This summer I will be travelling in Vietnam and Cambodia for 5 weeks starting from Hanoi and ending in Bangkok. I am considering to spend a few days on a beautiful beach before heading to Siem Reap and my final destination Bangkok. The options are Phu Quoc, Sihanoukville, Kep (Kampot/Bokor) and Kho Chang. However, the weather seems to be a major problem at the end of july and the beginning of august. Would you guys advise me to spend some more time in Mui Ne or Nha Trang and skip these destinations or is it still nice to go there in this period? And which option would you eventually prefer? Thanks in advance!
#1 stefanovic has been a member since 19/12/2006. Posts: 7
The weather will be pretty wet and rough that time of year, though I'd say that regardless of weather Phu Quoc is worth checking out if time allows. You will have less rain around Nha Trang and Mui Ne. Over in Thailand, Ko Chang will be real wet, but Ko Samet, midway between Ko Chang and Bangkok should be quite a bit drier.
The beaches in Sihanoukville and Kep don't compare to the above and will also be wet and rough...
I spent 3 days at Bai Sao at the southeast part of Phu Quoc Island. It was absolutely blissful. The waters were calm and clear, the sand soft and white as snow, the beach had at most 10 other people on it at any given time, and the island as a whole is still relatively undeveloped and retains its charm. There was only one guesthouse with several bungalows facing the beach as of April 2007, but already there is a building under construction, probably another guesthouse. If you can go now, it is worth making the extra effort to get out there. It definitely was for me.
From the town where the airport is located, we negotiated a rate of 75,000 dong per person (there were 3 of us) for some motodoubles to take us the 20-something km out there. The drive was gorgeous in itself.