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South Cambodia or Laos?

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1. Posted by rachelN (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I am traveling to Cambodia/Laos for the first time in July, and I was hoping for advice. Currently, our itinerary has us in Kep/Sihanoukville for about 3 days (a hike up Kep Mountain, caves/pepper plantations, Ream National Park and then a full free day in Sihanoukville). I would love some guidance if this sounds like too much time in this area.

Since our time is limited, I want to make sure we get to the most worthwhile, memorable, and interesting spots. We are not really "beach people" who just want to sit around a whole day. A little relaxing is fine, but we are more interested in seeing the way people live, etc.

Also, we are weighing this area with Luang Prabang in Laos -- so if anyone has thoughts on which might be more worthwhile to spend time in, that would be very helpful.

Thank you!

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3859 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Luang Prabang is not to be missed in my opinion - it's a gorgeous city and well worth a few days. There's lots to see and do in the city and surrounding areas; also the drive from LP down to Vang Vieng is absolutely stunning.

I didn't go to that part of Cambodia so I can't compare; it sounds interesting but I'd definitely try and get to Luang Prabang if you can.

3. Posted by stoneman (Respected Member 216 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I have been to all the places you mention. It really comes down to what attracts you the most. It appears you have done some research.

I would say if going to Sihanoukville there is not much else to do other than going to the beach. I extended my stay in Luang Prabang from 2 to 3 days. Enjoyed my time there. To me it had more to offer than anywhere else in Laos.

My 2 cents. You will enjoy whichever way you choose.

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5. Posted by Packbacker26 (Budding Member 49 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I only did Sihanoukville in South Cambodia but if you're not beach people then seems like a miss. Just a beach town full of resorts/backpackers. Nice islands neaby. While Laos on the other hand is just amazing. Luang Prabang-vang vieng-pakse-4000 islands was my route. Beautiful country, tons to see and do. IMO

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