I am new to this site and to forums. So please forgive me if I have poor forum etiquette!
My hubby and I are off on our honeymoon in Laos / Cambodia early September.
I have booked the flight to Luang Prabang and then the flight from LP to SR, but that is where i get stuck.
So, my itinerary thus far is :
Fly from Sydney to Bangkok - spend 1 night in BKK (was the best option in order to get to LP from Syd)
Fly BKK - Luang Prabang - 5 nights / days in LP
Fly LP - SR - 3 nights / 2.5 days in SR
Fly SR - Koh Rong Samloem
(via sihanoukville) - 4 nights / 4 days on KRS
Boat/bus to Kampot - 5 nights / 5 days in Kampot
Taxi to PP - 2 nights in PP
What do you think?
any suggestions or recommendations will be much appreciated.
Thanks so much!
It seems like an interesting cultural trip for a honeymoon. There is so much to explore in Siem Reap that I could see adding another night there. I'd consider taking it off the Kampot stay. I'm not sure what you plan to do in Kampot, the town itself is pretty for a sunset - but the best activities are just renting motorbikes and going around the countryside. Keep in mind, the roads are not a great quality, except for when you head up to the Bokor Highlands. If you just want to relax by the river, take a sunset boat ride and do a day trip up to Bokor I think 3 nights would be sufficient for the area.
I mentioned this to another honeymoon couple but as much a I enjoyed Cambodia, the KR period hangs over it still. It has this anguished feel to it - hard to explain. I would not go there for a honeymoon. I can kind of get Luang Prabang, but frankly you are blowing in and out of Thiland which is the most romantic destination (at least I think so) in SEA.
Thanks so much for your help Madmac and Caseyprich!
Caseyprich - that is a good call. After looking more into it, i agree it would be beneficial to stay in Siem Reap an extra night. I thought we coukd do a day trip out to Rabbit island, go to Bokor national park, Visit Kep for some crab, and just wander and relax a little.
Madmac - Thanks, Yeah we toyed with the idea of having the ultimate palm trees and coconuts romantic honeymoon, but decided against it. Maybe I shouldn't have called it a honeymoon? We have a few days on Koh Rong Samloem which will be our T/O.
Do you think 4 days / 4 nights on Koh Rong Samloem will be too much? There is NOTHING to do there which is kind of nice, but maybe one of those days is better spent elsewhere?? Do you have any opinion of the Island?
I'm afraid I can't comment on Koh Rong Samloem, but it is good to have one spot where you just relax and do nothing - especially on a honeymoon trip. My girlfriend and I had a longer stay on Phu Quoc - a much larger island with more to do - but we were staying at a very secluded spot. I think we spent six nights total and took one day trip to the main town and one day trip on a boat cruise - otherwise the rest of the time was sipping coffee and drinks, eating fresh seafood and relaxing on beautiful beaches. If you are going to be doing a lot in Siem Reap and then Kampot , why not take a break!
As for your plans in Kampot - they sound good. Keep in mind that Kep -Rabbit Island could be done in the same day trip, as you depart from Kep to Rabbit Island. The road between Kampot and Kep is terrible so rent a car if you want to relax (or do it as an organized tour). The only thing we saw worthwhile in Kep was the crab market for lunch - and you may be island-out by the time you get off Koh Rong, but Rabbit Island could be good for beach time as there isn't ocean around Kampot. Take Bokor detractors with a grain of salt, if you just want a break from Kampot and don't mind the construction on the top of the hill, it is a pleasant day trip. I highly recommend one of the sunset cruises up the river that can be arranged at a few of the restaurants in Kampot - very relaxing and pretty.
"Do you think 4 days / 4 nights on Koh Rong Samloem will be too much? There is NOTHING to do there which is kind of nice, but maybe one of those days is better spent elsewhere?? Do you have any opinion of the Island?"
I'm not much help on this either. I don't like the ocean much. I would go to Khong Chiam.
I'd definitely recommend Koh Rong Samloem for some R&R. If you're feeling active, you can trek across the island or do a bigger walk to the lighthouse. There's snorkelling and diving, plus just lounging around on the white sand beach at Saracen Bay or watching a beautiful sunset at Lazy Beach.
The poshest bungalows on the island are at Saracen Bay Resort, if you fancy a bit of luxury. All the resorts on Saracen Bay are in walking distance, so you can mix up the food and environment if you get bored of the first bit of beach. The Beach resort is good for socialising and parties.
To make the most of your stay, bring some super-strong repellant from back home that works against sand-flies. Bushman Extra/Super works a treat, I've found, just remember to put it on before hitting the beach. Nothing kills passion as quickly as an itchy new spouse!
I had a wonderful time doing the research for Koh Rong Samloem - check out the blog post and the accommodation feature, as well as the main listing. Hope you have as much fun as I did!