Where to add a day? Bangkok, Luang Prabang, or Siem Reap
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 13, 2013 7:00 PM Last Post By: hanno
Feb 7, 2013 8:47 AM
I have a free day which I am thinking adding to Siem Reap to visit Tonle Sap. But I wonder if I might be better off to stay in Bangkok or Luang Prabang longer. Since I haven't been to SEA, my main interests are in tourist sites: temples, markets, elephants, scenery, the usual. .
What do y'all think?
Feb 7, 2013 9:39 AM
Feb 7, 2013 1:12 PM
3Wow, three countries in a week or so. Maybe then just pop over to Hanoi for that spare day. But you've listed temples as your first interest, and if you mean ancient temples, then there are enough temples in Siem Reap/Angor Wat to last a week, and then if you're feeling templed out after a couple of days, then visit Tonle Sap for a change of scenery.
Feb 7, 2013 7:35 PM
4It's a crazy schedule, but it's your crazy schedule... I would not only use the spare day in Siem Reap, I would also take a day away from the 4 you are scheduling in Luang Prabang and tack that onto Siem Reap as well. That would give you 2 days in Bangkok, 3 in LP and 4 in Siem Reap. Luan Prabang is gorgeous and very relaxing, but has fewer temples (many pagodas in town) along with its night market and Palace museum - 3 days was more than enough for me when I visited.
A full four days in SR to take in the temples is not a stretch at all - my visit to Tonle Sap was a bit underwhelming and felt more touristy than any temple around SR. Mind you, if you really like elephants and wish to take mahout training over several days, you'll want to shift that extra day from SR back to LP.
Feb 8, 2013 12:43 PM
5As tickets for the temples are for one ($20), three ($40) or seven days I would add the extra day to SR.
But I agree, this is a rush. Bangkok alone can easily take up to 5 days to see.
Feb 9, 2013 3:45 PM
6I agree it's a bit of a rush but I am not counting the days I travel. I'm flying into Bangkok but plan to spend the least amount of time there.
Feb 9, 2013 4:29 PM
Feb 13, 2013 7:15 AM
8I'm beginning to agree with y'all and realize this itinerary is insane.
I have 10 days total, and would like to drop a destination from this trip. We are five people including three teenage kids.
Flying into BKK is the only restraint. We can fly between the destinations in SEA to save time. I am considering a new itinerary:
fly from JFK to BKK -- taxi to Hua Hin directly
Lay on the beach to recover from jetleg.
Stay in Hua Hin for 3 nights, day trips to Sam Roi Yot and Pranburi
Return to Bangkok for 2 nights
Fly to either Siem Reap or Luang Prabang or Chiang Mai for 4 additional nights
At this point, I am favoring Luang Prabang over Siem Reap or Chiang Mai because it's less crowded, has caves with budda on the Mekong, Kuang Si Fall and elephant rides.
If you have to pick a destination for 5 days in SEA outside of Bangkok where would you go? I've never been to the region and am open to anything, including places like Hong Kong, or Hanoi
Feb 13, 2013 1:26 PM
9Would still have to be Siem Reap for me: temples, nature, great restaurant and bar scene. It will be busy everywhere this time of the year.
Feb 13, 2013 2:18 PM
10another vote for SR. when I was there MrsGeer37 and I rented bicycles and rode down to Tonle Sap. it made for a nice day to break up the visits to Angkor. its an easy, flat ride- maybe 15km.
have a great trip
Feb 13, 2013 5:37 PM
11I'm re-reading my LP guide book on the Mekong region (northern Thai, Laos, and Cambodia). For some reason I can't picture SR beyond temples and the said bike trip. two days of temples (including a drive to Banteay Srey )are plenty in the heat for the kids, so that adds up to just three days. #8 may be you can comment a bit on the nature aspect of SR? In terms of food, I was told LP is better?
Feb 13, 2013 7:00 PM
12Siem Reap is a great destination for food now; the choice is mind-boggling.
For the kids (and adults):
Take a trip through the countryside by horse carriage.
See Angkor from above from the tethered Balloon.
Go for an elephant ride.
Take quad bikes.
The museum is the best in Cambodia (though guides are reluctant to take you there).
Watch an Apsara dance during dinner.
Visit the floating villages (choose wisely though).
Visit Koulen mountains (good birding).
Watch the sunset (NOT in Angkor).
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