Siam Riep to Bangkok by bus

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February 1st 2010
Published: March 17th 2010
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The bus came to pick us up at 7:30 and I was still having trouble holding everything in. I took the last bowel stopper in a last attempt to hold things back. Jacinta was a lot better but felt tired from me keeping her up early in the morning. It was going to be a nine hour bus ride to Bangkok with a 2 hour wait at the border. Travelling trough Cambodia it was very dry and with the harvested rice fields all dried up and brown in didn’t make for a very pretty picture. I’m sure in the wet season the rice fields would be lush and green and this place would be beautiful, but the sacrifice would be the terribly hot humid conditions. We arrived at the border and within an instant had a child beggar at my feet asking for money. I was relieved that I had not had to go to the toilet since leaving early that morning and hopped that the worse had been behind me. There was a Thai man that greeted us upon getting out of the bus and I only assumed that he was our new driver for the bus on the other side. The border was no trouble and when we walk between the two check points there were big casinos and new ones getting built. The town has a reputation for being sleazy and having scam’s everywhere so if you cross the Aranya Prathet border just be careful and trust no one. This was confirmed when we were told by the Thai man that showed us through the border that the shuttle bus that came to pick us up wouldn’t arrive until 3hours latter and if we paid an extra 200THB each we could go in half an hour. I was in no mood to take shit so I sad in a stern voice “We have already paid and you are not getting any more money, we will wait”. He realised I was not worth the hassle and didn’t approach us again. In half an hour the Thai man disappeared and we were introduced to our driver that would take us to Bangkok. I’m not sure what the other Thai man did apart from showing us through the border and telling us where to wait. We were happy to be moving again and we were dropped off close to Koh San Rd and found a Guest house with our own bathroom, hot water, AC and TV for $450THB. This was a bargain and we both just wanted to lie down and rest. We managed to have some very light mushroom soup from a restaurant that tasted like water we both didn’t have the energy to send the soup back as we paid good money for the soup and it was packet mix.

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