Long haul back to BKK
February 9, 2010 – Day 411 – Bangkok, Thailand
“Get ready to feel like an asshole.” We looked at each other and got out of the tuk tuk and onto the idling bus pulled alongside the road. Waiting. For us. Against our usual protocol, we had booked a bus ticket all the way from Phnom Penh back to Bangkok thinking it was a bit cheaper than all the separate tickets.
We were up and in the lobby of our guest house at 6:50AM, as instructed, waiting for the bus to come pick us up. It was scheduled to depart for Bangkok at 7:45 and by 7:30, we were pretty concerned. Our guest house staff were kind enough to call and sort out the whole mess for us (although we didn’t buy the ticket through them). They tucked us into a tuk tuk and sent us zipping across town to the ticket agency who checked our tickets and, without explanation, send us in another tuk tuk which we assumed was to take us to the bus. What we didn’t know was that the bus had already left without us and was now waiting by the side of the road til we sheepishly pulled up and jumped on. A few irritated glances and we sank into our seats.
Anyway, it was a long day from 8AM-8:30PM getting all the way back to Bangkok and we are so glad to be back.
We don’t recommend booking a long haul ticket between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, either direction. It would be faster and easier to book your own ticket to the border (Poi Pet) and then cross through on foot as usual and grab a bus on the Thai side in the market area. If you are unsure of where to go and can’t spot lots of parked buses, just ask around until you get your bus.