Im off to Thailand/Cambodia in 10 days, for 31 days.
I thought I should put my itinery up, and would welcome any comments you may have. I've lurked on this site for a while now, and most of my inspiration has come from here (and thorntree).
Bangkok - 2 nights
Kanchanaburi - 4 nights
Sangkhlaburi - 3 nights
Bangkok - 2 nights (fly to PP)
Phnom Penh - 2 nights
Siem Reap - 6 nights
Battambang - 3 nights
Chanthaburi - 1 night
Koh Chang - 5 nights
bangkok - 3 nights
We do want to take it farily slowly, especially given the wet season, so it may seem quite pedestrian to some.
Im particularly curious about anyones thoughts on Koh Chang - I've looked at weather maps, and am familiar with weather patterns during the wet season in SEA - im after some honest opinions - should we bother, or are we better going straight back to BKK from Battambang, then flying down to the Samui group for the same time? Are we going to just be watching rain in Koh Chang?
Any other problems you can see?
Thanks in advance,
#1 danallison has been a member since 22/6/2007. Posts: 1
i cant comment on the rest, as ive only been to a few of those destinations, but on the Koh Chang thing, personally i was there for 4 nights in july of last year. Out of the months travelling it was the one places i wish i hadnt gone to in all honesty. While i was there the rain was terrible (mid july) smoe days there was no let up at all. I also found that alot of the long term tourists and expats left the area to avoid the rain and come back towards autumn frmo people i spoke too. The places even when the rain lifted felt like it was half shut down for the low season even though the world cup was in full swing.
i guess some love it, some dont, i didnt and the weather and season where probably the cause.
You will get a lot of rain on Ko Chang that time of year. Ko Samet is still close to Bangkok but gets a lot less rain -- could be a better alternative than flying down to Samui. Only other comment is 6 nights in Siem Reap is a fair amount of time -- unless you have a particular interest in the temples.
#3 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,652
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I also think that 6 nights in Siem Reap is a bit much - we did the 3 day pass at Angkor and I would have skipped the 3th day in retrospect, lots of very bumpy and dusty travel - in your case very muddy - to reach Banteay Srei and almost non-existant Kdai Spean waterfall(Dec). The township itself isn't that exciting unless you fancy hanging out with the other travellers in Pub St for the cheap beer and sub-standard food - although there is a great Indian restaurant called Indian Gate down a lane off Pub St - sadly underpatronised; we ate there twice in 4 days. I'd spend an extra few nights in PP (there are some fantastic Khmer restaurants in PP - Lemongrass is one)
#5 marianwarren has been a member since 12/3/2006. Posts: 270