Hi all travellers,
I'm keen to visit siem reap and angkor wat and will be in Bangkok in mid October. I have a few options and would like to hear what your experiences were with them.
1) Fly direct from Bangkok to siem reap, Bangkok Air is the only option?
2) Overland from Bangkok to siem reap? Takes 9 hrs and rough?
3) Fly to phnom penh, then bus to siem reap; how easy is it to organise once i'm in PP and cost?
Also, when I get to siem reap, is it easy to organise a day trip to angkor wat?
A lot depends upon your budget. By far the quickest and easiest way is to fly BKK to Siem Reap - but the most expensive.
The alternative, to fly by say Air Asia to PP and then bus to SR, is a possibility. An early flight from BKK to PP may enable you to get a later bus to SR but I feel that, in all probability, you would have to overnight in PP . If so, allow about $12 for a cheap but reasonably comfortable guest house.
The best bus from PP to SR is the Mekong Express which probably costs about $10 one way. It takes roughly 5 hours with a break en route. There are cheaper buses but they are not nearly as comfortable and only save you a couple of dollars at the most.
The route by bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap is, everything considered, the next fastest and cheapest - its not, however, for the faint hearted.
Take your pick !!.
For a real adventure, go overland BKK-SR. Read about it here first however. That is your cheapest option by far. You can make this trip for under $40 one way. Personally, if you have a bit of room in your budget, I would fly BKK- PNH one way on Air Asia, spend a few days in Phnom Penh, then either bus or boat up to SR. Then go overland back to BKK. There are less hassles going back to BKK than the reverse. This way you get to see PP and have an a memorable adventure bumping back to BKK.
Every GH will arrange either a motorbike tour or a group tour. I would pick one from the tales of asia and let them know what bus you are arriving on. Most will pick you up. Good Luck.
Having done this a few weeks ago I would recommend (if you have time) getting the bus from BKK to SR. The roads are fine on the thai side of the border and fair enough, they're bumpy on the cambodia side but it only lasts for 3-4 hours (nothing in terms of times for bus rides in this part of the world).
Unless you're arthritic & about to fall apart you'll be absolutely fine - plus it's part of the experience!