I don't really need an extensive amount of time in Cambodia but just enough to see a few places, take a few pics and move on the next stop. SR, Sville and PP are the places I plan on going to. So I guess muy question is, is 4 or 5 days (6 max) enough to see these places?
Only if you cut it down to 2 locations. For your purposes of breezing through and snapping a few pics, skip Sville; it won't be worth the travel time to get there. Allow 3 days in Siem Reap, 1 day travel time, and 2-3 days in PP.
So Sihanoukville is it worth a visit? I don't expect to see the WHOLE CAMBODIA in a week but Siem Reap, Phnom Pehn and Sihanoukville 2 days each should be sufficent or at least I would hope so. Time really isn't that important to me on this trip but I would like to keep my days in Cambodia to at least a week, I still have about three more weeks after that to see other locations, Laos being one of them.
Hey, when you get to PP (or even before for airport pick-up) and you need a tuk tuk call my buddy "Polo". Great dude, honest and he'll help you to get the most out of your time. His mobile is 012 454 842.
I originally planned a week or two in Cambodia on my first trip. That was about 5 years ago. I stay every every time I go to Asia. There is something about the place that has captured me...
@altmtl - I hear ya dude. But buddy only wants to fly through and snap some pics. Clearly it is just a "hey, been there - saw that, got my passport stamp" kind of thing.
2 days in PP...killing fields, S21, Palace...1 day travel to SR... 2 days there...Angkor, pub street... 1 day for travelling out. Possible.
Not my way of doing things either but it is about what AoA wants to do and not us. If this is AoA's wish to travel this way then he/she can have at it.
hahaha thanks for the replies but its not just a "hey been there type trip just for passport stamps" hahaha becuase I can stay 4 weeks in Cambodia if I wanted but I just wanted to get a breif intruduction to the place I don't want to write a book about it and if I like it then I WILL BE BACK, many times. It's just I have a few other spots I plan on spending way more time in than Cambodia I guess it all depends on how I feel when I get there. If I get there and I like then I will stay more than a week if I think it's soso then I'll do my week and go on about my way but if (and Idoubt it but if) I don't like it for some unforeseen reason then I'll do about 3 or 4 days knock off one of then 3 places just do 2 and go.
"Siem Reap, Phnom Pehn and Sihanoukville 2 days each should be sufficent or at least I would hope so."
But you've not allowed for travel time....I'm with the 'stick to 2 places' crew.
Another quick question I just came up with, is what is the chances I will find any good vegetarian restaurants in Cambodia. I know there may be some dishes available on most menus but is there any dedicated vegetarian restaurants in the area?
Check the Cambodia blog on this site, there's a couple of articles about veggie eating:
Regarding your timetable, you do need to allow for travel time and the possibility of being tired and not knowing your way around when you arrive. If you're not going to book accommodation in advance, that can also take up time, especially if you have a budget to stick to. I spent three days just visiting Angkor Wat and spending some time in SR town, and that was without even visiting the Tonle Sap.