In my reservation and ticket from busbuds.com, the bus was supposed to leave Siem Reap at 8am, but we left at 9am instead. I also booked a ticket for a "VIP" class, but while the bus drivers are courteous, the service wasn't really VIP. When we arrived at the border immigration in Poi Pet, we were asked to get off the bus and was pointed out to a building. No explanation as to what's going on, what's gonna happen, or where will we board the bus again. The other foreigners and I were asking among our selves if we are already at the border. We simply followed one of the drivers and it's only when we got inside the building that we confirmed we were indeed already at the border. We lined up for our exit stamp and I was expecting one from the bus company to be waiting for the passengers outside the building. But there was none. Now, the Poi Pet- Aranyaphratet border isn't exactly a well guided border. There are no signs! There was a simple "Walk to Thailand. 200m" sign at the exit of the Cambodian Immigration and that's it. Walking to the direction of the "walk to Thailand, 200m" arrow, you'll come to a space that is entirely unmarked. There's a wide road with big hotels on each side, and an open market after the hotels. Absolutely no idea where the hell is the Thailand border immigration. And signing up for a 'VIP' bus service, I was expecting someone to at least be directing the passengers. I had to walk back to the Cambodian border before meeting up with two other foreigners and decided to walk with them to find where the hell is the Thai immigration. We got lost, of course. Was directed by one passerby and yet again, we were on the wrong side of the road for the entrance. Upon clearance from the Thai Immigration, I went down the building and came out to a road that is completely chaotic. The bus ID that was given to the passenger has a rather not clear instruction on where to find the bus.
The listing for this bus says bottled water and snack will be provided but all throughout the trip from Siem Reap to Poi Pet, no bottle of water was given. After passing through the gritty border immigration and walking under the sweltering heat , still no bottled water given. The bus picked up an order of packed food ffrom a 7-11 joint in Aranyapratet and was distributed to the passengers. Well, I would commend the company for a hot food. However, I was expecting that after the packed fried rice with shrimp was given out, they would hand out bottled water next. But nothing. After 10 minutes, I couldn't take it anymore and I got up to ask for a bottle of water. That's when they only seem to remember that they haven't given out any since leaving Cambodia. And again, I was expecting cold water. But lo and behold, we had to momentarily stop to get the bunch of bottled water from the bus compartment.
It certainly wasn't a 'VIP', just a usual bus ride.