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Bangkok to Siem Reap overland - updated

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    Just a quick note that I've updated the Bangkok to Siem Reap overland story, to reflect the change in the road situation there. Story is here: http://www.travelfish.org/feature/71

    Basically, the road from Poipet to Siem Reap is now totally sealed and the trip can take as little as one and a half hours by share taxi.

    This also means it is far easier to do Siem Reap to Bangkok or Siem Reap to Ko Chang in a day.

    Cheers

    #1 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 14:38

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    Somtam

    I looked at the update - there is a prejudice that warrants alteration.

    On the subject of flying BKK - Siem reap, you cite only Bangkok Airways. Rightly, you point out that Bangkok Airways is expensive. At US$170 (cheapest) you are correct.

    I suggest that you should also make reference to an airline that does the trip for half the price.

    Not only might travellers be interested, but the airline happens to be a sponsor of Travelfish.

    AirAsia does the BKK/KL/SR route for US$90 (and you get a night at KL).

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 17:18

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    AirAsia don't fly it direct.

    Also the KUL/REP flight leaves at the crack of dawn (well 7am) which means if you're planning on coming down from Bangkok for the connection you need to overnight in KL/sleep at the airport.

    Bangkok Airways has long had the monopoly on the route -- the monopoly has often been suggested by some as the real reason why the road stayed in such a crappy state for so long -- in many people's opinion it is not a coincidence that the road has been completed in the same year that the monopoly will finish.

    #3 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 17:48

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    The BKK- SR monopoly will be finished this year? Are there any hints which other airlines might be flying that route yet?

    #4 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 19:54

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    Somtam

    AirAsia don't fly it direct.

    When I wrote "AirAsia does the BKK/KL/SR route for US$90 (and you get a night at KL). I thought that was obvious.

    I just felt that providing an alternative to an expensive fly would not only reinforce your point of expensiveness, but signal to readers that AirAsia provides alternatives that MAY be worthwhile considering.

    Cheers

    #5 Posted: 6/8/2009 - 08:12

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    Another alternative to road transportation from Bangkok is to fly Air Asia to Phnom Penh in the afternoon and then catch a flight to Siem reap in the same afternoon. Cost will be around $95 by using the new Cambodia airline, Cambodia Angkor Air http://www.cambodiaangkorair.com/

    #6 Posted: 7/8/2009 - 04:08

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    It looks like Angkor Air stops making trips to Siem Reap, when I need it too. (in Nov.) I don't much like the idea of staying at the airport in Malaysia, and refuse to spend the amount that Bangkok Airways is charging, is there a more direct overland route from Sukhothai to Siem Reap??

    Thank you BruceMoon for directing me to this thread.

    #7 Posted: 30/8/2009 - 11:53

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    Maybe not all over...

    I looked at 5 November to 'test':

    BKK > REP (siem reap) Bangkok Air = US$207.

    BKK > PNH (pp) Air Asia US$79
    PNH > REP Bangkok Air US$79

    So, direct = US$207, via PP = US$158.

    This better on the budget?

    Cheers

    #8 Posted: 30/8/2009 - 12:04

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    We (2) are planning to be in Asia in mid October

    We arrive in Bangkok at 2:00 PM and are scheduled to be in Siem Reap, Monday and Tuesday nights. This leaves us all of Tuesday for touring.

    On Wednesday we fly to Hanoi.

    The thought was instead of hanging around the airport till our flight to SR took place...some 3 hours. A door to door taxi would be more interesting, probably cheaper, less hassle and maybe the same time frame.

    What do you think?

    David

    #9 Posted: 6/9/2009 - 01:36

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    We (2) are planning to be in Asia in mid October

    We arrive in Bangkok at 2:00 PM and are scheduled to be in Siem Reap, Monday and Tuesday nights. This leaves us all of Tuesday for touring.

    On Wednesday we fly to Hanoi.

    The thought was instead of hanging around the airport till our flight to SR took place...some 3 hours. A door to door taxi would be more interesting, probably cheaper, less hassle and maybe the same time frame.

    What do you think?

    David

    #10 Posted: 6/9/2009 - 01:37

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    We (2) are planning to be in Asia in mid October

    We arrive in Bangkok at 2:00 PM and are scheduled to be in Siem Reap, Monday and Tuesday nights. This leaves us all of Tuesday for touring.

    On Wednesday we fly to Hanoi.

    The thought was instead of hanging around the airport till our flight to SR took place...some 3 hours. A door to door taxi would be more interesting, probably cheaper, less hassle and maybe the same time frame.

    What do you think?

    David

    #11 Posted: 6/9/2009 - 01:37

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    BruceMoon again, thank you for your reply. I'm flying the route you suggested and will make the journey overland on the return. I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

    #12 Posted: 6/9/2009 - 08:43

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    pajero

    My understanding is that flights to an international destination obligate the pax to check in some 2 hours prior, and some [ci]close off about an hour to hour and a half prior to departure. If you only have 3 hours between flights, that doesn't leave you much time.

    Contributors here (TF) say that the road to the city from the (international) airport can be gridlocked, and well more than an hour (at the best of times).

    My recollection of the airport environs was that there isn't a lot of hey, look at that sort of stuff.

    Regarding Siem Reap (Angkor) also read this post - it may assist.

    Cheers

    #13 Posted: 6/9/2009 - 09:06

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    Pajero
    Easy enough to get a taxi from Suvannabhumi to Aryan, cross and get another in Cambodia.I guess with the new road in Cam the trip will take you approx 6 hours+ and cost about 5000 bht.But be warned it is not a scenic trip.By the way do you know what pajero means in Spanish?

    #14 Posted: 6/9/2009 - 22:53

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    Hello

    We are planning to do the trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok, can anyone advise on how long the bus journey is likely to take and the cost? I am assuming that we can arrange tickets when we are in Siem Reap.

    #15 Posted: 7/9/2009 - 02:22

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    Ignore the above post, I have just realised I have asked the same question before! I am still curious on price and if there are the same sort of scams as there are from BK to Cambodia?

    Thanks

    #16 Posted: 7/9/2009 - 04:44

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