This lively gay tour of Cambodia brings together the magnificence of Siem Reap’s Khmer Empire, a lively couple of days in Phnom Penh, and some beachside relaxation in Kep – a former weekend retreat for the Colonial French elite. Witness the grandeur of ancient Angkor Wat, see the carved enigmatic faces of the Bayon Temple, and prepare your own Farewell feast with guidance from local Khmer chefs.
November 11, 2016 to November 18, 2016 – $2150.00 US
January 2, 2017 to January 9, 2017 – $2150.00 US
February 20, 2017 to February 27, 2017 – $2150.00 US
November 27, 2017 to December 4, 2017 – $2150.00 US
Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Nights Starts In: Phnom Penh
Ends In: Siem Reap
Group Size: Min 4, Max 16
Deposit: $750 USD
Accommodation: 4-Star + Physical Rating: 2/5
Arrival transfer to accommodation booked through OUT Adventures
Group leader from beginning to end of tour
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
4-star or higher accommodation (7 nights)
Flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Guided tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Guided tour of Choeung Ek Killing Fields
Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda
Rustic River Boat Sunset Cruise at the foot of Bokor Mountain
Boat Trip to Koh Tonsay
3 day Angkor Pass
2 days with local Angkor guide
Countryside Khmer Cooking Class
Travel insurance package covering medical, trip interruption & baggage loss.
IMeals & Activities not mentioned in itinerary
IGratuities for Tour Leader ($50-$100 USD)
IGratuities for drivers, hotel staff, porters (approximately $30-$50 USD)
Out travel is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.
VISAS: Visas can be organized either in advance or on arrival. Check with your embassy or consulate, and allow approximately 3 weeks for processing. It is also possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the airport or border crossing for approx. US $25 (cost subject to change). There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.
CULTURE SHOCK: When travelling to Cambodia, you’ll see both good and bad. Poverty is widespread, but the friendly locals make up for it. English speakers can be hard to find, so arm yourself with a phrase book and a sense of humour!
LOCAL LGBT SCENE: While Cambodia isn’t a gay hotspot per se, there is an impressive amount of gay nightlife in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. From hole-in-the-wall drag bars, to cafes, to some of the best lady-boy cabarets we’ve seen, you certainly won’t be at a loss for things to do after a day of temple hopping.
WEATHER: Given the weather, December and January are the best months to travel to Cambodia. Rain is rare and the humidity less oppressive. We recommend travelling with a light sweater and jacket, but keeping summer essentials handy as midday temperatures can eclipse 30°C/85°F.
REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: Based on the entry requirements for Cambodia, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
ELECTRICITY: You will need an international travel plug/adapter for type A/C/G sockets. Visit http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/cambodia/ for more information.
CONNECTIVITY: All of our hotels will have Wi-Fi access, so feel free to tweet, pin, post and share your experience with your friends and family at home. They might be a tad jealous!
For everybody’s peace of mind, all OUT Adventures include comprehensive travel insurance. That’s up to $200 you won’t have to fret about adding to your budget, unless you want to insure the value of your trip for cancellation.
Here’s what’s covered:
Unlimited Trip Interruption
Up to $50,000 Emergency Medical plus up to $300,000 for ambulance transportation, up to $5,000,000 CAD with valid GHIP coverage.
Baggage Loss or Damage up to $1,500
Baggage Delay up to $500
Flight Accident up to $100,000
Travel Accident up to $50,000
All OUT Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!
All Out About Adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody’s there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.
Although we can’t tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an Out About Adventure. And just because we’re a gay tour operator doesn’t mean we’re exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.
If you’ve never travelled on your own, it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It’s best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.
Every Oot and About Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what’s available.
To keep things flexible, not all meals are included in the trip price. Although we typically dine together so that everybody can get a taste of everything, feel free to explore on your own…your guide will always have some restaurant recommendations.
Iroha Garden Hotel & Resort
No8, Street 73, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh
Phone: +855 23 966 330
The four-star Iroha Garden Hotel & Resort is located a short 5-minute drive to the Royal Palace and Riverfront Park. The hotel features contemporary design, a restaurant, a pool, and garden spa.
If you are checking in to the hotel under your OUT Adventures reservation, a complimentary arrival transfer will be included.
Shinta Mani Resort
Junction of Oum Khun and 14th Street, Siem Reap
Phone: +855 63 761 998
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $150 USD.
The local currency is Cambodian Riel, however USD are widely accepted. We recommend carrying local currency or small USD bills for small purchases, however credit cards are accepted at most upscale restaurants and hotels. We also recommend carrying approximately $400 USD to be used in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.
Most OUT Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you’ll never schlep far, things can quickly get heavier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb. If you bring along a steam trunk, chances are you’ll be leaving it behind on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you pick up along the way.
The following packing list should be used as a guideline, not as gospel. Our Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much, or little to bring.
Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
Yellow Fever vaccine certificate if travelling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever
General Personal Items:
Eye mask/Ear plugs
Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug for type A/B/C
Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
Sandals/Comfortable Walking Shoes/Shoes for upmarket Dinners
Shirts: t-shirts/collared shirt or polo shirt for upmarket dinners
Pants: Long, lightweight pants/Casual pants for upmarket dinners
Warm hat/gloves for cool mornings/evenings
Water resistant jacket
Personal medication/Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamines
Travel First Aid Kit