Cambodia: Contemporary Art, Spiritual Traditions, and Hidden Wonders - March 7, 2020 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Cambodia: Contemporary Art, Spiritual Traditions, and Hidden Wonders

from $3,215 USD per person for 11 days, 10 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
  • Overland Adventure

Explore the vibrant art, religion, and food culture of the Kingdom of Cambodia, while spending time with the country’s leading artists and performers. From the bustling capital of Phnom Penh to the seaside town of Kampot, the abandoned colonial mansions on Bokor Mountain to the sandy beaches of Rabbit Island, Cambodia boasts an abundance of sights, tastes, and sounds. On this 11-day adventure, with an optional four-day extension to Angkor Wat, we’ll meet communities of local artists, farmers, chefs, and healers and learn about both the ancient traditions they are upholding and the unique work they are pioneering to help their country recover from the Khmer Rouge genocide.

  • Meet leading artists
  • Experience performances and rituals
  • Explore Khmer food traditions
  • Extension to Angkor Wat


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Lauren Iida
Lauren Iida is a contemporary artist working between Seattle and Cambodia, where she runs art tours, writes and illustrates bilingual books for children, creates highly detailed paper-cut art depicting her experiences abroad, and continues her social practice art career. Iida is founder of The Antipodes Collective, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization creating high-quality learning materials for Cambodian children through worldwide artistic collaboration. She also oversees Open Studio Cambodia, which supports resident Cambodian emerging artists with everything from art materials to professional practices training and opportunities to exhibit. Introducing travelers into these communities allows her to combine her passion for the arts with her love for Cambodia.
Long Lavy
Originally from Cambodia's Pursat Province, Lavy spent most of his childhood just outside of Phnom Penh city. He began studying watercolor in his teens and gradually honed his skills to depict both idyllic countryside landscapes and chaotic city spaces. A former Khmer kick boxer, father of two, and tuk-tuk driver by trade, Lavy is now an important member of Open Studio Cambodia, an artist collective founded by Lauren Iida in 2018. His extensive knowledge of Cambodian culture and kind and helpful personality make any traveler feel at home in Cambodia.
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If you’re into food and art, this is the trip for you.
—John B. (January 2018)

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), we suggest you arrive by 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 and depart anytime in the morning on Tuesday, March 17. If taking the Angkor Wat extension, you should plan to depart from Siem Reap (REP) on Saturday, March 21.

Activity Level

Keep in mind that we’ll be spending lots of time outdoors and moving around. You should feel comfortable walking four to five miles over the course of each day and remaining on your feet for long periods of time. The trip includes transport by foot, tuk tuk, and private van.

Dates and Prices

Mar 07–17, 2020
Shared Room, Main Trip
$3,215 USD per person
Single Room, Main Trip
$4,035 USD per person
Shared Room with Angkor Wat extension
$4,340 USD per person
Single Room with Angkor Wat extension
$5,420 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,215 (or $4,340 if taking the Angkor Wat extension). A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $2,715 (or $3,840 with the Angkor Wat extension) will be due by December 8, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip’s Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $820 (or $1,080 if taking the extension) will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • Ten nights of accommodation in modern, well-equipped hotels.
  • Breakfast daily and either lunch or dinner each day (a total of two meals per day).
  • Transportation throughout the trip, in a private bus, and sometimes in tuk tuks.
  • The company of an experienced trip leader throughout the trip, as well as local guides joining in each city.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, sites, and events.
  • Flights or other transportation to and from Phnom Penh (departing from Siem Reap if taking the extension).
  • Applying for Cambodian visa, if required.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Food and drink outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including one meal per day (usually dinner), and any alcoholic beverages.

Additional Dates

Trip FAQ

Temperature and humidity in Cambodia in October are more temperate compared to other seasons. You can expect local temperatures in the mid-70s to high 80s°F (24–31°C).