Bangkok to Siem Reap (Cambodia)

I left Bangkok on Friday morning to travel to Siem Reap in Cambodia to visit the temples at Angkor Wat…………this road trip is one of the most, if not the most, talked about and written about journeys in South East Asia; its legendary status is mainly due to the amount of scams and scammers surrounding it……….bus scams, taxi scams, visa scams………you name it, and there will be a scam of some description for it.

 

However, when a topic has such notoriety, if one has any sense (which I am laying claim to) one researches the subject reasonably well; having done so, I did not get led into any of the “Visa offices” on the Thai side of the border, which look like the real deal to the unsuspecting, but are just another scam………. I had an American twenty dollar bill ready, which is all you should pay for a Cambodian visa – but the Cambodian visa officials are as blatantly corrupt as everyone else in this border region, where scamming tourists is a national pastime…….

 

The road journey is about 266 miles, but having left my hotel in Bangkok at 6am, I did not arrive in Siem Reap until 5pm; the border crossing at Poipet took two and a half hours, which did not help………..queuing up in a shed for your visa, and then again in another shed for fingerprint scanning (not to be confused with scamming) having a photo of yourself recorded and your visa finally ratified………..Welcome to Cambodia !!

 

The forward view from seat 2A on the bus from Bangkok to the border……..I had bought the ticket in advance and it was the 7.30am bus…………traffic in Bangkok is always a nightmare, so I left my hotel at 6am to be sure of arriving at Mo Chit bus terminal on time….I got there at 6.45……….the bus left at 6.55…………

 

I took a few snapshots of the mayhem which is the Cambodian border town of Poipet, while I was queuing for my visa……………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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