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  • Apoloplaza

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    Hi guys,

    Im new to this site so if Im asking a question thats been covered before, please forgive me!

    At some point we would like to travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap. We have heard many nightmare stories about the journey/border crossing/trains etc.

    Is there anyone out there who could give us some practical advice on this journey?

    Thanks in advance

    #1 Posted: 11/1/2009 - 07:40

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  • exacto

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    There is a pretty good summary article on How to Get from Bangkok to Siem Reap in the Feature Stories section. Look to the right of this page under the Travel Intelligence heading and follow the links.

    Or you could post this link into your browser:

    http://www.travelfish.org/feature/71

    We did this journey a few years back and had a pretty good time. It was during the rainy season, so the "road" from Poipet to SR was pretty iffy.

    We took the bus from BKK to Aranyaprathet, then a tuk tuk to the border, where we walked across into Cambodia and after passing through immigration took the shuttle bus to the station. From there we decided to hire a taxi, but buses were also available.

    There are also some user-written details in the Trip Reports section of the Forum too. Cheers.

    #2 Posted: 11/1/2009 - 09:09

  • Apoloplaza

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    Hi exacto! Thank you. Could you please tell me how much it would cost for a taxi from Thai border to Siem Reap?
    Some details, thanks in advance.

    #3 Posted: 11/1/2009 - 20:02

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    Hi Apoloplaza,

    Story ref'd be exacto has most of the info you should need -- the comments at the end of it have a few taxi prices included -- they vary.

    #4 Posted: 12/1/2009 - 07:59

  • Apoloplaza

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    Thank you for your details.

    #5 Posted: 12/1/2009 - 18:26

  • nal

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    I'm planning on doing this trip on either the 8th or 9th of March - would be interested to hear from others planning to do the same trip around then too, if there is anyone? Could make sense to share taxis etc from the border to Siem Reap.

    #6 Posted: 13/1/2009 - 02:20

  • Apoloplaza

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    I am sorry! We do not want to share taxi, because we need to be independent. Thanks.

    #7 Posted: 13/1/2009 - 16:49

  • knot01

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    hi we are going to Siem Reap in March. We will be leaving Bangkok on 17th of March early morning, hopefully will get to Poi Pet about noon, then planning to take a taxi to siem Reap. anyone interesting in sharing? We are a couple and will share it with one more person.

    #8 Posted: 22/1/2009 - 06:00

  • nal

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    Sorry if this has already been answered somewhere, but does anyone know what time the buses from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Aranyprathet leave?

    I fly into the airport at 7am on a Sunday morning and was hoping just to head straight to the border so I can be Siem Reap by evening (once I get through immigration/collect luggage etc at the airport). Is this too optimistic of me?

    #9 Posted: 22/1/2009 - 20:22

  • Lother

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    Hi,

    If you land at 7 am, it's entirely possible to reach Siem Reap by the evening. The bus you want from Suvarnabhumi is bus number 390 Suvarnabhumi Airport - Talad Rong Kluea, which goes straight to the Cambodian border in Aranyaprathet.

    I took the bus last summer and there was one at 8 am, so you could possibly catch that. If not, you could take a taxi to Mochit Bus Station and take a bus from there. The trip to Aran takes about 5 hours so with a bit of luck you should be at the border around 1-2 pm with plenty of time to get to SR.

    #10 Posted: 22/1/2009 - 21:38

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  • nal

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    Perfect. Thanks!

    #11 Posted: 22/1/2009 - 22:19

  • CunningMcFar

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    there's a good guide to this trip on Tales of Asia, includes recent updates on road conditions and reports for the field:
    www.talesofasia.com/cambodia-overland.htm

    #12 Posted: 28/1/2009 - 21:31

  • Luciadeluca

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    Hey everyone!
    I am doing the BKK - Siem Reap trip on the 7th of Feb returning to BKK on the 10th, i am planning on using the public bus from BKK and already have a room reserved at the Golden Banana B&B (no, i am not gay, but it is supposed to be really nice).
    Anyone wants to join me?

    #13 Posted: 31/1/2009 - 20:18

  • Annj

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    KNOT01 -
    I will also be leaving from Bangkok to Siam Reap on March 17th.
    Travelling solo so if you still haven't found someone to share the trip, let me know!

    Cheers.

    #14 Posted: 10/2/2009 - 20:59

  • knot01

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    hi Ann,
    yes we are still looking for one person to share taxi to siem reap. It will be two of us ( me and my husband) so should be enough room for us. We are planning to leave Bangkok early morning 4.30 -5am ( bus), so should arrive in Poi Pet about 8-9am, how are we going to meet??? It will be difficult to meet, how about you? Whats yours plan??? Shall we contact by e-mail, skype?
    let us know.
    cheers

    #15 Posted: 19/2/2009 - 04:51

  • Annj

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    email me at annjaimi@gmail.com.
    i was planning to take the train but i can change it around.

    #16 Posted: 24/2/2009 - 23:00

  • hallieb

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    if anyone is heading to Siem Reap from bangkok on March 17 and is interested in making the trip together, i am traveling alone and would love a buddy!!

    would want to leave bk super ear;y to get to siem reap before it gets dark...

    let me know!

    thanks.

    #17 Posted: 14/3/2009 - 01:20

  • peader76

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    Hello all,

    I'm new to this sight so if this question has been asked already i apologise.I'm going to be travelling by bus from bangkok to cambodia, aranyprathet to poipet crossing is it true that when at the border you only need the fee your passport and passport photo to enter into cambodia. You dont have to to apply for a visa beforehand?

    Peader76

    #18 Posted: 17/3/2009 - 01:18

  • Lother

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    Yes, two photos, your passport and the money is all you need, although the border officials may insist on charging you more than the official fee at that crossing (1000 or 1100 baht).

    #19 Posted: 17/3/2009 - 02:15

  • Lother

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    Now that I think about it, you only need one photo.

    #20 Posted: 17/3/2009 - 02:19

  • peader76

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    Many thanks for the info

    #21 Posted: 17/3/2009 - 10:30

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