Traveller takes a photo of Angkor Wat during his Discovery Tour in Cambodia.

Discovery Tour in Cambodia

Experience Cambodian history and culture as you interact with communities and explore the Angkor Wat temples

At a glance

Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime on a Discovery Tour in Cambodia. You’ll go on a journey of cultural immersion that will take you from ancient to modern Cambodia.

You’ll get to know the warmth and friendliness of the local people by accompanying them in their everyday life. You’ll experience the spiritual path in the temples, explore the cities and try all new flavours and delicacies. 

Seize the opportunity to explore Cambodia beyond what the typical tourist gets to see.

Start Dates: 

Throughout the year

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week


18 or over

What are the highlights of my Discover Cambodia trip?

Prepare to make lifelong friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Here are the highlights of our Discovery Tour in Cambodia: 

  • Visit the magnificent Angkor Wat Temples
  • Explore the Royal Palace, home to the king of Cambodia
  • Visit the S21 Museum and The Killing Fields to learn about the Khmer Rouge Regime
  • Meditate with the monks and receive a water blessing
  • Learn how to cook fragrant Cambodian dishes and eat them too

Is this trip to Cambodia right for me?

If you're a culture and history buff looking for a unique travel experience, then our Discovery Tour in Cambodia is for you. We’ve arranged experiences and activities that are not available to other travelers. We’ll show you the everyday life of the locals, teach you about the country’s history and culture, and still fit in famous tourist attractions. Because what trip is complete without them?

All travelers over the age of 18 are welcome to join. The only requirement is an average level of fitness due to the nature of a few of the activities and hikes. 

During your stay, you’ll be living in a variety of shared accommodations as you move around Cambodia, including shared apartments and hotels. This is a great way to get to know your fellow travellers and the locals you’re living among.

Day 1 – Arrival in Phnom Penh

Our staff will pick you up from the airport and drive you straight to the accommodations you’ll be sharing with your group. Depending on your arrival time, you can spend the day exploring the city, getting a massage or just relaxing and catching your breath from the long trip.

Once your whole group has arrived, you’ll head out for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Use this time to get to know our staff and the rest of your group.

Day 2 – City tour and a water blessing.

Your day will start with an induction to the country, your itinerary and Cambodian cultural etiquette. As part of the induction, our staff will run through some basic Khmer expressions that will come in handy during your trip. 

Before lunch, we’ll take you to receive a water blessing from the monks at a nearby temple. The ritual lasts about one hour and it has different stages. It ends with water being poured over you for a few minutes. It is definitely a spiritual experience that you’ll remember forever.

Phnom Penh is a lively city with many French colonial buildings and plenty of sites to see. We’ll take you to visit the Royal Palace, which is home to the king of Cambodia. You’ll also see the Silver Pagoda with its impressive gold and jewelled Buddha statues.

After the Royal Palace, you’ll stop by Wat Phnom Temple, the tallest religious structure in the city. You’ll walk around the park and learn about the many local dignitaries who were buried there. You’ll finish off your tour with a stop at the Central Market. You’ll find everything from food and clothing to jewellery and furniture. 

In the evening, you’ll prepare for the next day by watching a documentary on the Khmer Rouge Regime and its brutal policy. 

Day 3 – S21 Genocide Museum, Choeung Ek Killing Fields and meditation.

To understand present-day Cambodia, you’ll start by learning about its recent dark history with the Khmer Rouge regime under ruler Pol Pot (1975 - 1979). This regime was responsible for the deaths of an estimated two million people. A number that is truly hard to fathom.

To learn more, you’ll visit the S21 Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields which are chronical of the Cambodian genocide. Both preserve a tragic period in history with the aim to encourage visitors to be messengers of peace.

That evening, you can contemplate what you’ve seen and collect your thoughts during a meditation session at a buddhist temple.

Day 4 –  Siem Reap, Apsara dance show and night market

Early in the morning, you’ll begin the long journey to Siem Reap. Afterwards, you can rest and recover or enjoy a swim in the hotel pool.

Get ready for a treat as you enjoy dinner and a traditional Apsara dance show. Afterwards, you’ll visit a night market to get a vibe of the local trade. From enticing flavours, to original-made local products, there is something for everyone there.

Day 5 –  Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Angkor temples, circus and night market

Your day will start super early so that you can watch the sunrise over the incredible Angkor Wat Temples. Remember to capture the iconic sight on camera or simply be in the moment taking in the view of the world’s largest religious site in all its splendor.

After a long day exploring many temples in the jungle, you can cool off in the hotel pool. In the evening, watch a performance by the amazing Phare Circus, a well respected social enterprise bringing art and culture to disadvantaged communities. Afterwards, explore Siem Reap’s sprawling night markets and nightlife. 

Day 6 –  Floating villages, Fair Trade Village, APOPO visitor centre and cooking class

The first destination for the morning is the floating villages living on the Tonle Sap Lake. This will be followed by a visit to a Fair Trade Village. This is a social enterprise focused on creating a fair trade environment that benefits artisans and craftspeople with disabilities, in the Siem Reap area. They create quality goods, for fair prices.

You’ll then visit the APOPO visitor centre where you’ll learn about the impact of landmines on local communities and see trained search rats in action.

Your day will end with a fun cooking class. The chefs will teach you how to make an authentic quality Khmer dish, so you can take the food of Cambodia home with you.

Day 7 – Departure Day

Find those last souvenirs, eat that last bit of Cambodian chicken curry and take the time to say your goodbyes. You might have even made lifelong friends during your trip! 

We will support your travel .to the airport in Siem Reap, or to take the coach back to Phnom Penh if you are 

Food and accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad travellers during your stay in Cambodia. This is a great way to get to know each other, share experiences, and explore your surroundings during your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day. 

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay a $295 deposit, which comes off the total program fees.

Things are changing rapidly these days. If you have ANY questions, please call us at (+1) 619 320 2424 and we’ll fill you in on the latest updates.

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