I am leaving from Chicago in the States and want to know whether I should fly directly into Siem Reap, (which is a couple of hundred dollars more expensive) or arrive in Bangkok and go overland to Siem Reap. So what is the cost in both US Dollars and days in traveling overland from Bangkok to Siem Reap? I understand that there are a variety of options to traveling the route, but I am looking for a generalization. The trip will be five weeks throughout Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Thanks in advance.
#1 BretW has been a member since 30/11/2009. Posts: 3
Without a doubt, it's much better to fly into Bangkok and go overland. I'm not going to try to determine the price of going overland, but it's certainly less than the couple of hundred you'll spend flying into Siem Reap.
I arrived in Siem Reap from Bangkok last week, my friends and I crossed over land in a charter mini bus and it was a breeze. The ticket price was 700 baht, roughly 20 dollars, but I'm sure it can be done for even cheaper if you shop around. After crossing the border, I would recommend hiring a taxi to take you to Siem Reap as the alternative is waiting for the public bus in poipet for up to three hours. The taxi driver might try to take you to his cousin's hotel, just insist that you already have accomodations and that you know where you are going. Safe travels!
#3 PDX2BKK has been a member since 27/9/2009. Posts: 10