Inquiry Submission By Sonia H

Hi fellow travelers,

I need some help with planning my Cambodia holiday this Dec (Dec 21nd to 2nd Jan). I have read a few of the posts and have narrowed it down to 2 options. So any suggestions would be helpful.

I arrive and depart from Siem Reap. My current plan is 4-5 days in Siem Reap (incl NYE), Phnom Penh 1-2 days. So that leaves me with 4-5 days. My current options for these days are;

1. Follow the Mekong from PP north to Steung Treng stopping off at Kratie and Koh Trong or any other place in the middle. I quite like the idea of chilling out on the river for a couple of days and hanging out at smaller towns.

2. Go to Kampot/Kep and then take a bus/minivan back to SR.

Any suggestions on my 2 options? I am not very good at booking ahead and like to go with the flow a bit, so is this an issue in Cambodia?

More interested in meeting locals and relaxing rather than visiting every tourist attraction listed in the guidebook. Also love nature reserves, waterfalls etc.

Thanks for your help.