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  • Yorkshire_K-

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    We are currently in Cambodia and have been to Siem Reap and are now in Battambang. We would like to see as much of Cambodia as possible, including the Ratanikiri region. Which would be the best way around the country to do this so we finish somewhere where we could get to the south of Vietnam? Time is not a problem.

    #1 Posted: 21/3/2014 - 20:18

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  • somtam2000

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    For a greatest hits of Cambodia, starting in Battambang, something like the following?

    Battambang -> Sisophon -> Banteay Chhmar (ruins)
    BC -> Anlong Veng (Pol Pot's out hideout)
    AV -> Siem Reap -> Kompong Thom (ruins)
    KT -> Phnom Penh (hang out, lots to do)
    PP -> Kompong Cham (temples, ruins etc)
    KC -> Sen Monorom (trekking, elephants)
    SM -> Banlung (this is by motorbike, expect to pay $60ish per person)
    BL -> Stung Treng (river stuff)
    ST -> Kratie (dolphins)
    KT -> Phnom Penh
    PP -> Sihanoukville (beaches/islands)
    SHV -> Kampot (hang out, river, eat ribs)
    KMP - Kep (beach, hang out)
    Kep -> Cross to Ha Tien in Vietnam.

    The only parts you miss in the above are Koh Kong and Pursat - I'd want at least six weeks to do the above ;-)

    Have fun!

    #2 Posted: 21/3/2014 - 21:34

  • Yorkshire_K-

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    Thank you so much Somtam, very helpful information. I shall now start planning!

    #3 Posted: 22/3/2014 - 04:08

  • Nisseyaklom

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    I suggest you finish in Rattanakiri, cross the border into Vietnam and there is cheap flights to HCM from Pleikku (2 hrs from Banlung )

    The road from Sen Monorom to Banlung is good now and minibuses do the 4 hr journey.

    #4 Posted: 22/3/2014 - 20:01

  • Yorkshire_K-

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    Thanks Nisseyaklom
    Have you any idea how often the minibuses are and the cost of these?

    #5 Posted: 22/3/2014 - 20:09

  • Nisseyaklom

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    Minibus depart from Banlung every morning 08h00, don't know the cost but would guess around $10,00 pp. Bus goes all the way to Pleikku, no change of bus at border.
    Pleikku is worth a night or two, nice town in the highlands, I always stay at HAGL hotel, 4 star luxury at 2 star prices.

    #6 Posted: 23/3/2014 - 00:16

  • gregmccann1

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    I just blogged about the Northeast -all the places that I usually go to outside of Virachey: http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Cambodia/East/Banlung/blog-834789.html

    #7 Posted: 23/3/2014 - 06:15

  • Yorkshire_K-

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    Thanks everyone for all your information (and sorry for the late reply, was enjoying Banteay Chhmar, without any internet connections).
    Greg - great blog, will check out the rest of yours when I have a bit more time.
    Am wanting to do most of what you all have suggested but decided to do it a bit differently. From Sen Monorom we are going to go back to PP then down to Kempot, Kep and a couple of Islands before going over to Vietnam. Travelling South to North we hope to skip over to Cambodia again to visit the regions we missed.
    Thanks again for the suggestions, we're having a fantastic time in Cambodia :-)

    #8 Posted: 29/3/2014 - 10:55

  • Alex222

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    1st April, 2014
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    Around $130 per month you will do fine for Phnom Penh area.But if you are gonna be having fancy food in every mornings and evenings its also very costly mean $10 to $15..

    #9 Posted: 2/4/2014 - 02:47

  • redpirate427

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    2nd June, 2014
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    Hi Alex222,

    I've been trawling Travelfish for the cost of living in Siem Reap, or Cambodia in general, so my question is, what do you mean by $130 a month in PP? Do you refer to budget for food? If so, is that per person or will it suffice for a couple?

    #10 Posted: 15/7/2014 - 07:02

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  • enrgz

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    7th August, 2014
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    @somtam2000 That is a very useful itinerary. Would you recommend that trip by motorbike? I am planning on a long trip through SE Asia, and want to do the entire thing by motorbike. I will be arriving in mid October, with no definite end date for the trip.

    I will start a separate thread, so I don't highjack this one. But I did want to get an opinion on taking that trip by motorbike.

    #11 Posted: 7/8/2014 - 13:00

  • tanvir71

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    28th August, 2014
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    Siem reap is a popular resort town and it is the capital city of Siem reap Province in northwestern Cambodia. Siem reap is being a popular tourist destination today. It is really a beautiful place.

    #12 Posted: 28/8/2014 - 15:38

  • abbiewright-

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    This Post is very useful for me as I was already searching for details on this as I am planning my next trip soon towards Siem Reap, Cambodia. So I was planning things before so that I don't miss nice locations there as I missed few in my last trip to Croatia :(

    I went to Croatia (Biograd) nice place for sailing but was not able to visit anymore places due to lack of time and my plan. But still I would thank my yacht provider adriatic challenge for making my trip remarkable with good sight-seeings :)

    #13 Posted: 3/9/2014 - 04:08

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