Thailand and Thai people

Thailand is a nice country to visit, being the second economy in South East Asia after Singapore; it is quite developed compared to the region, and tourism is already well implemented. Thai people are genuinely nice and welcoming. The only thing I regret is they usually don’t speak English, so I found it quite hard to communicate with them. If I compare with Cambodia, which is poorer, people there speak English, I remember I could even joke with Cambodians kids.

When visiting Thailand, plan it for several days or weeks if possible, (it will probably depend on where you coming from). The country is large and although I’ve seen a bit of it there are many parts of the country I have miss. I can think of the Southern part known for its beaches or the North with places like Chang Mai where you can do a lot of outdoor activities among other things.

My last comment is about the food; it is good, better than good, exquisite.

They have it all, rice, noodles, meat, fish, spices, sauces, vegetables, fruits…you name it. I cannot remember a particular dish I like but generally speaking a foodie in Thailand will not be disappointed.

Bangkok and Khaosan Road

I arrived in Khaosan road, Bangkok from Siem Reap late afternoon. After checking-in at my guesthouse, I went out to discover the Khaosan Road magic.

Those of you who have been there know what I am talking about, for the rest just imagine one street in central Bangkok, during the day it has plenty of shops selling handcrafts, paintings, food, and many useful and useless backpacker items. Late evening, the street transforms itself into an outdoor party ambiance with plenty of restaurants, bars, and pubs playing music and serving food.

In these pubs and bars, you can meet and discuss your travels with other tourists and backpackers; it is a perfect spot for the solo traveller. In fact, Khaosan road is a Continue reading

Destination Thailand | Siem Reap to Bangkok by bus

Siem Reap to Bangkok by bus is a long and exhausting trip that last about 10 hours.

At least you know from the beginning, but somehow I recommend it. In fact it depends on your criteria, are you traveling on budget, traveling alone, do you want to meet people, do you want to see the very rural outskirts of Cambodia and subsequently Thailand?

If the answer is “YES,” then go for it – if it is “Yeahh maybe” then read the below, you might get convinced – if it is “NO,” then still read the below to know why you do not want to do it.

First of all, it is a cheap trip, 10 dollar for the bus leaving at 8am, but you also have 9am and 11:30am bus, even a night bus leaving from Siem Reap at 2am, the latter two options are slightly more expensive, 20 dollar maximum.

The trip can be divided in 3 major sections:

Siem Reap to Poipet (Cambodia border town). It takes about three hours to get there, the road is ok and the bus has air conditioning. The bus will make few stops for food, restrooms, etc. Once you arrive at Poipet, the excitement starts…

Poipet (Cambodia border town) to Aranyaprathet (Thailand border town). When you arrived at Poipet and exit the bus, the bus driver will give you a color sticker tag just to recognize you during the transfer, which I am going to explain.


First thing is to exit Cambodia; the border control counter is outside, meaning the queue is outside (temperature is 30°C+). Exiting Cambodia can be fast if you are part of the first buses that arrived in Poipet, or can be very long if you are part of the last buses to arrive. Once you are done with border control, you will walk for maybe 500m-1km to the Thai border Control and request your entry visa to the country. The border control in Thailand is in a building with air conditioning, and again time will vary depending on when you arrive.

After you get your stamp and exit the building, you’ll have to wait outside (on the Thailand side) for the driver to recognize you with the color sticker tag you receive previously. You may have to wait for a while, it depends on how many people are there, and on how well or not drivers are organized. In fact on the Thai side, you get on board on a new bus or mini van, you will not be in the same bus you came with from Siem Reap. The new bus is likely to be a mini van, taking only 10 to 13 people.

Aranyaprathet to Bangkok. Once you are in the minivan, it is a four to five hour trip to Bangkok. The mini bus will stop time to time for food, restroom, gas, etc. The scenery is ok, nothing fantastic, it is a trip where you want to have a book, or some music, or just be tired and sleep. The bus will drop you at Khao San Road, the famous backpack street in Bangkok.

Although tiring, I believe it still can be fun, especially if you meet nice people while traveling.