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17 days left in Cambodia...recommendations please

Posted by Dirtybelly on 22/8/2015 at 23:08

Hey I'm a solo female traveller, first time by myself. Just spent 3 nights in siem reap and on my way to battambang. I have 17 days left of travel in Cambodia. Really need some recommendations...

Flying from Phnom Penh to Vietnam on the tenth of September. So was hoping I could possibly save there for last....

Places I was thinking of going
Sianoukville plus the islands
Koh rong/ koh Kong
Phnom Penh

Looking to bus everywhere
Any advice or recommendations. All welcome
Need some help. Cheers 😀

#1 Dirtybelly has been a member since 22/8/2015. Posts: 4

Posted by Clay1963 on 23/8/2015 at 22:30

I have never been to Cambodia but this may help. https://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/cambodia-two-week-trip

Also, I see Kep and Kampot mentioned as fairly high-ranked places.

This a video of the bus ride from Battambang to Phnom Penh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUI-XjKZY80

I will be curious to hear about your trip. Thanks.

#2 Clay1963 has been a member since 16/8/2015. Posts: 21

Posted by Nickysullivan on 24/8/2015 at 07:55 TF writer

Hi Dirtybelly, for starters I'd really recommend coming back to Siem Reap for a few more days. I'm not sure what you got around to while you were here, but there's so much to see and do now that so many people miss out on because they don't spend enough time here. For a quick run through of some of the highlights, there's the circus -- it's amazing -- motor scooter or motorbike tours, food tours, hiking, cycling and canoeing to some gorgeous out of the way sites, there's a biodiversity conservation centre, zip lining, the best museum in Cambodia and, on top of all that, there's some amazing restaurants and bars to check out.

With that aside, Clay is right, Kampot and Kep are both gorgeous spots too. They each have their own character, super-laidback Kep is on the sea, with a small beach and not much to but unwind, while riverside Kampot is a little more lively, with some super bars and restaurants. Nearby there's Bokor Mountain to check out, or you could head upriver and really unwind in some out-of-the-way places.

If the sea is really your thing, then the islands off Sihanoukville are definitely worth the trip, though will be somewhat storm-bashed at this time of year. The rainstorms usually only arrive in the afternoons, and shouldn't last more than an hour so they don't really put a dampenor on your day, but it does mean that the islands will be quieter than normal.

Phnom Penh is a phenomenally lively city, with so many bars, restaurants, cafes and art galleries to check out, you'd be quite dazed. While it's sometimes criticised as a tourist destination for not having as much to offer, there is plenty there for foodies, culture vultures, as well as for straight-up tourists. If that's your thing, I'd recommend giving it three days, bringing a good book, and booking some extra gym time for when you get home.

The above is very broad-stroke but if you let me know what you like, I can give a more detailed idea.


#3 Nickysullivan has been a member since 9/2/2015. Posts: 8

Posted by Dirtybelly on 25/8/2015 at 04:56

Hey thanks guys, really helpful!
Catching the night bus from battambang all the way to Sianoukville tonight
I'm planning on doing the islands and hopefully a national park... Then heading onto kampot and then kep
Maybe something in the middle before I head to Phnom Penh. Not sure how much time I'll spend everywhere yet.

#4 Dirtybelly has been a member since 22/8/2015. Posts: 4

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