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1. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

I am planning a little trip through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia next year. I would like travellers opinions about Cambodia. What personally do you, besides Ankor Wat, find attracting about Cambodia?

Thanks, ;)

2. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

There's currently some border tension between Thailand and Cambodia at the moment with both countries laying claim to an ancient temple on the border called Preah Vihear Temple. Several soldiers from both sides have been killed in clashes recently although things may well have died down by the time you make your way there next year.

The Wikitravel guide offers a comprehensive look at the country though and places worth visiting (and avoiding): Wikitravel - Cambodia

Oh, and don't stray into the jungle. During the Vietnam/Cambodian war which removed the Khmer Rouge from power, a colossal number of landmines were sown in the region most of which haven't been cleared.

3. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 7y

I spent 3 weeks in Cambodia last year. Visited Angkor Wat (which I won't expand upon). Phnom Penh I found to busy for my liking (apart from falling ill - for 24hrs). Missed out on doing the tourist things but I wasn't disappointed given they reflect the sad past under the Kmer Rouge. Moved on to Sihanoukville for the beaches,bars and food. Far more laid back. Also visited Kampot (very laid back and quiet) and Kep (very very laid back and quieter). Revisited Sihanoukville last March for a week because I love the beaches,bars and food there. I have no interest in venturing in to the countryside because of the fear of landmines. Others have recommended Battambang but not enough interest there for me personally. All in all, Sihanoukville for me.

4. Posted by Nomad4me (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

We spent several weeks in Cambodia and loved it. Did the normal locations, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The country is very easy to transit, although very slow as the roads are not the best.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by Yvekes (Respected Member 266 posts) 7y

You should rent a bycicle in Battambang and tour the surroundings, rice paddies and little villages.
The boat ride between Battambang and Siem Reap is probably the best boat trip i've ever made!
And if you're going to visit Laos, you probably will enter via the south and the 4000 Islands in the Mekong. Before this you can visit Mondulkiri, in the NE of Cambodia. Splendid nature, great walks to do and idyllic accomodation if you'll stay at The Nature Lodge in Sen Monorom. Check out their website!

6. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 7y

I liked Kampot, a quiet fishing village off the coast, with a hauntingly beautiful abandoned French hill station complete with hotel and casino nearby, in Bokor. You could easily do this on a day trip from Kampot. You can also combine this with a trip to Sihanoukville (2 hours by shared taxi - they just completed a highway...) for some beach time - nightlife is pretty good, with the bars, fire dancers, fresh seafood, cheap beer and beach huts.

My main regret was not going to Battambang actually, having heard some really good things about it from other travellers...

7. Posted by taurist33 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

There is plenty to see in Cambodia besides Ankor Wat. Which is unbelievable! I agree with others regarding Kampot. I have spent months there and in the south visiting kep and sianoukville for breaks.
Bodhi Villa is the best place to stay, Whats Hot in Kampot is the best place for a wine or sangria and for good tunes, D-tours are good tour company, crab shack in Kep on the beach is the best meal, Verandah resport in Kep is the best icecream and the noodle soup near the old bridge in Kampot is the best breakfast. It shuts at 11AM.
Enjoy!