3 Weeks in Cambodia Route
I would say that 3 weeks is enough time to take the usual backpacker route through Cambodia, however, if you want to explore further afield, I’d probably recommend a little bit longer.
We entered Cambodia from Phu Quoc in Vietnam, so we started out in the up and coming, bustling Cambodian capital – Phnom Penh. There’s plenty to do and see while you’re in the capital, from exploring the extravagant Royal Palace to taking in and learning about the sheer devastation the Khmer Rouge caused during their reign, at the Killing Fields.
From the capital, you can take a 3.5 hour coach to the picturesque riverside town of Kampot. Whilst in Kampot you can relax for a few days in the tranquil surroundings after a hectic few days in the busy capital and maybe rent a scooter for the day and take a ride to Bokor National Park in the Cambodian countryside.
When you’re finished relaxing, next up, take a 2 hour coach to the beach party town – Sihanoukville. If you’re not into the party scene which Sihanoukville offers, you can always opt to stay at Otres 1 or 2 which are a bit out of the main town and offer a more mellow vibe, with Otres 2 being the most relaxed out of Sihaounville’s beaches.
When you booked your trip to Asia, I’m sure you imagined a near deserted island with perfect beaches, well Koh Rong is one of the closest you will get to that without going massively off the beaten path. From Sihanoukville, you can catch a 1 hour fast boat, which leaves a few times a day. Relax on the main beach, take a hike through the jungle to a quieter, perfect beach, kayak to a nearby island for a bit of snorkelling. If you like the sound of spending your day doing either of these, then Koh Rong will be right up your street. If time is on your side, you’ll more than likely extend your stay on Koh Rong, just as we did.
Take the 1 hour boat back to the mainland, and then take a 10 hour sleeper coach from Sihanoukville to Battambang. Have your own personal tuk tuk driver for a few days to take you to the main attractions just outside Battambang. Sites range from the rickety old bamboo railway, ancient temples, the killing caves and watching a few million bats fly out of a cave at sunset.
Finally, catch a 4 hour bus to Siem Reap. Explore the incredible Angkor Temples for a few days and spend your nights drinking huge buckets of cheap alcohol on the infamous Pub Street. An 8 hour coach can be taken from Siem Reap, to the Thai capital, Bangkok. From Bangkok you can take a coach, train or flight to your next destination.