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Iitnerary Thailand/Cambodia - How does this sound?

Iitnerary Thailand/Cambodia - How does this sound?

Sep 23rd, 2004, 06:37 PM
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Iitnerary Thailand/Cambodia - How does this sound?

Am now considering the following:

Departing very late Nov.
3 nights Bangkok
3 nights Siem Reap only (no longer including Phnom Penh)
3 nights River Kwai Raft Hotel (Hope weather is OK) or Hua Hin?
2 nights Bangkok (to do any last minute things before returning home)

We have never been here and I thought this would give us flexibility.

I plan to organise tours etc after we arrive.

What do you knowledgeable people think?
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Sep 23rd, 2004, 09:32 PM
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Sounds good - bear in mind that both Hua Hin and K'buri are a 2.5 hour transfer from Bkk airport. Re which to do - tough one. If u think after 4 days exploring temples in Camb u would like some down time head for the beach. K'Buri the hotel is charming but not luxury and u will be out and about in the day sightseeing.
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Sep 24th, 2004, 05:33 AM
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Maybe reduce River Kwai by one night and add one more to Bangkok.
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Oct 10th, 2004, 04:16 AM
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Hi RhondaZ! if you would like to arrange the tours you could contact Mr. Tes Viesna who is a local guide and he can arrange the small package tours too. His website is www.khmerangkor.greatnow.com
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Oct 11th, 2004, 04:29 AM
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Thanks all for your help. As a result of your recommendations our itinerary has changed.

1 night Singapore en-route (unavoidable)
Staying at the Royal Peacock Hotel

3 nights Siem Reap
Guide and accommodation booked thanks to recommendations on other threads.
Staying 3 nights at Auberge Mont Royale
http://www.auberge-mont-royal.com.kh/

Using Saron Soeun and friend as guides
http://www.sarontours.com/

5 day 4 night Intrepid Independent
trip from Bangkok to River Kwai
2 of those nights at River Kwai Jungle Raft House
(Yes, I know we could do this by ourselves, but with limited time, thought it would be easier to have all travel, accommodation and tours pre arranged.)

Last 4 nights in Bangkok.
1 morning cooking class at Blue Elephant
Day trips to be arranged on arrival
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Oct 11th, 2004, 04:46 AM
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If I were you I would skip the River Kwai altogether and spend more time in Bangkok. Much more to see and do in Bangk.
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Oct 11th, 2004, 07:26 AM
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Rhonda,

is there a reason why you have decided about not going to Phnom Penh ?

I'm also planning my itinerary and contemplating the merits of the Cambodian capital. Still a little unsure whether it will be worth it or not ?

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Oct 11th, 2004, 04:53 PM
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Colin,

The main reason for us going to Cambodia is to see the temples, Angkor Wat and others.

We decided to skip Phnom Penh because we don't really want to see the place where Cambodians were imprisoned and tortured, Tuol Sleng, nor the Killing Fields of Choeng Ek nearby (15 KMs away). These seem to be on every tour itinerary. I know it's the capital, and I'd like to see the old french style buildings if any still exist, but with so little time we decided it wasn't worth the added expense and travel time to get there.

If we had more time I'd definately include Battambang and see the less travelled side of Cambodia.
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