I'm a little concerned about the crossing at Aranya
Prathet point. From what I have read about the road, beggars, bribes, etc. Is it easier to fly from Bangkok to Phnom Penh? If i was to do this, how would i thien go about getting to Angkor Wat? I would like to hear anyones experiences from crossing at Aranya Prathet also!!!!!
#1 tuckere has been a member since 10/8/2006. Posts: 11
we made this exact crossing at aranya prathet less than a month ago, and it was easy. there are definitely a few beggars around, but fewer than you'll see in the market in siem reap.
you can get up-to-date information on this crossing and travel in cambodia from the "talesofasia" website. if you want a bit of help getting across the border and into cambodia, book a room with two dragons in siem reap and ask them about hiring a private taxi (about $45) for the ride from poipet to siem reap. their stringer sambath will meet you at the border and help with your visa forms, etc. we did this and it was unbelievable easy.
you could choose to fly to phnom penh first, but then you'll still need to travel by bus or boat to siem reap. at least this option gives you a chance to explore phnom penh too, which in itself is an fascinating town.
you can also fly directly from bangkok to siem reap, but that gets a bit expensive, so it all depends on your budget. i hope that helps. regards.
Crossing the border Aranya Prathet to Poipet is not a duanting experience at all. I make this crossing regularly. Take a tourist bus, public bus or the train to the Thai border town then walk across the border (out of Thailand on the left hand side then cross over the road and enter Cambodia on the right hand side of the street) and either continue your tourist bus trip (not reccomended) or take a taxi to Siem Reap.
The quoted price of $45 above seems very high, the most I have ever paid is $35 for the whole car, seating up to four people. Remember if you pay for the whole car then there should be no one in the car but you. Don't let the touts tell you that there are no more $35 cars and that the price has gone up....stick to your price and they will eentually realise that you will not pay more and give you the fair price.
Your tourist bus to Siem Reap will drop you late at night in a guesthouse, where as the taxi will drop you wherever you like. If you have a guesthouse in mind then it would be a good idea to take their phone number so your driver can phone them for directions....he will be unlikely to speak much English and may not know where your guesthouse of choice is.
Flying from Bangkok to Phnom Penh just to avoid the border crossing seems a waste of money to me....crossing borders is part of the fun and to me actually walking across the border reconfirms the fact that I am leaving one country and entering another, something I don't get with flying.
#3 Roving_Roo has been a member since 9/1/2006. Posts: 45
hey roving roo,
when was the last time you made the trip by taxi from poipet to siem reap? i recognize the $35 price you mention, but that was the going rate before oil prices went up to $70 per barrel and petrol in cambodia went up to over $1 per liter. did you get this price recently? how about anyone else? is the $35 rate still a reality?
the rate for a return taxi trip from siem reap to poipet is still only $30. that is because the local police don't "tax" the trip in that direction.
You are correct; the cost of petrol in Siem Reap is currently 4,300R per litre from the garages or 3,900R from the roadside stalls. More expensive than before resulting in more expensive taxis etc.
I haven't been into Thailand for about three months but $35 for the whole car is the rate I always pay, it has gone up from $30 but that was quite a while ago now. From SR to Poipet it varies between $25-$30, mostly tending towards $30, but I have arranged taxis in the past month for only $25.
Going through the border is easy....I wouldn't see why anyone would need a guide to help them through.
#5 Roving_Roo has been a member since 9/1/2006. Posts: 45
Cheers mate. Thanks for the response.
We arranged our taxi from Poipet to Siem Reap through Two Dragons Guest House. That $45 is exactly what is posted as the going rate on the tales of asia website. For the return trip, we paid $30, the high end of the range you mention above.
Anyway, it sounds like you make this trip often, so the next time you do go, please drop a line and let us know what you paid. I'd be interested to see if the $35 rate is still available, and I'd be interested to know what others are paying too.
I agree with you that getting through the border at Poipet was easy, in fact much easier than we'd expected. The guide was a bonus, not a necessity, but where we really appreciated it was when he took our visa on arrival forms and sorted the visas for us. We'd heard that the Cambodian officials were expecting 1,000 baht payment for the visa, but we were able to pay $20 each as posted. Again, don't know if having the stringer doing this for us made a difference or not, but it certainly didn't hurt. Regards.
Hi Exacto, are the prices you quoted abouve in US dollars or Australian dollars? Also, about how long does the taxi trip take?
#7 tuckere has been a member since 10/8/2006. Posts: 11
The prices I mention are in US dollars. That's pretty much the main currency used in Cambodia, with Riel being given typically only as change.
The taxi trip from Poipet to Siem Reap took us just over 4 hours, even though it is only 150 km.
I wont be doing that particular trip for a while...going back to the UK for a month via KL, but next time I do I'll try to remember to post again.
I have had some drivers take only 3 hours to get us back to SR...quite scary and doesn't make the journey any less bouncy but the quicker it's done the better!
#9 Roving_Roo has been a member since 9/1/2006. Posts: 45
Yes I did this journey by taxi, & he did it in 3 hours, pretty hell raising, but I think from Siem Reap back to Bangkok, it took us around 8 hours, which is quite good going I think!
#10 Laura_B has been a member since 30/6/2006. Posts: 54
Recent info; A friend of mine arrived (in Siem Reap) from Poipet two days ago and got a taxi from $30, left Poipet at about 3in the afternoon.
8 hours from Siem Reap to Bangkok is a normal good run, Laura. The tourist bus takes hours longer....
#11 Roving_Roo has been a member since 9/1/2006. Posts: 45
I just made this trip and am still in Siem Reap, well actually I made the trip from Pattaya to Siem Reap and I nave posted the entire journey with pictures and prices at different points on my website.
#12 georgemann has been a member since 20/7/2007. Posts: 2