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Cambodia is easily accessed from Thailand, Laos or Vietnam. So, having Cambodia in your itinerary makes traveling easy. It's part of the typical Southeast Asia-route which many backpackers choose.
Entering Cambodia from Laos:
Enter Northeast Cambodia from Southern Laos, and continue to Thailand (Koh Chang).
This route is ideal for travelers who want to explore as much possible of Cambodia.
Time: 30 days
Hat Lek/Koh Kong border crossing (Cambodia/Thailand)
Ko Chang island in Thailand
From Stung Treng, an alternative is to make your way to the Eastern jungle in Ban Lung. From Ban Lung you can continue south to Sen Monorom. To get to Phnom Penh or Kratie from Sen Monorom, you have to make a stop-over in Snoul.
Otherwise, there are are minivans/buses from Stung Treng directly to Kratie (2/3 hours). Minivans from Kratie to Kampong Cham use about 2 hours, and another 4 hours from Kampong Cham to Siem Reap (bus company: Sorya Transport).
When you're done in Siem Reap, head to Battambang by bus (5 hours) which drives around the lake or by boat through Tonle Sap Lake (4-6 hours in the wet season, much longer in the dry season, $25 per person).
From Battambang, there's another 5-6 hours to Phnom Penh.
When in Kampot, I recommend to spend a couple of days there. This place is just awesome, with gorgeous countryside and you have access to Bokor National Park.
Rabbit Island can be accessed from Kep, a small harbor town in south Cambodia.
Finish your journey in Cambodia by spending some time in Sihanoukville. When you're 'done' with Cambodia, there's a border crossing at Koh Kong where you can cross over to Thai side. From Koh Kong/Hat Lek, the trip to Ko Chang Island is only a short bus ride.
If you're not up for visiting Koh Chang in Thailand, you can cross the border via Poipet and Aranyaprathet near Siem Reap. This gives you direct access to Bangkok, either via train or bus.
But this also means that you have to back-track to Battambang-side (if you follow the itinerary below).
Time: 10 days
Stung Treng (stopover)
Poipet/Aranya Prathet border Bangkok
If you're heading for Vietnam, there are several bus departures to Saigon from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. The buses make a stop-over at the border crossing of Moc Bai and continues to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
If you're already in the south of Cambodia, you can cross near Kep at Ha Tien crossing. This crossing is ideal if you want to visit Phu Quoc island in Vietnam. From here, it's also easy access to Mekong Delta and the small villages, and then onto Saigon.
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