We are planning a 4 weeks trip to Cambodia this january.
Our current plan (days are full days, in between are travel-days by bus, flying from and to BKK):
BKK - PP (3 days) - Kratie (1 day) - Banlung (1 day) - Kratie - Siem Reap (3 days) - Battambang (1 day) - Koh Kong (2 days) - Sihanoukville (1 day) - Koh Rong (3 days) - PP - BKK
Would very much appreciate feedback and suggestions.
Do you think this is a realistic plan?
How to fit in Kampot, maybe as a day trip from Sihanouk?
We were considering leaving to Thailand overland but do not want to travel back and forth to PP.
Thanks in advance!
#1 zajets has been a member since 10/12/2006. Posts: 7
koh kong is a bit of a detour and best to do after sihanoukville on way back to Thailand where you can exit via Trat and bus straight to bangkok
personally give me Kampot everyday to sianoukville but each to his or her own
between Sianoukville (and Phnom Phen) is the village of Chi Phat in the Cardamon mountains which you might enjoy
Ratanakiri / Banlung is very far to travel to then stay for only 1 day, so you should really give it at least 3 days unless you want to be jumping back on a bus for another excruciatingly long and bumpy journey back to Phnom Penh after just 1 night.
Another thing is that you should think about spending a little more time in fewer places, rather than trying to squeeze as many locations in as possible. Otherwise you will be spending about half your trip waiting for buses, on long bus rides, getting tuktuks from bus stations into town, looking around for accommodation, packing, unpacking etc. You should consider that each time you change location will take up at the very least half a day.
Also, if you are travelling by bus from Bangkok to Cambodia, it would make a lot more sense to stop in Siem Reap first. The route you have set out above involves backtracking a good bit, so my suggestion would be to do a rough loop of the country from northwest going east, with an excursion up to Ratanakiri in the northeast, then south into Phnom Penh then onwards to Kampot , S'ville and back west to Bangkok.
So it would look something like this: Bkk - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh - Kratie(?) - Banlung - Phnom Penh - Kampot - Sihanoukville - Koh Rong - Bkk (bus from Sihanoukville, through Koh Kong and into Thailand).
You should consider leaving out Koh Kong and Battambang, and possibly Kratie, since fitting these locations in will give you less time to relax in the other locations and add considerably to your travel time.
I like Kratie and it would be ashameto miss it.
It may bepossible to catchbus from Siem reip to Kratiedirectsomiss out an o/n in PhnomPhenbut certainly the bus goes to Kampong Cham which would make a good overnightstop andpick up the bus to Banlung there(book it in advance) and back to Kratie
I should have said you are unlikely to be ableto travel directfrom Batambang to Koh Kong as thereis no regular transport
Thanks guys, we are reconsidering...
Would not like to skip Battambang though because we have a soft spot for second underhyped cities.
Route adjustment: from Battambang back to PP (in time for the Our City Festival !) and than travel coast upward towards Thailand.
Recent info about the busroute Kratie - Siem Reap very welcome.
#5 zajets has been a member since 10/12/2006. Posts: 7