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first timer should we or should we not

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first timer should we or should we not

hi, have been spending 3weeks every xamas in goa india. we fancy a change. we are mainly beach people and like a chill oput holiday with plenty off sunshine, any recomendations for the best place to visit in canbodia. we enjoy city life as well, any informatiom please. thanks silverguy.

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1. Re: first timer should we or should we not

You have this in the Kep forum, so does that mean you are asking should we or should'nt we go to Kep?

It is a very chilled out place but not a beach town, you can swim at the local beach's but they are muddy and not that great?

I've never been to Goa so l cannot compare for you. Kep is a very spread out quiet town, nothing happens at ngiht if you are after night life.

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first timer to Cambodia should have the Temples of angkor at the top of their list, no beach in SR but plenty of hotels with pools for sittin' & chillin' You can wander into town for dinner and a spot of shopping / bars etc

check out www.canbypublications.com to see if this appeals

cheers

helen

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3. Re: first timer should we or should we not

Hello

The others are right. Anyone coming to Cambodia should have the temples of Angkor at the top of their list. They are pretty amazing! Lots of them are tumbledown and feature giant tree roots (as portrayed in Tombraider). It is also fun to visit - as you potter around in a tuk tuk each day. A hotel with a swimming pool in Siem Reap can provide you with a bit of sunshine in between visits.

Ref the beach. You could fly down from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville and then either stay there or at Otres beach, which is currently pretty laid back. If you like Calangute you will probably like Sihanoukville - we stayed on Serendipity beach. It was fairly lively, with lots of beach bars and restaurants but also a very local feel as the Cambodian families also love the beach.

Otres was a bit more like one of the quieter, old style Goan beaches (maybe think Patnem or Mandrem etc). Nice beach, with about 20 shacks but quieter in the evening.

We finished our trip with a couple of days in Pnomh Penh.

The new flight from London - Vietnam links in with flights to Siem Reap on the way out, then from Phnom Penh on the return.

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hi and many thanks for the information pier 21 what about flights from london ???

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5. Re: first timer should we or should we not

The flights are on Vietnam Airways from London - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon). They then connect to Siem Reap or Pnomh Penh.

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6. Re: first timer should we or should we not

Cambodia is not really a beach chill out sort of place to my mind. It's a wonderfully interesting country with lots of ancient and modern historical sites to visit, beautiful gentle people, seriously good food and cheap. If you do go there, you might end up like the rest of us on this forum, Cambodia addicts.

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I agree with travelkat...Big difference between Goa & Cambodia...hmm I dont think you would enjoy it. Try Thailand for beaches, bars & chilling.

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8. Re: first timer should we or should we not

Cambodia isn’t really the place for a beach break BUT, if you’re a little adventurous you could have yourself a unique beach experience just off the coast of Kep on Rabbit Island.

Easy to get to by boat from Kep, the island has some eateries that serve fabulously prepared fresh seafood and other offerings as well as scads of icy cold beer right on the waters edge (beware the voracious man-eating ants before you select a table though!).

The beach isn’t that long, nor is there that much of it but, the sand was basically pristine white and the laid back atmosphere that prevails makes the place virtually idyllic and very appealing, even to me, a dyed in the wool non-beach holidayer.

If you plan to spend a few days on the island, well, that’s where the need to be a little adventurous comes in. There is basic accommodation available (and I do mean BASIC) and the plumbing arrangements, well, they’re an adventure in themselves. Be prepared for simple bamboo huts, seatless thrones and washing from a bucket (scoop included, of course)

In short, if you’re a beach resort type you probably won’t get that excited by the offerings in Kep and surrounds but, if it’s an adventure and a great story for when you get home that you’re chasing, give it a go!

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Where would you recommend staying in Kep and on Rabbit Island? I realize that it's pretty rustic. What would be the best choice?

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10. Re: first timer should we or should we not

If you're interested in beaches in Cambodia you'll do well to avoid the mainland and head to some islands that have recently been developed for tourism. They won't be crowded and the party scene will be minimal. Have a look at http://www.travelfish.org/islands.php and see what you think.

"first timer to Cambodia should have the Temples of angkor at the top of their list," Nonsense, follow your heart go where you want to spend your bucks. Most people who advise Angkor Wat on this forum know nothing else.

"If you do go there, you might end up like the rest of us on this forum,"-God forbid!

Edited: 2:05 am, October 03, 2012
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