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11. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

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

Thanks, Sofia! It helps a lot!

12. Posted by danalasta (Respected Member 519 posts) 11y

Hi toothache

My advice: from morchit 2 in BKK, take air-con bus (counter 25)193B for Aranyaprathet (4-5 hrs),stay overnight and early next morning, take tuk tuk to Poipet border. The reason is by the time you arrive in Aran from BKK, the checkpoint will be milling with people -mostly Thai gamblers to casinos.Once you cross over to Poipet, to avoid getting harassed by touts, say you are going to Sisaphon..in fact it is better, and cheaper to take pick up truck/shared taxi to Sisaphon, as it is easy to get bus (Ho Wah Genting operates service) to Battambang/Siem reap. If you want less of a bumpy ride, go to Battambang, stay overnight ( visit killing caves), and then next day take ferry boat (US$15) for a 5 hr ride to Siem Reap. If you stay in Hotel Chnaang in Battambang,they will get the ferry ticket for you.

I just returned from a trip to Cambodia & Laos.

Have a pleasant trip

13. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

I used talesofasia.com when I planned my honeymoon there. We went overland with minimal problems. Just keep an eye on your belongings and money in Poipet when crossing... I'd also print out the page that Gordon has on the basics of crossing overland if that's how you do it. Study it like it's a final test in school!

I have to say I really liked Aranyaprathet. If anyone knows someone there, tell them some American girl thinks they're great. We spent the night there, and the people are just the best. There isn't really a whole lot to do as compared with other places, but I found a clinic that was able to help me replace some lost asthma medicine, a place to shoot off a few quick e-mails, and a small restaurant where we got a couple of sodas and watched the Miss Universe pageant with some locals. It was really fun, actually. We all sat down and shared some fruit together and watched the parade of hair spray, lipstick, and overly bright smiles. I think the food even tasted better.

14. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Just wanted to add that it really helps to befriend a person or two in line with you when crossing the border. We met up with a guy from the UK who lives in BKK right now. We buddied up with him for a taxi to Siem Reap and back, as we happened to be travelling on the same dates. You can try the trucks to Sisophon, but I'd go for the cabs. And ditto to the above post: skip the touts! And be really, really firm. You should be able to get a taxi to Siem Reap from Poipet for $28 to $30 (USD), so splitting it between three or four people is the best way to go. Just make sure that it's only three or four people, because they will try to get as many as eight in a Camry, with the driver sitting on someone's lap!

Take plenty of US currency with you, but when you're at the border going through the Cambodian visa lines, insist that you have nothing but US currency or Cambodian currency, and not Thai baht.

Who knows what their latest scams are.

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