I find it weird that the last bus to the border of Cambodia-Thailand being Aranyaprathet leaves Siem Reap at 8am.The next trip would be either midnight or 2am.There is already a direct trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok but it's quite pricey.By bus, the regular fare is just $6/pax.You pay extra for convenience of course as it means not changing bus when you arrive at the border and line up at immigration on your own.With the direct bus, somebody will collect your passport and assist you at immigration.
For more flexibility, one can hire a taxi.The border is around 2 hours from Siem Reap and the taxi rate is from $25-$30.
We asked our tuktuk driver to find us a taxi and he did so fast.It pays to have connections.If you are uncertain,hotels do have contacts too so you can always approach the front desk for assistance.Rates are standard and posted on announcement boards at hotels.
We left Siem Reap at around 3pm right after our day tour of Angkor and a quick lunch near Golden Temple Villa where we stayed overnight.
Road condition to the border is very good. Didn't actually noticed any bumps at all as the highway is fully concrete with asphalt finish.This is in direct contrast to the highway from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
Our driver ----DROS-#092 71 0809--- who owns the private car we took could hardly speak english but could quite understand simple communication.Or maybe he didn't feel like talking to us kasi binarat namin sya at $25 when in fast there were five of us.hahaha
The Cambodian side of the border is Poipet. Recognizing that we were near,I reminded our taxi driver to take us to the legitimate immigration office as I read on online forums a lot of scammers both on the Thai and Cambodian side.Our driver was an honest man so we didn't have any problem.He dropped us around a circle and the moment we got out of the car,a few men approached us for transportation assistance at the Thai side.I asked our driver if the guy is legit and he gave his nod so we followed his lead.He gave us his business card so we were also a little less suspicious. He directed us to the Cambodian Immigration where we had our passports stamped for exit.
At Thailand Immigration, there was no line at all.We were the only one inside at first so it felt a little weird.It was only 5:30pm so I was expecting a big crowd but there were only us and later on a few more locals.I heard the border closes at 8pm.We were still early.Passing through Thai immigration was also quick.No hassle at all.
Road condition to the Thai Capital from Aranyaprathet s really good.We passed through highways and more highways.If not for the good road system,travel to Bangkok would have been longer and more rigorous.We stopped at a 7/11 store nearby a gas station an hour away from BKK.
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