People have said that its not gonna be an easy part of the trip. The trains/buses uncomfortable, multitudes of scams, problems with theft and interference with luggage etc....is it that bad?
I know a one way flight from Bangkok to either destination costs around UK£80.
Anyone got any advice?
Hey Joe -
It's true the bus is not comfortable from Bangkok - it's long and tiring, but cheap. I have a friend who just came to visit me and it took him 15 hours to get to Phnom Penh. A couple of those hours were spent waiting at the Thai / Cambodian border, so maybe you could do it in 10 - 12.
I don't know so much about the scams - I don't know anyone whose had major problems, but as with any extended trip with lots of people milling about, you have to be vigilant.
I go pretty frequently between Phnom Penh and Bangkok and always fly - it's worth the money in terms of time saved, with the minimum of hassle.
Is 6000Baht a pretty standard one-way price or are there deals available if you know where to look?
Hey Joe -
you mean for the airfare? 6000 Baht is a round trip fare, but one ways aren't much cheaper - maybe 4000 Baht or so.
There aren't many deals going on - the flights are usually pretty booked. There is a big NGO / expat community in Phnom Penh that regularly flees to Bangkok on a regular basis... The Absolute cheapest you may get a round trip fare is $136, $138 or so...
Try the Bangkok Air site (Asia Discovery Pass)for multi stop deals on a good airline,esp if you want to go to a few places besides Siem Riep...can recommend it from experience.Siem Riep is quite sleepy and low key...Miss P
A few months ago i took a bus from bangkok to the border, another bus from the border to siem reap .. it was uncomfortable but fine .. then i took a boat from siem reap to phnom penh .. which was great and really interesting ..
we headed into vietnam after phnom penh so i don't know what the trip back is like .. i've heard there's a harbor town in the south (sianoukville or something like that) and you can take a boat back over the border which i've heard is incredible ..
as far as flights .. if you dont mind paying for it, do it .. but the bus isn't aweful .. just bad .