7 days in Cambodia - 5 travel itineraries

Welcome to the land of ancient temples, bustling markets, and breathtaking landscapes. Cambodia, a country rich in culture and history, is a fantastic place to plan a trip. Read on for our guide to planning the perfect 7 days itinerary in Cambodia, with five unique example itineraries created by our local travel experts. 


Is 7 days enough for Cambodia?

While seven days may sound short, you can actually cram a ton of adventure into that timeframe. It's all about making the most of your time and hitting up the highlights.

If you are hoping for a truly comprehensive trip, ideally you would have more time to explore (say 10 to 14 days). That said, with careful planning and focusing on key areas, you can definitely have a rewarding trip in one week. 

Don’t forget such factors as the traveling time between destinations, the weather in Cambodia at the time of your trip, and scheduling downtime to relax.

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National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia © Marcel Toung/Shutterstock

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, National Museum © Shutterstock

Itinerary #1: Cambodia cultural discovery

You’ll discover Cambodia’s best cultural sites on this week-long itinerary. Your journey begins on day one with a touchdown at Phnom Penh International Airport, where you'll dive straight into a city tour. You’ll explore must-see landmarks like the Independence Monument, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and Wat Phnom. Cap off the day with a mouthwatering dinner at a local hotspot.

Day two beckons as you bid Phnom Penh farewell and head for Battambang. Along the way, soak in the sights at Kompong Chhnang's pottery village and floating village, and marvel at Pursat's intricate stone carvings. Your destination: Battambang, where a thrilling ride aboard the Bamboo Train awaits.

Day three unfolds with a picturesque drive along the Sangker River, stopping to admire Wat Slaket pagoda, a Khmer Ancient House, and Wat Ek Phnom. Dive deeper into Cambodian culture with a visit to Phare Ponleu Selpak and Phnom Banon for breathtaking views.

On day four, journey from Battambang to Siem Reap via Sisophon, with pit stops at Preah Net Preah, Silk Farm at Puok, and an unforgettable Tonle Sap Lake excursion.

Day five is dedicated to exploring the Roluos Group temples and Angkor National Museum before an once in a lifetime sunset view at Angkor WatDay six greets you with a magical sunrise at Angkor Wat, followed by visits to Banteay Srei Temple and local villages.

Wrapping up your adventure on day seven, enjoy leisure time at local markets and visits to Senteurs D’Angkor and Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles before bidding adieu at Siem Reap International Airport. Book this trip.

Best time to visit Cambodia. Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

Koh Rong, Samloem, Cambodia © Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check out this 7 day Cambodia itinerary:

Day 1

  • Arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
  • Phnom Penh city tour.
  • Visit the Independence Monument.
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts.
  • Explore the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.
  • End the afternoon with a visit to Wat Phnom.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2

  • Depart Phnom Penh for Battambang.
  • Stop in Kompong Chhnang to see the pottery village and visit the floating village with a private boat.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Visit the stone carving in Pursat.
  • Arrive in Battambang and take a ride on the Bamboo Train.

Day 3

  • Drive along the picturesque Sangker River to visit Wat Slaket pagoda and a Khmer Ancient House.
  • Stop to see the production of rice paper and visit Wat Ek Phnom.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Visit Phare Ponleu Selpak and drive to Phnom Banon for a scenic view.

Day 4

  • Depart from Battambang to Siem Reap via Sisophon overland.
  • Preah Net Preah.
  • Silk Farm at Puok.
  • Lunch and excursion on the Tonle Sap Lake.

Day 5

  • Visit the Roluos Group temples and the Angkor National Museum.
  • Lunch at the hotel.
  • Temple tour to various sites.
  • Visit Angkor Wat and witness the sunset.

Day 6

  • Transfer to the archaeological site for sunrise at Angkor Wat.
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast.
  • Visit Banteay Srei temple and the local village.
  • Continue temple visits until sunset.

Day 7

  • Visit Senteurs D’Angkor and Wat Inkosei.
  • Visit Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles.
  • Spend leisure time at a local market.
  • Transfer to Siem Reap airport for departure.

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Otres Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodia © Shutterstock

Itinerary #2: Unseen Cambodia

On this 7 day Cambodia itinerary, you’ll explore the country’s lesser-known sites with guided tours off-the-beaten track. Day one starts Phnom Penh, where you'll tick off iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum. Don't miss a visit to the revered Wat Phnom temple, followed by a delectable dinner at the famed Foreign Correspondents' Club.

On day two, brace yourself for an emotional journey as you explore Cambodia's past with visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) and Stung Meanchey neighborhood. Refuel with a tasty lunch at Le Lotus Blanc before diving into vibrant markets like the Central Market and Russian Market.

Day three promises a scenic boat tour around Tonlé Sap Lake, where you'll encounter floating villages and witness local tradesmen in action at Koh Chen (Silver Island). Indulge in a sumptuous onboard lunch before returning to Phnom Penh.

Day four kicks off your exploration of Angkor with a private tour of the Angkor National Museum. Then, on day five, delve into Angkor's oldest temples, including Bakong, Lolei, and Preah Ko, with added cultural experiences like a cow cart ride and monk's blessing at a village pagoda.

Day six sees you delving deeper into Angkor's wonders with visits to Ta Prohm Temple, Banteay Kdei, and Srah Srang, culminating in an afternoon tour of the magnificent Angkor Wat and a memorable dinner featuring a traditional Apsara dance performance.

Finally, day seven offers leisure time before departing home. Book this trip.

Prawn Amok is a major national culinary tradition in Cambodia, and also popular in Laos and Thailand © sakadaphoto/Shutterstock

Prawn Amok is a major national culinary tradition in Cambodia © sakadaphoto/Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check out this 7 day Cambodia itinerary:

Day 1

  • Explore Phnom Penh's main sights including the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, and National Museum.
  • Visit the Buddhist temple of Wat Phnom.
  • Dinner at the renowned Foreign Correspondents' Club.

Day 2

  • Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21) and Stung Meanchey neighborhood.
  • Lunch at Le Lotus Blanc.
  • Explore colorful markets such as Central Market and Russian Market.

Day 3

  • Take a boat tour around Tonlé Sap Lake, passing floating villages.
  • Stop at Koh Chen (Silver Island) to see local tradesmen.
  • Lunch onboard the cruise.
  • Return to Phnom Penh.

Day 4

  • Begin exploration of Angkor with a private tour of the Angkor National Museum.

Day 5

  • Visit some of Angkor's oldest temples including Bakong, Lolei, and Preah Ko.
  • Enjoy a cow cart ride and receive a monk's blessing at a village pagoda.
  • Tour Angkor Thom including Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants, and Terrace of the Leper King.

Day 6

  • Explore Ta Prohm Temple and other temples via moto dop.
  • Visit Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang.
  • Afternoon tour of Angkor Wat.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant with a traditional Apsara dance performance.

Day 7

  • Leisure time.
  • Depart for home.

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The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh © mrmichaelangelo/Shutterstock

Royal Palace, Phnom Pehn © Shutterstock

Itinerary #3: Cambodian Highlights

On this Cambodia itinerary, you’ll hit all of the country’s most famous highlights. You’ll start your adventure in Phnom Penh on day one, where you’re sure to be awestruck by the grandeur of the Royal Palace and the intricate beauty of the Silver Pagoda, home to the dazzling Emerald Buddha and its floor adorned with 5,000 silver tiles.

On day two, it's time to head to Siem Reap and dive into the lively atmosphere of Pub Street. Try local Khmer cuisine and soak up the vibrant street performances.

  1. Days three and four are all about exploring the legendary wonders of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. Witness mesmerizing sunrises, marvel at intricate carvings, and wander through ancient temples like Bayon and Ta Prohm.

Day five brings a change of scenery as you journey to Kampot, where you can unwind by the tranquil river in the evening.

On day six you’ll discover the lush landscapes and historical landmarks of Bokor National Park, including the intriguing abandoned French Hill Station and a visit to a local pepper farm.

Finally, on day seven, it's time to bid farewell as you return to Phnom Penh for departure. Book this trip.


Wat Phnom, Mountain Pagoda, Phnom Pehn  © Shutterstock

Itinerary overview

Check out this 7 day Cambodia itinerary:

Day 1

  • Arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport and transfer to your accommodation.
  • Explore the ornate architecture of the Royal Palace, the official residence of the King of Cambodia.
  • Discover the intricate Khmer designs and cultural relics within the palace complex.
  • Explore the Silver Pagoda also known as Wat Preah Keo Morakot, located within the Royal Palace grounds.
  • Admire the Emerald Buddha and the floor made of 5,000 silver tiles.

Day 2

  • Depart from Phnom Penh and travel to Siem Reap, either by bus, private car, or domestic flight.
  • Evening exploration of Pub Street.
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Pub Street, a bustling area filled with restaurants, bars, and lively street performances.
  • Enjoy a delicious Khmer meal or sample international cuisines while taking in the energetic ambiance.

Days 3 & 4

  • Explore the magnificent Angkor Wat.
  • Rise early to witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat, one of the most iconic and largest religious monuments in the world.
  • Spend the day exploring the intricate carvings, galleries, and towers of Angkor Wat, learning about its history and significance.
  • Discover the ancient city of Angkor Thom.
  • Visit the impressive South Gate of Angkor Thom, adorned with giant stone faces.
  • Explore the Bayon Temple, famous for its countless smiling faces carved into stone.
  • Wander through the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King, showcasing intricate bas-reliefs.
  • Explore Ta Prohm, known for its atmospheric jungle setting and the intertwining roots of giant trees.

Day 5

  • Journey from Siem Reap to Kampot, enjoying scenic views along the way.
  • Relax by the river in the evening.

Day 6

  • Venture into Bokor National Park, known for its lush rainforests, diverse wildlife, and historical landmarks.
  • Visit the abandoned French hill station and explore colonial-era buildings, such as the Bokor Palace Hotel.
  • Enjoy panoramic views from viewpoints overlooking the coastline and surrounding countryside.
  • Visit a local pepper farm.

Day 7

  • Return journey from Kampot to Phnom Penh.
  • Departure from Phnom Penh.
Cambodia. Koh Ker Temple ( Prasat Thom ). Preah Vihear Province. Siem Reap City © Kolinchev Andrii/Shutterstock

Koh Ker Temple (Prasat Thom), Siem Reap City © Kolinchev Andrii/Shutterstock

Itinerary #4: Temple adventure

On this week long trip, you’ll get the opportunity to see the best of Cambodia’s temples. 

Day one starts in Siem Reap, where you’ll have the chance to settle into your accommodation and unwind from your journey's hustle and bustle.

Rise and shine on day two for an unforgettable sunrise spectacle at Angkor Wat, followed by immersive explorations of Angkor Thom, the iconic Bayon Temple, and the mystical Ta Prohm temple, famous for its intertwining with ancient tree roots.

On day three, you’ll have the chance of further exploration of Ta Prohm's wonders and other ancient gems like Preah Khan and Neak Pean. Cap off your day with a traditional Cambodian dinner, complete with captivating cultural dance performances.

On day four, wave goodbye to Siem Reap as you journey to the bustling capital, Phnom Penh. Here you can explrore lively streets and scenic river promenade.

Day five is spent in  Phnom Penh, where you'll uncover iconic landmarks such as Wat Phnom and the Royal Palace, delving into Cambodia's rich history.

Day six takes you on a scenic journey to Battambang, where ancient temples at Wat Ek Phnom and Phnom Sampeau await. You won’t want to miss the breathtaking bat exodus at sunset.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on day seven before returning to Siem Reap for your departure flight, perhaps squeezing in a last-minute souvenir hunt at a local market.  Book this trip.


Bayon Castle, Cambodia

Itinerary overview

Check out this 7 day Cambodia itinerary:

Day 1

  • Arrive in Siem Reap.
  • Check-in at your accommodation.
  • Take some time to rest and recover from your journey.

Day 2

  • Wake up early to catch the mesmerizing sunrise at Angkor Wat.
  • Explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom, including the Bayon Temple with its famous stone faces.
  • Wander through the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.
  • Enjoy a traditional Khmer lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Visit the Ta Prohm temple, famously overgrown with tree roots, featured in the movie "Tomb Raider".
  • Return to Siem Reap in the afternoon.
  • Evening at leisure to explore Pub Street or relax at your hotel.

Day 3

  • Visit Ta Prohm again to see its mystical atmosphere in the morning light.
  • Explore Preah Khan, a sprawling temple complex with intricate carvings and galleries.
  • Discover the serene Neak Pean temple, surrounded by ponds.
  • Enjoy a traditional Cambodian dinner with a cultural dance performance.
  • Return to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest.

Day 4

  • Travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by bus or car.
  • Check-in at your hotel in Phnom Penh.
  • Spend the evening at leisure, perhaps exploring the vibrant street food scene or taking a stroll along the Mekong River promenade.

Day 5

  • Visit Wat Phnom, the iconic temple that gave the city its name.
  • Explore the Royal Palace complex, including the Silver Pagoda with its dazzling floor made of silver tiles.
  • Learn about Cambodia's turbulent history with a visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or the Killing Fields.
  • Enjoy dinner at one of Phnom Penh's many excellent restaurants.

Day 6

  • Depart from Phnom Penh and travel to Battambang.
  • Visit Wat Ek Phnom, a temple dating back to the 11th century.
  • Explore Phnom Sampeau, known for its caves and stunning views.
  • Watch the breathtaking bat exodus at sunset.
  • Check-in at your accommodation in Battambang.

Day 7

  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Battambang.
  • Travel back to Siem Reap for your departure flight.
  • If time allows, make a quick stop at a local market for some last-minute souvenir shopping.
  • Depart from Siem Reap.

No 7 day itinerary in Cambodia is complete without a visit to Angkor Wat 

Itinerary #5: Cambodia cultural exploration

This seven day itinerary is a dive into the culture of Cambodia. Touching down in Siem Reap on day one, get comfy in your accommodation before heading out into the vibrant Night Market scene. Here, you'll uncover local crafts, snag souvenirs, and try local street eats. 

Day two kicks off with an ethereal sunrise spectacle at Angkor Wat, followed by ventures into the majestic Angkor Thom and the iconic Bayon Temple. After a day of awe-inspiring exploration, it's back to Siem Reap for some well-deserved rest.

On day three, it's off to the sacred Phnom Kulen National Park, where the mystical River of a Thousand Lingas awaits, alongside refreshing waterfall dips.

Day four sees you jetting off to Battambang for a thrilling Bamboo Train ride and lively market tour. Then, on day five, soak in the ancient vibes at Banan Temple before catching a captivating performance at the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus.

Day six leads you to Kampot, where you'll explore local pepper farms and unwind riverside. Finally, wrap up your journey in Phnom Penh on day seven with palace visits, a peek at the Silver Pagoda, and a delightful dinner cruise along the Mekong River.  Book this trip.


Koh Rong Island, Cambodia

Itinerary overview

Check out this 7 day Cambodia itinerary:

Day 1

  • Arrive in Siem Reap and check-in to your accommodation.
  • Head to the vibrant Night Market to explore local handicrafts, souvenirs, and street food.
  • Enjoy sampling delicious Khmer delicacies such as fried insects, noodles, and tropical fruits.
  • Return to your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Day 2

  • Wake up early for a mesmerizing sunrise experience at Angkor Wat, one of the most iconic temples in the world.
  • Explore the ancient city of Angkor Thom, marveling at its grandeur and historical significance.
  • Visit the Bayon Temple, famous for its serene stone faces, representing compassion and wisdom.
  • Take time to admire the intricate carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology
  • Return to your accommodation in Siem Reap.

Day 3

  • Embark on a journey to Phnom Kulen National Park, a sacred site in Cambodia.
  • Discover the enchanting River of a Thousand Lingas, adorned with ancient carvings and sculptures.
  • Take a refreshing dip in the waterfall, surrounded by lush greenery and pristine nature.
  • Enjoy leisurely walks through the park, soaking in the tranquility and spiritual ambiance.
  • Return to Siem Reap for overnight accommodation.

Day 4

  • Travel from Siem Reap to Battambang, immersing yourself in the scenic countryside.
  • Experience the unique Bamboo Train ride, a thrilling adventure through rural Cambodia.
  • Explore Battambang's bustling markets, filled with fresh produce, spices, and handicrafts.
  • Indulge in local delicacies such as noodle soups, grilled meats, and tropical desserts.
  • Check-in to your accommodation in Battambang for a relaxing evening.

Day 5

  • Visit Banan Temple, perched atop a hill and offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Explore the ancient ruins and marvel at the intricate stone carvings and architecture.
  • Attend a mesmerizing performance at Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus, showcasing Cambodian culture through theater, dance, and acrobatics.
  • Interact with local artists and learn about their inspiring stories of resilience and creativity.
  • Enjoy an evening of cultural immersion and entertainment in Battambang.

Day 6

  • Travel from Battambang to Kampot, a charming riverside town known for its laid-back atmosphere and scenic beauty.
  • Visit a local pepper farm to learn about Kampot's famous pepper cultivation and production process.
  • Explore Kampot's picturesque riverside, lined with quaint cafes, boutique shops, and colonial-era buildings.
  • Relax by the water, savoring the tranquility and stunning sunset views.
  • Check-in to your accommodation in Kampot for a peaceful night's rest.

Day 7

  • Journey from Kampot to Phnom Penh, the bustling capital city of Cambodia.
  • Visit the majestic Royal Palace, home to the King of Cambodia and a symbol of the nation's rich cultural heritage.
  • Explore the ornate Silver Pagoda, adorned with thousands of silver tiles and precious artifacts.
  • Enjoy a delightful dinner cruise on the Mekong River, savoring delicious Khmer cuisine and panoramic views of the city skyline.
  • Departure.

Prepare for your 7-day Cambodia itinerary

Each of these itineraries are thoughtfully designed by our local travel experts to help you make the most of your trip. For more inspiration, read up on the best time to explore Cambodia, discover the best things to do in this country, or explore our other Cambodia itineraries.

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Ready to plan your own 7 days itinerary in Cambodia? See our Rough Guide to Cambodia for expert insights and plenty of planning tips.

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 22.05.2024

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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