Basically the One Week Explorer with all the options thrown in, this two week vacation gives the traveller a good mix of ruins, beaches and culture. There's a fair amount of bus travel involved, but there's also enough down time to rest your sore bum.
As with the One Week Explorer, there is ample opportunity for side-trips and extensions to this, but given the amount of travel involved, we'd suggest adding in a few rest days before adding in too many more destinations -- this is a holiday afterall.
Both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh have international airports, so you could fly in and start the trip from either, though those with more time can overland in and out of the country -- Cambodia has overland borders with all of its neighbours.
The suggested minimum time for a trip like this is two weeks, though three weeks is a far more comfortable pace.
1) Arrive Siem Reap (Angkor Wat -- allow at least two days)
2) Siem Reap -> Battambang (bucolic scenery, ruins, nori rides, Khmer Rouge history)
3) Battambang -> Phnom Penh (capital city, Khmer Rouge history, colonial architecture, scenic riverside setting)
4) Phnom Penh -> Sihanoukville (beaches, islands, waterfalls, backpacker scene)
5) Sihanoukville -> Kep (beaches, island, national park)
6) Kep -> Phnom Penh (capital city, Khmer Rouge history, colonial architecture, scenic riverside setting)
7) Phnom Penh -> Kompong Cham (temples, silk villages, river-trips)
8) Kompong Cham -> Kratie (Irrawaddy Dolphins)
Two day: Fly into and out of Cambodia -- both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh have international airports.
Two days: Strike north from Siem Reap to the Khmer Rouge hideout of Anlong Veng -- a destination unique in Cambodia
Three days: Head northeast from Kratie to the remote capital of Ban Lung go trekking, take river trips and visit minority cemeteries.
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To help you work out how you'll get around, we've listed the trip durations for the various forms of transport available. Note that with the exception of flight times, these are average trip times, so no hate mail if you take the slow train.
|CAMBODIA: Two week explorer|
|Phnom Penh||Kompong Cham||-||4:00||-||-|
|Kratie||Ban Lung||-||6:00 - 08:00||-||-|
Where to go, how long to stay there, where to go next, east or west, north or south? How long have you got? How long do you need? Itinerary planning can be almost as maddening as it is fun and here are some outlines to help you get started. Remember, don't over plan!
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North or south or both? Laos is relatively small and transport is getting better and better. Those visiting multiple countries can pass through here a few times making for some interesting trips.
The peninsula is easy, with affordable buses, trains and planes and relatively short distances. Sabah and Sarawak are also relatively easy to get around.The vast majority of visitors stick to the peninsula but Borneo is well worth the time and money to reach.
So much to see, so much to do. Thailand boasts some of the better public transport in the region so getting around can be fast and affordable. If time is limited, stick to one part of the country.
Long and thin, Vietnam looks straightforward, but the going is slow and the distances getting from A to B can really bite into a tight trip plan. If you're not on an open-ended trip, plan carefully.
This is where itinerary planning really becomes fun. Be sure to check up on our visa, border crossing and visa sections to make sure you're not trying to do the impossible. Also, remember you're planning a holiday -- not a military expedition.