Embassy in BKK
$20 need one day to process.
Aranyapratet - Poipet
Scam: Cambodia officers
may demand 100B/p for the entry stamp.
Bakong Guest House
a/c double US$20
very big and clean room
100 Rial = 1 Baht
Poipet - Siem Reap
You have to negociate the price.
Poipet - Srisophon 2hrs
Srisophon - Siem Reap 11hrs
Siem Reap, Cambodia
We started our journey from Bangkok where we took the bus to
Aranyapratet and stayed 1 night. The next day we went
to the Thailand-Cambodia border and processed through the immigration
both Thailand and Cambodia. We had a small problem at the Cambodia
immigration the officer there requested us to pay 100 baht
per person for the entry stamp. We refused to pay at the beginning
and argued with them that all our visas were being issued from
the embassy in Bangkok. It seemed that they were not going to
return our passports and one of my friends told me to finish
the case soonest since we did not want to delay our trip, therefore,
we agreed to pay them 200 baht for the whole group (5 persons).
Behind the immigration our pickup truck which we had already
arranged in advance through one Cambodian lady at 3500 baht
for the whole group to Siam Reap was ready there. I believed
that they overcharged us but did not know what the actual price
should be. The pick-up truck supposed to be for us only but they
also put other commuters in the back of the truck with lots of
goods. We left PoiPet at around 9.00 hours. When we reached Srisophon
around 11.00 hours for a journey break and changed to another
pick-up truck, then we complained to the lady we contacted for
the pick-up truck which accompanied us up to Srisophon. Then
from Srisophon to Siam Reap we were the only group on the pick-up
truck. (We decide to negotiate our return transportation from
Siam Reap with her and we finally got the price at 2000 baht
for the trip from Siam Reap to PoiPet.)
We reached Siam Reap at
16.00 hours and still had time to visit Pnom Bakeng for sunset.
Therefore, we found a car for us for the trip to Pnom Bakeng
for sunset viewing on the day we reached Siam Reap and the next
2 day including Bantrey Srei at 50 Usd. On the way from Srisophon
we were delayed for half an hour before passing through one bridge
that wooden parts of the bridge were broken. We were worried
about what the next problem we were about to face ahead. We faced
another problem, the road was cut by flood. However, our driver
managed to pass through. The people around there were very helpful
(of course, a little money will do) to navigate which direction
the car should go. Otherwise, the car might get struck in the
mud. We admitted that our driver was very keen and knew the road
very well. The road was in a very bad condition.
We stayed at a guest house near
the Psah Chas market. There are plenty of food stalls at the
market and we had our dinner at one of the food stalls there
which served quite good food at reasonable price. And during
our stay in Siam Reap (3 nights) we ate there and they even offer
special food for us to order. One other thing we found in this
area was that there was one good guest house named
Bakong Guest House at # 001, Sivutha Street Tel : 063-380126
e-1-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org which offer 20 Usd for an
A/C double room and 15 Usd for a single room (very clean, spacious
room, even have bathtub and friendly owner). The owner is Ms.Ouk
Chamroeun, she was kind enough to let us surveyed the room even
we told her that we were not going to stay at her place this
time. Actually this place was introduced to us when we had dinner
at the food stall. Two lecturers from Thailand told us the place
and we were curious to check for our friends for the next trip.
We did not change to stay there because we did not want to waste
our time to move from one place to another and the place we were
staying was ok.
Moreover, make sure to carry the
ticket when visiting the sites in Angkor Wat/Thom. One time my
friend forgot to bring her ticket to see the sunrise over Angkor
Wat at 5.30 hours , the guard at the entrant would not let her
in. We talked to him for quite some time and finally he let her
in but we had to give him so many reasons whatever we could think
of and promised to show him the ticket when we came back from
breakfast. In fact, we did not see him when we returned.
On the way back to PoiPet it took
almost the same time to reach the border on time to catch the
15.30 hours bus to Bangkok. We reached Bangkok around 19.30 hours.
The Thai Baht is widely accepted
all the way from Poi Pet to Siam Reap. They calculated at .
6 January 2000