I'm in Phnom Penh right now, and plan to head to Siem Reap for a few days for AW. From there, I'm thinking of heading straight to Luang Prabang, but I don't want to fly there because it is ridiculously expensive (departure AND arrival taxes by the Cambos and Laos). Is there is an alternate border crossing I can take near Siem Reap, or would I have to take the bus back to Phnom Penh just to hop on another bus to Stung Treng?
Then from LP, I need to figure out where I will go in China. I'm very wary of airport taxes and wouldn't mind taking to the roads. Any suggestions/warnings? Thanks.
As far as I know, unless you are willing to fly, the only roadway to get from SR to Laos would be to double back to Phnom Penh- From there you can go north to Stung Treng and cross into Laos- While there, on your way up to LP, I would recommend a stop in Don Det. I went this route, and if you aren't pressed for time you can also stop in Pakse, Ventiene, VangVieng, and (Phonsovan) before reaching Luang Prabang. You can go by land into China from northern Laos, I believe at Boten, north of Luang Namtha- although I did not do this I heard of some people who went this route...
maybe you can try like this guy. he travelled by land from chiang mai into laos and then into china. http://www.thai-blogs.com/index.php?blog=17 . maybe this can helps you out a little bit. i will be doing this trip from malaysia-china by land in few months time as well. well,enjoy your journey!