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help please-angkor wat and killing fields

Posted by rachrua on 23/11/2009 at 06:09

Hey, im starting to feel really cheeky asking you guys to keep helping me with my itineraries, But i'm just tryin to plan my trip properly, and this site is so helpful because of your collective wisdom! We are spending a week give or take a day if needs be, in each country we visit during our 5 weeks in asia. I'm looking into cambodia at the moment and narrowed our 'must sees' down to Angkor wat and the killing fields near phnom penh. Does anyone know how long it takes to travel between the two, and do you have any suggestions as to what we might be able to fit in during our stay, keeping in mind we are trying to take the advice that everyone gives to try to see less and enjoy the trip rather than spend our time sitting on busses. (we'll be coming from vietnam and heading after cambodia to thailand) Thanks again, Rachel xxx

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Posted by travel22jb on 23/11/2009 at 07:04

Plan on taking a boat from PP to Siem Reap about 5 hours.

Would not plan but a couple days in PP and the rest in Siem Reap.

If you need a driver while there, I have the name of a great guy. I just returned from a week there two weeks ago.

He will take you to some of the more remote places as well as the tourist places. And Siem Reap is just a small place if you stay somewhere near the old market area.

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Posted by rachrua on 23/11/2009 at 19:16

thanks so much for your advice, im so sorry to ask all these questions but why do you recommend a 5 hour boat trip over flying? you obviously think its worth it, but what kind of boat is it and what do you do on board for that long? on a google map i can see a big lake so i presume thats where the boat travels but where do you get the boat from? Why do you recommend spending longer in seim reap than phnom penh? did you visit any national parks? i'm really into wildlife, is there anything near by thats worth a trip? And yes if you have contact info for a trustworthy driver/guide that would be brilliant! thanks again for your time xxx

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Posted by somtam2000 on 24/11/2009 at 07:10 admin


If you don't fly there are two options -- bus or boat. Most people try the boat at least once as it is very scenic at the start and end of the trip. People tend to sit on the roof of the boat as inside it gets fumey. However the bus is faster and a third of the price. Or, as you say you can fly.

In Phnom Penh I'd recommend seeing Tuol Sleng, the National Museum and the Killing Fields at a minimum -- you need at least two days to do that at a comfortable pace. You may also be interested in the Wildlife Centre which you can read more about here:


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