Friday, January 8, 2010

Getting to Siem Reap

The adventure to Siem Reap from Bangkok began with a five hour bus
ride to Aranyaprathet. The bus was air conditioned and not too
crowded so the trip was fairly comfortable. We got off the bus and
had to walk to the border to clear Thai cuastoms. This is one of the
busier border crossings so the lines were quite long.

After officially leaving Thailand, we followed the crowd of other
confused looking tourists to Cambodia immigration. i was surprised at
how little signage or direction there was between the two checkpoints.
If you do get lost or just tired of fighting the crowds you can
always go to the casino between the borders.

Anoyher long line and we were finally officially accepted into
Cambodia. It took about two hours to walk through both checkpoints.

We knew we had a taxi waiting for us from the hotel so we resolutely
ignored all of the touts fighting for our attention. Little did we
know, in all of the confusion we walked right past our driver so he
was now at the trasnportation depot. A quick phone call and some help
from the local tour agent sorted things out and we climbed aboard the
free shuttle with everyone else and their luggage and caught up with
our driver.

After another two and a half hour taxi ride, we finally reached our
hotel. It was a long day, but I think we did it with only a small
amount of confusion.

I highly recommended the Khmer Inn Angkor as a base for visiting
Angkor Wat. The owners are very friendly and can arrange everything
for you.

Kari Dreyling

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