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  • CalMorris28

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    7th March, 2013
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    So I'm currently planning to visit Cambodia between the 4th April and 22nd. I understand new year falls into this month, and if anything would just appreciate some help/advice on how I should lay out my plans and how long is recommended for each area.
    So a rough schedule of where I want to go is as followed:
    Sen monorom
    Phnom Penh
    Siem Reap
    Now i understand this will leave me with some extra days, but with it being new year I wasn't really sure of what to expect with bus travel? Is it still feasible to travel by bus, (not during new year, but week prior and before) without too much hassle?
    Also where is the best place to be during this time? I generally get the impression its to the East, so recommendations would be helpful as well as time constraints.
    Sorry that I've crammed alot into this. Any help would be great. Thanks in advanced.

    #1 Posted: 7/3/2013 - 15:33

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  • sayadian

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    15th January, 2008
    Posts: 1557

    It looks like no one else is going to answer this so I'll do my best bearing in mind I was based in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville and don't have a lot of idea about what the East of Cambodia is like during the New Year.
    Phnom Penh becomes a virtual ghost town as most people return to their villages. Don't worry you can still find restaurants and bars open but the roads are empty. There maybe a firework display on at the Riverside.
    Sihanoukville (though I notice is not on your list) doubles prices for the holiday that includes hotel rooms.
    Buses used to have a surcharge during the New Year although they still run. Whether that's the case now I'm not sure but beware.
    One of my best New Year experiences was staying in Kirirom and dancing at the local pagoda where there was plenty of partying and beer.
    Maybe you should ask around when you get there and find somewhere where there is a bit of a Khmer celebration and enjoy a few beers with the locals and learn to romvong (is that how you spell it?)

    #2 Posted: 10/3/2013 - 10:52

  • CalMorris28

    Joined Travelfish
    7th March, 2013
    Posts: 2

    Thanks for the response! I noticed in my original post I made an error by saying "impression its to the East", and actually meaning west, so mentioning Sihanoukville and Kirinom is actually handy for me.I'll look into both a bit more.
    Once again thanks for the help!

    #3 Posted: 10/3/2013 - 14:01

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