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Pai to Siem Reap in 7 Days -- Go Through Laos or...?

Posted by pbzvariety on 12/2/2013 at 05:33

Oh hi there, thanks for clicking.

OK, I've got a lot of time or just a little, depending on how you look at it. I must be in Siem Reap on Feb 19 to see Angkor Wat, and I am now in Pai. What would you do?

Because I'm interested in meeting real people and having "real" experiences here with natives, as opposed to further hanging out with guys/gals with mustache-print tank tops and buzz cuts or fake dreads, so far I'm thinking,

A) Laos
Somehow make it to the border and take 5 days through Laos. I'm more interested in country side than tourists stuff or urban areas, but I know I'm really limiting myself by not knowing squat about countryside stuff and how to get there. If I had two weeks, no problem, but 5 days, I'd need your help.

I don't think I'd wanna do slow boat or what have you, as it's just a bunch of us white folk hanging out together. I can do that at home.

B) Thailand then Phenom Phen
Spend a few days slowly getting to the border, maybe through Chiang Mai thru Bangkok, then head directly to Phenom Phen or anywhere else you suggest, then arrive at Siem Reap

C) Fly to one of these places to get a head start and maybe avoid tourist traps

D) Alternate versions of this

E) Whatever you think!

Please let me know what you think, cheers.

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 12/2/2013 at 05:42

Don't think you have enough time to go overland through Laos to Cambodia, or maybe you do but it would be rushed and Laos aint that kind of country. I usually say minimum 7-10 days just for the basic gringo route through north Laos, not fun rushing through faster and worrying if your bus has trouble in the middle of nowhere. At least you can avoid Bangkok and see some of real Thailand on the way. Come back to Chiang Mai and get a bus to Loei or Khon Kaen or Khorat and eventually to Aranya Prathet and the Cambo border from which it's 2 hours to Siem Reap.

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Posted by TravelingDave on 14/2/2013 at 10:28


I don't think you would make it in time going through Laos as its transport links are not as developed as those in Thailand. I think he best route, if you are wanting to see stuff, is to go and experience Chang Mai (if you haven't already). Then head to Bangkok (although it is a "tourist trap" i love it and it must be visited), you can get a bus that takes you to Siem Reap relatively cheap and then i would advise you to go to Phnom Penh .

You can do Phnom Penh if you want first but it seems like a waste of time and fuel.



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