We are taking our 2 kids, ages 11 and 6 on a 5 week trip to SEA in July/August.
We plan to have 3 nights in BKK initially to recover from the flight and then, who knows?
We would like to spend around 5 days in Siem Reap and also let our children experience the rainforest at Khao Sak and some chill out time on Phangan.
We would like to take the train south, but are finding it really hard to build in Cambodia as the flights are so expensive.
Does anyone have any ideas of how best to see these places, not sure whether to do Siemp Reap first then head south, just seems like a lot of tooing and froing through BKK. Does anyone know if you cna fly from Siem Reap to Samui or Surat Thani?
Thanks all for your help in advance!
#1 sistaka has been a member since 20/3/2010. Posts: 4
You could always enter and leave Cambodia overland, and stop at one of the islands in Trat Province on the way there, or on the way back. Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Kut, and Koh Wai all have nice beaches, and are pretty much on the Cambodian border. Or, you could also go to one of the Cambodian islands, or mainland beaches.
Having said that, I think that Samui, KPG, and Tao are a lot drier than the islands around Trat and Cambodia at that time of the year. It's possible that boats may not be running, and that resorts may be closed on some of the islands in those other areas.
Check the interactive weather map on this site.
Don't forget that if you re-enter Thailand from Cambodia by land, you will only receive 15 days on your visa, so you may want to keep that part for later in your trip.
Sorry it's been a while but thank you for your advice!
Think we will have to fly from Bangkok to make it work.
#3 sistaka has been a member since 20/3/2010. Posts: 4
I found out recently that there are cheaper flights to/from Siem Reap is you fly via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. For example, Air ASia flies KL-Siem Reap for about Us$65 (Malyasian Riggit 218) one way while the BKK-Siem Reap flight with Bangkok Airways is B5230 (US$161 one way). Jetstar also flies to Siem Reap via Singapore.
Not sure where you are coming from... if you go to KL first then you can pop over to Siem Reap from there at the start of your trip and then head to BKK. You could at least save airfares for one part of the trip, would be much easier to fly with kids than do the overland thing.
#4 alisonmilliken has been a member since 10/12/2006. Posts: 70
You make a perfect plan while travelling with kids. Its great to hear planning to cover all interesting areas.
#5 renald has been a member since 5/11/2011. Posts: 15