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Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

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Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

About 2 weeks bought a 900 baht one way bus ticket. Staff at Morchit Bus station assured me the bus has a toilet.

Depart about 8:30 AM.

Toilet door is shoulder height. Doorknob is nearly falling off.

Toilet is a midget cubicle that is disgustingly dirty with layers of caked on filth everywhere.

Good news it is non functional and seems its been that way for years.

I wish there were a way to post the pics of it.

Driver and male on bus staff say its "broken"

Seats are reasonable and recline and yes there are functional seat belts.

Quite a few cockroaches seen on the floor as they are likely scared of the toilet.

Bus makes several toilet stops; reasonable

I sleep much of way.

Male bus staff tries to sell passengers whet he claims is a VIP Entry card to Cambodia. 200 baht or 6USD.

This is the standard entry card given free of charge at Cambodian immigration.

None of the approx 10 passengers (all foreigners) buys the scam VIP card.

The male staff seems unhappy.

Final toilet stop 6 km from border I personally tell this on bus employee "1 minute" and he sees me enter toilet.

I leave toilet and bus has left without me. Later other passengers tell e this is when they were given fried rice lunches without anything to drink, not even water.

I must hire taxi to get to the border.

At border Thai immigration I see the guy and ask him why he let the bus leave without me. No answer. I took pics of him also.

I phone the Nattakan Bus Company tel number on my neck tag and tell them in Thai what happened. The man says sorry but not a word about my taxi after his bus deserted me.

I ask him and he says they will reimburse me. They never do.

Other passengers tell me the bus abandoned another passenger before at a prior stop.

Fellow passengers agree the on bus staff were not happy nobody bought their scam 200 baht VIP Cards and this is why he allowed the bus to abandon passengers.

We feel staff are not there to help but to scam and we become the enemies for not allowing to be scammed.

On the Cambodia side the so called express bus turns into what feels like a 3rd class bus from India. Packed, standing room only and many standing.

About 13 hours to get to Phnom Penh.

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1. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

But what was the actual name of the bus company you travelled on?

Best regards. Ian

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2. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

Nattakan Co LTD

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3. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

https:/…719976964709385

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4. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

Click below links for pics

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Edited: 8:28 am, January 22, 2015
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5. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

http://i59.tinypic.com/aued53.jpg

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6. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

This is the guy working on the bus that tried to sell us the free Cambodia entry cards for 200 baht. The one that told the driver to abandon some passengers too.

http://i57.tinypic.com/2s623hs.png

Edited: 8:50 am, January 22, 2015
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7. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

Amazing effort on your part in terms of time and attention all inspired by confrontation with the world's best known $6 scam. Would love to see the mountains you could move if $10 had been involved. :)....

That being said, another good warning to tourists making this particular overland journey - its a bit rife with innocuous scams that could set you back a few bucks or get yourself on a minivan or bus adventure from mini-hell. Luckily this forum and the rest of the world wide web, that thing called Internet, is full of info, including pretty much step by step instructions of how to make the journey overland from BKK to SR without much effort and sans scam from other intrepid travelers who have gone before you which if researched a tiny tiny bit will make even this overland journey a piece of cake.

Edited: 11:04 am, January 22, 2015
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8. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

And you are based/living in Thailand/Bangkok according to your forum avatar and you also speak Thai!

And yet others who know/speak no Thai have posted well about this bus service in previous posts.

Very odd.

Best regards. Ian

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9. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

Ian,

This is the first time I used this bus and in choosing it having a toilet was important.

I guess being lied, scam attempted and then abandoned on the road is adequate motivation.

What exactly is very odd about posting my experience?

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10. Re: Bangkok to Phnom Penh Bus experience

lennybruce,

this bus fare 900 thai baht (approx 30usd) is comparable to the bangkok- chiang mai bus. a bus with decent functional toilet to boot and also 12 hours approx. 900 baht for such a bus trip is consistent with a so called vip bus, not that i am a vip but they commonly refer to this term.

900 baht is not a bargain basement bus fare but a premium fare in this part of the world.

other buses/vans or combinations thereof can get you there equally for considerably less at better level of service and comfort

i had never experienced the on bus scam before.

a bus has never left without me (abandoned me on the road)

the employee had no response when asked why he left without me. not even to say sorry.

i did not appreciate needing to hire a ride to the border

with the above in mind i am fascinated by your alluding to the 6 dollars and 10 to move mountains.