The road from Chiang Mai to Siem reap

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We spent in Chiang Mai four wonderful and very interesting day. I really wanted to stay there longer, but the road was waiting for us. The next stop on our journey was Cambodia, namely Angkor. This was our first visit there, but not the first in Cambodia.

The road from Chiang Mai to Siem reap, turned out to be eventful, I decided to write about it separately and in detail. To get decided through Bangkok, as it is the most reliable and Mature route. Practical information about how to get to Siem reap, I have outlined here.

To Bangkok from Chiang Mai the day before dispatch we bought the tickets at the station, bus station Arcade, to contact the travel agents did not. For tickets to the first class bus (night) gave 538 baht (the money of Thailand exchange rate). Here are prices:

The next day we arrived at the station an hour before departure of the bus to once again be well versed with transportation and schedules. About all this I wrote in "How to get to Chiang Mai" and "Transport Chiang Mai". At the same time decided to eat the road. Near the station a lot of institutions, we decided to choose the "local". For 70 baht ate to satiety and drank a bottle of lemonade. If you are in those places to wait for the bus, I recommend to eat there, very tasty.

Loaded on the bus when it was already dark. To the credit of the carrier it should say that and went and arrived in Bangkok we are on schedule. And the trip was quite comfortable. In the path of the conventionally-fed (gave the bread and the water in the morning serving coffee), a night for the hungry made a stop at some bus station, where you can eat and stretch your legs. As usual, mercilessly the air conditioning worked, but gave blankets. The chairs recline almost to a horizontal position, and even the place we went to the front on the second floor (due to the fact that we bought tickets for the day and Sami chose places) and could fully stretch his legs, which we did. In General, we can say that we practically slept for the trip. By the way, in the bus we met the first and the only Russian in the North. And even then it was not a tourist, and relatively speaking "student", arrived in Chiang Mai on massage courses.

In the early morning, still dark, we arrived at the Northern bus station of Bangkok. Despite the darkness here life was in full swing, as in the anthill, where, apparently, we can conclude that the station is available round the clock. Buses departure and arrive really at any time.

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When they left the bus, we went to look for the ticket office where you can buy a ticket to Aranyaprathet. Even at night it was clear that the Northern bus station of Bangkok is just huge. By some miracle, (we just go where the most people) we got to the building, near which we saw some kind of servant and offered his assistance. We said no and he drove us to the ticket office. I can assume that it was not an employee of the station, and someone is like "barkers" that catches future passengers and leads them to the booths for a Commission. But whatever he was, he helped us a lot, because it is unlikely that we are here quickly to find something on their own. Even the labels of the directions at the station where the little duplicated in English. And already 20 minutes after our arrival, we sat in another bus to Aranyaprathet and waiting for sending. The tickets we had bought for 223 baht.

Our bus to the border

This move has been good too. Left Bangkok we at 6:00 and the place was already 11 o'clock. We landed at the bus station on market near the border. This so-called Rogkluea market. If you go this way, it is better to go to him, not to Aranyaprathet (Aranyaprathet on the way before), because if you go there, you will have access to the border on. And so from the market to the border crossing at hand. We with our light backpacks could walk to the transition and on their own, but little did we know how close it, and therefore agreed to the proposals of tuk-tuks really had to bargain. We agreed on 40 baht (for 20 person).

And here all the traditions of the border Aranyaprathet-Poipet began divorce. Of course, we were brought to the border crossing (but at that moment I did not know this), and what a beautiful office, where we were greeted by nicely dressed and warmly smiling clerk said: "welcome, lady of the Andes, gentelmens. Yu a NAU he and the border. Pliz prepare EUR visa and passports....". All this means: "Hello! You are now on the border, please have your visa and passport." While I was thinking and wondering that the divorce or do the border, Tucker left. So my advice is not to pay Tucker until you are sure that you are at this border.

In General, brought us to this office from our bus on different tuk-tuks from 10 people. This beautifully dressed servant, openly having sympathized with us that we are not yet visas offered to go into the office and go through the procedure of visa. At this point I clearly understood that it was a divorce, because first we had to put stamps on the departure of Ty. But I decided to disengage correctly, so we went with the whole band into the office, sat down at the table, quietly turned in the forms statements and steals a pen from their table.

Then I began to question, and where here to put a stamp about departure from Thailand. Guys just realized that I am aware of the divorce, cute poulybalsya, took us outside and showed us where to go to the border crossing. Before transition I had to go another 500 metres on foot. That's because it is not necessary to pay the tuk-Tucker until you are sure that you are at this border. After all, if the office was not within walking distance, and perhaps such there, we had to get then again for the money.

Jumping a little ahead to say that the office is a few guys accent like Americans. A little later we met them in the queue after obtaining a visa at passport control in Cambodia. I asked how much they paid for the visa, the answer was $ 60. We paid for the visa for 20 dollars plus 100 baht. 100 baht is not clear why, apparently, divorce is on the part of the Cambodian border, but I did not argue, as everyone in the queue was paying. And even better and easier to do an e-visa to Cambodia on the website for 25, and not to stand in any queues.

Here is actually the border crossing
And this is the Angkor we were met by a Trident. For it - Cambodia.

Of course, not whether it is moving from Thailand to Cambodia, if it ended all sorts of stains and surprises. Because ahead of us was another way to Siem Reap, which we had to go and go.

Back in the bus we chatted with a couple girls, Asian girls, which of course also went to Siem reap. As it turned out, one of them from America and another from Malaysia. And while we're standing in line at passport control, decided to team up for taxi rides.

So when we finally were in a real Cambodian land, immediately began to look for a taxi. Immediately we were surrounded by willing to help. After a brief haggling, we agreed with one guy that he dovesti us for four for $ 40 to the hotels in Siem reap. He disappeared for a few minutes, and ordered us to wait for him, and when he returned, sadly reported that his car broke down, but we can drive on another machine, but there must first be reached with the free bus. We still do not understand, as has been found in the bus.

Free Shuttle bus to the station

After 10 minutes drive we were at the bus station. Even in the bus it became clear that the guy put us on the free Shuttle-bus from border to bus station.

As usual, at the bus station we were greeted, only asked for a taxi already much more, and for $ 40 we agreed to put only in the minivan. Rather we and several other tourists, each $ 10.

The essence of the wiring was that we could actually find a taxi and leave right from the border to Siem reap, but the guy tricked us, sent to the bus station in a minivan. I think that he had no plans to take us by car, and nifiga it had not broken.

And yet, if you get to the bus station, don't change there dollars on the Riehl. First, the rates are extortionate, and secondly, reali you nafig do not need, everywhere will have to pay dollars.

Escape was not much, and we have happily agreed to the trip in the minivan, pre-negotiate that all of us were taken to hotels.

Of course, with a minivan, too, all is not so simple turned out. First, we loaded him into things through the back door, and then suddenly it jammed the door and the driver it about 10 minutes trying to repair. Immediately gathered helpers from the local inhabitants of the bus, which drove passengers from the minivan and was wondering what to do. Sensing something was wrong, I set of the tourists cordon of the minivan that he did not manage to jerk off without us and with our Luggage. When everyone is already tired, we just crawled into the car through the window and demanded to go. The driver gave up and we moved on. I can't say with absolute certainty that it was an attempt to divorce, but nevertheless, on arrival at the venue door miraculously opened.

In the minivan
Rural Cambodia on the way Siem reap

Three hours drive we drove into Siem reap, but, as expected, we began to land somewhere in the middle of nowhere, and not near the hotel. There is already my patience snapped and I refused to get out of the van while we take you to the hotel. I was immediately calmed, and drove all the passengers of the tuk-tuk, which we were transported to different corners of Siem Reap.

Our fellow traveler from America and Malaysia went the other tuk-tuk
Well, Hello Siem reap

Here's an amusing ride out. If I had to go to Siem reap, it is the only way. I liked it, I'm serious. It will be another road back from Siem Reap to Pattaya, and looking ahead to say that it was really brutal. But more about that later, to be continued.


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admin December 19, 2012
We spent in Chiang Mai four wonderful and very interesting day. I really wanted to stay there longer, but the road was waiting for us. The next stop on our journey was Cambodia, namely Angkor. This was our first visit there, but not the first in Cambodia.
The road from Chiang Mai to Siem reap, turned out to be eventful, I decided to write about it separately and in detail. To get decided through Bangkok, as it is the most reliable and Mature route. Practical information about how to get to Siem reap, I set out here.
To Bangkok from Chiang Mai the day before dispatch we bought the tickets at the station, bus station Arcade, to contact the travel agents did not. For tickets to the first class bus (night) gave 538 baht. Here are prices:
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The next day we arrived at the station an hour before departure of the bus to once again be well versed with transportation and schedules. About all this I wrote in "How to get to Chiang Mai and Transport to Chiang Mai". At the same time decided to eat the road. Near the station a lot of institutions, we decided to choose the "local". For 70 baht ate to satiety and drank a bottle of lemonade. If you are in those places to wait for the bus, I recommend to eat there, very tasty.
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Loaded on the bus when it was already dark. To the credit of the carrier it should say that and went and arrived in Bangkok we are on schedule. And the trip was quite comfortable. In the path of the conventionally-fed (gave the bread and the water in the morning serving coffee), a night for the goal ...
admin 30 December, 2012
So we are in Siem reap. If anyone still does not understand why we came here, is in order to explore the temples of Angkor.
Here we planned to stay for 4 days, which settled in the hotel Aliance Villa. The hotel is great, especially when you consider that we booked it for stock with 50% discount and paid for the room a little less than $ 15 per day.
Here, according to tradition, photos of hotel
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Everything you need in room: air conditioning, TV, hot water shower, window and even Breakfast. The hotel staff is just super friendly and very helpful. Was so pleased by their helpfulness that I felt even slightly awkward. The hotel was always quiet and we never saw any of the guests, while all accommodation was occupied. That all the rooms were occupied, we learned when I arrived. Our new fellow traveler with whom we were going to get a taxi from the border, but came on the van, also went with us to the hotel, but places for them was not. Was free only single room but for $ 20!
The only downside of the hotel was just what before him had led the asphalted road and after a rain with the main street, had to walk about 100 meters through the puddles. But in General, the position of the hotel is great, very near the night market and pub street, and, at the same time, very quiet.
But, of course, we arrived in Siem reap not to stay in the hotel, so we immediately went to explore the city and at the same time and decide as we would for three days to visit all these temples. Nothing izobretal ...
muzzle 5 January, 2013

I know brother Bob....(The Golden calf)
A generally good, well done!!!! And great pictures, clear. Very love it. Direct memories of Cambodia came flooding back, thoughts povilioniene.... Thank you! ...
muzzle 5 January, 2013

And our guide in Cambodia told me that baby strollers in Cambodia, a tremendous luxury and not all of them can afford it. She has a little daughter and she doesn't like rice likes milk and bread. And it is very expensive. How to complain about us.
Our guide cost us$ 20 a day. For the money we were offered a minivan with driver and guide and a very professional story. Truth is correspondence with her I started from Moscow. ...
admin 13 January, 2013
And now it's just a series of photos from Angkor. Describe what, where and how, I do not see sense. Will be ready in a guide to Angkor with a map (already started here), they think everything you need can be found.
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admin Feb 12, 2013
The next point of the trip was to Pattaya, where we planned to stop by in a few days to spend there. We were not in Pattaya for almost three years and it was very interesting to see how the city has changed over time. Changed dramatically, but more on that later. .While we waited for the road from Siem Reap to Pattaya. At first we planned to get there about the same route as I travelled here from Chiang Mai, only to go had in Chiang Mai and of course Pattaya. Ie from Siem Reap, transfer by taxi or minivan to the border crossing, and from there the bus to Pattaya.
But a devil pulled me to go to a local siemirowice a travel Agency and ask how much is the ticket for the tourist bus to Pattaya. Well, to be honest, hell this is the need to collect information about transport and ways of moving for the site, so it was planned.
Well, when I found out that moving from Siem Reap to Pattaya by tourist bus costs only 18 dollars, and at the same time leaving at 8 in the morning at 17 o'clock we will already in place, I couldn't resist. I knew it would be a trick, remember, that gave themselves earlier vow not to use more tourist buses in Thailand, but it was too great was the temptation. Yes, one would test the route, then to share with you, because on the chaise in this way we (there was another 6 hours, 10 and 12) already got (more on that here). So I bought two tickets for tomorrow at 8 o'clock in the morning, trying to figure out all the details (but I no one was able to explain where the bus arrives in Pattaya), and finally specify whether the bus will arrive in Pattaya in 17 hours, and received a solid affirmative answer. The company that organizes this ...
admin 14 February, 2013
About Pattaya write somehow doesn't want to. But not to throw out this stage of the trip, because it took place. And no matter is that Pattaya is so bad. .No, actually it's a great place, it is no wonder it is the most popular resort in Thailand. But what can you do in Pattaya, I remember when his first meeting for more than seven years ago is very different. Then it was another city, mysterious and attractive. And now I know almost every street, all the shops and entertainment, etc. Nothing new in Pattaya, I this time have not found, though not been here for almost three years. We had originally planned to stay in Pattaya for seven days, to sunbathe and lie on the beach. But for three days all so tired that in the morning on the fourth day we weighed and went out.
But it is more likely my problem than Pattaya. For newcomers to Pattaya should stay the same interesting resort and entertainment city, and the center of the sex industry of Thailand.
Although, I'm deceiving you. Something in Pattaya very much changed even in four years, what is there to speak about the seven years. On changes will tell photos:
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Russian faces and speech in the streets has become much more the impression that every second tourist, walking on second street and beach road – Russian. All shops crammed with Russian tourists, every 50 meters a Russian travel Agency or office real estate, restaurant menus in Russian, signs in Russian hotels. That is strange, if you go to other streets, there ...
admin 24 May, 2013
From Pattaya to Ayutthaya accessed directly only by taxi, at least to us of any direct bus unknown. By taxi the ride is not a budget, so we decided to get on the chaise through Bangkok. To bother with the big bus and the bus station in Pattaya we did not, of Luggage we've a very little, only a couple of backpacks, and so we went the simple way: go to the minibase through victory Monument. Total, leaving the hotel at 6 a.m. at 12 moved to pre booked hotel in Ayutthaya, Grandparent's Home. He spent 160 baht.
A little more paint about the road, suddenly someone come in handy, though, information on how to get to Auctau here already written enough. In General, from Pattaya to the bus stop Victoria Monument from different places travel mini-bus services approximately every hour. Rather, it is in theory, they depart approximately every hour, and in fact, if passengers there, they can delay sending for half an hour and even an hour until they get enough passengers. In a way, they slightly more than an hour, cost 100 baht or so. To find the nearest location you can send them by asking at the hotel reception or simply finding a place while exploring Patati. Near to our Guesthouse, the location was near the Central Festival, came to him on foot. When it arrives to the Victoria Monument, we will have to find another mini bus to Ayutthaya already. To explain where to find it, it makes no sense, just better for the Mets to ask passers-by or drivers. He is already about 60 baht in the way too about an hour. Travel often. Well, to Auctau they arrive right in the heart of the tourist district of Ayutthaya in the North-Eastern part ...

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