I'm thinking in going to Sikhanoukville from Bangkok, stay there for a few days and then go to PP instead of doing the Poipet route (Bkk-Poipet-Siem Reap-PP). Did anybody go this way? In that case, could anybody tell me the best way to do it and if it's worth?
It is a straightforward trip - you can do the Cambodia stretch now by boat or bus. See the overland section of the Tales of Asia website (www.talesofasia.com) for details.
I definitely recommend the bus through Sihanoukeville instead of Poipet and SR. SERIOUSLY. It's much safer and less hassle, and better scenery. And I think shorter. I would never do the bus trip to SR again, even if I had to pay $300 for airfare (that is how bad it was) - and it's really not that safe... there are many postings on this forum warning travellers of the overland route through SR.
You'll have to change buses a couple of times (I think maybe Trat and at the border) but it's worth it.
You might care to chill out on Koh Chang (about 30-45 minutes ferry from Trat) along the way
Disagree with robertson re safety on the PP-Siem Reap road. The only "danger" is being ripped off if you end up on one of the tourist scam mini-buses. The road onwards from Siem Reap to PP is A.O.K.
I agree the trip via Sihanoukville is very pretty, but to go Bangkok - Phnom Penh via Sihanoukville rather than via Siem Reap will definetly take longer -- assuming you are planning on doing bus all the way, via Siem Reap is absolutely faster. (Though via Pailin and Battambang is even faster - 14 hours door to door.)
Hope this helps
I have been thinking over Cambodia recently. I plan to enter at Poipet and take the share taxi to Siem Reap.
From there I could go to Battambang or to PP. The SR->PP road is supposedly paved and uses buses now. The boat route is tedious and expensive.
The SR-Bat boat is supposed to be beautiful. I will be going in about 2.5 weeks and have heard when water levels are low that ride can take 9 hrs. Will that be a problem right now?
As far as Bat to PP there is the train, the pick-ups, and share taxis. Anyone have advice on this portion of the trip?
I would definitely go to Sihanoukville-PP rather than Poipet-SR-PP. Get a bus from Ekamai to Trat, very early in the AM, from Trat the mini bus takes you to the border at Koh Kong 100bt. border closes at 5:00pm; plan accordingly. If you are in KK early enough, say by 11:00am, you can take a share taxi or mini bus(600bt) to S'ville. BKK to S'ville in one day. If you want additional scenery, stay in KK one night; Otto's is cheap($3-5) and good food. Then take the fast ferry from KK to S'ville(8:00am), 600bt. Very scenic, stops at a small Island to drop supplies and locals. Get out your camera. This trip is not recommended in rough weather. I have been on it when you prayed for land and half the Cambodians are throwing up in the aisle, not a pleasant trip. Mealy Chandra GH bus meets the boat, go with them. Even if you do not stay with them, you are on Victory Hill where they are dozens of places to stay close by, good restaurants as well. You can walk to the beach from here, 10 minutes. The bus for PP leaves right from Victory Hill or there are two bus companies in downtown S'ville that leave many times a day for PP. Hope this helps you.
Thanks a lot to all. I have found more info about the Poipet crossing in different web pages, but the one through Trat looks more interesting. My idea at the moment is to enter Cambodia through the Trat border, go to PP then SR and back to Bangkok overland through Poipet probably (not sure yet).