The most effective of Cambodia in 3 Weeks

Cambodia might be finest identified for its historic temples, Angkor Wat being probably the most well-known. However there´s much more to this nation, from historic websites round Angkor to tropical seaside escapes in Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem, and from the bustling metropolis of Phnom Penh to sleepy riverside cities like Kampot. In the event you´re going to discover Angkor Wat, it´s price tagging on a few weeks to discover the remainder of the nation. I´ve put collectively a 3 week Cambodia itinerary based mostly on our journey across the nation, with loads of recommendations on what to go to and how you can get round.

It’s a mix of temple touring (you clearly can’t miss Angkor Wat), cities, smaller cities and an exquisite island seaside break.

3 Week Cambodia Itinerary
Day 1 – 5: Siem Reap & Angkor Wat: Temples and biking
Day 6-8: Phnom Penh:
Day 9 – 10: Sihanoukville
Day 11 – 15: Koh Rong Samloem or Koh Rong
Day 16: Sihanoukville
Day 16-17: Kampot
Day 18 – 20: Kep

Day 1 – 5: Siem Reap (for Angkor Wat)

Angkor Wat

Fly into Siem Reap from Bangkok (Bangkok Airways flies a number of instances a day, we had been courageous and selected Cambodia Angkor Air. Other than being an hour delayed, no complaints). Angkor Wat is spectacular sufficient to warrant a 3 day cross, which you should use on any three days inside every week. I like to recommend taking a day without work in between so that you don’t get temple fatigue. There’s lots to do round Siem Reap: go on a ship tour of the markets, go to the landmine museum, take a cooking class or just bike across the rice fields and close by villages.

Check out my submit on 4 days in Siem Reap and my Angkor Wat Fundamentals Information for extra particulars.

Day 6-8: Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Scooter - Cambodia Itinerary

Phnom Penh is a captivating metropolis, albeit with a tragic historical past. Its most visited sights, the Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (often known as S21 jail) inform the story of the Khmer Rouge period of Cambodia within the Seventies, when over 1.6 million Cambodians had been killed in a regime of terror. These sights are sombering, so you need to come mentally ready. Take a stroll alongside the river afterwards to mirror and are available again to the Pnomh Penh of immediately. You may simply spend two to a few days exploring the monuments, wandering the markets or simply strolling alongside the river.

Phnom Penh has a pleasant foodie scene as effectively. Within the evenings, I extremely advocate attempting among the nice eateries the town has to supply. Buddies was my favorite, however eating places like Romdeng and The Misplaced Room additionally get raving evaluations.

Day 9 – 10: Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville Sunset - Cambodia Itinerary

Sihanoukville splits travellers into two camps: Those that hate it and people who adore it. It’s a bit seedy, the seashores may be packed, and plastic alongside among the seashores has turn into an growing downside within the final couple of years. However on the upside, you’ll be able to spend a pleasant couple of days going for seaside walks or simply mendacity on the seaside, consuming contemporary fruit that the distributors will fortunately serve you proper by your lounge chair, and partaking in one of many many barbecues that occur on Serendipity Seaside each night time.

There are two different key causes to spend time in Snooky, because the insiders name it: one, the Vietnamese Embassy in Sihanoukville is among the quickest and least expensive in Asia (and possibly worldwide) to get a Vietnam visa if that’s your subsequent vacation spot. And two, Sihanoukville is a gateway to the most effective islands Cambodia has to supply.

Day 11 – 15: Koh Rong Samloem or Koh Rong

Koh Rong Samloem Saracen Bay - Cambodia Itinerary

From Sihanoukville, head out to the islands of the Koh Rong Archipel. In the event you’re in search of lovely seashores and a little bit of get together, Koh Rong is for you. In order for you full rest, head to Koh Rong Samloem, the place you’ll discover lovely seashores, hundreds of thousands of crabs, a random herd of water buffalo, and a rising number of boutique resorts and visitor homes.

Life right here is primary, however typically primary is ideal. There’s nothing extra lovely than taking an extended stroll on an empty seaside. In the event you do want a bit extra motion, it’s also possible to go diving, snorkeling or kayaking from the island.

Day 16: Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville Serendipity Beach - Cambodia Itinerary

Since you’ll doubtless get again to the mainland from Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem within the night, you’ll make your life simpler by staying in Sihanoukville for an additional night time. After the secluded and quiet islands, it’s going to appear to be New York Metropolis at rush hour, however all will likely be good after grabbing a banana pancake and watching the sundown on Serendipity Seaside.

Day 16-17: Kampot

Kampot Durian Statue - Cambodia Itinerary

Go away the coast to expertise this quaint little city on the river. Kampot, well-known for its pepper plantations, is a mixture of colonial French structure with Cambodian traditions and, I child you not, a big durian statue. Fortunately they didn’t make it scent genuine.

In Kampot, go to the pepper plantations, strive one of many well-known Kampot pepper dishes or have some cocktails on the river. You may as well rent a scooter and drive as much as close by Bokor Mountain, the place you’ll discover waterfalls which might be in style weekend locations of the locals, and an deserted on line casino skilled heavy combating throughout the conflict. Insider tip: Don’t drive up there with a half empty tank, and even higher, a leaky tank (the way in which we did). Let your lodge or scooter supplier clarify to you precisely the place to refill your tank on the way in which up to make sure you make it again with out having to stroll. Sarah and Tom from TripGourmets have some nice recommendations on issues to do in Kampot.

Day 18 – 20: Kep

Crab Vendors at the Kep Crab Market, Cambodia

Again to the seaside! Kep was the favorite vacation spot of rich Cambodians earlier than the Khmer Rouge period. It was largely deserted, and the numerous mansions and vacation retreats with every little thing inside them was bought off when individuals fled from the Khmer Rouge. Right now, it’s slowly being rebuilt and is changing into in style once more with each Khmers and overseas vacationers.

My favorite spot was the Kep crab market, the place you should buy contemporary crab and different seafood straight from the supply and have it cooked for you on the spot if you wish to eat proper there.

Have extra time?

If in case you have extra time, you’ll be able to simply lengthen this Cambodia itinerary. Between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, you can throw in a cease in Battambang and go on an exhilarating experience on the Bamboo railway.

There’s additionally lots to do in Phnom Penh to increase your keep there.

In order for you extra island adventures, you can spend extra time in each Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem or head to Rabbit Island from Kep.

Getting Round in Cambodia

Cambodia doesn´t have a rail community like neighboring Thailand and Vietnam, so the best option to get across the nation is by bus. Try our submit on two of the principle bus suppliers, Large Ibis and Mekong Specific, for particulars on this expertise. Tickets can normally be purchased straight on the bus stations, by your lodging and even on-line. In the event you´re in search of a cushty experience, it pays to buy round and do your analysis on the most effective suppliers. Even the “VIP” busses can range tremendously between suppliers. Large Ibis has gotten a fame for being the best choice over the previous few years, changing into very fashionable with overseas vacationers.

In the event you´re brief on time and overlaying an extended distance, it’s also possible to fly between the principle cities of Pnomh Pen and Siem Reap, and Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. While we traveled solely by bus / tuk tuk inside Cambodia, we did fly in from Bangkok to Siem Reap with Cambodia Angkor Air, the nationwide flag provider of Cambodia. We discovered each flights and busses to be fairly dependable, though you need to at all times plan in for a few hours of delay – street works or extra passenger choose ups can typically decelerate even the VIP buses.

Any questions on your Cambodia itinerary?

In the event you want any assist with constructing your itinerary for Cambodia, go away me a remark together with your questions and I’ll attempt to assist.

Persevering with on to Vietnam? Try my final information to constructing your Vietnam Itinerary and mix your journey to Cambodia with a keep in Vietnam!

Word: This submit was initially printed in 2015 and final up to date in September 2019 with new data.

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