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1. Posted by brynico83 (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

Hi,

Can someone please advice of a good way to do this journey. I will prob be going by bus, tohugh i have heard and many scams and dodgy buses.

Can any advise, give name of a good bus company to go with??

Many thanks :)

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

Bryn,
Many do the BKK-Siem Reap on their own and you can as well. There is a very helpful website that has done all the work for us. Go here and read about the scams and problems. The Poipet border is better than in past years and the road is also better, making for a shorter trip. Good Luck.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1653 posts) 8y

Quoting brynico83

Hi,

Can someone please advice of a good way to do this journey. I will prob be going by bus, tohugh i have heard and many scams and dodgy buses.

Can any advise, give name of a good bus company to go with??

Many thanks :)

What makes a "good way" is probably a matter of personal preference. I flew to Phnom Penh from Bangkok, after checking out that city for a few days I took a boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. I could have taken the boat back to Phnom Penh but I opted for a cheap flight.

Anytime I hear about "dodgy" bus deals is when they are negotiated through companies in or out of the Khao San Road area. Some stories of stuff stolen from bags in the storage locker to buses breaking down.

http://www.talesofasia.com/cambodia-overland-bkksr-package.htm

Good luck.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

as Mike says, the journey has improved recently. when i looked into it a couple of years ago the route was still a bit of a nightmare, so I flew with Bangkok airways for around $80.

5. Posted by koroviev (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I know it doesn't seem like the consensus but at least I had no problems doing it by one of those 'VIP buses' (air conditioned vans). I and my travel companion went to several travel agencies in khao san road and opted for the cheapest plan, something like 25 dollars I think (one way, each ticket) from Bangkok to Siem Reap through Poipet, we were almost in full expectation of some fight to the death with our drivers over our bags and passports in some dark, war-torn lost city near the Cambodian border but it was surprisingly easy. The road from the Cambodian border to Siem Reap was indeed a bit bumpy but in the 25 (maybe a little less or a little more) bucks we got a private car with air conditioner, it was just us two, the driver and this couple. The driver was nice, stopped when we wanted to and dropped us off at our hotel.
The van left from Khao San road at like 8 am I think, and we got to our hotel in Siem Reap at 7 something pm that day.

From Siem Reap to Koh Chang was another story though...

6. Posted by gwelty (Full Member 83 posts) 8y

I'd preferably fly from Bkk to SR or Phnom Penh. You can find flights around £35 (www.airasia.com), the flights lasts an hour, and scammers are nonexistent. I've flown into Phnom Penh, then took the bus from PP to Siem Reap.

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

Bryn,
As stated above, you do have an option that is not too expensive. There are no cheap flights:BKK-REP. but you can fly Air Asia into PNH for less than $80. You should see Phnom Penh while in Cambodia anyway. Fly into PP, then take the bus or boat up to Siem Reap after 2-3 days in PP. Good road now and you cannot argue about the price: $5-10 PP-SR, depending on what company you choose. Or take the boat from PP-SR, but will cost around $23 one way.

Once you have toured Angkor, the trip back to BKK is not as difficult as the reverse. Now that you have been in Cambodia awhile, the scam artists figure you won't fall for their lies. Check with your guesthouse about a share taxi to the Thai border or take the bus. Across the border and either bus, train, van or share taxi into BKK. Not that difficult anymore. Good Luck.

8. Posted by b3k (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

If you're looking for something a bit different my partner and I found a cycle tour from Bangkok to Siem Reap, and then around Ankor.
It takes 7 days and is quite resonably priced...well we feel it is.
Here's the link if you want to check it out... http://www.spiceroads.com/cambodia/bangkok_angkor

We havent done it yet so cant comment on what its like but its something a bit different and a cool way to see the countryside...

We will be on the tour departing Bankok around 28th Dec 2008...