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Taxi from Bangkok to Siem Reap
As you can read all over the internet, the travel between Bangkok and Siem Reap is one filled with tricks, from dropping travelers at fake visa offices and exchange scams in Thailand to drop offs outside of town in Siem Reap which forces you to take a Tuk Tuk to your hotel. During our own travels we made the trip between Bangkok and Siem Reap several times and encountered the good, the bad and the ugly!
On these trips we met several taxi drivers that where just doing their job and where not looking to trick the customers, so we decided to join forces and try to connect the travelers with these reliable taxi drivers. Cars are not allowed to cross the border between Thailand and Cambodia, so you need to take two different taxis, one from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet and one from Poipet to Siem Reap.
Taxi from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
Duration: 3 hours
Price: 2100 or 2600 baht excluding highway fees
Booking: we can book the taxi to the border up to one day before you travel
There are two different types of taxis available, the regular taxi has seats for 4 persons, but has a problem with luggage storage. The regular taxis in Bangkok all drive on LPG gas and have a big gas tank in their trunk. For this it cannot hold much luggage, a big suitcase for example does not fit, so many times one of the seats needs to be reserved for the luggage. So this taxi is normally suitable for up to 3 people. If you have no luggage or just small luggage it can easily seat 4. The price for the regular taxi is 2100 baht.
(The standard type of Toyota taxi our connections use in Thailand)
The second taxi we can arrange is an SUV, this taxi can easily hold up to 5 people, but because it runs on gasoline it has higher costs and this taxi costs 2600 baht. The taxi’s can pick you up from any destination in Bangkok and they will bring you directly to the border and you can pay them once they dropped you there. We can book the taxi from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet up to one day before you travel, just sent us an e-mail to Jeroen@globaltravelmate.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The prices for the taxi in Thailand do not include highway fees. Normally the highway fee can be up to 100 baht, but it obviously depends from where you travel in the city. If you travel from Suvarnabhumi Airport there are no highway fees (it’s located on the highway to Cambodia), but from Don Mueng airport the fees are a bit higher.
Taking the taxi from Poipet to Siem Reap
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 50 USD
Booking: at least 3 days in advance
In Cambodia we can arrange a taxi that will pick you up straight from the border. This is normally not possible, but we joined forces with a local travel company and they can arrange this. We need the passport numbers and names of the travelers 3 days in advance so we can ask permission from the local police to pick you up from the border.
(One of the taxi drivers that works with us in Cambodia)
The advantage of our pick up is that this taxi will bring you straight to your hotel in Siem Reap and not to the Tuk Tuk stand outside of town. You also don’t have to take the shuttle bus to the local bus/taxi terminal in Poipet. It will save you probably up to 1 hour on your trip. The taxis in Cambodia are all Toyota Camry’s and they have a normal trunk so luggage should be no problem for 4 persons. If you have really big lugage we would recommend taking a minivan which will cost 95 USD. The taxi in Cambodia can also be paid on the drop off point. We can also book these taxis separately. For more information you can contact me at Jeroen@globaltravelmate.com
Some extra information for crossing the border!
It is possible to obtain a visa on arrival at the border. You can also arrange an online visa, but in the end for time it does not make a lot of difference, because anyway the visa needs to be put and processed into your passport.
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Most people lose a lot of time when they enter Cambodia. There can be very long queues when you need to get your entrance stamps. Just before the exit gate you will see an office building on the right where you have to stand in line to get your stamp. You can pass the building and walk towards the police guard that stands at the gate. You can tell him you would like to get a speedy exit stamp; they will then let you go first in the line, the price (bribe) is 5 USD. This can sometimes save you up to 2 hours of waiting.
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