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Khmer - Freestyle Pass

The Khmer pass takes you further off the beaten track in Cambodia as well as all the "must-see" locations! 


Pass Highlights:


What's included:

Flexible Transport

Whether it be our air-conditioned buses, boat, train, or even tuk-tuk - you can hop-on hop-off anywhere along the route.


Local Tour Leader

Knowledgeable local guides to provide invaluable support and insider insights and to assist with booking accommodation and activities at every destination.


Strademark iconAccess to 1 Special Strademark Place

These are the special off-the-beaten-track destinations on the route that make Stray stand out from the crowd. You can see them marked with a heart on the map because they're the places our travellers love.


Reserved Accommodation

Have a bed reserved for you at every Stray overnight stop. Book through your Tour Leader and pay-as-you-go directly to the accommodation.


12 month travel pass

Your pass is valid for 12 months from the first day of travel.


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There are some awesome activities and entrance fees included with your pass:

  • Bamboo Train, Battambang
  • S21 Prison entrance fee, Phnom Penh
  • Phnom Penh Killing Fields, Phnom Penh

Not included: The cost of your accommodation and optional activities is not included in a Freestyle Travel Pass. You have the flexibility to choose what suits your budget and pay-as-you-go. These can be booked via your Tour Leader. 


Is this trip right for you?

 Do you want to explore with a group of like-minded travellers?


✓ Do you want to focus on Cambodia but explore at your own pace?


 Do you want to immerse yourself in local culture?


 Do you want to visit some of those harder to reach, remote destinations?


 Do you want the flexibility to stay longer in certain places?


 Finish in Bangkok OR Ho Chi Minh City
If you would like to finish in Ho Chi Minh, please contact our sales team: [email protected]

 

The Khmer Freestyle Pass is a great choice for you!

If you would prefer a tour with accommodation and more activities included, check out the Khmer Freestyle Tour

Khmer - Freestyle Pass

$675

Itinerary

Arrival in Bangkok

Sawadee, Sabaidee (hello) and welcome to Stray! Your adventure kicks off in the buzzing Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. If you arrive early in the day feel free to check out the vibrant markets and ancient temples that make up only a small side of this multifaceted city. Be at our Stray Shop at 6pm to meet your Tour Leader and your new travel mates for a Welcome Night introduction. We’ll cover how Stray works, answer any questions you have and make sure everyone is ready for tomorrow morning’s departure. Afterwards, make the most of your first night by getting to know each other over a delicious Thai dinner and a few cold beverages on Khao San Road. 

For airport transfers and accommodation close to Khao San Road add on a Bangkok Arrival Pack

Welcome Night meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group

You’ll leave Bangkok at 9am on an unguided public connection heading across the border to Cambodia. Today your destination is the small, but vibrant city of Siem Reap, best known as home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor temple complex.

After your early evening arrival, your Cambodia Stray Guide will meet you at 7.30pm to welcome you and explain more about how Stray works. Afterwards you are invited to join your Stray group for a walk along the iconic Pub Street where you will get to know your new travel mates over a tasty dinner and cold drinks. 

This sector is unguided. If you'd like more detailed information click here.

Welcome Meeting with Stray Guide and group 

After your first night on Pub Street, you’ll probably enjoy a free day to sleep in and relax at your accommodation. If you’re up for it, get out and explore more of the downtown area, which tends to be a bit quieter during the day when most visitors are out at the temple complex. You’ll find the heart of the city fairly easy to navigate by foot or bicycle. Finish the day by sampling traditional Khmer food and visiting the Angkor Night Market that’s open every night.

Angkor Night Market

Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang for a late lunch. After lunch, we’ll visit a whiskey making village and learn about the local tipple, before checking out a village where they make a staple (but smelly) ingredient in most Khmer and Southeast Asian cuisine - fish sauce! Tonight, we’ll stay in another little village, outside of Battambang, located in the picturesque countryside. You’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home, experiencing rural community life. You can wander through the village and nearby rice paddies and finish the day by enjoying a delicious traditional meal with your host family.

See More moment: Immerse yourself in real Cambodian village life. Take the opportunity to interact with the locals, enjoy a traditional Khmer banquet and try a local favourite tipple: snake blood whisky (if you dare!). 

Do More moment: By getting off the beaten track and visiting this tiny village you’re contributing to the economy and making a difference in the lives of the local families.

 

Village stay includes accommodation in a Cambodian family’s home, local activities, dinner, breakfast, and contribution to the village fund/project ($16 USD)

Whiskey making village visit, Paa Hok (fish sauce) making village visit

After waving goodbye to your hosts we’ll head into the city of Battambang. Despite being the second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang manages to avoid an overly touristy vibe, allowing you to experience a more local side of urban Cambodian life. Wander through the central market alongside the river and grab a coffee at one of the cafes. On the way back to Siem Reap we’ll stop to take a ride on the Bamboo Train, a rail system that was built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, but is still used by the locals as a simple form of transport. Tonight is up to you, but we recommend finishing the day with the unforgettably unique Phare Circus, a locally run non-profit troupe that provides disadvantaged young people from the community with a place to learn the skills needed to earn their livings as professional performing artists.

See More moment: In the Cambodian countryside, a unique form of transport is still used by the locals to get around: a bamboo train! Take a ride on it and experience it for yourself.

Phare Circus

Bamboo Train ride

You get a second full free day in Siem Reap because you simply cannot visit without seeing the highly recommended UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples. Ranked at the top of many ultimate travel bucket lists (including Lonely Planet’s), the awe-inspiring ancient city of Angkor is the largest temple complex in the world. You can easily spend a full day at the site and still only see a small portion of this dramatic architectural wonder, but to hit the biggest highlights and embrace your inner Tomb Raider, make sure you check out the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm.

Cycle or take a guided tour of the Angkor temple complex.

Next up, we head for the bustling Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. With an edgy blend of harrowing history and modern development, Phnom Penh is incredibly important place for a number of political, economic and cultural reasons. You’re free this afternoon to get your first taste of this energizing capital city. Set out to explore the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom, take a river cruise, shop for souvenirs at the huge Russian Market or see a living art performance at the National Museum.

Learn a Cambodian art at Backstreet Academy, half day cycling trip, river boat cruise, city tour, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda tour, Russian Market, National Museum.

Today, Cambodia’s history is bought to life with a tour of two of the most infamous attractions: the Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng S21 Prison. While it is a very sobering experience to learn more about the country’s harsh recent history and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, these are among the most recommended things to do in Phnom Penh. Afterwards, an afternoon drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot, where there is an option to take a leisurely boat cruise on the Kampot River. You’ll be encouraged to sit back and reflect on your day with a refreshing cool beverage and absorb the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the calm waters.

Sunset river cruise

S21 Prison and Killing Fields entrance and tour

You have a full free day to explore quaint Kampot. Visit the fascinating salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park or take a day trip to nearby Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island) for some beach time. Tonight, we recommend sampling the exceptional regional seafood dishes at one of the many restaurants on the riverfront –the fried shrimp with green pepper corns is an absolute must try!

Tour of the pepper & salt farms, bicycle hire, day trip to Koh Tunsay

After a relaxing morning in Kampot, we return to Phnom Penh, where you’ll have the evening free. For something different, why not join the locals at dusk for an aerobic workout along the riverfront. Here you’ll find local ladies garbed in Western-style pyjamas, getting their groove on to Khmer techno music in order to burn a few calories. It may not be your most coordinated moment but will be good for a giggle (even if you’re just laughing at yourself)!

Learn a Cambodian art at Backstreet Academy, half day cycling trip, river boat cruise, city tour, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda tour, Russian Market, National Museum.

This morning we leave lively Phnom Penh and make an express return with your Stray Guide to Siem Reap on a public bus. After you arrive in the afternoon, make the most of your final evening in Siem Reap by shopping for souvenirs at the market or having one last memorable night out on Pub Street.

It’s time to say good-bye to Cambodia the trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok is an unguided public bus connection which your Stray Guide will organise for you. To return to Bangkok you will be driven to the border town of Poipet to process through Thai immigration before the last drive on to Bangkok. Expect to arrive at the bus station in the evening. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure! 

This sector is unguided. If you'd like more detailed information click here.

 

Khmer - Freestyle Pass

$675

Timetable

Starts: Bangkok

Days: Wednesday or Sunday

Time: Visit the Stray Bangkok Travel Shop before 4pm to get your tickets to Siem Reap

 


Timetables are subject to change. Our team will email you if this happens whilst you are travelling.

 

Arrival in Bangkok

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Stray Shop - 162 Soi Rambutri, Tanao Road (Welcome Night) 18:00 18:00

Bangkok to Siem Reap (Express Day)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Bangkok - Stray Shop (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Poipet Border (Depart) 12:00 12:00
Siem Reap - Northern Bus Station (Arrive) 17:00 17:00
Siem Reap (Welcome Night) 19:30 19:30

Siem Reap - Day 1

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap (Free Day) Free Free

Siem Reap to Battambang (Homestay)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap - Lub'D Hostel (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Battambang - Homestay (Arrive) 15:30 15:30

Battambang to Siem Reap

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Battambang - Homestay (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Siem Reap (Arrive) 13:00 13:00

Siem Reap - Day 2

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap (Free Day) Free Free

Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap - Lub'D Hostel (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Phnom Penh (Arrive) 12:00 12:00

Phnom Penh to Kampot

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Phnom Penh - Silver River Hotel (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Kampot (Arrive) 12:00 12:00

Kampot

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Kampot (Free Day) Free Free

Kampot to Phnom Penh

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Kampot - Ny Ny Guesthouse (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Phnom Penh (Arrive) 12:00pm 12:00pm

Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Phnom Penh (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Siem Reap (Arrive) 15:00 15:00

Siem Reap to Bangkok (Express Day)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Bangkok (Arrive) 18:00 18:00

Khmer - Freestyle Pass

$675

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Need to Know

Some key details...

  • Transport - All transport is included - you'll travel by bus (mostly private, air-conditioned buses with 24 seats), minivans, trains (Thailand only), boats (Laos only) and tuk-tuks. 

  • Guides - Stray employs local Tour Leaders to ensure you get more out of your trip. Hear the local stories, try their food recommendations, get insider tips and advice. Tour Leaders change from country to country so you'll have several different Tour Leaders throughout your journey if you're traveling multiple countries and if you hop on and off the bus - they're all absolute legends! 

  • Validity - This Freestyle Pass is valid for 12 months from your first day of travel and can be travelled once. 

  • Hopping on/off - Hop on and off as much as you like along the travel route.  The buses run twice a week so the minimum amount of time you can hop off for is 3 days. 

  • Minimum Days - You don't need to hop off if you're short on time - you can travel your pass in the "Minimum Days". There are non-travel days throughout the route so you will not be travelling everyday however we recommend allowing extra time to hop off. 

  • Departures - Buses run twice a week. Use the timetable to plan your trip. 

  • Booking Buses - Use Stray Mate (trip manager website) to book buses - you'll receive log in details in your Booking Confirmation email. If you're on a short timeframe, we recommend booking all your buses in advance. 

  • Accommodation - Accommodation is not included - we have preferred accommodation options at each overnight stop and you can book this through your Tour Leader, or you can opt to book your own. Stray's preferred accommodation is simple and budget friendly. 

  • Activities - Activities are not included - your Tour Leader can provide recommendations and assist with booking. 

  • Visas - You are responsible for obtaining any visas you require for the countries you are travelling in. Visa requirements vary depending on where you’re coming from and where you going, so we recommend that you contact the appropriate embassy in your country of origin. 

  • Travel Insurance - You must have a travel insurance policy to cover you for the entire time you are travelling with Stray. You will be asked for your policy details prior to starting travel. 
  • Stray Travellers - Our travellers are from all over the world, are energetic, adventurous and mainly aged between 20-35.  You'll have people who have booked Freestyle Passes and Tours in your group, as the route is exactly the same, it's just the inclusions that are different. 

  • Group Size - Max 18, Average 9

  • Unguided sectors - Some trips may include one or two unguided sectors as our Local Tour Leaders stay in their country of origin and bid you farewell to continue your journey with a new Tour Leader in the next country you're travelling to. Crossing the borders can be a bit of an adventure but your Tour Leader will tell you what to expect.  In Stray Mate Trip Manager you can read the itinerary for each of these days to ensure your unguided sectors go smoothly. 

 

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