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Itinerary ideas

Posted by Joshq on 5/4/2009 at 16:40

Hey guys

I am currently booking my trip and have hit a dead end with organising my cambodian leg of the trip. Basically, I am going to be coming from Bangkok in early-mid july on my way overland to HCMC.

I will have about 2 weeks to get to Vietnam. Firstly - is it possible? I know it's not a huge amount of time... any ideas and advice would be great

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Posted by Lother on 5/4/2009 at 18:04

Sure, it's possible. You'll probably want to see Angkor, so about getting from Bangkok to Siem Reap, see

For other ideas about places to see in Cambodia, see

Personally, if I had 2 weeks and were going to Cambodia for the first time (in July), I think I'd spend maybe 3-4 days in Siem Reap, 4-5 in some smaller places like Battambang, Kompong Chhnang or Kompong Cham and a few days in Phnom Penh . From Phnom Penh you can take the bus straight to HCMC or take the boat to Chau Doc right on the Vietnamese side of the border.

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Posted by Joshq on 6/4/2009 at 05:42

Thanks for the advice Lother. I think I will do a very similar route to what you suggested. Bangkok - Siem Reap - Battambang - Kompong Chhnang - Phnom Penh and then the boat to Chau Doc.

Being wet season, how much will travel between destinations impact timing etc?

Would anyone recommend the boat to Chau Doc?

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Posted by Lother on 6/4/2009 at 12:52

I have yet to try to boat (until this June, that is!), so can't comment more on that.

But I did travel around Cambodia last July, and the wet season didn't really
affect the travel times much. Of course if there's suddenly a lot of rain, places will flood (saw this a couple of times in Phnom Penh) and you may be stuck somewhere for a while, but in general the main roads between the places mentioned are paved and in pretty good shape, so buses can and do travel at pretty high speeds even during pouring rain. The road from the border to Siem Reap may be a bit of an exception, as I understand parts of it are still in pretty poor shape.

Overall, the wet season is more like strong, short showers in the afternoon than continuous rain all day. And Angkor is definitely more impressive when it's wet, too.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 7/4/2009 at 16:26 admin

The boat trip from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc is a great trip -- especially the last couple of hours weaving through the rivers and canals from the border to Chau Doc proper -- I highly recommend it.

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Posted by Joshq on 7/4/2009 at 18:02

Thanks for the advice guys. This website has proven to be extremely useful leading up to my trip...and an even better disctraction from work!! Cheers

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