Cambodia

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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.

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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.

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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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