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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 16/11/2013 at 06:14

I am traveling to thailand early part of dec for 3 weeks. I want to see chiang mai & also want to incorporate cambodia with this travel. Is this possible?? Can I still get reasonable fares & accomodation this time of year especially flying into from bangkok to cambodia.

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Posted by Tilapia on 16/11/2013 at 09:19

Of course you can do this. Early December is a great time to visit those places.

Keep in mind that December 5th is the birthday of King Bhumibol of Thailand and transport can be tricky. Lots of Thais are on the move during the handful of days before and after. An interesting time to be in Bangkok, though.

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Posted by exacto on 16/11/2013 at 11:00

Where do you plan to visit in Cambodia? Is it just Siem Reap and Angkor Wat or other places too? If you visit Chiang Mai first, you can fly from there back to Bangkok and then head overland to Cambodia - particularly if flights to Cambodia are full or too expensive for your budget. Accommodation shouldn't be a problem either place that time of year. Have fun. Cheers.

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 18/11/2013 at 05:37

Thank you guys (Tilapia & Exacto) for your info...

Exacto : I thought whilst in Chiang Mai cross to go to Laos and visit Luang Prabang/Vientiane and from there head to Phonm Phen.

I did a researched and it is a lot cheaper to fly into Phonm Phen than Siem Reap.. Angkor Wat & Angkor Tom is my main place that I would really like to see. The rest will be a bonus depending on the budget.

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Posted by amnicoll on 19/11/2013 at 06:22

you are now adding Laos?

Suggest you pick either laos or cambodia and actually see the places as even 3 weeks is hardly enough time and you will loose a valuable day saving money flying unnecessarily to Phnom Phen

Do some homework and prioritise and then enjoy - December is the perfect time to visit BUT if you need to be back in Bangkok around Christmas/New year make sure you book your return travel well in advance as trains and planes can be very busy and booked up well in advance and you may have to wait for space on buses

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/11/2013 at 06:43

Unless you fly, it's two very long, very uncomfortable days to get from Chiang Mai to laung Prabang. And even longer to get from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap. Don't underestimate how far apart these places are in travel hours or how much that travel will completely and utterly suck.

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 21/11/2013 at 13:47

AMNICOLL- thank you. I thought of skipping Laos now too. Cambodia though is something that I would really like to visit in this travel. Laos can wait 'til next time

MADMAC- just thinking of that 2 days travelling is a bit daunting. Angkor Wat is a must though for me on this travel. Have decided now to come back to BKK & head to Cambodia from here.

Thank you guys for your replies. ..

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Posted by amnicoll on 22/11/2013 at 07:26

I hope you have a great time Cambodia is one of my favourite places and I hope you manage to get to some of the less touristy places. There is no real need to fly from Thailand to cambodia it is easy to do by land.

On the whole accomodation will not be a problem but that will depend of course on just what you are looking for and you may not end up with your first choice sometimes such as beach at christmas/new year.

If you want to try village life then stay in a homestay - my favourite where I now spend a couple of weeks each year is Chi Phat in the Cardamons

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 22/11/2013 at 18:19

Thanks Amnicoll :) that's what I have plan to do now catch the bus frm bkk. I'm not fuss of a place to stay, love village life, I will keep your recommendation in mind. Is this place far from siem reap??
I'm sure I will have a geat time here...I'm so looking forward to it. I heading to bkk tho after & spend xmas eve/day to one of the island there as I'm flying back to uk on the 26th dec shame I couldn't stretch my annual leave til nw yr.
thank u once again. If u can think of anymore places that is worth seein pls do let me know

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Posted by Hongety on 22/11/2013 at 22:17

Posted from within Vietnam.

I total agree with Tilapia. It is ok you can.

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 23/11/2013 at 01:00

@Hongety thank you :). Thailand & Cambodia is the plan now for me for this visit.

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Posted by amnicoll on 23/11/2013 at 04:59

Chi Phat is a long way from Siem Reap and is on the way between either Phnom Phen or Sianoukville on the way to the Thai border crossing at Koh Kong/Hat Lek so you should aim to enter Cambodia and either first head to Siem Reap (or Battambang) and exit via Chi Phat or the other way round

This link to homestays includes details of Chi Phat

http://cambodianhomestays.webs.com/apps/links/

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 23/11/2013 at 17:03

@Amnicoll - I will definitely check that link. Thanks :). Also you mention earlier I can cross into Cambodia by land, where is the best place to get the ticket? I heard that there are places that offers this but sometimes you get ripped off especially from tourist. Do you have something in mind? I plan to buy the ticket before I head to chiang mai especially it is getting into peak season

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Posted by amnicoll on 25/11/2013 at 05:02

To enter Cambodia by land you can either buy an evisa in advance: http://evisa.mfaic.gov.kh/ for $28, get one in advance from a Cambodian embasy (do not know price) or get one on the border where you should pay $20 but may have to pay a bit more (say 100 baht but they may well start and ask for a lot more) and argue hard.

From Thailand there are two main borders Poipet (for Siem Reap/ Battambang) and Koh kong for Chi Phat, Sianoukville and Kampot and Phnom Phen.

Depending which border you go to you do not really need to book (but read up on the scams) transport just get govt bus to Aranyaphatet and border (for Poipet) or Trat and on to Hat Lek for Koh Kong and then get onward transport from border. There are plenty of buses to both so not really necessary to book BUT do not use buses from Khao San Road or other travel agencies.

I expect to be in Chi Phat for a couple of weeks towards end part of Decemeber so perhaps might see you

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 25/11/2013 at 05:46

Thank you so much for your detailed info on the transportation for crossing into Cambodia. I am using my Philippine passport to travel to the SE so I do not require a visa to enter into both countries that I am visiting.. how much roughly is the fare all together???

Oh that's good news, you going there soon too :)... I hope I can catch up with you...

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Posted by amnicoll on 25/11/2013 at 06:54

No idea about fares as do not usually travel from Bangkok to border but do cross country

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 25/11/2013 at 08:49

oh ok, thank you all the same for all the information's you have provided. they will come very handy.

I thought of getting the fares sorted when I get to bkk.

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Posted by amnicoll on 26/11/2013 at 04:54

There are probably other posts with prices but you could post a new question. However as I said earlier avoid the scam buses from Khao San Road

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Posted by raquelmiddl13 on 26/11/2013 at 07:12

Thanks again :). I have read it too on a few post about not booking thru travel agencies near or buses from khao san road.

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