Need advice on short trip to Pakse or North Laos or Cambodia?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Dec 4, 2012 2:58 PM Last Post By: Dale164
Nov 14, 2012 3:00 PM
I really need some advice: Will be in Bangkok early January and only have time for a short trip (5-6 days) somehwere in Laos or Cambodia.
I was thinking around Pakse, and Si Phan Don. I guess my question is is this doable in such a short timespan if I fly in? What itinerary would you suggest around Pakse? Is Si Phan Don too far from Pakse? Should we include Wat Phu? Basically what's the best way to do this?
I have only been to Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos previously. Really loved LP, but have heard it has changed and developed a lot the last few years? Would you guys suggest flying to LP and going north 6 days instead? Where and how?
Or would someone suggest a 5-6 day destination (I have been to Angkor and PP) in Cambodia? Where? (Not the beach)
Hope you get the drift of this: Looking for a suggestion of a nice 6 day destination in Laos or Cambodia that is doable from Bangkok (wiling to fly).
Thanks a lot guys.
Nov 14, 2012 11:44 PM
Nov 15, 2012 1:53 AM
Nov 15, 2012 2:16 PM
Nov 15, 2012 7:35 PM
4It's a piece o' cake to get from Champasak to the islands. If you stay in Champasak, you can take the boat across the river (departs at Anux guesthouse) at 8:00am, then froa samll bus to the port, then 15 km to Ban Nakasang. From Ban Nakasang, you have to cross the river to the island you want- pick form Don Det (has the most bungalows, partiers places to eat), Don Kone (quieter, cool stuff to do) or Kon Khong (large island, doesn't get many tourists). I have stayed on all on several different trips, and woudl suggest you stay on Don Det for a few nights, it is very easy to cycle across to Don Kone & explore for the day. Read the Travelfish online guide for what's to do there. Here's the link
At the end of your stay, go to Don Khong and stay there one night. I love the solitude of the place and you can easily rent a bicycle and explore. From there you can catch a bus back to Pakse (bus crosses over on ferry).
Nov 17, 2012 6:40 AM
Nov 19, 2012 12:53 AM
6Kep is famous for crab, it also has a small beach (not special), there are some islands off the coast, one Rabbit Island you can stay on in basic rooms. Kampot is famous for pepper, some of the world best pepper is grown around there. It is a pleasant small laid-back town, not on the coast but on a river, you can do treks to Bokor from there, salt and pepper tours, countryside around there is pictureque. Kampot is about 3.5 hours from PP by bus. Here is some more info. on Kampot: http://wikitravel.org/en/Kampot
Edited by: Herbie47
Dec 4, 2012 2:58 PM
7I spent about 4 days recently in Pakse and the Bolaven plateau. Its was a part of Laos that I not been to, but to be honest, I did not find it as interesting as other places in central and northern Laos. I thought the countryside was fairly bland and the people seemed a bit unfriendly too.
Earlier on this trip I was in Cambodia and I particularly liked the area around Kampot. The town itself is nice, but I really enjoyed spending a few days meeting people out in the countryside.
Another option would be to fly or bus to from Bangkok to Trat and then cross over to Koh Kong in eatern Cambodia and explore around that area.
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