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How to get the best out of 21 nights

Posted by John67 on 17/12/2011 at 07:11


I'm just about to start trawling through all the threads but what I'd like is a little advice on how to get the best out of 21 nights solotarvel in Cambodia in Feb 2012.

I arrive mid morning in in Phnom Penh so perhaps this will be enough to explore the city. I'd like to see the killing fields, Siam Reap a little trekking and some beach time. My main concern is not spending too long in one place and taking on too much. It seems there cld be a lot of back tracking to get around.

Anway any suggestions ?



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Posted by eastwest on 18/12/2011 at 01:36

A little backtracking is unavoidable but it won't really spoil your time.

You can roughly do something like this:

Spend 9 days in the north and make a loop around Tonle Sap lake. Go up to Siem Reap via eastern side in 1 day on the bus, spend a few days in Siem Reap, go back to PP via western side and spend a few days in Battambang .

Other 9 days you can make a loop in the south. Start with Sihanoukville and an island for a few days, then move to Kep/Kampot for another couple of days. From there back to PP. Or the other way around of course.

The other days can be spend in PP spread out over 3 visits.

If you want something more off the beaten track you can skip Battambang and go for a few days to Mondulkiri or Rattanakiri if you prefer more nature.

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Posted by beatgirl98 on 18/12/2011 at 16:13

That's pretty much exactly what I was going to say. Factor in a day's travel between the big towns - or get night buses if you really want to save on time!

You could trek in Koh Kong - I didn't go there but I get the impression it's a bit less visited than Mondulkiri/ Rattanakiri (both of which are really nice) and it's accessible via Sihanoukville - where the beaches are.

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Posted by John67 on 19/12/2011 at 04:44

Thanks for the replies. I will concentrate my research around these rough plans which I think will give me what I'm looking for.

Thanks again


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Posted by Synak on 20/12/2011 at 20:43

21days luck you! What a wonderful country.

I have just come back from an amazing trip in Cambodia with my girlfriend. We spent the last three weeks exploring so much of the country, we are independent travelers but this time we wanted to treat ourselves.

After our trip I would suggest splitting your time in 3, spending a week in Siem Reap exploring the temples, a week on the coast relaxing in Kep and Rabbit Island and then a little bit of a party in Sihanoukville.

Then if you feel a little adventurous then go to Mondulkiri, elephant trekking,stopping off at Kratie to see the fabulous Irrawaddy Dolphins then back to Phnom Penh before flying home.

We had such an adventure but if you're planning this on your own then there is no chance of seeing all of this and I would definitely recommend getting in touch with the company we traveled with 'See Cambodia Differently'.

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Posted by inspiredbykrissi on 21/12/2011 at 00:03

Keep your eyes open and peeled for opportunity, learn some basic Khmer and if you want a real experience try and head eastwards.

PS Eat some bugs too :)

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Posted by John67 on 13/1/2012 at 13:35

Hi again,
This is the first draft so thoughts please
Day 1 & 2 Arrive am in PP so sightseeing and Killing fields next day.
Day 3, 4, 5 & 6 Travel to S.R temples for 2 days and lake.
Day 7 back to PP
Day 8, 9 & 10 Travel to Mondulkiri,2 day trek can I arrange this on the day I arrive there?

Day 11 back to PP

Day 12 – 18 in no particular order, Kep, Kampot Sihanoukville & islands to have some fun!

Day 20 back to PP

Day 21 Up early and flights home

I did want to do some trekking but I’m not so sure two days of travel merit the trip to Mondulkiri but opinions please? I don’t want to lug my hiking boots around for 3 weeks just for a couple of days trekking but what are the conditions like in Feb?

Does it take all day to travel between PP and S.R & PP & Mondulkiri? Sihanoukville etc. and can travel be easily arranged on the hoof. Thanks John

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Posted by lmacka on 14/1/2012 at 19:03

PP to SR is 5 or 6 hours by bus. PP to SHV is around 4 hours. One of the best ways to travel is the night bus that goes between SR and SHV. Leaves around 8:30pm and arrives at its destination just after 6am - very handy because you don't lose a day (although you'll want to have a chilled day after the trip!).

When you're in Sihanoukville, come check out the islands. Don't make the same mistake as many other travellers though and go to Bamboo island - it's pretty terrible these days.

See link below for trips to Koh Ta Kiev, a much nicer island!

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