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1. Posted by Nikki3905 (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

hi just wondering best way to get to angkor wat from thailand - the quickest way but preferably not flying. Do you have to pay for a visa and if so in advance?

also is it worth going there and substituting stuff in thailand to see it if only there for 3 weeks

thanks,

nikki

2. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Overland , From Bangkok to the Thai/Cambodia border you can do this easy by tour operators or you can use the bus service in Bangkok . You can get you Visa on the border on the Thai side (Make shure you have a couple of passport photos) and your departure card . once you are on the Cambodian side you wont be short of people who will take you to Siem Reap am not shure how much it costs . If you go from a tour operator it will take you right through from Bangkok to Siem Reap for about 500 baht , but it can be an uncomfortable journey for some (i didn't think it was that bad) compared to what t i`d heard from other people. The only problem with the tour operators is that some of them pretend to break down so it take longer and you are tired . The logic behind this is that you will stay in there guest house when you arrive at midnight rather that walking around trying to find accom.Another thing is don't change any money on the border people will tell you that you can only use Khmer money in Siem reap and will offer you a money exchange for dollars , don't bother they rip you off something rotten . Dollars are fine and there are plenty of places to exchange it otherwise .

3. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

Oh and if you have 3 weeks you could have a nice beach holiday in Thailand for 2 weeks and a week in Cambodia. 1 week is enough time to enjoy yourself in Cambodia .You could do Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in a week to see the killing fields and S21 as well .

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Nikki,
I am going to suggest you fly BKK-PNH. Air Asia flies this for about $60 one way. Spend 2-3 days in Phnom Penh and then either bus/boat up to Siem Reap. Bus is much cheaper: $5 vs $22. Buy the 3 day Angkor pass: $40. I recommend you hire a moto guide for $7-8 and head out to the complex as early as you can. I went out before sunrise one day for the experience. Cooler temps and very special. You may get lucky and have a great sunrise. Some try to do it all in one very tough day and save themselves $20. But it would be a shame to only spend one day in one of the world's special places. You maybe tired of rock hopping after two days, but one really is not enough.

As Paul said, you can go overland on your own or with one of the many Khao San Rd tour shops. This trip has left many BPs saying; 'never again. The problems are many, but you will be certainly be overcharged for your Cambodian visa when you hit Poipet. Should be $20, but you will be charged $30-35 in Thai baht. This is probably the worse border crosssing between the two countries. Not a fun experience. It is simply easier to go from Siem Reap to BKK then it is BKK to SR.

If you do vote to go overland BKK-SR, read about the route on the 'talesofasia' website. Gordon lives in Siem Reap and has just heaps of advice on Cambodia. Read about it plus the readers contributions and you may rethink your route. I think you will have a better experience by flying into PNH and going overland back to BKK than overland into Cambodia. Hope this helps with your decision.

5. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

If you prefer not to fly, I suggest you go overland from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Not necessarily easy but I thought the experience that I had was well worth it.

Take the bus from Bangkok Morchit Station to Aranyaphratet (Thai side of border). Bus journey takes about 5 hours. From there, take a tuk tuk for about 10 minutes to Poipet (Cambodian border). Once you are at Poipet, you can get a taxi (basically, unregistered Toyota Camry) for about USD40 for the whole car (you can find other travellers to share).

Depending on how road condition is (bear in mind the road from Poipet to Siem Reap is 80% dirt road and if conditions are bad, you're in for a very very bumpy ride) the journey takes at the very least 3 hours or 5-6 hours or even longer if the dirt road hasnt been patched up by the authorities.

You can get very up to date information on the condition of this route on tales of asia http://www.talesofasia.com

6. Posted by jafatuf (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

If you go overland, I would definitely go with a taxi once you get to the Cambodia side. Find a few travelers to spilt the $40 fare, divided by 4 it is the same cost as the bus and takes hours less. Plus it is one hell of a wild ride.
One thing to consider when getting your visa at the Cambodian border is that I was able to pay an extra $5 US and receive my visa in minutes, instead of hours. The border town is not a place you will want to spend a lot of time at and by dropping 5 more dollars I got to Seim a lot earlier and was able to have an enjoyable evening there.
Good advice on the tales of asia site, it helpe me a lot.
Justin

7. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 9y

A tour operator will take one to Angkor or SR for 500 BAHT??? Isnt that cheap already. A tour operator are those in Khao san rOAD???

If I fly to the Capital of Cambodia, I will spend about 60 dollars??? air asia? how much is 60$ change to Baht?

The Angkor Complex has an entrance fee? Are there accomodations in Siem Reap that cost 70 to 100 BAHT per night?

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Quoting Swept Away

A tour operator will take one to Angkor or SR for 500 BAHT??? Isnt that cheap already. A tour operator are those in Khao san rOAD???
If I fly to the Capital of Cambodia, I will spend about 60 dollars??? air asia? how much is 60$ change to Baht?
The Angkor Complex has an entrance fee? Are there accomodations in Siem Reap that cost 70 to 100 BAHT per night?

Yes, many tour operators will book you from BKK to Siem Reap from the Khao San Road area. Read about the problems and scams on the website: talesofasia.com. Do it on your own!

Air Asia flies BKK-PNH for about $60, depends on how far in advance you book your ticket. This is approximately 2,000 baht.

Yes, there is an entrance fee to visit the Angkor Wat temple complex. A one day pass: $20, a 3 day pass: $40, 7 day pass: $60. Cambodians do not have to pay, all other nationalities do. Siem Reap has a wide range of accomodations. Some are in the 70-100 baht range. Single fan room with share bath.

9. Posted by Not Lost (Full Member 132 posts) 9y

Quoting Swept Away

The Angkor Complex has an entrance fee? Are there accomodations in Siem Reap that cost 70 to 100 BAHT per night?

Yes, there is an entrance fee for Angkor Wat. If i remember correctly, USD20 for one day and USD40 for 3 days or something like that.

There are lots of cheap but good guesthouses in Siem Reap. From USD10 to USD15. I stayed at the Villa Siem Reap the last time I was there (end 2005) and paid USD15 for an air cond room with a double bed and attached bath with breakfast.

Go check out Tales of Asia. They have good recommendations for guesthouses as well besides very informative sections on travelling to and from Siem Reap.