We began our Cambodian journey travelling from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet by train. Being a national holiday it was a crammed ride as the locals travel free; while we had to pay an exorbitant 45 baht ($1.35) for our tickets!  In a nook we found enough space to create a little backpack bench where we curled up for the five hour ride.  We met a nice woman named Rose on the train who offered to house us anytime we were in Bangkok and who exchanged magical stones with us.


When we arrived in Aranyaprathet we stopped for a quick bite to eat then took a tuk tuk to the border corssing for $2.  BEWARE, the tuk tuk drivers will most likely take you to a tourist trap Cambodian visa dealer, right before the border, where they will charge you more for your visa.  We where taken there, behind a building in a parking lot, where a gentleman came out and said “You can get your Cambodian visa here!”.  We were already aware this was a trap so we walked away to the border crossing.  Note, you will go through Thai departure customs before you get your Cambodian visa, which costs $20 USD.


We crossed into Poipet, Cambodia by foot and continued to Siem Reap by bus, better known for the stunning Angkor Wat; the 8th wonder of the world.  Our Cambodian adventure begins here…


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