Photo: Within the grounds of the Royal Palace.

Cambodia forum

Itinerary-how-to....

Posted by amz155 on 1/9/2006 at 03:28

Hello,

Travelling FROM Si Phan Don in Laos we would like to spend time in Phenom Penh, Siem Reap and perhaps Sihanoukville if we have the time. We will most likely fly back to BKK from PP (Air Asia doesn't fly from SR) instead of travelling overland back to BKK (seems like it would take 1 full day). What would be the best route to accomplish this? Have considered
1) overland thru Stung Treng-Kratie (4000 islands to PP in one day) and
2) travelling back to Pakse and flying to Siem Reap --for this we'd have to buy a Discovery Airpass for all our flights to be affordable but if we did we could fly back to BKK from either SR or PP

What would you recommend to save time between places and how much time do you think we'd need for the route?

Thanks!

#1 amz155 has been a member since 30/8/2006. Posts: 111

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/9/2006 at 03:49 admin

Hi amz155,

Welcome to Travelfish!

You can easily do Si Phan Don to Phnom Penh in a full day of travel. Travelling from Siem Reap to Phom Penh takes around 4 hours. So you could go Si Phan Don to Phnom Penh, go down to explore Sihanoukville (around 3-4 hours each way) then back to PP before boat or bus to SR. See Angkor then return to PP by bus for an AirAsia flight out of Phnom Penh.

Travelling back to Pakse is also a good option as even from Don Dhet that trip is only going to take a couple of hours - so you could fly Pakse to Siem Reap, then bus / boat to Phnom Penh, perhaps with a side trip to Sihanoukville, then out with a flight to Bangkok

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,568
 Where has somtam2000 been?   Website   Twitter   Facebook    Flickr    Google+   Instagram   Pinterest 


Posted by amz155 on 1/9/2006 at 03:59

Thanks for your quick and detailed reply!

So as for the SPD-PP part, would you recommend that I purchase travel from SPD to Stung Treng and then in ST find transport to PP? Or should we book the entire route from SPD--I've heard this is not the cheapest way to do it.

As for my route decision, I guess it will come down to funds....which means that flying will probably not be an option :(

Also still deciding between Snookyville and Ko Samet (which we could get to from Siem Reap I think in one day). Any opinion on that decision?

#3 amz155 has been a member since 30/8/2006. Posts: 111

Posted by somtam2000 on 1/9/2006 at 04:21 admin

No problem!

If you buy through transport from Si Phan Don to Phnom Penh is works ou cheaper but there's been quite a few moans and comlaints about these services -- once you get to Stung Treng it is easy as pie to jump in a share taxi and continue south to Phnom Penh and it will be faster -- but it will cost a little more -- maybe a couple of dollars more...

Between Sanooky and Samet it depends on the time of year you're going -- right now the weather in Sanooky is most likely vile, but later in the year it will be fine.

Samet hands down has nicer beaches.

You can get from SR to Samet in a day, but its a long day, and if you're late out of SR or delayed at the border, you'll miss the last regular boat and unless you're willing to cough up for a speedboat you'll need to overnight in Ban Phe (not the end of the world).

#4 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,568
 Where has somtam2000 been?   Website   Twitter   Facebook    Flickr    Google+   Instagram   Pinterest 

Posted by amz155 on 1/9/2006 at 04:32

thanks again, this gives me something to think about. have to look at itinerary and see if we have time for the beach....

#5 amz155 has been a member since 30/8/2006. Posts: 111


Please login to add a reply

You need to be a Travelfish member to be able to add a reply to this post. Please use the button below to log in. After logging in you'll be returned to this page automatically to add your post. Not a member? Join up here.