for April 4-14,bangkok to phnom penh is a more reasonable flight price(to get to siem reap) -but is the extra road mileage from phnom penh to siem reap worth it??......
and staying a few days in siem reap/angor wat, would like to include some northern thailand loop,ie. siem reap to chang mai......is that a route anyone is familiar with??
#1 papajembe has been a member since 17/1/2011. Posts: 5
Phnom Penh to Siam Reap is a pretty easy bus ride. You should spend at least 1 day in Phnom Penh - there's great food, important historical sites, crazy markets, etc.
To get to northern Thailand from Siam Reap you'd first head to the border town of Aranya Prathet/Poipet. From there you have a few different options how to get to Chiang Mai .
1. North then East: Aranya Prathet to Nakhon Ratchasima to Khon Kaen to Chiang Mai. This route takes you through the northeastern area of Thailand (called Isaan) which is culturally similar to Laos. It relies purely on buses, but they're all major cities so connections should be frequent. Khon Khaen to Chiang Mai is a long ride, but it can be done overnight.
2. East then North: from Aranya Prathet head east toward Bangkok. You don't have to go all the way back to the capital - aim for Ayuthaya (a very interesting town) and then you have lots of options for buses or trains north to Chiang Mai.