Ok, scratch the whole idea from the last post. I have changed the plan completely for a few reasons.
1) There are a lot of buses that go from Bangkok to Cambodia… but not too many vice versa. At least, from what I can see. Which means, there are no reliable companies that actually do buses across the border unlike going to Vietnam.
Therefore, it would be best to fly to Bangkok from Phnom Penh using AirAsia. It is, afterall, the cheapest. If we fly mid-August, the cheapest rate we can get is $94 incld. all fees and taxes.
2) I wanted to save money but I also need to weigh out the pros and cons. Is spending less money really worth wasting the time, and being uncomfortable, etc. For me, this was an easy thing to decide because.. first of all, I’m leaving Cambodia soon.. meaning I want to spend as much time as I can with both family and friends. When it gets to near the end of August, time is too valuable to waste! Second, I have a back problem. If I sit for too long and overwork myself, I’ll most likely end up in the hospital and physical therapy again.. so it’s not worth it!
3) I wanted to see A LOT of places.. but regarding the number of days I have, trying to fit in 4 locations won’t let me enjoy each places to the fullest. Instead, we will be tired and exhausted and won’t be able to appreciate anywhere! So I’ve decided to cut it down to two places.
We will go from:
- Phnom Penh to Bangkok (Flight)
- Bangkok to Siem Reap (Train, Tuk Tuk, Cab): This is based on info from a friend I met here who traveled through this route. The border is sketchy, but I think it’s part of the experience!
- Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (Bus)
For Flight, we are using AirAsia.
For Train, Is it not awesome that the train is 5 hours and it cost only $1.50?!
From the train we will take the Tuk Tuk across the border and then take a cab to Siem Reap (Around $10 – $15)
Any suggestions? Question? Tips? Let me know!!