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#31 Aug 12th, 2017, 08:38
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GP is right, #1 is all over the map, #2 is better.
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I also read that overnight buses are not that safe in Vietnam, is it true??
Hold ups/robberies? Very unlikely.

Road accidents, much more likely. I would avoid travelling because of that, in your place.

(Agree option 2 is better, the other one is too hectic. But if Vietnam, south- around Vung Tao- is very nice and should not be missed.)
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Just a small note / suggestion on your plan #2 - if you are catching an overnight bus from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, you could skip the town and catch a ferry direct to Koh Rong (fast ferry takes just 30 mins) and spend some extra time in the island. Most buses from Siem Reap arrange the ferry ticket when you book your bus ticket (although there is no need). On your way back from Koh Rong, you could make a stop over in Kampot and visit the Bokor National park too, but this might make your itinerary even more tight. FWIW, we as a couple averaged about 45$ per day in Cambodia and 32$ in Vietnam, but there should not be any massive difference once you are in the country.
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Bassaka Air
2 x passengers
Your reservation
Outbound flight
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
5B 902
Dept. 10/11/2017 10:55
Arriv. 10/11/2017 11:35

(USD) Fare 23.64
Taxes and Airport charges12.00
Fees10.00
VAT 2.36
Total fare outbound flight 48.00
Total Price $ 48.00

Cheaper than your own taxi, and only about $20 more than one of those decent buses....
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Kolkata - Phnom Penh
Feb. 6 - 16th
1 x pax
Rs. 13,807 inc. taxes etc.

Wah....
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Try doing

Kolkatta > Seam reap > phnom penh > saigon / Ho chi minh city >kolkatta

or

kolkatta >Bangkok > Siem reap > phnom penh > kolkatta

I did a week trip in Cambodia - spending 4 days in Siem reap.3 days in Phnom penh.It was tempting to add Kep , Kampot or one of the beaches but trust me it's better and cheaper to stay longer duration in few cities rather than run around the country.

My costs:
SR : hostel 4* $16 ,food 4* $15,trips 3 * $25 (most group trips are around $20 - 30$ pp),temple 3 day pass $40 now its $62 , misc 4* 5 =$280 approx
PP : hostel 4* 15 , food 4* $15, trip to S21 and killing fields $30 , others i walked around,monument entrance and shows - $80-$100, misc 4* 5 = $270 approx

I did two one way ticket to save time.Flew in SR and Flew out PP.If you account $300 for HCMC ,the entire vietnam & cambodia trip should cost $850.i would advise you to carry / allocate 1.25x .So i might need $1062 (850 * 1.25) just for trip.

And if you fly Air Asia, you have to pay for checkin baggage.I paid around $100 for the bags.
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If it's cheaper to fly into Bangkok, yo might consider that. Then take a bus from airport to Poipet, taxi to Battambang, and slow boat across lake to Siem Reap. I did this several ears ago--it was quite inexpensive. Battambang and the boat were both very interesting.
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Originally Posted by francesb View Post If it's cheaper to fly into Bangkok, yo might consider that. Then take a bus from airport to Poipet, taxi to Battambang, and slow boat across lake to Siem Reap. I did this several ears ago--it was quite inexpensive. Battambang and the boat were both very interesting.
From Poipet you can go directly to Siem Reap too. The OP has both time and money constraints. Slow is an expense!
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post From Poipet you can go directly to Siem Reap too. The OP has both time and money constraints. Slow is an expense!
That's true, but the boat trip is incredibly interesting and should be seen as a tourist attraction in itself. It was an amazing experience. You are probably correct that the OP would prefer to limit travel time, though.

Battambang is worth a day, though. The bat caves, Khmer Rouge memorial, and bamboo train are all pretty good.
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Hello Kriti,

I also have the similar plans and would be travelling solo, I am Shital (32 yo male) from Delhi working in an IT company as an IT consultant. Can we be travel buddies in order to share the cost?
Please let me know if you are interested.

Regards,
Shital
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Originally Posted by francesb View Post That's true, but the boat trip is incredibly interesting and should be seen as a tourist attraction in itself. It was an amazing experience. You are probably correct that the OP would prefer to limit travel time, though.

Battambang is worth a day, though. The bat caves, Khmer Rouge memorial, and bamboo train are all pretty good.
Totally agree on the Battambang boat trip. It was an attraction all by itself and more than what I expected. Must do if you have the time...luckily I had no restrictions and also spent a couple nights at Battambang since it was a cheap and fairly chill place to hang out.
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OP will be better off, faster and overall cheaper, if flying directly with Air Asia to Siem Reap (either from Delhi via KL, base fare Rs 11'000 one way) or from Kolkata via KL or Don Mueang/Bangkok, base fare around Rs 9000). With a through ticket you avoid the Visa-on-Arrival fee of 2000 Baht = ca Rs 4000 (was only until August 31 2017 reduced to 1000 Baht).

Plus the Bus ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap is a sweat drive, the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border is a drag. (Never even consider entering Thailand at that border. One can be waiting for hours out in the sun, without even basic protection. The Cambodia-bound transit is easier though.) The roads in Thailand are dangerous, lots of speeding drivers.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post Plus the Bus ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap is a sweat drive, the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border is a drag. (Never even consider entering Thailand at that border. One can be waiting for hours out in the sun, without even basic protection. The Cambodia-bound transit is easier though.) The roads in Thailand are dangerous, lots of speeding drivers.
The OP has been inundated, like Mumbai...

Yeah, maybe it's the generation gap, but road travel in Asia, well India, Thailand, Napal and such like is something i mainly wish to avoid these days and prefer to fly the longer sectors. I drive myself in India and have done for twenty odd years and find it easy enough but you cannot lapse on the whole in concentration or anticipation, at all. Of course in the Himalaya there's less traffic but in season the plains wallahs are a real nuisance and inexperienced but I mostly drive in the hills, UK, HP and down to Rajasthan these years... naturally there are enough near misses to keep you alert.

Moreover we're not all compelled to get about by the cheapest possible means or bunk up in hostels any more. Around Asia, in places like Langkawi, which is less than it's cracked up to be, or Malaysian Borneo, Sarawak and similar, renting a small car is quite economical at around $140 x 4 days plus fuel with Green Matrix.

Join the Hilton hotel honours plan, book a few months in advance, say Kuching in Sarawak or Sandakan Borneo, and get rooms x 4 nights at non-refundable rates Inc. B/fast of Rs.21k. all in. Just saying that a reasonable tour of a fortnight ex. Delhi inc flights, some internal flights, with some car hire, 7 or 8 nights in a Hilton or similar can be managed for 1.5 Lakhs or thereabouts, which ain't at all outrageous.
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One important thing for OP

If you decide to travel through Thailand taking the Visa-on-Arrival option and traveling overland, you have to get a re-entry permit to be able to come back on the same visa. Aranyaprathet (on the way to Siem Reap) is one of the few border crossings where it is available, the other one being Nong Khai, the border town to Vientiane/Laos. Normally, re-entry permits are only available at international airports (office right after passport control). The permit costs 1000 Baht, and you need to bring a photo.
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