Siem Reap is safer to walk around then most towns and cities in the U.K. and you should have no problems but obvisiously do not go around with lots of valuables on you.
Phnom Penh you need to be more wary in the evenings but during the day you should have no problems.
A flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap is at least 130$.
If you want to go overland then take the bus to the border then take a taxi from Poipet for around 45$ and the taxi should take 3-4hrs depending on the road conditions. You probably will meet someone on the bus who you can share the taxi with. Do not take the bus all the way from Bangkok to Siem Reap as you will be scammed at least 5 times.
The visa is only 20$ at border not 1000 baht or 25$, if they say more then 20$ tell them politely that the Embassy told you it was only 20$. There is no express service to get through immigration cheaper. You do not pay for anything else at the border either like a medical certificate.
If you get the tour bus from Khoasan road then it will stop at a restaurant 4km from the border, flag down a tuk tuk from here to the border for 60 baht otherwise you will wait a couple of hours while they scam the other travellers on the bus.
Siem Reap is very safe and you will have a great time.
You have chosen to visit (in my opinion) one of the most fascinating countries in the world. I was there for little more than a month and I have travelled in big cities as well as small villages. I flew directly from Australia to Phnom Penh and then started my trip from there. I never had a problem with law, infrastructures and people. I found it one of the easiest country to travel within. Obviously you don't have to be pretentious, full of preconcepts and snob. If you are open minded and enthusiast about Asia and its people you will love this wonderful country. What I loved the most was the people, I felt like home, so friendly! But I also loved the beach side and its lifestye (make sure you save some time to go to Sihanoukville, I was almost deciding to migrate there ) . And please make sure you visit the country side and its enchanting green rice fields. Good luck with your trip and should you need any info please message me.
I'm on my own right now in Phnom Penh. Last night I got lost in the backstreets on my own for about an hour. I stopped into a cafe and asked directions via lonely planet and a selection of maps (I didnt know where on the map I was, since the small road names aren't posted). Despite the language barrier, they were glad to help.
Just keep your wits about you, if the alley to your guesthouse looks dark and eerie, take the a detour along a well lit street. I've had minor incidents in Thailand with locals, and with fellow male travellers in Lao. Try not go out alone, it's easy to meet people! Plus the Khmer people love to try and talk the little english they know, they're so friendly.
Ohhh but I do have a question to everyone else. I've heard that Sihoukenville is very dangerous and corrupt. A girl told me numerous horror stories while she was there because the police are easily paid off by theives, criminals and pedophiles. But from others I've heard it's an amazing, beautiful beach place.
Anyone had any good/bad experiences? Most likely I'd be heading there on my own.
Hi guys -
I lived in Cambodia for about a year and a half and in Sihanoukville for about 6 months and never had any problems. In fact I felt safer there and in Phnom Penh than I do in the UK - less drunken idiots around anyway. There is a lot of corruption around everywhere in Cambodia, but then that's par for the course in many developing countries. The really dodgy area in Sihanoukville is around the brothel area near the port, as you can imagine it's not the nicest of places to go. But apart from that, Sihanoukville has some amazing beaches and friendly guesthouses and locals. And if you can find anyone that's running trips to the islands off the coast around there, they are absolutely, mindblowingly beautiful.
As always, in these places (and anywhere in the world - just think about London on a friday night) it all boils down to a mixture of luck and judgement. Sometimes you're just plain unlucky. But most of the time, unpleasant situations are easily avoided by taking sensible precautions - arrive during the day, spend some time sussing the place out before you go out on your own in the middle of the night, try and take a motodop that you know, and trust your intuition at all times. If it feels wrong, leave. You know the drill.
Take care and have fun,