Hi everyone, im heading for bangkok in a couple of weeks but i only intend to spend a couple of nights there then i was hoping to travel through Cambodia and then vietnam. I can get a cheap flight to Bangkok but from there i was wanting to travel overland but i dont know much about the train system to get me to Cambodia and then Vietnam and once im there how long it would take travelling by train or bus through these countries can anyone help me out. I have about a month and i want to see as much of these countries as possible. Would a month be enough. And if possible i was hoping maybe to see Laos as well and i had given some thought to Chiang Mai as well but not esential. I have a budget of around £1500 i was hoping this would be enough. Any help would be so much appreciated. Sorry for the long post but i would like to experience maybe travelling by boat as i heard about travelling on the mekong which sounded really interesting.
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I know some about Vietnam and Cambodia. You can take boat from Phnompenh to Ho Chi Minh city, or bus. And I recommend by boat, if you like it. To see Mekong both in Cambodia and Vietnam.
In Vietnam, you can take bus, train or fly along the country. Of course, bus is the cheapest with the Open bus in Vietnam, can stop everwhere with 1 ticket. Along the country may take you at least 3 weeks, or more, if you have time.
And From Hanoi, Vietnam, you can take bus to Vientian. Takes 20 hours.
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From BKK you can travel by train or bus to the Thai border town of Aranyaprateth, and then walk cross the boder checkpoint. The checkpoint working hours is now 7am to 8 pm. If you go to Arantaprateth by bus, beware when you buy the bus ticket at Khaosarn Rd travel agents in BKK that may be unbelievably cheap. It may be in fact rip-off. Be advised that the Cambodian visa can be issued at the Cambodiam immigration office (USD20) on the Cambodian side at the border, and in no ways you will have to stop before the border to get the visa. Just don't follow these bad guys.
After that I think you want to see the temples of Angkor. Take a bus or taxi from the Cambodian border town of Poipet to Siem Reap. After Siem Reap, you can take a speedboat-USD25 (cheaper is aircon bus-USD5) through the great Tonle Sap lake to Phnom Penh. You may want to use Phnom Penh as a base to see more of Cambodia. Take a bus&taxi to visit the wild northeast of Cambodia and take a bus to the beach in the south.
From Phnom Penh you can easily go to Saigon by direct bus (USD9-12) or by boat.
The following websites give some useful info of Travel in Cambodia :
-www.talesofasia.com :travel overland from BKK to Cambodia's Siem Reap, check for many rip-off techniques of some bad guys
-www.canbypublications.com :travel and tourism in Cambodia, very practical
-www.yaklom.com in Yaklom Hill Lodge's page, travel to the northeast of Cambodia's Ratanakiri province, up to date)
Good luck and enjoy our heritage.
hi suwannaphu, your help of travelling from bangkok - cambodia has been of great help. I am planning to go from bangkok to cambodia- preferably to both Siem reap and phnon penh for 2-3 days trip. Can you provide me the itinery? let say if by land, how much it will cost? and roughly how long it will take. how long it will take from siem reap to phnom pehn. I need it urgently as i plan to go there in 25 jun. pls advice on anything that i need to becare of, or take note of. Travel together with other 3 members. many many thanks
Great information, and appreciate you guys sharing your insights; making the experience all the more enjoyable for others!
And suggestion on comfortable and clean accomodations across the border in Siem Reip, Angkor and Ho Chi Minh city?
Enjoying the travels!
You can do a slow boat down the Mekong River from Huay Xai on the Thai/Laos border, to Luang Prabang in Laos, which takes 2 days. You cross the border at Chiang Khong in Thailand which is a few hours' drive from Chiang Mai. There are plenty of tour companies in Chiang Mai which can organise a package which includes transport to the border, one night in chiang khong, visa fee and boat trip. During the river trip you stop over night in Pak Beng in Laos, which you must pay for yourself.