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Bangkok to Siem Reap in Taxi

Posted by chicken_adobo on 19/2/2014 at 00:32

There's 3 of us traveling form Bangkok to Siem Reap in a couple of weeks, probably March 3rd or 4th, and we are looking into renting a taxi instead of taking a bus.


Somehow, my travel partners' research say it's not much more expensive per person to take this route, but we're buying convenience this way, since we can stop or not stop anytime along way, and it's less time consuming in a way.


We're looking for ONE more person if anybody's interested, so let me know so we can start finalizing.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 19/2/2014 at 03:04

Are drivers allowed to cross the border like this? U might have to get another driver at border.

Also the boots r really small so luggage is a problem. Boots only hold 2 medium sized bags.

I would fly.

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Posted by chicken_adobo on 19/2/2014 at 07:25

Thanks for repsonding. English is my second language so this may sound silly, but what is a boot? We're basically just doing a visa run. And 2 of us have 1 Jansport-sized backpacks each. Our other friend has another Jansport-sized backpack and one wheelie.

You're right about taxis not being allowed to cross. After we cross the border, we'll need to take another taxi to Siem Reap. I've read someone saying it'll cost $50 for the ride.

Personally, I'd bus it. But they're somehow pushing this one through so I'll go with the flow.

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Posted by Sparts on 19/2/2014 at 08:38

Hi, I made a similar trip perhaps 5 years ago. Taxi from Bangkok airport to Poipet on the border was not more than 50usd and from Poipet to Siem Reap was 30usd.
The taxi dropped us at the border and it then took us over an hour to get to the Cambodian side (mostly because of the Cambodian border security trying to scam us - but we knew to expect this).
Getting a taxi on the Poipet side was easy. But be warned. Poipet is a dump, as is the border. I was travelling with my girlfriend and though I'm not shocked by much and consider myself quite streetwise, I did find the place very menacing. Had I not been so aware I'm quite sure someone would have been off with at least some of our possessions. Too many dodgy people lurking around for apparently no purpose. Stay with your possessions at all times - even as they are being loaded into a taxi.
I recommened arriving in daylight hours and have plenty time to get through the border in daylight hours.

The taxi from Poipet to Siem Reap was interesting. The guy spoke no English which is fine and his driving was questionable to say the least. We were also dropped outside of Siem Reap at a line of tuk tuks. The driver didn't know his way round Siem reap (so he said) and that was as far as he'd take us. Or so the tuk tuk driver told me. Anyway, they do this so that they can take you to a hotel of their choice in order to get a backhander from the hotel.

All in all, if you are young and all capable of looking after yourself then go for it. It's a journey you'll remember but also one you'll probably not want to do in a hurry again ;)

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Posted by 11 on 19/2/2014 at 09:21

Just done the trip a couple of weeks ago but by public bus - really isn't a need to pay for a taxi. Really easy, cheap and pretty comfortable to the border. No scams I came across there, just some bureaucracy. Free minibus on Cambodia side to a nearby travel centre sort of thing and then a cheap shared minibus to Siem Reap. Do not of course use a KSR tourist bus and whatever you use try to get to the border before noon, when these tend to arrive en masse and clog up the border process. As for "young and capable" (previous post) - I'm in my sixties. No problem.

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Posted by exacto on 19/2/2014 at 09:39

My experience is similar to Sparts. By the time we added up the costs, the taxi worked out about the same as the cost of the bus, getting to the bus station, etc. It was a good deal for us, much quicker, and more comfortable. The extra bathroom breaks by taxi were a big plus too.

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Posted by chicken_adobo on 19/2/2014 at 11:37

Cool, all I needed was some validation that it would cost just as much as a bus, and that there's some perks to taking a taxi instead of a bus. I've crossed this border before via bus about 2 years ago, and it wasn't a big deal for me. But I guess years of engaging in such long drives through public buses wear you out eventually somehow.

The last time I crossed this border was in 2012, and coming from Chiang Rai. We powered through until we got to Koh Rong in Cambodia! 72 hours total including wait time, travel time and bus stops, haggling with drivers, lack of sleep, etc. I was drained as I could possibly get.


If anyone's headed to Siem Reap, our group can fit one more :) I promise we're normal people, in our late 20's, and this is our 3rd long trip in SEA. We know what we can handle, and we sort of know our way around-ish.

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Posted by Sparts on 20/2/2014 at 07:23

Haha @11.
Fair point, but is 60 not young? ;)

I've heard a few tmies that getting the bus makes life easier when negotiating your way over the border.
The scam is that the border guards try to over charge you for your visa.
Also, helpful locals with official looking passes attempt to get your visa for you - at a premium of course. They try to direct you to their own office. Whiel you wait they run out the back door with your passports to the official office where they do all the necessary paperwork before returning via the back door.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/2/2014 at 08:28

Airport to pattaya would be 50 dollars so the border would be a lot more than that

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/2/2014 at 08:40

A boot is where u put luggage

What the hell is a jansport?

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Posted by chicken_adobo on 20/2/2014 at 08:47

A backpack kids use in school. Like 30L? Mine's a 28L. Baggage isn't a problem. Out of habit, I never let my baggage out of my sight. It's all I have! So none of our backpacks will go in the trunk if that's what a boot is. I always have so much leg room -- perks of being vertically challenged, if you will.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/2/2014 at 09:18

Tree trunk
Elephant trunk

Trunk is an American term. Bastardised English. Jansport is a brand name, not a type of backpack. It means nothing by itself.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 20/2/2014 at 09:30

Is 60 not young?

I am 61 and consider myself young - ish, as apposed to old - ish.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/2/2014 at 09:33

Avg living ages in western countries are around low 80s so you are oldish. 3/4, 1/4 to go.

Or middle aged if you expect to live to 120 lol

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Posted by chinarocks on 20/2/2014 at 10:26

You are only as old (or young) as you feel.

61 is young IMO.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 20/2/2014 at 11:03

Last time I looked and it was in relation to pension, the life expectancy where I live (UK, W Midlands) was 78 for men.

So realistically i have 17 yrs left, but i plan to beat the odds by travelling lots.

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Posted by buttonbridge on 20/2/2014 at 11:04

And very sorry I seem to have hijacked the thread.

Back to subject matter please.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 20/2/2014 at 18:50

Good luck then. You better hurry up lol.

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Posted by Sparts on 21/2/2014 at 07:45

Leonard, what about a Hoover? ;)

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