I will be in Siem Reap in Feb and from there I want to get to Ko Chang in Thailand. So far I can only see the easiest way is to get a bus to Bangkok and then to Trat, this seems like to much hassell. Does anyone know an easier way to cut straight down instead of accross to Bangkok? Has anyone taxied it??
See the PM I replied to you with, but if you do end up taking the bus, you actually don't have to go all the way back to Bangkok. You basically take a bus to Sa Kaew, which is about 50 km west of Aranyaprathet, and then take another bus from Sa Kaew south down to Chantaburi, and then southeast on to Trat. If you don't speak Thai, what I would do is have someone write directions out for you in Thai (like at a hotel in Bangkok) so that it's easier to ask for help later on.
You can also take a taxi from Siem Reap down through Battambang to the border crossing at Pailin. It's not nearly as crowded, and a songthaew fare would be a bit less expensive from there to Trat/Laem Ngop.
We decided to be wimps and just take a songthaew for the whole distance, and our driver certainly gave us our money's worth. I can't remember how much we paid exactly, but it was decent enough, and certainly worth the time and effort to bypass sorting out all the bus schedules.
I've done exactly that in December 2005. Took the overland route from SR to Trat. As usual, got a private taxi to Poipet. Got a really good deal from the tuk-tuk driver we hired to see Angkor Wat. Managed to haggle it to USD30 for the whole car (I couldnt believe it at first).
At the Thai border crossing, there will be a shop with a huge sign which says "Taxi to Koh Chang". Dont bother, both times we asked, the reply was no taxi today.
There are a few travel agents but all quoting TB3500 for a ride which is extremely exorbitant. But there is another travel agent when we asked said they have the minivan to Trat for TB500 per person and it only takes 2.5 hours.
We didnt go for this option as we were lucky enough to meet this Bangkok taxi driver who was looking for passengers back to Bangkok. As he couldnt find any passengers to Bangkok, he decided to drive us to Trat before heading back to Bangkok. We paid him TB1500 for the whole taxi which took about 4.5 hours to Trat.
So whether the minivan could get there in 2.5 hours is questionable.
My advice, do hang around and ask around the loitering taxi drivers. No harm done.
Thanks for your replies its been really helpful.
I think we might get a share taxi to poipet and then try and get a taxi or minivan to Trat. Is it fairly easy to get share taxis to the border and how long does it usually take from Siem Reap??
Is it best to loiter looking for a taxi to Trat at the border crossing or is it best in Aranthya Prathet?
From Siem Reap to Poipet as the road condition stands currently, it takes 3 hours (i think that's the fastest when road conditions are at its best).
I personally think it would be easier to get a taxi at the thai side of the border crossing than in Aran.