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1. Posted by charli3309 (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

Hey in Thailand at mo and would like to get Cambodia in before heading to oz. We have about 2 days spare to do it. Any advice on where to go and how from Bangkok? no idea what area! looked up train and it seems you have to use train and bus.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

With only 2 days your option is to either fly or don't waste your time. Flying into Phomn Pehn is an option, though in my opinion it's not a city worth seeing just on it's own. But in two days you won't be able to see anything else, so it's probably not worth the effort. Your best option would be to fly into Siam Reap and hope that you have time to check out Angkor, though that generally takes at least one very full day on it's own. Then it's right back on the plane to Bangkok. Trains are pretty much not an option in Cambodia (but they do exist), so overland travel from Bangkok means a bus or minivan. This takes a good chunk of the day to get from Bangkok to Siam Reap, so if you literally mean you have two days, then it's one day to get there, a few hours to kick around in the evening, and then one day back to Bangkok. Don't waste your time, stay in Thailand, and come back to Cambodia when you have at least a week to spare.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 7y

I agree, it would just be too rushed in 2 days, and you would hardly have time to enjoy it. I would go back another time when you have time to explore it properly, spend a 2-3 days at Angkor, and visit some other places such as Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. If you do decide to go this time, I think flying is your only option due to your time frame. I got a good deal with Bangkok Airways from Siem Reap to Bangkok. This way you could have 1.5 days at Angkor, which is the highlight of Cambodia.

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

Charlotte,
I would not try to rush over to Cambodia for 2 days. Wait until you have more time.

You could fly into Siem Reap and do a rush trip around Angkor Wat, but why? 1.5 days to see one of the most incredible temple comples on the planet? I see Bex said she got a good rate BKK-REP. I just did a quick search of BKK Air and did not think over $350 r/t for an hour flight is a 'good deal'. If Air Asia can every get a chance to fly BKK-REP, then prices will be reasonable. My 2 cents.

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3711 posts) 7y

Quoting vegasmike6

Charlotte,
I would not try to rush over to Cambodia for 2 days. Wait until you have more time.

You could fly into Siem Reap and do a rush trip around Angkor Wat, but why? 1.5 days to see one of the most incredible temple comples on the planet? I see Bex said she got a good rate BKK-REP. I just did a quick search of BKK Air and did not think over $350 r/t for an hour flight is a 'good deal'. If Air Asia can every get a chance to fly BKK-REP, then prices will be reasonable. My 2 cents.

I reckon it must have been because I flew a couple of years ago before the fuel prices went up - I paid $80. That was one way though.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 20, 2008, at 1:06 AM by bex76 ]

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

Quoting bex76

I reckon it must have been because I flew a couple of years ago before the fuel prices went up - I paid $80. That was one way though.

Bex, that is certainly a good deal. BKK Air has a monopoly and charges what it wants. I picked a random date in May, figuring it would be better than high season. Over $350 is no deal when you can do it overland for under $40 one-way . Here is what Gordon from 'taleofasia' has to say about BKK REP.

"The most popular route is to/from Bangkok and Bangkok Airways is the only carrier running this route and the cost is predictably expensive. Plan on around $140-160 USD one way and $300 USD return for what is all of a 45-minute flight. At this point I remind you that we're not supposed to talk about the Open Skies policy and why is it, when a policy states that anyone can fly in to Cambodia from anywhere, we have but a single carrier running a monopoly on the most popular route? But as I said, we're not supposed to talk about that so it wasn't me who brought it up. But if you're interested to know the deal is in force until 2009."