Hi, I am planning to visit Cambodia on September this year. And I might travel alone, which is something I never do (I never really go outside my country by myself). I hope it is still good time to go there?
Anyway, I have searched this forum and got quite useful information about Siem Reap. However, I do not find a lot of links about Sianoukville. Is it not worth visiting?? If I go from Phnom Penh, what transportation can I take to go Sianoukville and what things that I cannot miss there?
And is there any transportation from Sianoukville to Siem Reap and vice versa?
Thank you so much.
At the hostel/hotel/guesthouse you stay at, you should be able to buy your ticket from there. I can't recall exactly how much the bus ticket costed, but it wasn't much at all.
As for if it is worth going to, well it depends a lot on what you are going there for. If you want a whole load of tourist attractions (a few things exist but not a great deal), loads of interesting walks then no it isn't worth going to. If you want a place where you can relax on the beach, swim in the very warm water (almost as warm as a coolish spa), stay in a bungalow only about 20 metres from the beach for something like $6US a night, then yes it is a place to go. So if you want some relaxation it is definitely worth a couple of days, but if you want a whole heap of fun away from having to stay at your hotel/hostel then it's probably not for you.
There is transport from Siem Reap-Sihanoukville and vise versa, but you have to go via Phnom Penh. I went from Siem Reap-Sihanoukville all in the one day. It was a rather long day on the buses especially when I was feeling rather unwell. If you bought your ticket in Siem Reap, you'd just have one for Siem Reap-Phnom Penh and another from Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville. You have to change buses in Phnom Penh and hope that the bus to Phnom Penh hasn't been delayed, because after reaching Phnom Penh from Siem Reap, the wait wasn't long before the bus departed (infact it departed within about 2 minutes).
Have a great trip.
I think 'aharrolds45' gave you excellent advice. There are beautiful beaches and warm water in S'ville, but coming from Indonesia, that may not be enough for you. You are not beach deprived after all. There is a nascent scuba industry and offshore islands to visit as well, but you have that at home. Use S'ville as a place to relax for a few days and it won't disappoint. If you are expecting excitement on the scale of Pattaya, then give it a miss.
As stated, you can go all the way from Siem Reap to S'ville in 1 long day, but I would vote that you get off in Phnom Penh. Too much bus for one day unless you are very pressed for time. I have some photos from S'ville in my gallery that may help with your decision. Good Luck
Thank you so much for the kind advice. I guess if it is just beach, then yeah, maybe I can skip it. But again, thank you so much!!!
Theres also a national park, Preah Sihanouk, i think, which is quite good. And the outlying islands which are a fun day trip....