I am looking to spend a week in Laos and Cambodia in July 2013. I was thinking Luang Prabang and Siem Riep. My initial departure will be out of Bangkok. After I am planning on going to Koh Samui in Thailand. Since I only have a short period of time, I will fly to each location. Does this timeline seem doable? If so, do you have any suggestions whether I should visit Luang Prabang or Siem Riep first?
Thanks for the assistance!
#1 melig has been a member since 22/3/2013. Posts: 8
I had a lot of fun in Siem Reap so if you can go I would definitely recommend it. The Angkor ruins are amazing! Also the night life is fun, there is something for everyone (Angkor What?). Also, I spent about $8 US for a food tour that took around 2 hours it was amazing! The guide took us to the market and we even at some crickets. Luang Prabang was nice but I didnt find much to do beyond the night market and early morning monk ceremony, there are shrines and temples everywhere though if that is your thing. There is an airport in Luang Prabang, I don't know about Siem Reap. As for can you do it in a week, sure you can flash pack it but you will miss a lot of things. It may be better to just pick one?
Anyway, just my two sense. Enjoy.
If you only have one week, I think to focus on one country makes more sense (and will probably be a bit cheaper).
A bus trip from SR to PP is about 6 hours - it's an OK busride, comfort-wise, and will give you a glimpse of rural life as you drive by. Spending the time in Cambodia only will give you a slightly more indepth appreciation of Khmer culture rather than a fleeting glimpse of two cultures.
To be fair, I found Siem Reap for more interesting than Luang Prabang.
I spent about 4 days in Phnom Phen it was ok but to be fair I usually do not enjoy the big cities (didnt like Manila or Bangkok either), there are many things to do there though. I was touring Cambodia on an old China Z-Hero motor bike and in the cities the cops harassed me all the time by pulling me over and making me pay fines (bribes). Just outside of Phnom Phen there is a Pagoda where they placed many remains from the Khmer Rogue killings, you can also see one of the killing sites. Its a piece of history that not every body knows about. I also took a tour of the Royal Palace and that was just OK. To be honest it really just depends on what you want to do. If you just want to see many places then flash pack it (stay only 1-2 nights in one place). If there is something specific like culture or history or a party lifestyle that you want to experience let me know and I can give you better directions. One thing I will say is be careful of thieves. I have been all over the world and the only place I have ever had anything stolen from me was in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Riding my bike and my friend had her purse strings cut by two guys cruising next to us. Literally happened in seconds.