How long in Cambodia?

Old Oct 7th, 2009, 11:59 PM
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How long in Cambodia?

Hi all,

Our extended family is planning our vacation in Cambodia this Nov and wondering how long we should spend in this country and what the weather is like?

Many thanks in advance.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 12:10 AM
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What are your interests? How long do you have? Ages? Interests? All this will help with getting informed replies.

For most, a minimum would be Angkor Wat is worth 4/5 days, Phnom Pehn 3/4. The beaches and islands around Sihanoukville are also nice. Kampot and Kratie are also worth a few days.

Novememer is on the cusp of the monsoon - the dry season usually starts in Dec but it varies from year to year.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 02:39 AM
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Agree with the above although I have not been to Kratie. In addition, I enjoyed Battangbang. Took the local bus from Phnom Penh and was the only westerner on board but thats part of the fun! Then riding round in the country on the back of a moto (motorcycle taxi). Temples, villages, bamboo train and general countryside.

I took the boat down the river to lake Tonle Sap and then Siem Reap. It was a very laid back cruise with people getting on and off at local villages. Interesting to see the range of goods carried and the life along the river.

A lot of people only go to Cambodia for Angkor but I feel its a country to slow down in and take your time. However it depends on your ages and interests.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 08:50 AM
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weather? It's hot, hot, hot. Oh, yes, and humid.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 09:24 PM
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Thanks all for your responses. We're a family of 12 ranging in age from 7 to 60 yo. Complicated I guess. We do love beaches and mountains but kids friendly first. Any further comments would be great.
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Old Oct 9th, 2009, 12:05 AM
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Sure November can be hot but it's not nearly as bad as in March or April when the humidity makes it like a sauna.
And there are a number of places in Siem Reap with swimming pools so it's both culture with Angkor and relaxation and playtime in the pools for the kids. There's a fair amount of amenities in Siem Reap with all those massive hotels they've built. The kids might like a visit to Kbal Spena which is closer to Phnom Kulen with it's 'linga carvings' in the riverbed and the falls with pools large enough to walk behind and pools for swimming.
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Old Oct 10th, 2009, 04:12 AM
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Hello, Cambodia would be a great journey between October to January. It is winter there but it still hot and humid for white people, so we spend our time in temple in the early morning and late afternoon. In the mid day just stay by the pool in the hotel or taking a nap for Cambodian culture.
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