Travelling FROM Si Phan Don in Laos we would like to spend time in Phenom Penh, Siem Reap and perhaps Sihanoukville if we have the time. We will most likely fly back to BKK from PP (Air Asia doesn't fly from SR) instead of travelling overland back to BKK (seems like it would take 1 full day). What would be the best route to accomplish this? Have considered
1) overland thru Stung Treng-Kratie (4000 islands to PP in one day) and
2) travelling back to Pakse and flying to Siem Reap --for this we'd have to buy a Discovery Airpass for all our flights to be affordable but if we did we could fly back to BKK from either SR or PP
What would you recommend to save time between places and how much time do you think we'd need for the route?
#1 amz155 has been a member since 30/8/2006. Posts: 111
Welcome to Travelfish!
You can easily do Si Phan Don to Phnom Penh in a full day of travel. Travelling from Siem Reap to Phom Penh takes around 4 hours. So you could go Si Phan Don to Phnom Penh, go down to explore Sihanoukville (around 3-4 hours each way) then back to PP before boat or bus to SR. See Angkor then return to PP by bus for an AirAsia flight out of Phnom Penh.
Travelling back to Pakse is also a good option as even from Don Dhet that trip is only going to take a couple of hours - so you could fly Pakse to Siem Reap, then bus / boat to Phnom Penh, perhaps with a side trip to Sihanoukville, then out with a flight to Bangkok
Thanks for your quick and detailed reply!
So as for the SPD-PP part, would you recommend that I purchase travel from SPD to Stung Treng and then in ST find transport to PP? Or should we book the entire route from SPD--I've heard this is not the cheapest way to do it.
As for my route decision, I guess it will come down to funds....which means that flying will probably not be an option :(
Also still deciding between Snookyville and Ko Samet (which we could get to from Siem Reap I think in one day). Any opinion on that decision?
#3 amz155 has been a member since 30/8/2006. Posts: 111
If you buy through transport from Si Phan Don to Phnom Penh is works ou cheaper but there's been quite a few moans and comlaints about these services -- once you get to Stung Treng it is easy as pie to jump in a share taxi and continue south to Phnom Penh and it will be faster -- but it will cost a little more -- maybe a couple of dollars more...
Between Sanooky and Samet it depends on the time of year you're going -- right now the weather in Sanooky is most likely vile, but later in the year it will be fine.
Samet hands down has nicer beaches.
You can get from SR to Samet in a day, but its a long day, and if you're late out of SR or delayed at the border, you'll miss the last regular boat and unless you're willing to cough up for a speedboat you'll need to overnight in Ban Phe (not the end of the world).
thanks again, this gives me something to think about. have to look at itinerary and see if we have time for the beach....
#5 amz155 has been a member since 30/8/2006. Posts: 111