ACTIVITY LEVEL: Low
Join our customized, small group tour of Cambodia (4 pax min. to 10 max.)
Keeping your travel schedule in mind, participants will be put in the right place, at the right time, to explore and capture the best of Cambodia, including its people, food, temples, markets, and other cultural wonders.
Approximately 2- to 4-hours per day on average of time with your trip leader Ralph Velasco, including group photo walks and locally-guided walking tours in each location.
Cambodia, also known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is located in Southeast Asia's southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula. It's bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.
The landscape includes low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, and mountains. In Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, you can visit the art deco Central Market, the glittering Royal Palace, and the National Museum.
Practiced by about 95% of the population, Theravada Buddhism is the official religion.
In Phnom Penh you’ll experience a sunset cruise on the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, plus visit the Central Market, Wat Phnom, Silk Island, the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng (S21), take cyclo and tuk-tuk rides, and much more.
Moving on from Phnom Penh you’ll spend time in Battambang, where you’ll enjoy a tuk-tuk adventure into the countryside with stops to see how they make rice paper and sticky rice served in bamboo, as well as a stop at the local prahok (fish paste) market, an experience you’ll surely never forget. You’ll also visit the austere Killing Cave and witness the spectacle of over 6 million bats as they leave their cave around sunset to feed in the local rice fields.
Continuing your partial circumnavigation of the Tonle Sap, you’ll venture on to Siem Reap, your base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat (voted #1 on TripAdvisor’s World Wonders, the list of the 25 top-rated landmarks of the world ) where you’ll have an included day pass to the ruins. Our itinerary features sunrise and sunset at Angkor Wat, visits to Bayon and Ta Prohm along with other amazing sites.
Finally, you’ll fly from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh (flight included), and then have a private transfer to visit the seaside town of Kep, famous for its crab market with wonderfully fresh seafood, a trip to a pepper farm to see how it’s processed, as well as Rabbit Island, simply the perfect place to explore or just relax and wind down from your great Cambodian adventure!
Then on the last day, you’ll be transferred back to Phnom Penh to fly out.
Click here to watch a video overview of this trip
“You’ve got to come on Cambodia: Kingdom of Wonder, it cannot be beat.” - Jeff D.
"We went to Cambodia in November/December 2023. Well planned and led trip that taught us so much about Cambodia. The people of Cambodia are so welcoming and friendly! Ralph Velasco did a great job of leading us throughout and providing us with unique experiences."
- Deb H.
"I have long desired to visit Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Cambodia, or Thailand. This trip was well planned and executed with local, experienced guides who brought meaning and insight into the history of the Cambodian people. There were spectacular sites to see and warm and friendly people who welcomed my camera... All in all, a great trip, one I will remember to tell others about. " - Joe M.
“I highly recommend Cambodia. Ralph’s trip is wonderful. I’ve had a great two weeks.” - Leslie T.
“Cambodia has been on my To Do list for some time – the opportunity to do this with a tour geared to photography is obviously a great option. This way you get to meet new friends and enjoy your travel photography with knowledgeable guides and a team that takes you to all the high spots but also lets you meet the locals and see their everyday life. The schedule is balanced with time to relax and explore on your own as well as advice and support on developing your travel photography skills.” - Barbara O.
“The trip was great! We had a good introduction to the Khmer culture of both yesterday and today, and we had a chance to visit historic and religious places. There were many opportunities for good photos. I particularly liked the tuk-tuk adventures and seeing the Cambodian people in both the cities and in the countryside.” - Vivian N.
“I really enjoyed my visit to Cambodia. The people were warm and welcoming and willing to have us photograph them at their daily activities. We had the opportunity to see the cities and countryside, crafts people and markets, temples and monks.” - Craig M.
ALL ACTIVITIES, LOCATIONS, DAYS, AND TIMING ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Most meals are included and B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, and D = Dinner
Wherever you’re traveling from, board a PNH-bound flight to arrive at the latest on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25th.
Please don’t make any non-refundable travel arrangements until given confirmation to do so.
Once your participation is confirmed, and the trip is called a GO, we’ll send you a form so that you can provide us with your complete flight information. We won’t need this information before or in any other format.
IN PHNOM PENH
VISA ON ARRIVAL
Our trip starts today, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, so upon arrival at PNH airport (whatever day you choose to arrive), get in line with your passport and one passport photo to secure your visa. As of this writing the fee is US$30 and must be paid in cash to officials. You’ll move down the line and then your name will be called, at which point you’ll take your passport and continue through immigration. Then you’ll collect your luggage and meet the driver to TRANSFER to our hotel (look for a person just outside holding a PhotoEnrichment Adventures sign with your name on it). Confirm this driver is there for you and then proceed to hotel.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: SECURE YOUR VISA IN ADVANCE FOR A SMALL EXTRA FEE
Also, see our orientation info and FAQs for how to APPLY FOR AN E-VISA ONLINE (as of 2023).
You’ll likely need the name of our hotel on the app, which is: AQUARIUS HOTEL & URBAN RESORT
Check-in and settle in at hotel.
6:30 pm Based on everyone’s flight arrival times, we’ll plan to have a Meet & Greet in order to get to know your fellow tour participants and to go over the details of the trip ahead.
7:30 pm TRANSFER by tuk-tuk or walk to/from WELCOME DINNER at Bopha Phnom Penh restaurant or similar.