What I did: the first day I took a day tour ($19 including a wonderful guide) and visited five temples that were a bit off the track, such as…
The second day I hired a bicycle and biked around the ‘small circle’ temples, Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm.
The third day, we went back to see sunset at Angkor Wat, but it is also a wonderful ride back for sunrise in the morning.
See sunrise and/or sunset at Angkor Wat, spend the rest of the day in Siem Reap.
Note: in Siem Reap it is illegal for tourists to rent scooters, as apparently there have been too many fatal incidents. Or, as some say, there is a tuk tuk mafia – a reason that is really not hard to believe.
Move to Phnom Penh, a 6 hours bus journey for $7 each.
Set up in Phnom Penh and take a stroll around the beautiful riverside, alonge the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. If you’re there on the weekend, you’ll get to see everyone exercise every single sport in any public part of town – brilliant.
Hotel: We got a nice double room at Happy 11 for $10, the place is fantastic, with a terrific terrace, but the staff is one of the rudest I’ve encountered so far. Also, don’t book trips through them as their prices are much more expensive than other places.
We ended up staying here two nights because we barely slept the first one, after waking up at 3am to find another hotel as in ours we had bed bugs – do not stay at The Big Easy…
But I suggest you enjoy the town for a day and move to Otres the day after, or explore the islands such as Koh Rong ($5 return ticket from Sihanoukville).
Day 8 and 9
Chill out on Otres Beach or Koh Rong in an amazing beach bungalow.
Hotel in Otres: Mien Mien Guest House offers nice and clean bungalow on the beach (with fan) as well as AC rooms on the other side of the street, for $12 a night.
Note: I haven’t been in Koh Rong, but from what I heard from other travellers who’s just been there is amazing. However, the standards of cheap accomodations are pretty low, sometimes with no water nor elecricity.
Hop on a minivan ($7 from Otres Beach, 2 hours) and reach the riverside town of Kampot, probably my favourite stop in Cambodia.
Hire a bike for $2 and get lost in its countryside villages until dawn, one of the most beautiful ones you’ll ever see.
Hotel: Hour Kheang Guest House, a brand new little hotel offering a variety of rooms for every price. We paid $10 for a double with fan.
Eat: Rusty Keyhole and Om Restaurant.
Hire a scooter for $5 and explore Bokor National Park, about 30km away.
You will see many tours are offered in town to visit the park, but it’s not worth it for the price. However, the journey with the scooter makes it a better experience, you’re free to do whatever you like and for cheaper.
The views are nice, but bulldozers are taking over as they’re chopping off all the trees to build awful-looking concrete buildings, but it’s still worth a visit.
Still with a scooter, visit the nearby town Kep on the seaside. The beach is not nice at all so don’t expect much, but you can take a boat to nearby Rabbit Island for $7 return. Don’t forget to check out the crab market!
Time to go! If you’re heading to Vietnam from Kampot or nearby, check out here.