hi i need to get to thailand from siem reap but ive been reading its a bit of a nightmare im travelling alone so im not sure whether i wana cross the border this way
is it as bad as everyone says or do i just fly to bangkok and cut all the hassle?
also how much does it cost to cross by land?
we did it last year and it was fairly pain less.
we took bus from bangkok to the border then changed and took a taxi from the cambodian side to siem riep
can't remember the costs but wasn't too bad. the problems used to be exacerbated by the terrible road which is now sealed all the way so should only take a couple of hours
there are the usual touts there but plenty of other backpackers around so you are unlikely to be on your own.
returning from pnom penh to bangkok we flew with air asia or something like that and it was good value and very easy
Did this, the other way, (Same loop as Muno actually) and all the annoyances was related to getting the Cambodian visa really. Going the other way that is not an issue, so you should be perfectly fine. Probably easier to get cheap transport from Siem Reap to the border than the other way too. Unless it have changed again you only get a 15 days Thai visa at the border and not 30 as you get when flying in. Check up on that if that can be a problem.
Flight from Phnom Penh to Bangkok was only $30 I think, (AirAsia) but you have to pay extra if you want heavy luggage. (15kg+ I think) our 2 backpacks was 15.1 and 15.8 kg at the time and the check in attendant freaked out a bit until she realized we had already payed for heavy luggage with the ticket 😊 Then there is a $25 airport tax you need to pay (in cash?) after check in, so don't spend all your monies...
We flew - as far as annoyances related to getting a Cambodian Visa - Id recommend E Visa. Cambodia E Visa was GREAT...got an E Visa for Vietnam before we left Aus and they still demanded another $50USD when we arrived and an hour of waiting for a stamp to be processed. E Visa for Cambodia took 6 days to return - just go to the cambodian govt e visa site, uplift a jpg photo of yourself and print out the document and show at the border, no dramas at all.