We hope to travel to Koh Samet after we leave Cambodia. I'm after some advice regarding routes/border crossings. Hopefully want to avoid going via Bangkok (unless that's the quickest obviously). Any ideas?
Cheers in advance.
#1 appro has been a member since 9/5/2009. Posts: 32
depends on where you leave cambodia and your budget.
Easiest & quickest is to fly to BKK and get a half-day trip to Koh Samet.
Other reasonable option is to depart from Sihanoukville on a bus to Ko Kong (4 hours) and cross into thailand. From the border you should be able to reach Koh Samet in a few hours.
I think you can even buy a bus-ticket that covers the whole trip in Sihanoukville to Koh Samet. But you will still have to change bus at border.
We did this in reverse last month. (koh samet to siem reap) Basically if you get to poipet border you need to get a bus to chanthaburi for around 150 baht. Then a bus to rayong for 80 baht. Then grab either a tuk tuk or songathew to ban phe. From there it's a quick boat ride to koh samet. It can be done in a day but it would be a very long day. We stopped in chanthaburi.
This is the way we went so not sure if it's the only way but if you have time stop in chanthaburi for a night. It's a very quiet and sleepy town but we loved it. Plus the river guest house was great place to stay. And only 350 baht for aircon room.
#4 hamilove has been a member since 12/12/2009. Posts: 25
Great! Thanks a lot, much appreciated.
#5 appro has been a member since 9/5/2009. Posts: 32