36 days in Cambodia & Myanmar Itinerary

36 days in Cambodia & Myanmar Itinerary

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 8 nights
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Battambang, Cambodia
— 3 nights
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Sen Monorom, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Kep, Cambodia
— 2 nights
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— 4 nights
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Mandalay, Myanmar
— 4 nights
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Bagan, Myanmar
— 4 nights
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Nyaungshwe, Myanmar
— 3 nights
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Ngapali, Myanmar
— 1 night
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Siem Reap, Cambodia

— 8 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Beng Mealea and Preah Khan. When in Siem Reap, make a side trip to see Peung Kom Nuo in Svay Leu, approximately Svay Leu away. Spend the 3rd (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Ta Prohm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pre Rup, steep yourself in history at Baphuon Temple, and admire the striking features of Banteay Kdei.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap road trip site.

Warsaw, Poland to Siem Reap is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to Siem Reap is 6 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Warsaw in December, with highs in Siem Reap at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Battambang.

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Battambang, Cambodia

— 3 nights
The riverside city of Battambang draws visitors with its easy charm, rich culture, and convenient location close to a number of historical sites.
Step out of the city life by going to Battambang Bat Caves and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wat Banan Temple and Romcheik 5 Art Space & Cafe. There's still lots to do: gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, view the masterpieces at Sangker Gallery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and explore the world behind art at Tep Kao Sol Loeum Lorn Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Battambang trip maker.

Drive from Siem Reap to Battambang in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Siem Reap in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Battambang, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sen Monorom.

Things to do in Battambang

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Sen Monorom, Cambodia

— 2 nights

Switzerland of Cambodia

The capital and only major settlement in the vast, verdant Mondulkiri province, Sen Monorom manages to retain a laid-back, rural charm, in spite of an increase in development.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll through Seima Protection Forest, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Phnom DoKramom. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Bousra Eco-Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sen Monorom trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Battambang to Sen Monorom by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kep.

Things to do in Sen Monorom

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Kep, Cambodia

— 2 nights
The seaside resort of Kep boasts a relaxed and relaxing atmosphere, and a number of points of interest, both natural and man-made.
On the 11th (Mon), experience rural life at Sothy's Pepper Farm, relax in the rural setting at La Plantation, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Tiny Kampot Pillows. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kep National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kep trip builder site.

You can drive from Sen Monorom to Kep in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Kep

Parks · Nature · Spas · Shopping

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia

— 4 nights

Charming City

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Walking tours. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phnom, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and admire the landmark architecture of Wat Kean Kleang.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Phnom Penh trip builder app.

Getting from Kep to Phnom Penh by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Phnom Penh can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mandalay.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games
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Mandalay, Myanmar

— 4 nights
Built on a large scale by a king needing to impress and rebuild after defeat in battle, Mandalay deserves exploration.
Take a break from the city and head to National Kandawgyi Botanical Gardens and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shwenandaw Monastery and Kuthodaw Pagoda & the World's Largest Book. Explore Mandalay's surroundings by going to Thein Nyo Silk Weaving Factory (in Amarapura), Pyin Oo Lwin (Maymyo) (All Saints Anglican Church & Spas) and Mingun (Hsinbyume Pagoda & Mingun Pahtodawgyi). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Mahamuni Image, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jade Pagoda Mandalay, get great views at Mandalay Hill, and admire the striking features of Pahtodawgyi Pagoda.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mandalay online trip builder.

You can fly from Phnom Penh to Mandalay in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Myanmar Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Bagan.

Things to do in Mandalay

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

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Bagan, Myanmar

— 4 nights
The thousands of temples at Bagan rise up from the plain, each with their own history, style, and spiritual meaning.
Visiting Balloon Rides and Mt Popa will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Ananda Temple and Shwezigon Pagoda. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Shwesandaw Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sulamani Guphaya Temple, don't miss a visit to Lemyethna Temple, and explore the ancient world of Bagan Temples.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Bagan trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Mandalay to Bagan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Nyaungshwe.

Things to do in Bagan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Nyaungshwe, Myanmar

— 3 nights
Once the capital of the Shan Kingdom, Nyaungshwe is a vibrant tourist hub of Myanmar.
Get a sense of the local culture at Indein Village and Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Inle Lake and Balloon Rides. Change things up with these side-trips from Nyaungshwe: Kalaw (Shwe Oo Min Pagoda, Walking tours, &more) and Taunggyi (Floating Gardens & Nga Phe Kyaung Monastery). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Yadana Man Aung Pagoda, and experience rural life at Lotus Garden.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nyaungshwe travel route planning app.

You can fly from Bagan to Nyaungshwe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Ngapali.

Things to do in Nyaungshwe

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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Ngapali, Myanmar

— 1 night
Combining traditional rural charms with an ever-growing beach resort vibe, the fishing village of Ngapali stands out as a highlight of Myanmar's west coast.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Ngapali Elephants Sanctuary, stop by MiMi Souvenir Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Ngapali Beach, then don't miss a visit to Linthar English School, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwe Nandaw Pagoda Hill.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ngapali trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Nyaungshwe to Ngapali in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Yangon (Rangoon).

Things to do in Ngapali

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

— 3 nights

Garden City of the East

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Martyrs Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwedagon Pagoda, make a trip to Maha Wizaya Pagoda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sule Pagoda, then get a taste of the local shopping with Kalasa Art Space, and finally pause for some photo ops at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Green Season Travel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Botahtaung Pagoda, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally look for gifts at Young-On Store.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yangon (Rangoon) trip planner.

Fly from Ngapali to Yangon (Rangoon) in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yangon (Rangoon)

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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Cambodia travel guide

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For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.

Myanmar travel guide

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Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.