Any suggestions for a tour of Cambodia , Laos and possibly a small portion of southern China beginning this November. I have several months at my disposal for this trip, and prefer camping to hotels. I'm interested particularly in finding out how easy it is to find clean water, as well as places to see off the beaten path.
Are you going to bike or travel by vehicle; taxi, bus, moto or tuktuk?
If you are going to bring your bike remember that they drive both directions on the whole road and things like stop signs and stop lights are just suggestions to control traffic.
I can weigh in on some of Cambodia, you should visit Phnom Penh and see; the Royal palace, Wat(temple) Phnom(hill)where the city gets its name, the river front, Russian Market in Toul Tom Pong, the new market, and walk into one of these markets; Orussey or Olympic. Touring Phnom Penh can be done in 48 hours.
Travel north from Phnom Penh 45 km to Oudoung and see the old palace and the Oudoung hill temples. This can be a nice bike ride.
South of Phnom Penh you can go to Kep or Sihanoukville. There is a national forest in Kep and Sihanoukville has some nice beaches.
Of course you must visit Angkor Wat and at least see the following temples; Angkor Wat, Bayonne, and TaProm. there are many others. a nice ride with some hils about 45km outside of Seim Reap is Kabal Spean with the river of a 1000 lingas(look that up) and a side trip to Banteay Srey or the ladies temple.
For the out of the way type thing are the provinces up near Laos, rattanikiri and mondoulokiri they have many different thing like elephants, fresh water dolphins and many other scenic stuff.
end of Nov it the 30k and 100k races/side in Seim Reap around Angkor wat http://bike4kids.org/
Thanks I'll look into your out of the way suggestions. I tore my meniscus, had surgery and am on the mend, so my trip will happen later this year ( 2014 )
Originally Posted by bwilli88