I might be able to leave work for two weeks to travel to Thailand and Cambodia (and possibly KL in Malaysia).
I've been all around SE Asia so know the area pretty well but I'm not that clued up on Cambodia as I've never been there before. Does anyone know how easy it is to jump onto a tour to capitalise my time in Cambodia (pref Siem Reap and Phnom Phnen)? As I've little time and would like to go climbing in Railay bay, hang out in BKK and maybe fly in or fly out of KL for a day, would you recommend a diy or last minute BKK tour (which I definitely prefer) or would it make more sense to pre-book (and pay lots) to really get a good time out of Cambodia and meet people to hang out with too.
I'd usually go solo and improvise but I really want to fit in these things and possibly a little scooter journey in Thailand / Malaysia if needs be.
I'm aware that there are Bangkok airways and AirAsia that will be really useful and I'm happy to pay a reasonable amount but what would you guys suggest?
I don't know if motorcycle tours are up your street but I would definitely suggest a dirt bike tour if you want to see the real Cambodia. I recently moved to Cambodia and wanted to see as much of the country as I could so i booked on a 2 week tour with -snip-and it was one of the best things I've ever done! As well as seeing the famous parts (temples at Angkor Wat, the killing fields etc) you get to see the real Cambodia too, going through rural villages and meeting the locals.
Although I'd never done any off-road riding before in my life, the guide and mechanics were so encouraging and helpful I soon picked it up.
I know -snip- tailor make tours so you would be able to pick out the places you want to see and the time scale. I honestly can't recommend it enough.
Have a great time whatever you do,
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Book an AirAsia flight to Phnom Penh and then you can get a bus to Siem Reap when ready.
A number of travel agents about who will be glad to help you on tours. The same in Bangkok though that is very easy to do yourself.
I would leave out KL as the other destinations will take all your very limited time.