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1. Posted by SabrinaG (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hi all

In Koh Samet now and trying to make way to Siemreap in next day or so. have checked it out from here but travelagents can only offer a minibus which will take 9 hrs, and considering the journey from Koh Chang to here on one was a bit squashed at a third of the time would rather take some other mode of transport.

Does anyone know of any air-con buses that does this trip, would consider going back to bkk tomorrow and heading from there. Has anyone done this, how long does it take. looked into flying with Bangkok Airways but will work out at E198, too much for the budget.

Anyway any help would be very helpful.

oh if anyone is considering hitting some Islands on east coast, defo check out Koh Chang, very relaxing but beautiful, little bit of paradise.

Cheers again
sabrina ;)

2. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 11y

Hi Sabrina

We are in Koh Chang now, we came here from Koh Samet on Tuesday!
We have just booked our minibus back upto Bangkok for Tuesday and like you are going to Siem Reap. Up until I saw your thread had planned to fly but maybe to expensive. I'm sure there will be lots of places in Bkk to book the trip (esp on Khao San Road), at least that is what we are hoping.

I know this probably isn't too much help but it's nice to hear from someone that is in the same part of the world!!

Cheers

Kristie

3. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 11y

I did the BKK to Siem Reap odyssey a few weeks ago. All I can say is don't!!! Fly instead. There is no air condition bus service from Bangkok (starting in KSR) all the way to Siem reap. You will get a nice VIP bus as far as the border then squished into a minibus for the rest of the journey. Also do not believe any guide books or people that try to tell you the road is paved. It isn't!!! It is quite possibly the worst road I have every been on in the world. And that's even comparing it to some of the roads in east Africa.

The minibus I was on also broke down somewhere in teh middle of nowhere and we were forced to spend the night beside a rice paddie and then hitch hiked the rest of the way into siem reap.

On the plus side Angkor Wat is amazing and the people in Cambodia are very friendly.

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 11y

Quoting Kristie79

Hi Sabrina

We are in Koh Chang now, we came here from Koh Samet on Tuesday!
We have just booked our minibus back upto Bangkok for Tuesday and like you are going to Siem Reap. Up until I saw your thread had planned to fly but maybe to expensive. I'm sure there will be lots of places in Bkk to book the trip (esp on Khao San Road), at least that is what we are hoping.

I know this probably isn't too much help but it's nice to hear from someone that is in the same part of the world!!

Cheers

Kristie

Kristie;
This is probably too late, but why don't you go from Koh Chang to Koh Kong Cambodia? It is only an hour or south south of Trat and you can get from KK to Phnom Penh(PP) that same day by share taxi, 600bt. That is if you are in a hurry. Sihanoukville is a 4 hour fast boat ride from KK and worth the visit, 600bt. Beautiful beaches, warm water for swimming and cheap. After S'ville, there are many buses to PP daily, 4 hours, $3. Once in PP you can take a boat from PP to Siem Reap for $25, 6 hours; or take a van from the Capitol GH to SR for $5; bad road and takes 10-12 hours. Take the boat unless money is running low. Good luck and e-mail me if you have questions on Cambodia.

5. Posted by SabrinaG (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Cheers all for the replys, just landed back to bkk, gonna need to hit the border in the next 2-3 days. Was chatting to a few people on the way who have all done Cambodia and non were raving much about the place. Im dying to see angkor wat but my mate is now getting a bit freaked. Is it ok for 2 girls, one of whom is pretty nervous travelling, to head there on our own?

Thanks all

6. Posted by rolla (Full Member 32 posts) 11y

hi sabrina
what do u mean "ok"? u mean safe? i think cambodia is really safe! and so many people are heading there just to see angkor, so it's pretty easy too.
just to have a different perspective of the bus trip from bkk to siem reap, i think it was one of the highlights of my s.e.a. trip, it's been great fun and it's just a matter of being into an environment that shows what's life like over there. i mean, u're in cambodia during rainy season, how could u escape that??? flying's the only way to avoid being jumping into a minibus driving somewhere onto a lake, but it depends on what travelling means to u.
i loved it.
good luck

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting SabrinaG

Cheers all for the replys, just landed back to bkk, gonna need to hit the border in the next 2-3 days. Was chatting to a few people on the way who have all done Cambodia and non were raving much about the place. Im dying to see angkor wat but my mate is now getting a bit freaked. Is it ok for 2 girls, one of whom is pretty nervous travelling, to head there on our own?

Thanks all

I was in SE Asia back in May and the only reason for being there was to see Angkor Wat. I flew from BKK to SR just because everyone said the bus drive was really really bad to the border. I flew Bangkok Airways and I believe I paid $150 US dollars. I would have done the bus if I had more time actually. If you are looking to experience life in Cambodia, its culture and way of life, then the bus is the way to go. You would see parts of the country you wouldnt get to see otherwise, despite the bad roads (or lack thereof) and numerous pot holes.

I was there with a male friend but I can tell you that there is NOTHING to worry about in SR. I would have been fine on my own...look out for the obvious though but that goes with ANY part of the world. People are nice, friendly, laid back. Cambodia is the only country I visited there that I would back to in a heart beat. I hope you dont pass up the opportunity to see the temples, even if yo have to go there on your own. I saw many many girls traveling alone there. Good luck!

8. Posted by glenferrie (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Hi Sabrina,

My friend and I spent a month in Cambodia only a few weeks ago. We also did the bkk to sr bus trip in and out of the country. I have to say it was a nightmare and quite hysterical. Everything that you read or hear about occurred, so there were no surprises. I had the most wonderful time in the country and to be honest have told the story of the bus trip many times and have such fond memories. The country side is nice, you meet people along the way and learn to laugh at the less ideal experiences. Khmer people are truly lovely and completely accommodating. I recommend regardless of companions, it is a country and a culture to be experienced.
Have fun,
Jodie

9. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

As a few people have already mentioned, the bus ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap is long, uncomfortable and un-predictable. It is also a real adventure (and let's face it, that's what you go travelling for isn't it?).

After travelling in relative comfort you arrive at the Thai/Cambodia border. This is where the fun starts. Try and imagine a Wild West town hosting a pickpockets' convention - that will give you some idea of what it's like.

Anyway after negotiating passport control we were told that our bus had broken down somewhere between Siem Reap and the border, so we were bundled into a couple of pickups - where we spent the next 5 or 6 hours hurtling along pot-holed roads chaotic with ox carts, bicycles and hoards of kids. The roadside was often lined with ram-shackle shacks, where men carried out repairs to engines, tires etc. With roads like these vehicles aren't going to stay in one piece for long!

It was still the monsoon season, so looking across miles of brilliant emerald-green rice fields we could see late-afternoon thunderstorms building on the horizon.

We finally met up with our bus and after another good few hours spent bouncing along at a snails-pace we inevitably longed for the open-air 'comfort' of the pick-ups. However by then we were in the middle of a torrential storm, so maybe not.

We arrived in Siem-Reap around midnight and checked into the hostel where the bus dropped us. Nobody had any energy left to explore other options by then. Perhaps the travel company plan it like this to help ensure you stay in their chosen accommodation. However you've only paid a few dollars to travel all the way from Bangkok - and had the most amazing experience along the way, so I for one wasn't going to complain.

happy travelling

10. Posted by SabrinaG (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hi All

Just to let ya's know that we decided on the bus route and yes all you who said it would be an adventure still under sold it. I thought our roads in Ireland we bad but...!

Left Bangkok yesterday morning at 7:30am, took us 3 1/2 hours to get to border which was pleasant enough, had a wee kip, watched a movie, read a bit.. fine. Got through the border control with relative easy and then I saw it... "The Road".. or should I say the rubble durt track with craters everywhere, as soon as we started I had to take a pic, i had never driven for any length on anything like that which i told our guide, who laughed and said it gets worse, which it did. We left the border at 2:30am and reached Siem Reap just before midnight. It was one of the most harrowing journeys Ive ever taken and Ill prob never be on roads again like that (except for the return journey in 2 days time!!) but I am soooo glad i did it, its a real experience, you get to see real life Cambodia and Id defo recommend anyone to do it... just bring a cushion for your sore behind!