It is your own responsibility to make sure your passport is valid and that you have a minimum of 6 months further validity after your return date.
It is your own responsibility to make sure you have any visas, if required. Most nationalities currently require a visa for entry into Cambodia and this can be purchased upon arrival for USD35. You will need a completed visa application form and one recent photograph (2 inches x 2 inches) as well as a passport with a minimum of 6 months further validity after your return date. Alternatively, contact your nearest Cambodian embassy, well in advance of travel.
Another option is to use a visa agency such as http://uk.cibt.com/ who can arrange visas for a variety of different nationalities.
You can check visa requirements for different countries through a site such as this one.
The transfer to and from Koh Rong is by speedboat, a voyage of about 45 minutes. Very occasionally the speedboat is out of service, so we must use the slow boat. This will then take approximately 2½ hours.
Naturally there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy other modes of transport. Onsite you can often rent a motor bicycle or scooter and there are plenty of hiking opportunities. It can also be fun to take a boat ride or to ride on the back of a motorbike (motorbikes are widely used as 'taxis' in Cambodia). If you do, be careful with the hot exhaust pipe; burns are a very common problem amongst tourists. There is also the so-called "remorque moto" which is actually a trailer attached to a motorcycle/moped and you sit on a bench in the trailer. You’ll find sufficient variety of transportation during your trip in Cambodia!
Siem Reap to Sambor Prei Kuk: 170 km / 2½ to 3 hours
Sambor Prei Kuk to Phnom Penh: 200 km / 3½ hours
Phnom Penh to Kampot: 230 km / 2½ hours
Kampot to Sihanoukville: 145 km / 2½ to 3 hours
Sihanoukville to Koh Rong: 45 minutes (by speedboat)
Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh: 225 km / 4 hours
Note: The journey times mentioned are obviously approximate and depend upon local conditions.
During this tour we stay in mid-range hotels in 2-person rooms with private bathrooms. Your stay is based on bed and breakfast. Most hotels have a restaurant and sometimes a garden or terrace. The check-in and check-out time at the hotels is usually 12:00.
In Sambor Prei Kuk you spend a night in a simple homestay, "in people's homes". This is a very special part of your Cambodia itinerary! A local guide from the Isanborei community will accompany you on a visit to the village, an excellent opportunity to meet the people and experience the local life! All proceeds from this "Community Based Tourism" project go directly to the local population. Around 10 persons will stay in each house. In the case of large groups, the group will be divided over several houses. The bathroom is 'shared', simple and clean. Mattresses, clean sheets, pillows and mosquito nets are all provided. Dinner at the homestay is also included.
The planned hotels in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Kampot have a pool. In exceptional cases, it may happen that another hotel is used and it is without a pool. If this occurs we will try to find a suitable alternative. Of course there are other swimming opportunities such as the beautiful waters around Koh Rong!
Travellers who book alone will share a twin room with another person of the same sex. If you would like your own room throughout the trip then this is possible. You should indicate this on the booking form and a single room supplement will be added.
Triple rooms are on a request basis. Please note that a triple room is often a double room with simply an extra bed or mattress added. The room will therefore be less spacious.
This trip is a Category B
The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.
Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.
The Cambodia tour falls into category B. We generally stay in hotels and travel often with our own transportation. In the summer the trip is considerably more difficult than during the rest of the year. Although in the cities we stay in simple medium-priced hotels, remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.
We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible.Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here
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