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  • galtemus

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    25th June, 2006
    Posts: 5

    Hi everyone,

    I'll be traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap by Poi-Pet crossing (solo), around 2-3rd July, though
    have some question, and greatly appreciate your advice/answers.

    1. how is the overland travel in July on this route, (is it bad due to raining season), how long can it take to get to Siem Reap from Poi pet around this season?

    2. is it a high risk to travel solo at this road? I'm very novice and this is my first time journey in the region.

    3. last but not least, is enyone going to travel overland around this time (July 3-4) to Siem Reap , and later around Cambodia, and would be interested to get this together? Please let me know. Or probably there are some places on the web I could find/arrange such.

    Thank you all in advance for reading this and I gratly appreciate any info/ support

    cheers
    Alek

    #1 Posted: 25/6/2006 - 13:32

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  • marigeri

    Joined Travelfish
    25th June, 2006
    Posts: 23

    hello, i run a guets house in cambodia i m a girl and i have been three time alone at the border, there no problem with solo things especially if you open minded, cambodia people are very friendly personns, once you might think there interested with your money, and that a fact, but past the money problem there are still faboulous friendly people. so if you try to get help its often not free, but there is facility service at the border.
    if you do your visa there be sure to make it yourself, if you plan to take a bus don t say yoiu have no visa, it s very easy to make it at the border. the better way to go siem reap is to share a taxi with other trabellers if you can. it cost 40 dollars for one taxi so ten if you re 4.
    if you take a bus you are bring to a guest house automatically, don t angry, just check the room and if you think it s okay and friendly, you can stay.
    this is generally one of the cheapest accomodation in siem reap.
    the staff in the guest house is not responsible, but if the place is not okay you off course can change.
    siem reap center, is really great except for the begger, children and mother, sometime people like me think it s better to stay a little far away and just go there for a walk

    #2 Posted: 25/6/2006 - 15:26

  • marklatham

    Joined Travelfish
    25th June, 2006
    Posts: 18

    The roads in cambodia are generally shocking.
    In fact calling them roads is something of a misnomer.
    There should not be too much rain in july,so the roads will be passable.
    But it is very arduous,an experience I would rather forget.

    #3 Posted: 25/6/2006 - 17:32

  • galtemus

    Joined Travelfish
    25th June, 2006
    Posts: 5

    Hey Marigeri,

    this is GREAT!!! and thanks so much for your information, it really helps.
    I will get Cambodian visa issued in Tokyo, where I'm located, as I read the most problems appear with visa scams on the border. The whole rest... , well probably i have to go there and check myself...
    Thanks a lot again,
    cheers
    alek

    #4 Posted: 25/6/2006 - 18:15

  • galtemus

    Joined Travelfish
    25th June, 2006
    Posts: 5

    Thanks marklatham,
    this is basically what I expect, but would rather not like to stack in the place somewher in between for a day or two without returning option.

    take care
    alek

    #5 Posted: 25/6/2006 - 18:18

  • marklatham

    Joined Travelfish
    25th June, 2006
    Posts: 18

    Hey galtemus,
    don't get me wrong,travel in cambodia is hard work but really rewarding.
    But I am old and feel all the bumps.I caught the bus from PP to kampot,two to three hours I was told.
    It took nearly six hours over mostly shocking roads,but...
    I sat at the front with the bus girl and her friend who went along for the ride.What lovely girls to talk to,no makeup,beautiful skin,beautiful hair,really naturally beautiful people.
    I really find these people charming.

    #6 Posted: 29/6/2006 - 17:26

  • Laura_B

    Joined Travelfish
    30th June, 2006
    Posts: 54
    Total reviews: 12

    I did the same journey from Siem Reap to Bangkok, it took me around 8-9 hours door to door & that is pretty good going, I've heard it can take double that! It's certainly an adventure if that's what you're looking for. The journey from Poipet to Siem Reap is certainly not pleasant, & not for the faint hearted. I took a taxi from Siem Reap to the Thai border, he must have done this in 3 hours, and at the same time battered his car. The Thai leg of the journey was very easy, take a public bus from the Eastern bus depot in Bangkok. Public buses are of very good quality and are efficient compared to tourist buses.

    #7 Posted: 30/6/2006 - 21:58

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