9 days in Cambodia
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Oct 25, 2012 2:54 AM Last Post By: Justin23
Sep 23, 2012 8:32 PM
9 days in CambodiaI'm looking at travelling to Cambodia for 9 days only over the xmas/NY period. I have a day for arrival; and departure ie 11 days total.
I'm thinking of 4 days in Siem Reap, 3 days in Phnom Penh and 2 days in Battambang. Note I fly in and out of Phnom Penh.
Seems reasonable to me, would like to fit more in, but don't want to spend the time travelling, so if there is an alternative to Battambang let me know. Was thinking of Kampot.
Sep 24, 2012 4:45 AM
Sep 24, 2012 4:40 PM
2Well I'm not a relaxing on a beach person, which is why Sihanoukville and Kampot are not a priority.
I'm planning to mostly cycle around Ankor Wat area for a few days.
Great photograpohic locations are welcome as well.
Yes love history and temples, but don't want to spend the whole time looking at temples.
Any suggestions for wildlife experiences, or cooking classes (just the typical 1/2 or full day class is fine), would be appreciated. I have the LP so going through it.
9 full days is not enough, but its really just using some enforced leave i need to take.
Sep 24, 2012 6:45 PM
3In SR, apart from the temple complexes, you could visit:
- war museum (a collection of weapons many used during various wars in Cambodia)
- land mine museum (a collection of land mines from around the world)
- cultural village (a recreation of a tribal village - not sure how accurate it is)
- crocodile farm
- artisans de angkor (an art community where wood; silk; stone; etc. are carved into utensils & memorabillia - I found it interesting)
- Tonle Sap (the floating village - you take a boat for a tour - it will cost you about US$20 for the ticket)
Be aware it will take you about 6 hours to ride from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap & vice-versa. The roads are busy and not in the best condition but they are being upgraded.
Sep 24, 2012 8:25 PM
Sep 25, 2012 4:47 AM
5I like Chi Phat in the cardomon mountains (cambodia) Accomodation very cheap and the food with the family I stayed with was to die for and the people were all very friendly. I am sure that someone in the village would give cooking lessons
See also for other places but I have not stayed in them
Sep 25, 2012 4:33 PM
7thx for the tips. Looking at them both now. I think getting to and from Chi Phat may be the biggest issue regarding time. Time is always the issue of course. I could spend a month in Cambodia and not see everything i wanted to see.
Sep 26, 2012 4:02 AM
8Getting to Chi Phat from PP will take 4 - 5 hours not much longer than Kampot and they are geared up for booking the bus to pick you up on the way back - I do not know if they still do but the buses used to pass the airport in PP
personally I would spend less time in PP and enjoy the contrast of Siem reap and Chi Phat (or Kampot)
Sep 26, 2012 4:46 AM
9Batttambang is quite plesant and there are things to do there and the surrounding area. There are nicer places to visit but it's on the way to PP from SR. If you try to do a side trip from PP such as Kompot or the Cardamon Mtns. (which are both grea places)you will essentially be loosing the better part of a day traveling in each direction. Your itinerary sounds good as it is. Don't try to cram in too much and end up spending a lot more time on a bus...or waiting for one.
Sep 26, 2012 1:31 PM
10Just wanted to add....depending on what time your flights are and how much energy you have after arriving, you may have time to see some of the PP stuff on those days. The museum and Royal Palace are both good and can each be done in an hour or 2 (imo). Many people love PP but personally it doesn't do much for me.You may want to consider knocking off a day there and use it somewhere else.
Sep 26, 2012 4:36 PM
11Yeah the flight to PP arrives midday and departs midday as well. So for departure i want to be back in PP the night before. For arrival, I have a half day and then a full day and I'm off to Siem Reap, so i don't think its too much time. obviously travel time is what i'm trying to minimise thus the suggested itinerary. I have looked at flying out of Siem Reap, but I can't get flights that connect to my Singapore flight back to Australia.
Also I want 3 full days in Angkor Wat basically for photographic reasons, a chance to visit the lesser known temples, as well as not jumping on buses too much either.
I am still looking at the Chi Phat option by cutting out the full day in PP at the beginning.....
Sep 27, 2012 4:54 AM
Oct 15, 2012 5:29 PM
13SEAJack, thanks for the advice.
So far i have a day and a half in Phnom Penh, travel to Siem Reap. 3 full days in Siem Reap. Then 4 days to spare of which the last day I need to get back to Phnom Penh for a flight the next day.
Given I'm planning to visit the main sites in Phnom Penh including Choeung Ek, i think a day and a half plus maybe a half day at the end of the trip is plenty. I think 3 full days at Siem Reap is plenty as well. Mostly wanted to be there for a few sunsets/sunrises to get some good photos. I have a few books on it, so researching temples now.
I'm planning to hire a bicycle to get around, although if people suggest hiring a guide on a moto i might do that for the temples further away.
Still unsure whether to include Battambang or not, but would like to see the bamboo railway. Its really a highlights of Cambodia trip so not trying to fit too much in...
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