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Need to figure out how to spend 10 nights

Posted by Bear on 13/1/2010 at 01:37

Hello all,

After spending some time in the Thai islands, my husband and I will have 10 nights to get ourselves to Siem Reap for our departure flight. (He'll be continuing his 6 week trip. I'll be going back to work.) Based on my research so far, we will probably want to split those 10 nights amongst 2 cities/towns/areas. We've never been to SE Asia before, so this is all new to us. We enjoy hiking, cafes, historical sites, food, and meeting locals and other travelers. Not so much into the nightlife or adventure sports. I realize that we'll probably be taking expensive flights between these areas, but we sadly don't have the luxury of time.

Here is the rough itinerary:
5 nights in Luang Prabrang
5 nights in Siem Reap

With some possible trips out of LP and SR:
1-2 nights in Nong Kiaow
1-2 nights in Battambang

I am wondering if I should attempt to add a third city (and possibly subtract trips to Non Kiaow or Battambang) so we can visit either Vientiane or Phnom Penh. Getting to either of these places will probably cost a day of transit (although I do enjoy the view from buses). What do you think of the tradeo ff of adding one of these cities, but making the trip somewhat more rushed/hurried? Would it be worth it? The last thing I want to do is too much or become exhausted by constant transit.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance for any insight.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/1/2010 at 08:42 admin

I'm a big fan of Battambang -- but an even bigger one of Phnom Penh -- so I'd stick with the original plan there -- esp given your interests.

The Vientiane / Nong KHiaow one is more tricky though -- if I had to choose I'd probably go with the latter and save Vientiane for another time. Mainly because the other three spots are all sizeable towns/cities -- would be nice to get into a smaller spot.

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Posted by Bear on 13/1/2010 at 08:58

Thank you for the reply. I like your reasoning regarding Nong Kiaow. Having never been to this area before, I'd like to see a sampling of the area. Combining Luang Prabrang and Non Kiaow makes sense. Thanks!

(I'm going to take the discussion of Battambang and Phnom Penh to the Cambodia board.)

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