Tailormade Tours - Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

An excellent tour operator for bespoke Indochina itineraries - you give the guidelines, they do the hard work
You know why you’re going to Cambodia, but you're not sure where to stay and what to do. Or whether everything is the best value for your budget. And you’re worried about the practicalities of linking it all together - flights, transfers, hotel availability, choosing the best itineraries and booking the best guides. In fact, planning has suddenly become stressful. Heaps of people feel like this, which is why we’ve teamed up with a tailormade tour operator to help you find your feet in Indochina. They’ll help you create the holiday just as you'd like it, then take on all the boring stuff: making bookings, arranging payments, checking schedules and generally giving you an Angkor to rely on (ahem).

In Cambodia, we have partnered with EXO Travel (based in Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City), who have been designing and arranging top-end bespoke holidays in the region for over 15 years. You can choose which places you’d like to visit and roughly how many days in each; they'll advise you where to stay and how to travel between them, book tour guides (their own staff) and hotels (based on our selection but not limited to it), and arrange payments (you just need to make one - to them). If you ask nicely, they'll even suggest a few hidden gems you might not have thought of: visiting temples on elephant back, watching a traditional Khmer ballet or taking a boat trip to see endangered freshwater dolphins.

Why we chose this partner

  • They're well established, with 15 years' experience, winning the Vietnamese Tourist organisation's 'Top Tour Operator' 2 years running; they have 14 offices and a good mix of foreign and local management
  • They employ their own guides and they train them well - Unesco courses, 1-day Red Cross training, excellent English - and assess their performance through feedback
  • All their vehicles are air-conditioned, and their drivers are careful and punctual. Their bicycles are sturdy Trek 4500 series front-suspension mountain bikes
  • They work with local communities to protect the area and foster its people: they have helped build 2 schools in Akha villages in Laos, and have brought Duke University students to work in Cambodian NGOs
  • Because they guarantee your tour will cost no more than an identical product through any other channel
  • They helped arrange our own labyrinthine trip to Indochina: a total of 8 guided tours, 20 ground transfers and 7 flights spread over 3 countries, not to mention numerous hotel and restaurants - and all without a hiccup (OK, sunrise at Angkor Wat was 5 minutes later than promised...)

Please be aware

  • i-escape can only vouch for those properties which are featured and reviewed on our website. For other areas and accommodations, while we do trust our operator to provide the best options for your needs, you should make sure that you are happy with their suggestions before confirming

Best time to go

The best time to go is in the dry season from December to April. May to November can be rainy, but it's pretty warm all year round.

Our top tips

  • If you visit a floating village on Tonle Sap lake, take a small gift for the children (pens, pencils, stickers).
  • Treat yourself to a reflexology foot massage, offered all over the place for a few dollars.
  • Great for...

    Cheap & Chic
    Family
    Great Outdoors
    Honeymoon
    Spa
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
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    Lodging

    As far as accommodation goes, you can get serious bang for your buck in Cambodia, whether you want a simple but stylish city hotel, a serene riverside retreat or a luxurious beach resort.

    We've reviewed several of the country's best offerings in extensive detail, so have a look at these for starters, and ask Exotissimo to include any you like in your itinerary. Otherwise, they can suggest other options to suit your budget and preferences.

    We've also reviewed the food at each hotel, to tempt you further. Cambodian flavours are all about contrast: sweet and bitter, salty and sour. You'll find zingy salads, refreshing noodle broths, thick curries and wood-fired meats and fish, with flavours of lemongrass, pepper, ginger and pickled cucumber.

    Activities

    Things we loved...

    • Sunrise at Angkor Wat
    • Riding an elephant to Bayon Temple
    • Phomh Penh's royal splendours and sobering genocide sights
    • Relaxing on the beach at Sinhoukville

      Activities include:

      • Birdwatching
      • Boat trips
      • Cycling
      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Historical sites
      • Horse-riding
      • Hot air ballooning
      • Museums / galleries
      • Private guided tours
      • Shopping / markets
      • Traditional cultures
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    Kid Friendly:

    With Kids

    For tours, 1 or 2 children under 12 sharing their parents' room will be charged 50% of the tour price. For flights, children are charged as per airline policies. Infants under 2 are exempt from most charges. Children occupying their own rooms will be charged as adults.

    EXO Travel are happy to prepare trips for families and have some activities especially designed with young ones in mind e.g. treasure hunts by cyclo, children's cooking lessons, or even a family karaoke session. Under 12's normally cost about half the adult price for the tour.

    Family friendly accommodation:

    Family Rooms

    Transport

    Most internal travel will be done in a private car with a driver, or a minibus. It takes approx 5.5 hours by road from Pnomh Penh to Siem Reap, and 3.5 hours from Pnomh Penh to Sihanoukville.

    Once in the towns/regions, you can take tuk-tuks, bicycle and go on boat trips to explore.

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    Our guests' ratings...

    9/
    Rooms
    9/
    Service
    9/
    Value
    9/
    Overall

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