Day 28: Siem Reap/Bangkok – The Final Leg of Our Southeast Asia Journey
As we near the end of our 28-day Southeast Asia adventure, we’ll leave the quaint and charming town of Siem Reap and head back to the bustling metropolis of Bangkok. The journey takes us across the border from Cambodia into Thailand, and with each passing mile, we’ll step closer to the end of our journey.
Our journey from Siem Reap to Bangkok will take we through the Poipet border crossing, which is the main land crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. While the process can be a bit daunting and time-consuming, especially during peak tourist season, it’s an experience that will add to the adventure of our trip.
Make sure we have all the necessary documents, including our passport, visa, and departure card, to avoid any delays or issues at the border. Once we’ve completed the immigration procedures, we’ll be able to continue our journey towards Bangkok.
The drive from the border to Bangkok will take around six hours, but don’t worry, it’s a scenic drive, and there are plenty of sights to see along the way.
As we travel through Thailand, we’ll notice the landscape change from rural countryside to bustling cities. We’ll also notice the influence of Buddhism in the culture and architecture of the country. Here are some of the highlights of the journey:
Khao Yai National Park: This park is located just a few hours outside of Bangkok and is a must-visit for nature lovers. It’s the third-largest national park in Thailand and is home to wild elephants, tigers, and bears. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site and has some spectacular waterfalls.
Ayutthaya was once the capital of Thailand and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. We can see the ruins of the old city, including the iconic Buddha head that is entwined in the roots of a tree.
Along the way, we’ll have the opportunity to stop at some local markets and try some authentic Thai cuisine. Don’t be afraid to try new dishes, and make sure to sample some of the country’s famous street food.
Wats (Temples): Thailand is a Buddhist country, and we’ll see plenty of temples as we travel through the country. Some of the most famous temples include Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha).