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Seim Riep to Pakse (LAOS) by Bus

Posted by Bysie on 3/11/2019 at 00:17

Hi All

Just wondering if any one can shed some light on travelling to Pakse (Laos) from Siem Reap (Cambodia) by Bus or Mini Van.

Searching for names, Ph No, time frame, departure points any knowledge you can throw my way


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Posted by amnicoll on 8/11/2019 at 11:23

I have seen numerous reports on this route going in the other direction and they tend to concentrate on the fact that there is a transfer near Stung treng and problems with this section

It may be worth googling

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Posted by Jagman on 25/11/2019 at 19:47

I did it 2 years ago by private van to from Siam Reap to Stung Treng and then onto Nakasong, the crossing to Don Det, 4000 Islands. Its a long trip with not a lot to see along the way...flat bush most of the journey. Seems to me it was about 6 hours to Stung Treng and 3 to Nakasong. Another 2 hours + - to Paske.

We had 5 people and was reasonable value although there were lots of shared options slightly cheaper. We booked the Stung Treng portion though our guide in Siam Reap although its possible at most hotels.

We broke it into 2 segments and stayed in Stung Treng overnight and got as different van to 4000 Islands that we booked from our Stung Treng hotel. Got a visa on arrival at the border the following day, not too much hassle, very quiet crossing. We could have gone all the way to Paske had we wanted. After 4000 Islands we just booked a bus from Don Det to Paske, many different options from there.

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Posted by amnicoll on 26/11/2019 at 09:16

I would agree it is easy if split into two separate sections the negatives I have heard relate to the through trips

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 2/12/2019 at 16:19

Hi. Just crossed from Cambodia to Laos last week. I'd definitely second breaking the journey up, as it's too far to want to do in one day, especially as some of the Cambodian roads are in terrible condition.

The thru minibuses over the border (from Kratie to 4000 islands, for instance), used to have a terrible reputation (if you Google them, you'll find lots of complaints from a few years ago) but people I talked to on this trip reported a lot fewer problems.

Travelfish reports Asia Van Transfer runs a decent minibus service out of Siem Reap, but I haven't tried them. http://asiavantransfer.com/

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