We had heard that the journey from Thailand into Cambodia can be pretty rough by bus. But we found the best option to be a relatively new bus that has a partnership with the Thai government transport company, which is the only bus that can go directly across the border all the way to Siem Reap. Otherwise, you’d have to find a Cambodian bus once you cross the border, which can often be a crowded, overpriced, unsafe bet. Other buses also try to scam passengers by demanding extra money for a Cambodian visa before you reach the border, amongst other things. Our bus did stop and offer an overpriced visa before the border, but luckily we had gotten an e-visa after we caught word of this. In any case, it was pretty trouble-free, except when our bus ran into some engine problems at the border…
But luckily after about an hour of watching them climb in and out of the engine, taking bricks and logs out, we were back on our way.
Cambodia is totally different from Thailand. It’s at least 10-15 years behind Thailand in development, but the culture is totally different. The people are SO incredibly nice. The country itself is really beautiful as well. We stayed at a wonderful guest house in Siem Reap that was the nicest place we’ve stayed so far, but also is one of the cheapest. The people who run it are a British-Cambodian couple who were happy to set us up with a tuk-tuk driver for the temples and to point us to cool things in town.
Our first two days in Siem Reap were spent temple-marathoning in the intense heat, so we spent our third day chilling out. The temples were amazing, though.
“This is my ‘it’s too hot’ face.”
We also ran into a google street view camera guy at one of the temples, so we’ll look for ourselves later.
On our third night we also went to an awesome Cambodian circus which is part of a charity that gives free art schooling to underprivileged kids.
After that, we hopped on a rather bumpy bus to Phnom Penh.
I like to think that Old Faithful (our old Camry identical to this) is living a happy second life as a Cambodian shared taxi, which are all over the place.