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On the bus to Cambodia.
Aim of the day? To try and get a visa for as close as possible to $20 (the official fee) and avoid being cheated by the Poipet border control officials. Once that is out of the way, grab a taxi to Siem Reap.
After 6 hours on the bus from Thailand, we hopped on a pick-up taxi at Aranya Prathet and headed towards the border a few kms down the road. We cleared the Thai side easily and walked straight onto a muddy road. In front of us, a gate with an large Angkor Wat carving and a 'Welcome to Cambodia' sign. But the border control office was nowhere to be seen..
After practically walking under the gate and into the country an official asked us to follow him to the visa application service.
Next step was to walk along the muddy road and try to find out where we got the bus or taxi to siem reap.
Once at the bus station, we were lucky enough to find two girls to share a taxi with. We only had to wait for around an hour (!) for the taxi to appear and by 3pm we were on our way. Two girls, two boys, the taxi driver and his wife - all in a 5 seater Toyota, in what was one of the most bumpy drives!! The road has no tarmac for the most part of it and there are more holes than you can imagine a road would ever have. We ignored all that by playing 20 questions and had a great time! On the way, we met friendly cambodians who waived at us and immediatelly proved that the border patrol officers do not represent cambodian attitude.
At the point when we all started wondering whether we would ever get there, the road drammatically changed into a modern dual carriage way, with neon signs all over the place - we thought we had entered a new world, the world of Siem Reap.
We reached our guesthouse at 8pm tired and hungry but it was worth it. Earthwalkers, a guesthouse on route 6, situated between Siem Reap, Angkor and the airport has it all; friendly people, good food, a very relaxing atmosphere and a pool shaped like a foot!!
What an amazing experience.