Dear travellers in / heading to Cambodia (especially if staying at Arcadia Backpackers in Kampot)
BEWARE OF THIS BUS COMPANY!! We brought tickets from Arcadia hostel from Kampot to Bangkok, costing $35 each and leaving from Kampot town at 8am.
We swapped busses in the usual location at the cross roads between Sihanoukville & Kampot. We were put on a large bus with many locals and where due to reach the Trat boarder by 2pm. It wasn't after 2 hours of driving I decided to check my offline maps to see how far away we were. We were heading in the wrong directions and we were on our way the Phnom Penh!! Thankfully someone on the bus spoke English and they spoke to the bus driver who called another bus that was leaving Phnom Penn. We had to run through the mad streets of Phnom Penh with all our luggage to find get to this other bus that was going to take us back and on to the Trat boarder.
We arrived at the same rest stop we had at the on the original bus, only to be told that our bus was not going to the boarder and that we had to wait an hour for the bus that was going to Koh Kong (which is a town close to the boarder). We called the bus company numerous of times, only to be hung up on every single phone call. Not one person wanted to help us!
So we wait - the Koh Kong bus turns up and the driver has no idea about us waiting and tries to charge us $5 each to let us on the bus. NOPE! Luckily we were in the same situation as another couple and begged the driver to help us and call his office so we can get to where we needed to go!
We get on the bus and it soon dawns on us that there probably isn't going to be a bus waiting for us in Koh Kong to take us to the boarder and definitely not one to Bangkok.
So we start to lose it.
We had to beg and beg and beg the bus driver and his side kick to help us, to call someone they knew so that we could get to Bangkok that night! They refused to speak English and just kept waving their hands in our faces!
The couple we were with had a flight to catch from Bangkok that night and we knew we weren't going to make it to Koh Kong until 8pm, the Trat boarder is 12kl away and it closes at 10pm!
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