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1. Posted by toothache (Full Member 82 posts) 11y

Hello everyone?

Plan:

Bangkok-Poipet Border-Siam Reap by shuttle bus from khao san??

or

Bangkok-(bus/train)-Arahnya Prathet-(overnight??)-Poipet-Siam Reap?

Wondering if you guys could help me on...

Which is the best mode of arrival?
What time can I arrive with either one of these?

My preference is to reach Siam Reap by at least 5pm...
Being a solo female.. hehe..

Well, do tell me your travelogue.. or other ways u travelled and come across!

thanks!

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

All I can say is do not take the mini-bus option from KSR unless you are a masochist. I did the route in August (ok it was only $6 so what was I expecting?) and it was not a very pleasant experience. Despite what the guide books say the road is NOT paved and there are potholes big enough to swallow large trucks. Heading back to Thailand I took a private taxi which was more comfortable and a little more comfortable. If you have the money its best to fly in otherwise you too might get to spend the night in a rice paddie in the middle of nowhere Cambodia.

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

Toothache;
You can do the trip on public bus BKK to Aranyaprathet, moto to the border, walk across and get a share taxi to SR in one long day. Figure about 8-9 hours BKK to SR. This is 4-5 hours less than the KSR 'package tour'. Send me a PM if you want full details. It is better to stay in Aran overnight and do the trip in 2 days instead of one very long travel day. Good luck.

4. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

I did it the other way, Siem Reap to Bangkok, on the shuttle bus, it was a nightmare! I would recommend walking over that bus! We all just got left at the border with no idea where to go to get our connecting bus. Waited at the border for several hours, a bus arrives to take us to BKK, or so we thought, ended up getting dropped at a cafe for 2 hours looking at our bus in the car park, then eventually got to BKK about 6 hours late at midnight. Apparently this is pretty common...

Oh, and the road is horrible on the Cambodian side.

But, it's all good fun if you're not in a rush and just accept that you'll get there when you get there! Nice scenery.

5. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Quoting toothache

Hello everyone?

Plan:

Bangkok-Poipet Border-Siam Reap by shuttle bus from khao san??

or

Bangkok-(bus/train)-Arahnya Prathet-(overnight??)-Poipet-Siam Reap?

Wondering if you guys could help me on...

Which is the best mode of arrival?
What time can I arrive with either one of these?

My preference is to reach Siam Reap by at least 5pm...
Being a solo female.. hehe..

Well, do tell me your travelogue.. or other ways u travelled and come across!

thanks!

My experience was : Bangkok-Poipet (By A/C bus)-Poipet-Siem Reap (By lorry). The journey was full of adventure. So, can try that.

6. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

We took the 6am train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet and then crossed the border around 1pm, got our visas and at the visa lodgement building got harrassed about going by bus. We heard it was a terrible thing so did't take the offer. They offered a discount if we took the last 2 seats on the bus. No thanks!

We walked through the immigration and were surrounded by about 15 touts all trying to get us to follow them to a share taxi... anyway, i could tell you the story but won't get into it here...

We found a share taxi but took it for ourselves. It cost 1100Baht from Poipet to Siem Reap and took about 4 hours. It was hellishly bumpy but I liked it! My boyfriend hated it and wished he had flown. I would do it again if someone wanted to go that way though.

So after leaving Bangkok at 6am we got to Siem Reap at about 5pm. A long day but a day I'll never forget!

7. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

forgot to mention there's a really good website about the current conditions of crossing the thailand/cambodia border:

http://www.talesofasia.com/cambodia-overland.htm

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 11y

Quoting toothache

Hello everyone?

Plan:

Bangkok-Poipet Border-Siam Reap by shuttle bus from khao san??

or

Bangkok-(bus/train)-Arahnya Prathet-(overnight??)-Poipet-Siam Reap?

Wondering if you guys could help me on...

Which is the best mode of arrival?
What time can I arrive with either one of these?

My preference is to reach Siam Reap by at least 5pm...
Being a solo female.. hehe..

Well, do tell me your travelogue.. or other ways u travelled and come across!

thanks!

Another way to get to Siem Reap is by boat from Pnom Penh. If you fly to Pnom Penh you can check out that city a little and book a ride on a boat to Siem Reap. The ride takes around 3.5 hrs. to 6 hrs. After touring Angkor Wat you can return to Thailand overland.

Shuttle busses from KSR Bangkok are not always reliable. I'd stick with the regular cross country busses from a bus station.

Good luck.

9. Posted by toothache (Full Member 82 posts) 11y

thank you all so much for the wonderful suggestions!

i have been researching the way thru! i hope to make it on my next travel destination soon!;)

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

Quoting soapsuds

forgot to mention there's a really good website about the current conditions of crossing the thailand/cambodia border:

http://www.talesofasia.com/cambodia-overland.htm

That is a GREAT website for the info requested here. It couldnt be more accurate. Good tip soapsuds!