After traveled for 2 weeks in Myanmar, our next destination is Cambodia. First we fly from Mandalay to Bangkok, stayed in Kao San Road for a night then catch the early van or bus to Siem Reap. We have read about the experience of border crossing isn’t easy… (You can read more safety tips and things to be careful when crossing the border from Travelfish.org) We have ready our heart and pray that things will go smoothly… We bought the Bangkok-Siem Reap bus tickets from the travel agency next to the guesthouse where we stayed. The van will come and pick us up from our guesthouse. That was easier than we thought. So everything is arranged.
From Bangkok we travel to Aranyaprathet (Thai border) by van, then walk across border to Poipet and from Poipet, catch a shared taxi to Siem Reap. Here’s the stories…
A van come and pick us up and head straight to Aranyaprathet.
Passing by towns… did you notice the eiffel tower on top of the building?
Arrived in Aranyaprathet.
Tuk Tuk ladies in Aranyaprathet.
The long ques at Thai immigration. It took us 1 hour.
Thai border to Cambodia.
Waiting patiently together with a few Japanese from the same van.
Walking towards Cambodia… It’s really exciting when we see that Angkor Wat “representative”!
The first thing I notice in Cambodia is Casino and hardworking people carrying loads of goods crossing border…
Walking towards the Cambodia immigration
Very long que again.. it takes us another 1 hour waited here…
Finally inside the immigration building.. everything is manually done… thank god we have fan here…
Gone pass the immigration, going to the bus station by free shutter. My new friend Ryo Hirahara from Japan giving victory sign.
We did it.. we have crossed the border! Bye bye Poipet!
The tourist bus station
Currency exchange with slightly expensive rate…
The taxi journey from Poipet to Siem Reap, land clearing with open burning..
Finally we are in Siem Reap, a tuk yuk come and fetch us from outside the town to our guesthouse. Thank god we have arrived at our destination safely. What a long day!