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From Phnom Penh to Bangkok- southern route

Posted by ripya on 20/11/2008 at 09:26

I need to get to Bangkok from Phnom Penh and was hoping to travel along the southern coast of Cambodia to get there. The only buses from PP to Bkk seem to go through Siem Reap and then cross the border at Poipet. I went this way on my way into Cambodia so was hoping to exit via south and stop off along the way.

I know i can get to Sihanoukville from PP but does anyone know if I can then get to Krong Koh Kong or Hat Lek at the Thai border? If I can do this by boat, even better! Then once across the border, are there local thai buses to Trat and beyond leaving regularly?

ripya

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Posted by somtam2000 on 20/11/2008 at 09:39 admin

Hi ripya,

This story lays out the trip from KoChang all the way to Phu Quoc.

Basically it's songtheaw or minibus from trat to the border, motorbike taxi into Ko Kong town, then minibus onto Sihanoukville.

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Posted by mrkarlholland on 20/11/2008 at 21:38

Hi Ripya

I asked a similar question on the cambodia forum a while ago this is the link
let me know if this link doesnt work. there are some useful accounts of peoples experiences.

Will be making the trip myself in a few weeks so would love to know how u get on!

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Posted by ripya on 21/11/2008 at 11:55

Thanks for your help. I'm actually going from PP to Bkk, not the other way but i'm sure it's the same... just reversed!

I'm still not sure about getting from Trat to Bangkok and how long that takes and if there are regular local buses. I don't want to take more than 2 days (and one night) to get from PP to Bkk and don't want to be stuck waiting for a bus anywhere for several hours.

I could either go from PP to Sihanoukville and stay one night then hope to get all the way to Bkk the next day (is this possible??) or maybe get to Koh Kong in the first day and then do the rest of the journey the next day.

Can anyone help me wiht travel times between Sihanoukville and Koh Kong, Koh Kong and Trat , Trat to Bangkok?

Thanks :)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 22/11/2008 at 15:00 admin

It is possible to do the entire thing in one day, but you have to leave Phnom Penh very very early. If that's your intention, it is faster to go Phnom Penh to Battambang to Pailin, cross the border to Chanthaburi then to Bangkok -- I've done that trip at least a dozen times -- fastest trip was around ten hours -- slowest was more than double.

Sihanoukville to Ko Kong takes around 4 hours I believe (by land)
Ko Kong to the border, five minutes
Border to Trat about an hour.
Trat and Bangkok - around 5 hours, buses throughout the day.

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Posted by ripya on 22/11/2008 at 19:29

Thanks a lot for your help, that's great! I've got 2 days including staying overnight in Sihanoukville so looks like i can get from there to Bangkok in one day. god speed!
ripya :)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 22/11/2008 at 20:18 admin

You're welcome -- enjoy Sanookyville.

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Posted by ripya on 22/11/2008 at 22:01

hahahhaa. sanookyville. yes well from what i've heard i won't enjoy it much at all, i'm not a 60y.o dodgy barang dude looking for some cheap action. koh kong is looking like a much better place to break up the trip!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 23/11/2008 at 15:41 admin

No shortage of similar characters in Ko Kong ... One thing I did when I was in Ko Kong that I really enjoyed was taking a boat trip up river. We travelled up till there was a natural weir (and waterfall) meaning we couldn't go any further -- very beautiful scenery and no 60 year-old dodgy barangs in sight ;-)

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