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From Bangkok to great hotel in Siem Reap Cambodia.
5th January, 2009
My friend and I, We got good experience while we got on the bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap Cambodia .After we arrived at Khmer Thai border. All of us called “Poipet”. So we got many problems with people over there. But we could escape it, because we knew it before, after we made reservation with one hotel in Siem Reap. It called Ancient Siem Reap Villa. They offered us about this information from lonely planet book. So we’re highly recommended 3 points.
1*The Scam Bus & Taxi,
Poipet is a Wild West kind of place and has attracted a lot of unsavory characters clinging to the coat-tail of the economic boom. Unfortunately, many of these are involved in the travel business and carry on like some sort of mafia, giving Cambodia a bad name.
Once inside Cambodia, a new game begins, drive as slowly as possible to Seim Reap. The road from Poipet to Seim Reap is good enough to cover in about three to four hours in the dry season, but somehow the bus driver will make sure you get there after dark arriving at a back-street guesthouse of their choice. Any attempt to leave this guesthouse will lead to a major confrontation with the guesthouse owners, as they have already agreed to a commission with the transport company and it’s non-refundable. So the cheap bus ends up costing you time and money, deservedly earning its name the scam bus. Lately, it has got even worse, with Thai and Cambodia companies colluding to take travelers through the Prum-Daun Lem border crossing (opposite) near Pailin, a massive diversion on miserable roads. Coming Seimreap in the middle of the night, in no mood to go looking for another guesthouse.
At the end, please do not believe or listen someone to force you to change money in Poipet. In Siemreap City has many ATMs….and all of them dispend USD.dollars. $ 1 = 4000 Riel
2** Ancient Villa Siem Reap!!!
It’s nice hotel in downtown Siem Reap. It’s just a few minutes to walk to Bar Street and Old market. Room is cleaned everyday, large size and reasonable price, nice breakfast, and friendly staffs. Especially it’s great swimming pool. If we made reservation with them. They offer pick up service by free.
3*** Directly reservation,
You can make 2 reservations. Fist by http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/AncientSiemReapVilla-SiemReap-32586 and second by http://www.ancientsiemreap.com
Highly recommended from Liang & Lim yan (Malaysia-Kuala Lumpur)
#1 Posted: 5/1/2009 - 01:42
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