I love this site!! I have two Questions :)
My b/f and I are going to travel through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for 5 weeks in Sept and Oct.
1) We are planning on travelling overland from Bangkok to Siem Reip (through the poipet boarder). Will we make it there in a day? Is there a better overland option? And how much should I budget?
2) We are on a budget and would like to spend the last week (last week of Oct) on a beautiful beach in Thailand (or anywhere) to chill out and do some diving, snorkelling etc.
What can you recommend at that time of the year? I know that it is rainy season and we were thinking of Phi Phi or Trat .... any suggestions??
Sorry, I know I have asked a lot in one posting…. Thanks in advance, Clare
#1 clareabell has been a member since 9/5/2006. Posts: 7
Hi! We are planning on making the overland trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap too towards the end of July. We got a great deal of information on this trip from the talesofasia website. You can make it in a day, or break up the journey with an overnight in Aranyaprathet, on the Thai side of the border. Costs vary greatly depending on what type of transport you take, ranging from about $10 per person up to about $30 or more one way. We plan to either bus or train it from BKK to Aranyaprathet, then take a share taxi from Poipet to Siem Reap. I estimate this will cost $60 for the both of us, with the $45 share taxi being most of that cost.
If you are on a budget, I'd recommend staying on Ko Samet for your last week in October chilling out on a beautiful beach. Even in the rainy season, it doesn't rain all that much there compared to other islands. The vibe at Ao Hin Khok, one of the beaches within walking distance from the main ferry boat stop on the island, is very backpacker friendly. Try staying at Naga, one of our favorite spots on the island for atmosphere and value, and say hello to the friendly owner Sue for us.
I hope that helps. I know others will have good suggestions on where to spend your island time too. Cheers.
Glad you like the site - thanks!
As always, good advice from exacto -- the Bangkok to SR trip can certainly be done in a day -- take the bus if you want to ruch through, but the train trip is also very pleasant -- pack a good back and lots of film!
With islands, late October is borderland end of wet season for both the islands off Trat and PP, so as per exacto's suggestion, Samet is a good option. If you do decide to try the islands off Trat, look into Ko Wai -- it is lovely
b.k.k. to siem reap in a day is no prob at all. nowadays the road is pretty good. try koh mak off trat: i can recommend island-hut resort. nice, little bungalows with shower a. toilet for 200 or 250 per day; food is excellent. the but is the weather: it will be raining-sometimes at least!
#4 wolfman has been a member since 31/5/2006. Posts: 80
Thanks so much for the advice!!! It is really appreciated :)
#5 clareabell has been a member since 9/5/2006. Posts: 7
just remember not to get a bus from ko san road! The road to seam reap is abit of a bumpy ride and i would recommend flying. :)
#6 jon_mak has been a member since 8/4/2006. Posts: 10
If you guys are planning on some island time after Cambodia, I highly recommend that you take the ferry from Sihanoukville to Koh Kong, then minibus or songthaew to Trat. From there you can decide whether or not you want to go to Koh Chang, Koh Kut, Koh Mak, or one of the smaller islands in the Trat province, or keep on going to Koh Samet. One night in Trat would be worthwhile (if for nothing else other than the great, quiet atmosphere and the excellent night market's seafood).
But definitely do try and fit that ferry trip into your itinerary. It makes stops at a couple of tiny island villages and the scenery is drop-dead gorgeous!!! If you do take it and decide to ride on top of the boat, make sure you've got some earplugs and sunscreen.
You can read more about the island between Sihanoukville and Ko Kong mentioned by Tipapia here -- it's called Ko S'dach (Island of Kings)