We are travelling from Bangkok --> Siem Reap via Aranyaprathet on Christmas Day 2013. We were planning on either taking a bus or a train to Aranyaprathet from Bangkok in the morning and then getting a private taxi to our guesthouse from Poipet in Cambodia (4 of us travelling together).
Does anyone know if we can skip the bus/train and hire a taxi to Aranyaprathet? Or if we can even share a minivan with someone? Do people often use a minivan to Aranyaprathet and if so how would I organise it?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!!
#1 rustythomson has been a member since 19/5/2013. Posts: 6
1.that its 25/12 means nothing here in TH: its just a normal working/schoolday.
2.of course you can (try to) find a taxi willing to bring you to border-anything can be arranged somewhere for the right price here in TH.
3.forget that train-thats just that seat61 propaganda-and the fear of newbees to use things that are not on the www-like about any Thai bus. BUS runs ev 30/40 mins in 4-4,5 hrs, train 2/day-only hard seats 3d cl (free for Thai)-and takes 6 hrs. But its cheaper yes.
4.since this year also 1/day DIRECT through bus to SR- 8.00 from the behemoth Mochit busstation here in north BKK. 800 THB.
5.about ANY traveller without that fear to break the ''taketrain'' holy PC-TF-advice, uses the minibus-which is on sale in about any local agency, of which there are some 100+ around KSR here- 200 bt till border, scams cost extra-read talesofasia. for the preparation on that. BIG normal (govt. regulated-whatever that may mean) ACbus from MOchit about same price. MINIvans from Vict. Monument-just normal public transp. here- even a little less. It is very, very rare for groups of travellers to hire their own-to start you wont know who to approach.
#2 captainbkk has been a member since 16/2/2012. Posts: 472
Thank you for the reply.
I think we are deciding between the bus and mini van now.
- How much approximately does it cost for a mini van per person to aranyaprathet? And where would we organise one from?
#3 rustythomson has been a member since 19/5/2013. Posts: 6
I would advise doing the following:
Go to Mo Chit bus station, as early as possible (7am or so) so you can avoid the crowds that clog up the border every day. You can take a taxi there. Buy minivan ticket for Aran, approx. 200B. They run every half an hour, take 4 - 4.5 hours. Arrive at either Aran bus station or border market. If you are left at the bus station, take a tuktuk to the border market, 40B per person. If the minivan drops you at the border market just walk to Thai passport control.
*** YOU DO NOT NEED A VISA FOR CAMBODIA BEFORE YOU GET STAMPED OUT OF THAILAND ***
People will offer you 'help' with your visa, tell them no thanks, you have it already.
Once stamped out of Thailand walk through border complex to Cambodian visa office. Get your visa, can take a while, depending on crowds. Once inside Cambodia there are taxis (Toyota Camry) waiting just past the visa office. You can arrange to go to Siem Reap from there. You should pay between $30 and $40, if they refuse walk a bit further away from the border and you will find someone willing to go for that price. Drive takes approx 2.5 hours.
Tell the driver you have accommodation booked and hopefully he will bring you there, maybe offer to give an extra dollar per person. Otherwise what they usually do is drop you to a waiting tuktuk who then will try to bring you to a guesthouse that they receive commissions from. Try to have the phone number of the guesthouse with you so the driver can call them for directions.