Travelling between Bangkok and Siem Reap must be comparatively easy. In spite of everything it is little greater than 400 Km. An hour by airplane must be straightforward and really low-cost on a continent that prides itself on low-cost air journey. Effectively, assume once more! Bangkok Airways seem to have a monopoly right here and costs are terribly excessive for such a brief journey. On the time of writing, checking for flights two weeks forward of journey exhibits return costs of roughly 17,000THB. I’m sorry however over US$500 for a one hour flight is indefensible.
For holidays this isn’t an choice. Rent corporations is not going to enable their autos to depart Thailand and enter Cambodia. Even borrowing a buddies automotive is extraordinarily tough as paperwork turns into a nightmare. With your personal automotive it’s doable however documentation just isn’t straightforward. Just remember to have all of your possession paperwork with you, and be ready to be messed about for a pair for hours earlier than presumably getting declined. Some individuals drive to Aranyapraphet, go away the automotive there then get a taxi, however I would not do it
An choice to flying is to take the bus. Fares appear low-cost sufficient, reserving from any journey agent in Bangkok it’s straightforward to get a bus ticket a method for 900THB, this may be up graded on the Cambodian border so as to full the journey by taxi. The bus leaves Bangkok at 7.30 AM and if you’re fortunate the driving force would possibly know Bangkok effectively sufficient to seek out the freeway, we weren’t! Pondering he was on the lookout for a lodge for an extra choose up, I stayed silent as he drove spherical in circles for over an hour earlier than lastly stumbling throughout a freeway exit. He stopped twice en path to refuel. These minibuses run on liquid fuel and for some cause it took a full 15 minutes to prime up the tank every time.
Whenever you attain the border they play a cute little rip-off. They cease at a store the place you’re instructed it’s a must to fill out the visa types. They then attempt to get you to pay 1300THB on your visa. Don’t be taken in by this. Politely refuse saying that you’ll pay on the border. Doing so will prevent about 700THB.
The border is a catastrophe to be trustworthy. It entails strolling about 300 yards from the bus to Thai immigration, 300 yards throughout a no-man’s land that’s filthy and filled with pickpockets to the Cambodian immigration, then having cleared there, an extra 300 to the buses. At this level I identified that I needed to pay the up grade and get a taxi. We sat round ready for the man to seek out two extra journey companions to fill the taxi. In the long run I paid the total 1200 for the taxi and my journey companion and I had the taxi to ourselves. It was positively price it.
The return journey from Siem Reap to Bangkok is way cheaper when you guide it in Siem Reap. 300THB appeared like an actual cut price and I selected to get the bus as a substitute of the upgraded taxi. We had been collected by motodop at 7.30 and pushed to a journey agent’s workplace on the town. Right here we had been joined by about 70 backpackers earlier than being walked to 2 buses parked not far away. The buses had been full however appeared completely ample at first. I settled down and ready to make amends for some sleep. That is completely unimaginable, due primarily to the truth that the driving force sounds his horn each 20 seconds or so for the following 5 hours. He additionally chooses to cease each hour in order that outlets can attempt to promote all the things from meals to garments. Arriving on the border at 1pm he stopped the bus 100 yards away from immigration and simply pointed within the normal route. We had been fortunate in that we knew the place it was so we headed off to beat the frenzy and had been quickly on the entrance of an unlimited queue. We bought by way of, had been picked up and brought by pickup truck to the identical store the place they tried to promote us the overpriced visas. We had been instructed the bus can be 45 minutes so we ordered some meals. While this was very tasty, it meant that we missed the primary bus which left instantly carrying the passengers who did not purchase meals.
A number of stops later we arrived on the outskirts of Bangkok to be instructed that the bus solely stops at Khao San Highway, miles away from the place I needed and had booked on the way in which out. We needed to argue with the driving force so as to get him to cease close to Bang Na so we may get a taxi house. Door to door took over 11 hours. That’s a mean pace of 22 miles per hour!
While it’s doable to get a practice from Hualamphong Station in Bangkok to Aranypraphet 6 Km from the border for nearly 50 THB, it leaves at 5.55 and takes 6 hours. Nevertheless on the border, the practice stops and as there isn’t a practice from Poipet to Siem Reap, it’s a must to get a tuk tuk to the border itself, undergo the immigration fiasco and attempt to get a bus or a taxi on the opposite facet.