Sunday, 27 October 2013
Day 82 - Siem Reap to Bangkok
The bus from Siem Reap to Poiphet departed on time in the morning and it was a fairly comfortable drive to the border.
Crossing the border takes ages and you have to be prepared for quite a bit of queuing, we spent almost 1 hour crossing. This is nothing compared with the 5 hours crossing the border from Mongolia into China so it's not too big of a problem.
While you can take a bus from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok, the nicer and more relaxing option is to take a tuk-tuk to the train station and take the train. Sure, it takes a bit longer but the views are nicer, you can sit by the open windows or doors, enjoy a cold beer and let the landscape pass by.
Due to some flooding and generally very slow train we arrived in Bangkok almost one hour late but it was not a problem.
First thing you learn after getting to Bangkok is that tuk-tuks are more expensive than taxis and you have to do a lot of haggling to get a decent price. IF you rather avoid that, take a metered taxi, cheaper, faster and has AC.
After checking in to the hotel we jut headed out for dinner and a quick walk around, first impressions are different than what I expected. More from Bangkok tomorrow.
I had some more pictures from today but a error with Tom's Macbook Air, meant I lost pictures when a copy attempt failed. Hope to get a power adapter for my Surface and be able to use Faststone, RAW Therapee and Windows 8 again. :)