Exploring Siem Reap

We made it into Cambodia. It took us about a day an a half to get here from Koh Tao but we are finally in Siem Reap. We came here obviously to see temples of Angkor and move on to Vietnam but we came here couple of days before The Khmer New Year so we ended up staying in Cambodia for about 10 days. Which was good as we had a chance to get to know the country a bit better.

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Travelling in SE Asia or how we got from Koh Tao to Siem Reap.

We have started our journey in Bangkok (BKK) and then moved south as we were desperate for some beach time. Now that we want to go Cambodia it means we will have to go all the way up back to Bangkok and east to get to Siem Reap. We dont really want to fly during our trip – flying is boring, you can’t really see the country plus all the means of transportation that you have to take to move around add up to the whole experience.
With that in mind we settle on:
– getting a combined ticket for a boat from Koh Tao to Chumphon and a night bus to BKK;
– bus dropped us close to Khao San road so we took metered taxi from there to train station Hua Lamphong;
– from Hua Lamphong we took a very cheap 3rd class train which took us to Aranyaprathet, town which is the closest to the border with Cambodia;
– from the border we got a shuttle bus to the bus station and a minivan that took us to Sieam Reap.

It was a very long and difficult journey which tought us a lot about ourselves.

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