Crossing at Poi Pet

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January 28-29, 2010 – Day 399-400 – Koh Tao to Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Well, as promised, it was two very long, very tiring travel days right in a row. It was a bummer to leave the lovely Koh Tao but we have an itching to return for sure. The first day we didn’t get to Bangkok til 8:30PM and were pretty well spent. Dinner and bed was the end of that story.

Leaving the islands

Leaving the islands


Next morning at 8:30AM we were on a bus to the border at Poi pet, Cambodia. We had been told consistently terrible things about how awful this particular border would be and how dirty and chaotic Cambodia would be in general. We were prepared for something along the lines of India. And we were happily surprised. Instead of being the house of horrors everyone swore it would be, Poi pet turned out to be one of the easiest and least crazy borders we have ever crossed. What a happy turn out! And on top of that, Cambodia does not seem to be all that dirty or chaotic. Granted we have only been here a few hours but we drove nearly 3 hours from the border into Siem Reap and were very happy with what we saw. Guess time will tell but so far we are very excited to be here and the people couldn’t be better. If Thailand is the land of a thousand smiles, some of that happy spirit must have rubbed off onto its neighbor Cambodia. Everyone is so sweet and friendly.

Our swanky room in Siem Reap

Our swanky room in Siem Reap

As you can imagine, after two consecutive travel days we were ready for a quiet night at home to re-energize and get ready to go see some of Angkor Wat tomorrow morning!

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  1. Good for you. Crossing the border between Cambodia and Thailand is not dangerous, but can be aggravating. Glad things have started off well.

    How were things at the border in terms of passports and getting visas? Since you didnt say anything I’m assuming everything went A-OK. Lots of horror stories there with sudden, additional fees.

    brian says...
    February 7th, 2010 at 11:09 am
  2. We had heard those horror stories as well so we went with the E-Visa and printed it a few days before we crossed. Worked just fine– no hassle, no extra fees, and roughly 20 minutes total to exit/enter both borders. Definitely recommend the E-Visa!

    lin says...
    February 13th, 2010 at 10:14 pm
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