I will be travelling through Laos in April of next year and plan to go South to Si Phan Don in order to travel over land to Cambodia (this was recommended to me in another forum). After looking up border crossings from Laos to Cambodia this seems trickier than I imagined. The forums I was reading were quite confusing and i was wondering if anyone could simplify the easiest/quickest way to cross the border? It was saying to book it through a travel agent in what I was reading, but the article was from 2009 and I am having troubles finding a more recent one! If anyone could simplify this process for me a bit it would be very helpful; I will be trying to get to Siem Riep to begin my travels in Cambodia.
After arriving in Cambodia I am planning on basically following the 2 week explorer guidelines - http://www.travelfish.org/trip_planner/cambodia-two-week-trip
(any other suggested "do-not-miss" places are highly appreciated )
#1 jennakuz has been a member since 23/9/2011. Posts: 14
Did this trip 2 years ago, it was very easy, if slow!
Book the trip through to a destination in Cambodia, (I wouldn't try & did it on your own) and tickets are available to most places from any guest house.
Don't believe the arrival times!! - But that is true of Asia in general.
If you are planning to go through to SR in one go you will be arriving very late (maybe close to midnight) which may reduce your options for accommodation especially as SR doesn't have a bus station and your bus will drop you next to his friends' tuks tuks!
We stayed the night in Kartie which we reached at 4 pm and you can get a 7 am bus to SR arriving a bit after noon. I found this much better than doing SR in one hit.
The over charging of visa has died down a bit, but you can always get an evisa to avoid any overcharging.