Kep seaside!
Exceptional Experiences Include: Interacting with students in a JWOC class, meeting local vendors in the market, watching local acrobats and artists perform, experiencing the tethered balloon ride, going on a quad biking adventure, being blessed by a monk, kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake
Tour Style: Real Romance
Tour Name: Luxury Indochina – A Journey through Vietnam and Cambodia (21 days)
Countries Visited: Cambodia, Vietnam
Brief Description: With this exceptional itinerary, guests can spend three weeks immersing themselves in the history, culture and beauty of Indochina as they travel in style through Vietnam and Cambodia. This trip hits the highlights of these unique nations — from Vietnam’s ancient cities and bustling backs streets to Cambodia’s Angkorian-era temples and breath-taking landscapes.
Guests can sail through the mist into Halong Bay and take in the splendor of the UNESCO Heritage Site’s limestone monolithic islands. Explore the rich culture of the Vietnam through traditional music, dance and puppetry, with each activity carefully selected to suit their interests and deliver a one-of-a-kind experience.
After taking in the wonder of Angkor Wat, they can board a helicopter to the cliff-side temple of Preah Vihear — a holy site with the most spectacular setting of all Cambodia’s temples. Our knowledgeable guides will take your guests off the beaten track and into the homes, lives and kitchens of locals; after learning about the past, this is a great way to dive into present day life in rural Southeast Asia.
This 21-day customizable luxury tour will take visitors beyond the well-worn tourist route and take them into the heart of Indochina.
Must-See Sites Include: Hanoi Old Quarter, Halong Bay, Ancient Town of Hoi An, Saigon, Cu Chi Tunnels, Mekong Delta, Killing Fields, Angkor Wat and other temples, Preah Vihear
Exceptional Experiences Include: VIP treatment at the old Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, private cooking class with local family, seaplane to Halong Bay, private charter junk, beach-front villa, private musical performance, culinary tour by motorbike, dinner with a war veteran near Cu Chi tunnels, being blessed by a monk, helicopter tour of the Angkor temples, interacting with local students in a JWOC class
Tour Style: Activity and Adventure
Tour Name: Thailand and Cambodia Adventure Tour (16 days)
Countries Visited: Thailand, Cambodia
Brief Description: This itinerary includes exclusive walking tours of the backstreets of Bangkok, cycling through northern Thailand, and connecting with elephants and local hill tribes. Travelers can then continue on to Siem Reap, Cambodia where they will not only see the amazing temples at Angkor Wat, but will also kayak the Tonle Sap Lake, finding a personal connection with the locals in their villages, and giving back to the community by spending an afternoon at Journeys Within Our Community. Finish off their adventure with trekking in the rainforest of Cardamom Mountains and relaxing by the river.
Must-See Sites Include: Bangkok, Northern Thailand countryside, Angkor Wat, Killing Fields, Koh Kong Province
Exceptional Experiences Include: Cycling around the floating market near Bangkok, sampling the amazing Bangkok street food, spending the day with an elephant, exploring villages and bamboo forests around Chiang Mai, kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake, interacting with students in a JWOC class, ziplining across the forest canopy of the temples, watching local acrobats and artists perform, swimming in a waterfall
Tour Style: Educational Escape
Tour Name: Giving Back: Cambodia Active Philanthropy Tour (13 days)
Countries Visited: Cambodia
Brief Description: Although the tourist dollars do help the local community, witnessing poverty while traveling can be heart-wrenching. We offer a tour that lets guests experience Cambodia while giving something back. This tour shown here is a two week tour, but depending on how much time guests want to spend volunteering, we’re happy to work with you and develop a volunteer program that suits the individual. This tour features a block of time devoted to volunteering at Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), but can be tailored to suit the needs of the guests.
Must-See Sites Include: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, local village life
Exceptional Experiences Include: Kayaking on the Tonle Sap Lake, volunteering skills to JWOC through a number of different projects, enjoying a very special private village house dinner