The 12 hour bus ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap was 12 hours…that includes the 3 hours spent waiting at the border for a bus.
See the whole thing is setup to take your money. You get on a minibus from Bangkok to the border. You cross the border and then have to wait 3-4 hours for ANOTHER bus.
I was expecting a big tour bus. I should have known better….
But I knew this was going to happen. See, I read everything online and figured it out. But this was the safest way for me to do it the first time, with a group of people.
The long wait after you cross the border is designed to lead to frustration, which leads to offers of $60 for one person for a taxi to get to Siem Reap. If you share the price goes down. $10US a piece for 4 people for a 2-3 hour trip into Siem Reap.
Not me. I waited for that bus…and it wasn’t that bad. The roads are still being built so the ride was bumpy and windy, but not horrific.
We walked across the border between Thailand and Cambodia. Very interesting.
Once we got to Siem Reap, my original place wanted to charge me for the other beds in the room because they were empty. No way. So I’m staying at the Angkor Dreams Hotel. $7US a night.
FYI- Cambodia uses US dollars as its second monetary unit. They have their own money, the riel, but dollars are accepted EVERYWHERE I went.
A young Indiana Jones getting ready for his expedition into the jungles of Cambodia.