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Bangkok to Siem Reap overland with two young children

  • lolarosaliu

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    I'm planning travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap overland with two boys ages 6 and 9. I wonder if anyone has any feedback as to whether this would be feasible. I have read extensively about the long trip, the touts, the waiting around and visa hasslers. So I know that it is an adventure which I'm up for but need to consider if it would be something my kids can handle -- or maybe I'm up for it but should be sane and just fly....

    Also, any feedback as to how safe it is? Not just road conditions but general feeling of safety.

    Cheers and thanks for feedback in advance,

    #1 Posted: 19/1/2011 - 13:34

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  • joniverstra-

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    The border crossing from Bangkok to Siem Reap is quite safe. The area is poi pet is very poor and kind of grim looking, but I wouldn`t call it unsafe. Just like anywhere else in the world just keep an eye on your kids, don`t let them wander around alone and tell them to stay by your side. Just because there are a lot of people walking around with big bags and trollies etc.

    Also when arriving in Siem Reap and the taxi might stop in a taxi station and propose to take a tuk tuk to the hotel, don`t be scared. This is normal and they safely drop you off in the hotel.

    When are you doing this border crossing, I`m making a trip to BKK and return to Siem Reap on 28/01 as well.

    #2 Posted: 20/1/2011 - 09:47

  • lolarosaliu

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    Thank you for your reply that sets my mind at ease. We've travelled in Thailand before and we had no problems. I just want to know what to expect travelling to Siem Reap .

    I've planned to leave for Siem Reap 27/01!

    #3 Posted: 20/1/2011 - 10:21

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    #4 Posted: 21/1/2011 - 16:42


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    I'm with Senior Hewitt. That would be a hellacious bus ride with two young kids. It even sucks for me alone.

    #5 Posted: 21/1/2011 - 17:14

  • vietnamrum

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    great article and site.

    when you go by VIP bus there are always westerners on it. Just tag along with them and you will fine. the article explains the scams that go on.


    #6 Posted: 22/1/2011 - 03:08

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