I arrive 25th Decmber in Siem Reap from Shanghai. I fly out of Phnom Penh early 4th January. I am meeting a friend in Sihanoukville for New years. I am guessing train is my best bet. Are there night trains? How long do the journeys take? I am trying to work out how much time i will have to explore in each place.Any help tips welcome.
Cambodia does not have train travel. The bus is your best option between SR & PP IMO. Here is a list of the many companies that run daily buses. You do have a boat option, but it is overpriced and not as convenient.
I would buy the 3 day pass for Angkor. Bayon, Ta Prom are 'must sees'. Allow one morning for sunrise over Angkor and one evening for sunset at Phnom Bekeng. Banteay Srei is special, but requires separate entrance fee and transport. The Landmine Museum is out that way as well. That will take one afternoon of your 3 days.
Taking the bus down to PP, you will have that afternoon to find a hotel/GH and decide what sightseeing you want to do. Capitol Restaurant & GH run tours to just about everything you will want to see. Figure 3 days touring PP. Bus down to Sihanoukville, 4 hours. Many companies do this route as well. Several GH run buses and several over at the Central Market. I would allow 3 days for the beach. Here is a guide to what beach and where to stay.
I have heaps of photos of Cambodia in my gallery. They may help with your decisions. My blog covers my return to PP and S'ville after several years.
Good luck with your planning.
[ Edit: Edited on 21-Dec-2011, at 23:33 by vegasmike6 ]
Thank you so much that info has been really helpful. Your pictures are fantastic too.
When I travelled from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and then to Sihanoukville I went with Mekong Express bus. Good reliable service.