Stung Treng to Siem Reap, can it be done in one day?
Replies: 18 - Last Post: May 25, 2012 12:39 AM Last Post By: montyman
May 23, 2012 7:44 PM
May 23, 2012 7:55 PM
May 24, 2012 12:14 AM
2easy peasy I did Don Det to Phnom Pen same day started 8am arrioved 1030pm and Siem reap is same same and maybe even earlier Soroya bus company often recommended here does it as said no need for taxi.
Although it reminded me of a story told by a slovakian guy I met travelling in Burma with his small family, shortly after Pol Pot era being communist Slovakian (then Yugoslavia under Tito) decided to take his wife to Cambodia for honeymoon, they took boat to Stung tren and then hired a taxi to take them to Angkor Wat, his wife related how the driver told them to open all the windows, she asumed it was because the taxi had no aircon but the driver said it was to stop rebels breaking the glass in his windows if they shoot at them on the way. His wife said she couldn't believe her new husband would subject her to such things on their honeymoon. I teased that maybe he had taken out a large insurance policy.
But then there is now a tourist route even through Afghanistan if you want to go
May 24, 2012 12:18 AM
May 24, 2012 12:28 AM
4Is that yet a road srobots? the bus goes down to Kompong cham and then onto just outside skuon and then transfers and picks up the buses from Phnom pen to Siem Reap this road is paved now all the way but was a dirt track when I did it first from Siem Reap to Skuon and onto Kompng Cham then by gast boat to Kratie and stung tren in 2003
May 24, 2012 12:35 AM
5I've no idea if there's a road there, just seems crazy to have to go to Kampong Cham province to get to Siem Reap.
May 24, 2012 12:37 AM
6same same I thought stung tren cross river and on right is preah Vihear why go all way to siem reap to get there lol
May 24, 2012 1:56 AM
7The road from Thala Borivath (across the Mekong from Stung Treng) to Krong Preah Vihear through Chhaeb is being rebuilt. It is passable now by car in about 3 to 4 hours, plus the ferry crossing, but there will be problems as the rainy season progresses. No buses but there are a few motorbike taxis that do the route. I don't know of any car taxis although you may be able to hire one in Stung Treng. I think it will be expensive because he will have difficulty getting customers for the return journey.
From Krong Preah Vihear (Tbeang Meanchey on old maps), there are taxis to Siem Reap that take about 2.5 hours but they tend to go in the mornings only so if yu want to go later you would probably need to rent the whole car.
The choice seems to be long or expensive. There is also a more notherly road through Kampong Sralao, Choam Khsant and Anlong Veng in good condition but that will be a long journey and expensive.
I like the honeymoon story.
May 24, 2012 2:03 AM
8Perhaps the thing to do in that case is to take in Preah Vihear en route so travel in the morning, see the temple in the afternoon and then continue on to Siem Reap the following morning. It makes it one day and a half but with a much more interesting stop than either Kampong Cham or Phnom Penh which would be the alternatives.
We'll be doing this in late December this year so the rains will have gone and maybe some of the road will have been built too...
May 24, 2012 2:39 AM
May 24, 2012 2:57 AM
10Was quoted ~$200 for taxi Stung Treng - Tbeng Menchay. Took motorbike taxis instead, still stupidly expensive. In Feb/March (I forget) road was passable by a normal car. Crazy the amount of beautiful forest they have torn down for the road, about 100m wide corridor in places.
2 day taxi from TM - Preah Vihear temple - TM then 2nd day TM - Ko Ker - Siem Reap was $150 arranged through TM tourist office.
Would imagine a taxi from Stung Treng - Tbeng Menchay - Prasat Preah Vihear - Siem Reap would be $300+? Who knows. It would be a very long day. May as well take in Ko Ker as well.
May 24, 2012 2:58 AM
May 24, 2012 4:21 AM
12sorry forgot that one Ha! Ha! yes they were slovenian but living in Austria ,reminds me of China Olymics when slovakia won and they played the slovenian national anthem or was it other way round? ;-))
May 24, 2012 5:09 AM
May 24, 2012 5:25 AM
14Montyman, one cerrection.Not Slovakian but Slovenian.Former was part of Czechoslovakia before 1990 and Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia before june 1991.After Pol Pot monsters took power only Yugoslavian film crew was alowed to enter Cambodia and actually make documentary about new "peasant" state.Pol Pot, while studying in Paris in 1950's visited Yugoslavia twice and worked on construction of higway.He was impressed with comunist Yugoslavia and elan of people to rebuild the country.He adorned Tito (more about this master of ruling on http://www.titoville.com.
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