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Overland from Siem Reap to Krabi

No pictures in this entry. It's just a write-up of our marathon, 31-hour overland journey from Siem Reap to Krabi in Thailand.

We caught a bus from Siem Reap at 7.30am to Poipet at the border with Thailand 140km away. It took 4 hours and cost $4 (£2.70) each. The bus made two stops along the way which didn't help our cause as we needed to catch the 13:55 train to Bangkok from Aranyaprathet. The border was quite busy and it was touch-and-go as to whether we would make it to the station on time.

Once we were stamped out of Cambodia, we joined a long queue of people waiting to cross the border. Eventually we got our visas and were in Thailand. It was a 6km tuk-tuk ride to Aranyaprathet station. This cost 80 Baht or 85p each. In the event, we made it with over half an hour to spare.

The train to Bangkok would take 6 hours and cover 255km. This cost 48 Baht (£1) each and was due to arrive at 19:55. Our next train to Surat Thani was departing at 22:55 so we had enough time to grab some food and drink in a local eatery opposite Hualamphong station (rats and cockroaches included!).

It was a distance of 651km from Bangkok to Surat Thani. It would take just over 9 hours and cost 578 Baht (£12) each.

Once in Surat Thani, we caught a local bus (20 Baht/40p each) from the train station to the bus station 14km away where the bus for Krabi was leaving.

The bus to Krabi cost 150 Baht (£3.10) each and took around 4 hours, covering 150km. Once at Krabi bus station, we took a songtheaw (a pick-up with two benches in the back) the 5km into town. This cost 100 Baht or £1 each.

Distance covered: 1221km
Time taken: 31 hours
Cost: £21 each
Modes of transport: 3 buses, 2 trains, 1 tuk-tuk and 1 songtheaw


Posted by Rivercity 00:16 Archived in Thailand

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Cheap or what!

by Sue Rogers

I make that 1,990 miles at 95pence a mile. Not bad going!Where next? Love Celia

by Celia

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