My husband and I are planning a few weeks in Thailand, Laos & Cambodia in October, and we're a bit stuck on the last week. We will have already spent time in Thailand and are visiting Luang Prabang for Boun Ok Phonsa (in mid October). We then have a week to get back to Bangkok, and would like to get to Siem Reap , but do not want to spend the whole week there. The challenge is that it seems we don't have quite enough time to fit in another far-flung destination that requires a whole day of travel (like Vang Vieng, Si Phan Don, or Battambang).
Does anyone have recommendations for places to visit that feel a bit more off the beaten path either nearby or on the way between Luang Prabang, Siem Reap and Bangkok?
#1JGBR has been a member since 14/9/2016. Posts: 1
Battambang would have been my first suggestion from Siem Reap. Another one worth considering is Banteay Chhmar as you can stay in a homestay there and experience something closer to traditional Khmer village life.
Alternatively perhaps Nong Kiaow from Luang Prabang?
Or, given you'll be in Bangkok, you could head west for a few days to Kanchanaburi or, without going too far, experience canal-side life at Amphawa - which is virtually a part of Bangkok?
All of these would be good sidetrips for a couple of nights...
#2somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,062