Women only holidays to Cambodia, join Venus Adventures for the trip of a lifetime

Women only holidays to Cambodia, join Venus Adventures for the trip of a lifetime

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UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat temples, Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodia's spirit is embodied in the stunning, ancient temples of the Angkor Empire, a civilisation which once presided over most of present day Southeast Asia.

The Cambodian people, for all that they've endured, are among the friendliest you'll find anywhere, with a remarkable ability to put the past behind them and enjoy life.

Cambodia is one of our favourite countries - it really gets under your skin and we've made some fantastic friends here. Not only are the people here wonderful, but the rural landscapes are gorgeous and its cities are Asia at its bustling best.


Cambodia is a fascinating and safe country to visit, and traveling here will be a pivotal and heart-warming experience that you are not likely to forget.

Cambodia Tour Highlights

  • Authentic travel: we stay with and visit local families to see how Cambodians really live
  • From the exciting, bustling cites of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, to charming small towns of Kampot and Battambang, you will get a good insight into local life
  • Learning about the dark history of this fascinating country by visiting the Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum
  • Trawling the local markets for fabulous bargains
  • Getting plenty of inexpensive massages along the way!
  • Seeing the well-preserved French-era architecture of Battambang and Kampot
  • Boat trip out to Koh Tonsay Island for a lazy day by the beach, eating fresh fish and drinking out of coconuts!
  • An insightful retreat spent with Buddhist nuns
  • "Giving back" by eating delicious local restaurants that train and support local street kids
  • And of course, no trip to Cambodia is complete without a visit to the many breathtaking temples of Angkor !!

Cambodia Itinerary

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 1 - Phnom Penh: Welcome to Cambodia

Welcome to Cambodia! You will be met at the airport and taken you to your boutique hotel in Phnom Penh City. Meet your fellow Venuses and become acquainted with the capital city. Phnom Penh was once regarded as the Paris of the East before the war, but the city is well and truly bouncing back and regaining its title as an exciting cosmopolitan hub in this region.

This evening, we have a welcome dinner, where your guide will inform you of what to expect in the coming weeks, and introduce you to Khmer culture and history to set the scene for your Cambodian adventure!

Meals - D

traditional arts, Cambodia

Day 2 - Phnom Penh

To understand Cambodia as it is today, it is important to understand its recent difficult history. This morning we visit S21, a former school-turned-prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. After lunch, to complete the picture, we visit the Killing Fields.

To round off an emotional day, we watch the sunset over the mighty Mekong River with a cocktail in hand reflecting on the things we've learnt. Dinner this evening is at a riverside location. This evening we also watch a stunning traditional arts performance at the National Museum.

Meals - B,L,D

Royal Palace complex, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Day 3 - Phnom Penh

This morning we visit the Royal Palace, a complex of buildings that serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia, and the Silver Pagoda. Following lunch, we visit a local organization dedicated to revitalizing the Cambodian traditional arts, and take part in a beautiful traditional Khmer apsara-dancing workshop. During the Khmer Rouge period, Cambodian arts were almost wiped from history, so we'll discover the inspirational story and importance of preserving and bringing these arts back to life.

With the remainder of the afternoon you might like to take a tuk-tuk to trawl the Russian market or 240 Street for beautiful silk scarves, cotton garments, local jewellery and all the other wonderful things available - shopaholics will love Cambodia. We come back together for a dinner at an inspiring restaurant that trains marginalized youths. You'll have some time for a spot of divine shopping at a couple of funky shops next to our restaurant too!

Meals - B,L,D


fresh coconut drink, Cambodia

Day 4 - Phnom Penh to Kampot

After breakfast, we will transfer to Kampot. Kampot is a quiet riverside town, surrounded by rolling green hills, and rich with charming old buildings. We arrive for lunch and eat at a wonderful café run by a local disabilities organization. After checking into our lush riverside accommodation there will be the option to chill out and soak up the views, or visit a local pepper farm (Kampot is very famous for its fiery pepper).

This evening, we reconnect with the charity we met at lunch, and enjoy a breathtaking dance performance that will leave you feeling very inspired! Prepare to be amazed.

Meals: B,L,D

The warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia

Day 5 - Kep & Koh Tonsay: Beach time! (overnight in Kampot)

After breakfast we take a short drive to the tropical, seaside town of Kep. After a quick wander around admiring the traditional villas of the town, we take a boat to nearby Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island). Picture yourself here: long sandy beaches, palm trees, thatched bungalows, and the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand! Bliss! We spend the day relaxing under coconut palms and swimming. Perhaps you might like to indulge in a massage, which is readily available on the beach - treat yourself to a tasty lunch at a beachside café, and a large coconut juice served in the coconut! Late afternoon we boat back to Kep for a delicious fresh seafood dinner along the coast, before heading back to our hotel in Kampot.

Meals - B,D

Holy Mountain of Oudong, Cambodia

Day 6 - Holy Mountain of Oudong: Retreat

We leave the beach and head towards the holy mountain of Oudong. Here we will spend time soaking up the hilltop views and the calming energy this place brings, before meeting a small, interesting group of nuns for a special afternoon learning about their lives and Buddhism. Tonight we'll be staying at a beautiful Vipassana meditation retreat, an idyllic way to reflect on your journey so far and find inner peace for the next half of your trip.

Meals - B,L,D


Battambang, Cambodia

Day 7 - Oudong to Battambang (via Kampong Chhnang)

After breakfast, we hit the road again and head to Battambang. This will be our longest journey of the tour, so we'll break it up with a stop at the town of Kampong Chhnang, near the mouth of the Tonle Sap Lake. Kampong Chhnang is famous for pots: we take a short tour of the local pottery cottage industry. Onwards to Battambang! Visitors love this place, purely for its atmosphere: set next to the river, with laid-back cafes and its friendly small-town feel.

This city is famed for French colonial architecture and riverside activities; many Cambodians regard this as the most beautiful city in the country. We will arrive in time for you to spend the late afternoon wandering the pretty streets of Battambang at your own pace, and to welcome you to Battambang, we dine in one of town's favourite restaurants.

Meals - B,L,D


Battambang, Cambodia

Day 8 - Battambang: Free day

The tropical heat slows your pace down, which isn't a bad thing these days! Take your time to explore Battambang as you please. Some suggestions - Cambodian countryside is best explored on two wheels, Soksabike offers a half day tour out of town into the stunning countryside, where you can learn more about local livelihoods and connect with local people (included in the trip: fresh coconut, seasonal tropical fruits and a shot of rice wine!)… or perhaps you would like to trawl the shops for more local treasures, sip coffee in a funky café by the river, or take your time to mingle and make friends with the locals.

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Harvesting, Cambodia

Day 9 - Battambang to Banteay Chhmar Homestay

One of the most famous attractions in Battambang is the precarious bamboo train - one of the world's all-time classic rail journeys! No visit here is complete without testing your bravery on a ride on the train! After an early morning ride, we transfer to Banteay Chhmar, a community homestay program in the Cambodian countryside set next to some temple ruins. Here, we stay with a host family in their home, for a memorable experience of living like local people do. We explore beautiful temples of the same significance as Angkor, but with far fewer visitors. A special dinner this evening by candlelight in the temple complex itself.

Meals - B,L,D


day 10, women only Cambodia tour

Day 10 - Banteay Chhmar to Siem Reap

After a morning exploration of village life and a goodbye to our family hosts, we'll head to Siem Reap after lunch - one of the huge highlights of the trip! On the way to the cultural capital of Cambodia, we visit a silk farm and weaving centre, to learn more about beautiful Khmer silks. As we arrive in the afternoon, we're in perfect time to awe at an iconic Siem Reap sunset; we'll sip a gin and tonic as the sun sets over the ancient moat of the UNESCO listed Angkor Thom temple. Following this, we'll dine at a lovingly restored Khmer wooden house, with a meal prepared by a fantastic local chef who trained with Michellin restaurants in Europe!

Meals - B,L,D


Sunrise over Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Day 11 - Siem Reap: Sunrise at Angkor

Starting the day early, we go to the Angkor Archaeological Park to witness a beautifully unforgettable sunrise at Angkor Wat. We pace ourselves exploring temples, ranging from popular ones you may have heard of before, such as Bayon with its smiling faces, and Ta Prohm tangled in trees. Time permitting we will also we'll also visit lesser-visited temples, which bring more serenity and hold an even more mysterious atmosphere. You will certainly have earned a rest, so we'll return to the hotel in time for lunch and this afternoon you may chill out at your accommodation or explore Siem Reap's night market for shopping. Dinner this evening is free to take at your own pace.

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Relax in the pool, Cambodia

Day 12 - Siem Reap

Today we visit a local village and have lunch with a Cambodian family. Where available, we might visit a local pagoda and meet an elderly holy man who practices an ancient art of fortune telling. (If the fortuneteller is not available at the pagoda, we'll meet a Khmer natural healer; discover more about Cambodian beliefs and superstitions, and maybe uncover your future). In the afternoon, you have free time to explore the lovely boutique shops and interesting markets, or swim in the pool at the hotel.

Then, this evening, we visit the Siem Reap circus, which as well as being another inspiring project that supports young Khmer people through the arts, is an all-round amazing experience (no animals!). Performances and stories vary, but creativity and impressive acrobatics are consistent! We have a later dinner before another day of temples ahead of us.

Meals - B,L,D

Banteay Srey, Cambodia

Day 13 - Siem Reap

Whilst the temples around Angkor receive visitors in droves, some further afield are equally as impressive and significant, but often feelless crowded. We journey to the crumbling and majestic Banteay Srey, before returning to Siem Reap via the interesting landmine museum. Free afternoon for shopping, maybe a final massage or chilling out in some trendy local cafés serving healthy food and divine juices! Tonight, we take part in a cocktail making class using distinctively Cambodian ingredients and flavours, before dining at the city's best restaurant that serves luxurious versions of delicious Khmer cuisine in a peaceful wooden house environment.

Meals - B,D

Goodbye from Cambodia

Day 14 - Siem Reap

Our wonderfully insightful, indulgent and inspiring tour sadly comes to an end today. Cambodia will be sure to have left a deep impression on you in more ways than you can imagine!

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