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1. Posted by clampie (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi All
newbie on this site!!
Just looking for general answers - nothing too specific...
Ive scoured travel books and websites, but can anyone recommend what NOT to see whilst there.
ie anything that isnt worthy of effort!!!
Im only planning a few days in Camb (mainly for Angkar Wat) and 2 weeks in Laos.
I really want to travel North to South, but think I dont have enough time, what do you think?

Thx

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

HI Paul , welcome to TP! Just got back from Cambodia and I think it's just fine to spend about 3 to 4 days in Siem Reap by getting a 3-day pass at USD40 (get one passport-sized photo) and spend about half or one day strolling along the streets around the town.

I heard many would take either flights/road transports heading north from Siem Reap and some would choose to go to Bangkok crossing the border Poipet...

Here's a few threads that hope it may be helpful:
1)http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=21727
2)http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=23278
3)http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22611

About Angkor Wat in SR:
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22692

IF you would like to consider Ho Chi Minh (from Phnom Penh):
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22563

Good luck!

3. Posted by clampie (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Thx for the info
theres so much to take in, Im worried more about what i wont see when I should have!!

The deal is Im meeting a freind from NZ in BKK and were gonna do Cam then Laos. Or maybe the other way around (what would you suggest?) and then back to Thai beaches for couple of days before we part and fly back to our respctive countries.
Im concerned 3 weeks isnt long enough, but thats all have so its best to make the most of it!
Would it be better to fly to Vientiene/PP for BKK. common sense tells me time is the crucial factor, so maybe Ive already answered my own question...
And also how about getting to other country from other. Fly again? I fancied a river trip, but am unsure of details. Any advice?
Sorry for all these Qs but i really dont want to be planning anything whilst there.
Thanks again

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

When you are at Angkor I would suggest that you NOT walk up the hill called Phnom Bakheng for sunset. It's a popular spot for sunsets but not all that great. In my opinion, it's a waste of time and energy (the walk up the steep hill will tire you out). Also, most visitors are hounded by kids that want to serve as your "guide" on the hill and will beg you for money. Some of the kids can be nice, but too many of them whine and give you their pity plea. It gets tiresome. If you really want to see a sunset try a more out of the way temple on the east side of the park (Pre Rup is a good spot). Try and budget at least 3 days for Angkor. But if you can budget more time for the rest of Cambodia, go for it. Battambang and Kampot are really pretty towns (more ruins, caves, mountains, rivers) that are well worth seeing. And Phnom Penh is good for a day or two, also. Rattanakiri is also supposed to be nice but I haven't been there yet.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting cikusang

HI Paul , welcome to TP! Just got back from Cambodia and I think it's just fine to spend about 3 to 4 days in Siem Reap by getting a 3-day pass at USD40 (get one passport-sized photo) and spend about half or one day strolling along the streets around the town.

I heard many would take either flights/road transports heading north from Siem Reap and some would choose to go to Bangkok crossing the border Poipet...

Here's a few threads that hope it may be helpful:
1)http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=21727
2)http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=23278
3)http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22611

About Angkor Wat in SR:
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22692

IF you would like to consider Ho Chi Minh (from Phnom Penh):
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=22563

Good luck!

Sometime after the 8th or 9th temple/wat tour in different cities you may notice that they seem to be all the same! If there is a choice between temple tour number 10 and somewhere more lively and interesting - choose the action.

Of course if seeing lots of temples and wats turns you on - have a ball!

6. Posted by clampie (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Firstly, a big thanks to those who have offered advice.
Secondly, I have yet more Qs!!
I have a rough plan now on my desired route, just have to fine-tune it. One of my reasons for going there is to pick up some local art/wares.
What could you suggest that is slightly more unusual than the norm? also, how safe and expensive is it to send packages from Cam & Laos back to UK?
thanks again