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  • Lek

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    Hi,
    I'm planning a 12 days trip to Camdodia in Dec.
    Plan is to fly in to Siem Reap then fly out from Phnom Penh.
    3/4 days in Siem Reap and 3/4 days in Phnom Penh.
    Any suggestion on other places that is worth a visit during the journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh?
    Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 30/8/2006 - 18:15

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  • narong

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    Hi Somtam,

    can you confirm that he ferry-service(s) from Pnom Penh to Siem Raep have been cancelled all to-gether. If yes, can you recommend one of the busservices? Thank you or a swift reply.

    #2 Posted: 30/8/2006 - 18:42

  • narong

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    Oops, this doen't look good i'm afraid.....

    #3 Posted: 30/8/2006 - 18:43

  • narong

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    Hi Somtam,

    can you confirm that he ferry-service(s) from Pnom Penh to Siem Raep have been cancelled all to-gether. If yes, can you recommend one of the busservices? Thank you or a swift reply.

    #4 Posted: 30/8/2006 - 18:45

  • exkhmer

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    There is airline service twice a day flying from Phnom Penh directly to Siem Reap, it cost about $ 85. There are several places in Phnom Penh such as National Museum and Royal Palace just to name a few or Toul Sleng Memorial Museum if you prefer. My recommendation is to spend more time in Siem Reap over Phnom Penh, because this is the place where all the tourists are, hundreds of ancient monuments, if you have extra time go to other sites outside of Siem Reap, such as Sambor Prei Kuk in Kompong Thom, Prasat Prea Vihear along Thai and Cambodia, or Prasat Banteay Chmar or beautiful beaches at Kompong Som or Kep. I hope this is helpful.

    #5 Posted: 31/8/2006 - 03:54

  • exkhmer

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    There is airline service twice a day flying from Phnom Penh directly to Siem Reap, it cost about $ 85. There are several places in Phnom Penh such as National Museum and Royal Palace just to name a few or Toul Sleng Memorial Museum if you prefer. My recommendation is to spend more time in Siem Reap over Phnom Penh, because this is the place where all the tourists are, hundreds of ancient monuments, if you have extra time go to other sites outside of Siem Reap, such as Sambor Prei Kuk in Kompong Thom, Prasat Prea Vihear along Thai and Cambodia, or Prasat Banteay Chmar or beautiful beaches at Kompong Som or Kep. I hope this is helpful.

    #6 Posted: 31/8/2006 - 03:55

  • wolfman

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    stay 2 or 3 days in p.p.-visit the former school,now a "museum" at toul sleng,this gives you an idea what cambodia is today!
    then bus down to snookyville-sihanoukville, and have a good time.

    #7 Posted: 31/8/2006 - 16:14

  • tsargood

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    I really enjoyed hanging out on Kep. Great boat rides from there to uninhabited islands, great food etc

    #8 Posted: 31/8/2006 - 16:45

  • Lek

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    Thank you all for the replies.
    What will be a better way to travel from Siem Reap to P.P?
    Heard that a overloaded boat is a common sight...

    #9 Posted: 1/9/2006 - 06:55

  • narong

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    as i mentioned before, i read that the ferry services from PP to SR have been suspended from last July on. Can anyone confirm or deny please? Thank you.

    #10 Posted: 1/9/2006 - 09:14

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  • Roving_Roo

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    The ferries between SR and PP and between SR and Battambang are now running daily again. $25 SR-PP and $15 SR-Battambang. From Siem Reap the pick up will be at about 5.45am, Ferry leaving the dock at about 7.00am and arriving in Phnom Penh around 1.30pm. When I did it the boat was fairly crowded, we sat on the roof as the inside was not inviting so it was really hot and the noise from the engine was unbelivabley loud. The first thrity minutes leaving SR were quite interesting, but hten there was nothing to see until about an hour from Phnom Penh, by which time we were lagging and just wantnig to get off really so not able to enjoy the views. Other than that I was glad I did it, but now travel to and from Phnom Penh by taxi or bus. I've heard good things about the boat between SR and Battambang though, so looking forward to doing that one!

    #11 Posted: 1/9/2006 - 17:34

  • jellyanna

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    Hi, this is a strange coinkidinky because I'm planning a (approx) 14 day trip to Cambodia in end Sept-early Oct and my intentions are also to fly to Siem Reap first for about 5 days, travel to an island (heard so much about Kep) and then spend the last 3 days or so in Phnom Penh. This thread has been particularly and conveniently helpful. Is it relatively safe for a solo female traveller in Cambodia? Any help is very much appreciated, thanks in advance!

    #12 Posted: 2/9/2006 - 00:42

  • jellyanna

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    Hi, this is a strange coinkidinky because I'm planning a (approx) 14 day trip to Cambodia in end Sept-early Oct and my intentions are also to fly to Siem Reap first for about 5 days, travel to an island (heard so much about Kep) and then spend the last 3 days or so in Phnom Penh. This thread has been particularly and conveniently helpful. Is it relatively safe for a solo female traveller in Cambodia? Any help is very much appreciated, thanks in advance!

    #13 Posted: 2/9/2006 - 00:45

  • Roving_Roo

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    I came here as a solo female traveller and had no problems (not that I have now changed to a male traveller or anything), just use your common sense and if in doubt take a tuk tuk rather than walking. Take advice from others you met to decide where to stay if security is a big issue for you, and enjoy the fact that you can go where you want when you want without having to please anyone elses itinerary!

    Kep is not an island but a coastal town....there is a touristed island just off Kep though Koh Tonsay, don't have any informaiont on it though. There are more islands off the town of Sihanoukville which are nice...I've heard good things about Bamboo island. I presume you are flying into SR and out of PP? travelling from SR to Sihanoukville can be done in one day, but will take the whole of one day and you will go via PP so you may want to break up the journey by a night or two in PP then onto the coast and then back to PP to stay another night or two then fly home. Two weeks will be ok, but you should plan your trip first else you may run out of time.

    #14 Posted: 2/9/2006 - 21:20

  • Lek

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    Hello jellyanna,
    Think we have almost the same plan.
    Hope you can come back to this thread when you are back from Cambodia. Let me know how your trip went. Thanks in advance...

    #15 Posted: 3/9/2006 - 17:47

  • cambodiachr-
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    The bus from Siem Reap to PP will be less painful than the boat as described above -- though less scenic. And more karaoke filled. Bring your ipod.

    #16 Posted: 7/9/2006 - 07:28

  • tonypisanel-
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    what is the website for the airline that flies from phnom penh to siem reap or how do i contact them to check flights and prices

    #17 Posted: 6/11/2006 - 13:19

  • somtam2000

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    Hi Tony,

    You're looking for Siem Reap Airways

    #18 Posted: 6/11/2006 - 16:35

  • narong

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    Siem Reap Airways indeed...managed by Bangkok Air who seems to have a monopoly on the airtraffic at exorbitant prices. If you should leave from bangkok, why not go to phnom penh first with airasia (40+ usd, 1500 baht, single trip), stay there a night or 2 and then take for 9 usd the really excellent Mekong Express Limousine Bus, an ex-japanese 2nd hand luxury bus, serving snacks, karaoke-free and offering a lunchstop halfway.Very courtious service on a "scenic"enough halfday journey.Check out mekongexpress@online.com.kh
    We did the boattrip from siem reap to battambang, a "scenic" one-time experience, though once is really quite enough. Good luck.

    #19 Posted: 6/11/2006 - 21:30

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