Yes, another one
I'm just planning my second stay in Cambodia and i'm actually a bit lost already. Here's what i want to do:
I want to go from Laos (Pakse or 4000 Islands) to Ban Lung at the mid/end of october and stay there for 3 or 4 nights. After my stay in Ban Lung i want to stop in Kratie and Kampong Cham, until going either to the south or to Phnom Penh directly.
So my questions are mostly about staying in which place for how long:
Ban Lung - 3 or 4 nights ? Is this place really worth 4 nights, especially if you just spend two weeks in the northern Lao mountains ?
Kratie - 2 nights (or should i extend this ?)
Kampong Cham - 1 night (is there anything which would make a second night worth it?)
big question next: Should i go to Sihanoukville for 2 or 3 nights or not ? I enjoyed Kampot very much and i would like to go back to the coast, but i fear that SHV might be not my cup of tea
The itinerary ends in PP for 4 nights, where i want do one or two day trips out to Kampong Chnang or maybe to the flat east with a trail bike.
#1 3drazor has been a member since 13/10/2011. Posts: 16
Here is an idea for Ban Lung (outside of Ban Lung, actually, in the Voen Sai Protected Forest):
I haven't done that tour myself, but I've heard plenty of gibbons inside Virachey National Park, which is contiguous with the Voen Sai forest. Hearing gibbons in the wild is magical, and you might even get to spot them there (I spotted them in Virachey).
Could be really rainy in October, but Gibbon Spotting states that they do wet season treks.
Combine this with a day or two at the lake, and 4 nights won't be enough.
...and how could I forget to mention hanging out and drinking rice wine with the highlanders? Do Yok is an English-speaking Tampuan guide who can speak all of the minority languages. You can have a really memorable day out with him:
He just sent me an email saying that he is a single man again and that he will soon be making a trip to the local "magic woman" to have her perform a sacrifice for him. I am guessing he is trying to rid himself of some bad luck. I will have to find out what happen.