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1. Posted by dstewart_o (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

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Im hoping to do cambodia for 8 days.

I have been told 3 day passes to angor is good enough.

Hoping to get down to Sihanoukville as well.

will all this be enough time? with the travelling in between.

or am i leaving myself short?

2. Posted by ghoshps (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hi,

I think that you can see lots of places in eight days. But you may see only Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Here below is suggested schedule:

Day 1

Arrive at Phnom Penh. Take a cab from airport to city at $7/.

On that day, you may visit National Museum and Wat Phnom. Spend time in the evening at River front, visit Independence Monument, Markets and generally roam around the city. We hired a tuktuk for 2 hours and saw the city aimlessly, I liked it.

Day 2

Visit Royal Palace early in the morning. Light is right for photography in the morning. All major structures are East facing.

Then go to Tuel Sleng Museum and visit Killing Fields.

Day 3

Move to Siem Reap. Book your tickets in advance by Mekong Express bus service ($6 per person)or hire a Pajero. We paid $140 for Pajero in last December. Mekong Express, I am told, is comfortable, but we just wanted to travel at our own pace.

You will reach Siem Reap around lunch. Arrange for next three days trip to Angkar area, both car and guide. It is optimum time to see Angkar. We had a very nice Enlish speaking guide, Luon Vanna -snip-. He arranges for car also. There is a standard rate for guide and car, $20 for guide, $20 for Camary, $35 for a van. 3 days pass to Angkar is $40 per person, no charge for child below 12 years.

You can visit Siem Reap Market on that day evening, particularly Psar Cha (Old Market).

If you buy Angkar tickets for next day, they will allow you to see sun set on that day. Can see sun set from Phnom Bakheng or Angkar Wat. Watch a sun rise from Angkar Wat also. You can keep these for later days when, in any case, you will go to Angkar area.

Day 4 to Day 6

Keep these days for guided Angkar trip.

Day 7

You can use this day to take a full day trip to Tonle Sap bioshere park.

Day 8

Leave Siem Reap.

Trust this will be of some help to you.

Have a nice trip

PARTHA

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3. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 10y

If you're just doing Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, that's ample. Throwing in anything else is probably overextending yourself because roads and transportation are unreliable, although the roads are fair enough outside of monsoon, just not well maintained.

I'd really consider just getting a tuk tuk or even renting bikes (if you're in good shape) for Angkor. An air conditioned car really isn't all that different from the breeze on a tuk tuk (or bike, for that matter). Tuk tuks are usually $12 for the whole day, and bikes can either be had for free from your hotel, depending on where you stay, or for just a dollar or two. Everything there is in American dollars, BTW.

Bopha Angkor is probably the best place in town for both accommodation and food, unless you want a luxury hotel (no thanks!). La Villa Loti, which is close to the road out to Angkor, is another good place, done up in colony style.

A three-day pass is best utilized by taking the day *before* you get your pass to see the sunset inside the park. It's free after 4:00 (?). Most hotels will be glad to help arrange a ride for you to get out there.

BTW, there is now a required $3 fee with your pass for a "free" map of Angkor, which is oddly but conveniently just like the ones that EVERY hotel in town passes out...

4. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

BTW, there is now a required $3 fee with your pass for a "free" map of Angkor, which is oddly but conveniently just like the ones that EVERY hotel in town passes out...

But some says it's for free...whatever...just download the e-map and print it out!

5. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 10y

My suggestion for an 8-day trip:
Phnom Penh for 2 days
Kampot for 2 days
Siem Reap for 4 days
Kampot is a few hours south of PP, not far from Sihanoukville, but it's more interesting,in my opinion. A really beautiful area with mountains (the famous Bokor Mountain and hill station), caves, waterfalls, rivers, etc. Also, it's just a short ride (about 30 minutes) to the seaside town of Kep. Not much of a beach there but delicious, cheap seafood.
Another option is stopping at Kompong Thom, which is halfway between SR and PP. Nearby are the ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk. If you like the old Angkor-era temples, it's worthwhile to see.
Don't rush an Angkor visit in Siem Reap. It's worth as many days as you can possibly budget. Besides Angkor itself, check out nearby Beng Mealea, Kbal Spean, etc.

6. Posted by cautiousc (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Eight days, not nearly enough time, give yourself two weeks at least.