Okay, so last July we did our Siem Reap to Bangkok trip. It’s been a while, I’ve been caught up at work. :) Anyway, I’ll try to remember all the details on how we were able to do it XD
So we did 6 days + 5 nights for this one.
Day 1: Manila – Siem Reap
From Manila we traveled to Siem Reap, Cambodia via Cebu Pacific. Travel time takes around 2 hours. We arrived at Siem Reap late at night, almost 10 PM, and their airport was clean and very silent…. O_O
If you don’t have anyone who will pick you up, there will be tuktuk drivers waiting outside the airport.
This is what tuktuk looks like:
Our tuktuk driver, Suka, was very kind and is a big fan of Manny Pacquiao. Actually, most of the locals we’ve interacted here is a fan of Pacquiao.
They will ask us.. “Where you come from? Manny Pacqiuao?” The locals here are very friendly and helpful :)
Suka has become our personal driver in Siem Reap and also helped us booked for our travel to BKK. He offered us a tour of the Angkor temples for 20 USD, and I think that’s a fair price, considering he will have to be up early in the morning and spend his entire day with us, so we accepted his offer.
Anyway we stayed at this hotel: Popular Boutique Hotel
The place was quiet and dark at times… but i’ts good, They have a pool, a restaurant if you’re feeling lazy to go out to eat, Their staff was very helpful, the price is a good catch. also, it’s very close to the temples and Pub Street.
Anyway, after we’ve settled, we went out to Pub Street to eat dinner, then go back to hotel to sleep.
DAY 2: Exploring Siem Reap (Temples & Pubstreet)
Our tuktuk driver suggested that we go early in the morning so we could witness the sunrise (we weren’t able to tho.. but it’s all good)
We left the hotel around 4 AM and went directly to Angkor Ticket Center.
You will have to pay for your ticket pass here, rates depend on it’s validity:
1 Day – $37
3 Days – $62
7 Days – $72
Before anything else, Angkor Wat is not the name for the entire place. (I had always called it Angkor Wat lol) Angkor Wat is a single temple, out of all the many temples in Siem Reap. There are other temples like Ta Phrom, Ba Yon, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, Ta Keo, etc.
Here’s a map:
This place is history. It was built in the early 12th century – imagine that!
These are sacred places and they have imposed a dress code for people who will visit.
Visitors will be required to wear pants or skirts below the knees and a shirt that covers the shoulders.
Ladies, if you want to go sleeveless, you can still do. Just bring a scarf or shawl or something to cover you up, you can also buy from the locals, there are many that sells on that area.
Anyway we bought the 1 day pass, and we weren’t able to finish them all. We thought we could, but it was impossible.
If you’re planning to visit every single one of these temples, do not go for 1 day.
I guess 3 days would do, or if you really want to explore the temples then go for 7 days. It’s a very, very, very large place. And a looot of walking is required.
That 1 day pass killed us. By noon time, we’re templed out and we’re dying to go home.
We wanted to explore more, but we were just too tired. (and thirsty PS. BRING WATER)
Comes night time, we went to Pubstreet to check out the food and the place.
And look what I found!
I tried the scorpion and nope, I won’t do it again. Haha
If you want to party at night, this is the place. This place is loud. Like really. Music is busting out at each and every restaurant here.
We went home after a couple of beers. Haha.
DAY 3 – Crossing Boarders: Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand
Our tuktuk driver brought us to this travel agency which offers a direct bus travel to Bangkok.
It costs us (as far as I remember) $25.
It’s a double decker bus, and the trip was roughly around 10-11 hours. Pretty much your entire day.
Leave early. Because there are a lot of people at the boarder. And the boarder is open only until 8PM.
Siem Reap → Poipet → Aranyaprathet → Bangkok
Now, taking a direct bus, doesn’t necessarily mean everything will be taken cared of.
You will have to cross.. and I mean walk across the border from Poipet to Aranyaprathet (I don’t even know how to pronounce that)
You will be dropped off near the Cambodia immigration, look for it, get in line and get stamped out of Cambodia.
Then you will have to go to the Thai immigration and get your visa.
This can be scary and confusing as there will be a lot of people (specially around noon time), do not get scammed, or talk to people offering you stuff.
Just focus on these 2 things:
1. Get stamped out of Cambodia
2. Get Thai Visa
After all that, you’re done. Go back to your bus, relax and you’ll be in Bangkok soon.
Read this blog, it’s more detailed: Siem Reap to Bangkok via the Poipet border
We arrived at Bangkok around 6PM and went directly to our hotel.
We stayed at BB Boutique Mansion
This is a very very nice hotel, it’s a gem within the city. Place was quiet and clean. The location was very good, near the BTS (train) station.
We went to Terminal 21 for our dinner and went back to our hotel after a few hours and slept.
DAY 4 – Wat Arun + Market + Club
This day is the day that we get scammed. My friend and I were looking for a way on how to get to Wat Arun, Wat Pho and The Grand Palace.
So we were walking along the streets of Bangkok, asking the locals on how to get there, when we finally met this big man, he looks friendly and told us that his guy friend that drives a tuktuk could get us to where the boats are. For 150 baht, we agreed. So we got to the boat station and here comes the surprise. When we got there, they’re offering us 1800 Baht for the boat tour.. that seems a bit too much. My friend and I are confused.. is it too much? Or is it just right? Probably the places are far from each other that’s why? if we back out, where should we go instead? In the end we took it (stupid) because we really just want to get on with our day.
We got the boat all to ourselves (now that’s why it was pricey) and we went there.
look at us, so happy, not knowing we’re being scamed. lelz
First up, Wat Arun. They have entrance fee of 50 Baht. Again ladies, no sleeveless tops here. You could wear one but bring a shawl. Anyway, the boat driver told us to come back 30 minutes after. But we got back like after an hour, and guess what? He wasn’t there. There was a lady that collects fees from the boats, and we asked her where is our boat, and she said “no, no more” and we ask if she could call them, and she said “no” I mean, WTH?? We paid 1800 Baht, the least they could do is wait for us? We f*cking rented that boat to ourselves.
And this is what’s more frustrating, we found a boat that would take us to Wat Pho and it only costs 3 effin baht. 3! THREE!!! and they made us pay 1800 BAHT and didn’t fucking wait for us?! Unbelievable.
Anyway, lesson of the story. Do not go for tours as there are public boats available within the area. RESEARCH!!!
PS. we weren’t looking for private boats when we got there, but we stupid and we already paid for that damn private boat scam. So yeah.
We ended our tour around lunch time and went directly to Pratunam Market. You could find clothes, shoes, bags and any kind of fashion accessories here.
This a place where you could buy fashion stuff at a cheap and affordable price. To my fellow Filipinos, if you’re fond of buying at divisoria, prices here are MUCH lower. The clothes that you see online, most of them you could find here. So ano pa? haha
We went back at our hotel around 6pm and went for dinner and some drinks later that night. We were planning to go to a rooftop bar, but we were just so exhausted.
DAY 5 – Bangkok – Pattaya
Another day, another adventure. Today we decided to go to Pattaya. At Jomtien Beach to be exact. You can reach Pattaya from Bangkok either via plane, bus, train, taxi or a van (minibus). We opted for the van. Bangkok to Pattaya is more or less a 2 hour drive. Vans will be located at Ekkamai Bus Terminal and would cost around 130 Baht.
We were dropped off in the middle of Pattaya. (don’t know really where it was, but I guess that was the drop off point since everyone got out as well) We crossed an overpass bridge and from there we hired a motorcycle to bring us to Jomtien beach, it cost 70 Baht.
The beach seems dirty at that time, it was a bit greenish brown in color… or is that the color? Lol It was fine, we weren’t planning to swim anyway. We just sat by the beach and relaxed. After lunch we decided to go back to Bangkok.
How to go back to Bangkok? We have no clue to be honest. Lol we were waiting for a motorcycle to pass by but there aren’t any, luckily this lady who we thought was a police woman offered to take us to the bus terminal “Air Conditioned Bus Terminal Pattaya-Bangkok”.
Later we found out she wasn’t a police woman since she asked us to pay for her services LOL
This is how her car looks like, plus she was wearing a blue polo shirt haha well whatever, still thankful we got to the terminal :)
Anyway, bus ticket cost around 130 Baht as well.
DAY 6 – Bangkok – Manila
We left Bangkok early in the morning, took a cab that costs us around 450 Baht. Airport was a bit far from our place. Anyway all in all it was a great experience. We’re more relax now compared to our past travels. You can actually do Vietnam – Cambodia – Thailand. We didn’t have much time, so probably sometime soon. :)
BUDGET BREAKDOWN: For 1 person group of 2
AIRFARE (Cebu Pacific): Manila – Siem Reap = PHP 2,099.00
Direct Bus to Bangkok: $25 = PHP 1,285
Boat Tour: THB 900 = PHP 1,394 ***do not take this please, there are cheaper ways to do this***
Van from Bangkok to Pattaya: THB 130 = PHP 201
Bus from Pattaya to Bangkok: THB 130 = PHP 201
AIRFARE (Cebu Pacific): Bangkok to Manila = PHP 2,954
Popular Boutique Hotel 3 Days 2 Nights
For 2: PHP 1,572.28 – my share: PHP 786
BB Boutique Mansion 4 Days 3 Nights
For 2: PHP 4,007.40 – my share: PHP 2,003.7
Angkor Wat Entrance: $37 = PHP 1900
Wat Arun: THB 50 = PHP 77
Wat Pho: THB 100 = PHP 155
Grand Palace: THB 500 = PHP 775
What we booked ahead was the airfare and hotels, so total of that is: PHP 7,843.00 and I’ve allotted PHP 20,000 for my pocket money this includes my entrance fees to the temples, my food for our entire stay, my travel expenses for the bus, vans, trains, etc, so more or less the total of my expenses (everything included) is PHP 25,000 since I still had extra money from the trip when I got home. :)
See, you don’t have to spend a lot of money when traveling, plan ahead and learn to adjust your needs based on your budget and everything will workout.