Inquiry Submission By RMVPTravel

Dear all.

I am planning a January 2020 trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. We are a couple in their 50s from Melbourne. We are in to food, culture, history, temples, nature. A beach visit would be good too.

We like a slow pace and have enough time for three nights in most places, five nights in Siem Reap. I really like the idea of taking boats between cities to see the rivers/lakes. I worked out the below draft itinerary (after a few days in ).

**Chau Doc –> Phnom Penh –> Kampot –> Battambang –> Siem Reap**

At the end we will fly from Siem Reap to HCMC, Vietnam, to connect to the flight to Melbourne.

I hoped to take a boat from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. We are OK with the extra cost and time.

I planned to take a bus to and from Kampot. Then returning to Phnom Penh (backtracking) and travel on to Battambang. I was considering doing Phnom Penh to Battambang by boat too, though the boat goes via Siem Reap, making the trip long and compex.

From Battambang we would go to Siem Reap. Again an option to do this by boat exists.

A different suggestion (thanks alistair2) was to do the more efficient route of:

**Chau Doc –> Kampot –> Phnom Penh –> Battambang –> Siem Reap**

This makes a lot of sense, but cuts out the boat ride from Chau Doc to Phnom Penh. We could still do Phnom Penh –> Battambang by boat, and Battambang –> Siem Reap by boat.


* How do the various boat rides compare?

* Are the long boat rides worth it? Or should we instead do short scenic cruises while in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampot?

* Is the Chau Doc –> Phnom Penh boat ride better/different to the others?

* Are three boat transits too much?

* Are these boat rides feasible for the dry season of January?

* Is the visa process different on boat versus crossing the Vietnam Cambodia border at H… Tiˆn?

Many thanks.

Edited: 1 year ago