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1. Posted by Mr.Tom (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hi,

Planning to head to Siem Reap for a few days in mid December. Going to fly there from Bangkok but head back to Ko Chang, Thailand by land. Is it a fairly straightforward journey?

Cheers

Tom

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

I did this last August. There is no real straight forward way of doing this. This is what I did: taxi to poipet, tuk-tuk to bus station in Aranyaprathet, bus to Bangkok, bus to Pattaya, mini-bus to Laem Ngop, ferry to Ko Chang. A more direct route is to Get to Aranyaprathet then either bus it to Bangkok and then onto to Trat and down or instead of Bangkok head down to Chanta buri and change buses there. There are no direct buses to Trat from Aranyaprathet. Some people are heading from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, down to Sihanoukville and then up the coast to Ko Chang. Whatever way you go the island is worth it.

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

We just said the heck with it and took a songthaew. It ended up costing about the same as doing the whole bus-train-etc. route. Only we went from Trat up to Aranyaprathet. The driver was a great guy. Nice thing is because you agree on a price beforehand, you don't get stiffed at the end. He took some more scenic backroads that we otherwise would have missed. The drive is very pretty.

You can also cross at Pailin, which is about half the distance, and then go up through Battambang to get to Siem Reap, going around the tip of Tonle Sap. I wouldn't recommend taking a boat across the lake as some of the boats that are operated as a shuttle service are in need of some serious repairs. It is probably faster to get through the crossing at Pailin, but it might take longer in the end because of the condition of the highways in Cambodia.

On the other hand, if you don't make it to either crossing with enough time left to get into Siem Reap, at least in Aranyaprathet it's fairly easy to find a place to stay. There is a clean, quiet place on the highway just east of town for about $10/night. You can catch a tuk tuk to the crossing without a problem.

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

Quoting rbyslipahs

.......You can also cross at Pailin, which is about half the distance, and then go up through Battambang to get to Siem Reap, going around the tip of Tonle Sap. I wouldn't recommend taking a boat across the lake as some of the boats that are operated as a shuttle service are in need of some serious repairs. It is probably faster to get through the crossing at Pailin, but it might take longer in the end because of the condition of the highways in Cambodia.

On the other hand, if you don't make it to either crossing with enough time left to get into Siem Reap, at least in Aranyaprathet it's fairly easy to find a place to stay. There is a clean, quiet place on the highway just east of town for about $10/night. You can catch a tuk tuk to the crossing without a problem.

I did the Battambang-Siem reap crossing early last month, and thoroughly enjoyed the journey...passing through the wetlands...the fast ferry fare is USD15 pp, and it took 5 1/2 hours...certainly longer during the drier period (march-may). no breakdown anywhere...

as for aran, yup, u can find some good place to stay.. and the tuk tuk fare to the poipet border is not more than 40B from the market.

have fun..

dana