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1. Posted by sonel (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Will be heading off to Cambodia in 3 weeks time (3rd – 8th July) and haven’t had a detailed plan of our visit. Will be in Phnom Penh (in the morning) before heading to Siem Reap.

Questions:
(1) How many days should I need to allocate in order to explore both Phnom Penh & Siem Reap? Will not miss visiting all the famous Angkor Wat and temples in Siem Reap.

(2) Any places that I shouldn’t miss in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap?

(3) Any recommended safe pubs/discos in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap?

(4) In Phnom Penh, can I squeeze the following places of interest in a single day? Central and Russian Markets, Killing Fields, Tohl Sleng Museum, Shooting Range, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda.

2. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Will be heading off to Cambodia in 3 weeks time (3rd – 8th July) and haven’t had a detailed plan of our visit. Will be in Phnom Penh (in the morning) before heading to Siem Reap.

Questions:
(1) How many days should I need to allocate in order to explore both Phnom Penh & Siem Reap? Will not miss visiting all the famous Angkor Wat and temples in Siem Reap.

(2) Any places that I shouldn’t miss in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap?

(3) Any recommended safe pubs/discos in Phnom Penh & Siem Reap?

(4) In Phnom Penh, can I squeeze the following places of interest in a single day? Central and Russian Markets, Killing Fields, Tohl Sleng Museum, Shooting Range, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda.

(1) Depends on your pace. Id say three in Phenom Phen and four in Siem Reap (3 days exploring the ruins and 1 in Siem Reap)

(2) think youve mentioned them all really- theres a floating market and a war remnants park in Siem Reap thats quite cool.

(3) dont know, sorry.

(4) Id say no, but it might be possible. Id say 2 days minimum.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1656 posts) 9y

[quote=sonel]Will be heading off to Cambodia in 3 weeks time (3rd – 8th July) and haven’t had a detailed plan of our visit. Will be in Phnom Penh (in the morning) before heading to Siem Reap.

You can check on taking a boat up to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh. I did the boat ride a few years ago and liked it because it was a break from bus travel and trains.

The boat ride passes through a big lake with gigantic catfish in it. The fish are as large as sharks. Bring snacks and water for the ride if you take it. The boat makes many stops at little out of the way villages that you would never see on your own.

A bar you can check out is the Correspondents Bar, if this link doesn't work after you cut and paste Google up Correspondents Bar, Phnom Penh and you will get some info.

(http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/asia/cambodia/phnom-penh/restaurant-detail.html?vid=1154654644890)

Have fun.

4. Posted by TunaOK (Budding Member 107 posts) 9y

Pubs & Disco's in Phnom Penh

Martini Bar - Mix of foreigner and local joint. English R&B and 80's dance songs . You can play pool for free but the table kind of S*cks . Big Screen TV and wide place for chll out with a mini room disco.

Dark Room - Local hang out & very good international music. You wont stop dancing here !

Sparks - Mega huge dance floor . Local hang out. Price are a little higher compare to the other pubs & restaurant.

5. Posted by sonel (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

thank your for the reply mate.

Will be reaching PP about 8 in the morning and thought of heading off the following places after depositing my luggage in the hotel.

Day 1
Wat Phnom Temple / Hill
Royal Palace / Silver Pagoda
Cheung Ek Killing Field
Tuol Sleng Museum (SC-21)
Boat Ride at Mekong River

Do you think I can visit all the mentioned places in a single day??? Can I skip the National Museun???

Day 2
Taking the boat ride from PP to Siem Reap. Any recommendation for the Boat service for me to engage in????

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Sue,
Easiest way to do the PP sights is to take the city tour from Capitol GH & Restaurant. A/C van or bus and others along to share the experience with. You can hire a moto driver to take you to all the sights, but I don't recommend that. Hot, dirty, dangerous on the back of a moto. Get the city tour if at all possible.

I see Martini's Pub was recommended. I love it, but it really is geared for men. Most women are not thrilled with dozen of young hookers walking around looking for customers. Take another friend with you if you go, you will have more fun.

Get the cheapest price on the PP-SR boat by checking several places. You will be on the same boat regardless where you buy the ticket. Many kids sit on the top for the sun/breeze. Be sure to cover up or you will get too much sun exposure. Keep your camera, money, passport on you or in a day bag, not in your main bag.

I have many Cambodia photos in my gallery that may help you. Send me a PM if you have any questions.

7. Posted by sonel (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Sorry mate, another question on the boat rides in PP and Siem Reap.

Before heading to Siem Reap, we thought of getting a boat ride along Mekong River and watch the sunset. Then, head off the next day to Siem Reap via the speed boat from PP to Siem Reap.

Do you think that we should take anohter boat ride on the Tonle Sap and visit the Fisherman Village? A bit confused .. All the mentioned boat rides are not along the same Mekong River, right??

Hope we don't get sick traveling on the rides.

8. Posted by live2day (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

i did the tonle sap river ride and it was amazing. I would definately recommend it.

we stayed at a great hostel too, run by a European woman, very clean and safe and only $14 a nite including breakfast for room/private bath and breakfast for a single.
it was called Earthwalkers.

we arranged a car a driver at Earthwalkers when we arrived and it was wonderful, I think it cost $25 for the whole day and he would take us to each of the temples and explain everything to us and then take us to the next temple. We spent three days doing the temple thing. Ta Phrom was my favorite, the one with all the trees growing out of the ruins (Tombraider)
I want to go back!!
have fun

9. Posted by sonel (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

thank guys for the reply.

any idea where can I get the boat ride ticket for the Mekong River in PP??? how long is the journey and how much it cost?

10. Posted by steveatkin (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi there

many of the guesthouses will be able to arrange a mekong boat trip for you, or quite simply just walk along the riverside where all the local wooden boats are moored and you can charter your own for about $10 an hour (depending on your bargaining skills), there are also a couple of boats that do daily sunset cruises with dinner, Chenla is one and it costs about $10-13.

Hope this helps...

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