I spent 36 hours travelling and waiting during our trip from Cebu to Siem Reap in Cambodia. It was the longest I spent to reach one destination. I guess that’s the challenge when you live in a region that doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to flights to international destinations. Cebu Pacific Airlines used to have direct flights from Cebu to Bangkok but it stopped probably due to the minimal number of passengers going to that country.
In any case, we were lucky to get a discount due to promotional fares a couple of months before the schedule. Here’s a breakdown on how we got to Cambodia from Cebu.
online at Clark terminal
Cebu to Manila: We arrived 5 minutes late at the check-in counter so we had to pay the regular price and turned into chance-passengers at 5200 bucks more than the promo fare. Just mentioning it is already a pain in the buttocks since we already had a limited budget.
7000 Php (ouch) – Cebu Pacific Air Fare (original price was only 1800 Php)
200 Php – Terminal Fee
Cebu Pacific airlines
Lesson learned, arrive 2 hours earlier than the scheduled flight! I never want to be pay extra again as these are circumstances that we can control.
Manila to Clark: The reason why we took a Manila flight is because of schedule constraints since our jump-off point to Bangkok is from Clark and there’s no available flight (from Cebu to Clark) on the same day. Instead of spending a night, we hopped on a Victory Liner bus in Pasay for a two-hour ride going to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.
137 Php – (Victory Liner aircon bus fare) 2 Hours
bus tickets to Clark
Clark to Bangkok: This flight was booked two months ago when Cebu Pacific had another promotion. Staying in Clark to kill time, we dropped by Beatico Coffee at SM and brought out our laptops to check our mails. Funny thing happened because one of the people in-charge asked if they could take a photo of myself as a customer as they’ll publish it in an SM magazine. I was wondering if I heard it correctly as I looked so tired and scruffy from the trips but what the heck. They gave me a complimentary drink for that.
arrived in Bangkok. going to the Immigration center
Hired a jeepney near SM Clark in order to take us to the airport.
200 Php – Jeepney ride from SM Clark to the airport
600 Php – Terminal Fee at Clark airport (International rate)
1620 Php – Travel Tax
4200 Php – Clark to Bangkok (round trip) ticket
people sleeping as the train station is still closed
Bangkok to Aranyaprathet: Arrived in Bangkok around 11pm and waited for another friend to join us. After that, my brain gave in as it was telling me to sleep. All I could remember was a free bus shuttle from the Suvarnabhumi airport to a bus terminal to Mot Chit and another bus to Hua Lamphong Railway Station.
6-hour train ride
You have two land travel options when you want to go to Cambodia from Bangkok. Either you take a bus or the train. We rode the latter as it was the cheaper option. By bus, you’d have to pay around 200 Baht (3-hours ride) whereas the train was cheaper albeit longer.
It was still the better option since I’ve never ridden a train before and the sights outside the window, once the sun rises, are nice. Just make sure you have a head cover as it can get really dusty in most parts.
34 Baht – bus terminal to Mo Chit bus stop
8 Baht – Mo Chit bus stop to Hua LamPhong Station
48 Baht – Train to Aranyaprathet (5:55am to 11:35am)
scenery outside the train to the Thailand-Cambodia border
Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap: Took a Tuktuk (taxi) to take us to the border of Thailand and Cambodia where they first dropped us at an agency telling us that we should register our names. Good thing I also did my research online. We knew that these were just scams waiting for us to fall as preys.
Warning: Be careful with these agencies. As a Filipino, there’s no need for a Visa to Cambodia. Men in long-sleeved shirts will tell you to register with a fee but you shouldn’t follow them. Tell the tuktuk driver to take you directly to the border as no fees are needed for us to reach the other side. By the way, you must insist.
first Tuktuk ride
After the Immigration center at the border in Poi Pet, we took a 5-minute shuttle bus ride to the terminal wherein we negotiated with a taxicab to take us to our hostel (Bousavy Guesthouse). Doi was very good in reserving our hostel and communicating with them which meant that we didn’t have to worry about the transport anymore.
1 Dollar – Tuktuk to the border
1350 Baht – Taxicab from Poi Pet to Siem Reap (450 Baht each).
For solo travelers, the bus ride is 9 USD, taxicab is 12 USD.
fruit shakes compliments of Bousavy Guesthouse: just what we needed!
Arrived at the hostel very tired but relieved that we finally made it. This was the longest trip I had to make in order to go to one main destination. I guess I was not used to this that’s why I was complaining a bit.
asleep inside the bus to the train station in Bangkok
I didn’t sleep while I was in Cebu so the whole time that we were commuting on buses and trains and airplanes, I was able to get some shut-eyes. I don’t know how many times my mouth hung open in different modes of transport but I’m glad that I have companions who were awake to poke me when it was time to get off the ride and move on to the next.
Can’t wait to post blog entries on Siem Reap!
Cebu to Manila to Clark to Bangkok to Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap. So many stopovers in between but I’m glad that we made it in one piece. Didn’t realize I was this much of a traveller until now! More stories about Siem Reap, Cambodia on my next posts.
Here’s a couple of comprehensive guides about Siem Reap:
- Tips and Things to Know about Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Digital Nomad Life: One Month in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Check out my other adventures here:
- Quick Update from Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Siem Reap and Bangkok Chronicles
- Getting There: Cebu to Manila to Clark to Bangkok to Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap
- No Ordinary Train Ride From Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
- Bangkok to Siem Reap: Avoid Scammers from Aranyaprathet to Poipet Border
- Where to Stay: Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Where to Stay: Victory Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Cambodia Trip: Angkor Thom Gate, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace
- Cambodia Trip: Trees in Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Walking Barefoot at Angkor Wat Temple
- Cambodia Trip: Pre Rup, Banteay Srei and East Mebon Temples
- Cambodia Trip: Haggling Prices in Angkor Night Market
- Cambodia Trip: Those Khmer Kids Selling Merchandise
- Cambodia Trip: Chill Out and Relax at Pub Street in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Insightful Conversations Over a Fish Massage
- Cambodia Trip: Land Mine Victims
- Cambodia Trip: A Guide to Eating Cheap Khmer Food in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Engrish and Random Sights in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Shuttle Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand
- Total Budget Expense in Siem Reap, Cambodia