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How to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap
The fastest and easiest way to travel from Bangkok in Thailand to Siem Reap in Cambodia is flying; it takes 1,5 hours but it is by far the most expensive way. Bangkok Airways offers one way tickets for 5500 baht (including tax). So many travelers decide to travel to Siem Reap over land and cross the border at the Aranyaprathet / Poipet border crossing.
Till recently there was no direct bus connection between Bangkok and Siem Reap, but on February 21, 2013 a new bus line opened that offers a direct connection between the two cities and costs 750 baht per person. It takes about 5,5 hours to reach the border at Poipet and another 2,5 hours from the border to Siem Reap, the total time depends on how fast the passengers can cross at the border.
(The direct bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap on its maiden voyage)
If you are on a budget, or don’t want to travel to the Mo Chit bus station to catch the direct bus, there are other ways to travel to Siem Reap. You can take the train for example to Aranyaprathet, or take buses from the Ekkamai (Eastern) bus terminal, from the Airport Bus Terminal or a Casino Bus from Lumpini Park. It is also possible to take a minivan from the Victory Monument, minivans are faster than the big buses, but might be less comfortable if you have long Western legs.
(The train to Aranyaprathet at Hua Lampong Station)
If you travel with more people and you want to travel faster it might also be an idea to take a taxi from Bangkok to the border which can be arranged for 2100 baht (3 persons) or 2600 baht (4-5 persons). Once you cross the border you can arrange a shared taxi for 12 USD per person. The taxi to the border takes 3 hours and from the border to Siem Reap 1,5 hours.
We have good contacts with a few reliable taxi drivers that travel between Bangkok and the border every day. We used them ourselves in past trips and for that we can recommend them; they offer the trip for the prices we mentioned above. We always travel to the border with Mr Montree, he can offer the taxis for the prices mentioned here, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The following list will break all the options down for you.
New, direct bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Duration: 8-9 hours
Price: 750 baht
Departure time: 09:00
Phone number: 0066 (0)2 936 0657 (call center) 1490
There is a direct bus available from Bangkok to Siem Reap. The service started on February 21, 2013. The price for the ticket is 750 baht and the trip takes about 8-9 hours depending the border crossing. The bus leaves the Mo Chit (Northern) bus terminal in Bangkok at 09:00.
The bus actually crosses the border. You need to get out of the bus to clear customs, so you still have to cross the border on your own, but on the other side the same bus that brought you to Aranyaprathet will be waiting to bring you from Poipet to Siem Reap.
Warning! We heard that the new direct bus actually stops at one of the scam visa offices. They will tell you to get your visa before the border to get everybody faster through customs. The problem is that this visa costs 40 USD instead of the normal 20 USD. Just refuse to take the visa here and just get one at the border, as mentioned before you don’t have to do anything before you get your exit stamp in your passport from the Thai customs.
Traveling with the Bus from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
Duration: approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Price: first class 207 baht, second class 160 baht
There are busses leaving from the Northern bus terminal to Aranyaprathet. There are first and second class tickets and buses are leaving approximately every half hour. The last bus leaves at around 18:00.
You can also take a bus from the Eastern Bus Terminal at Ekkamai, the price is 200 baht. There are 5 buses daily. They leave at 06:15, 08:30, 10:30, 12:30 and 16:30 (May 2013). When there are not enough people for a big bus there will be a minivan.
There are two buses a day that go from Suvarnabhumi Airport Bus Terminal to Aranyaprathet they depart at 07:15 and 09:45 and cost 187 baht.
At Lumphini Park on Rama IV road there are so called Casino Buses that bring people to the casinos at the border. There are three daily buses at: 06:00, 06:30 and 09:00. The price for the bus is 200 baht.
Traveling with a Minivan from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
Duration: approximately 4 hours
Price: around 200 baht
You can take a minivan from Victory monument in Bangkok. These vans bring you straight to the border. The minivan is a bit faster than the bus and train and still has the same price range. The minivans depart every 30 to 45 minutes from 05:30 until 18:30 from Victory Monument. You can buy the ticket directly at the station. In case you have big luggage you have to pay a little extra. (January 2015)
(Minivans to Aranyaprathet & the border depart from this station at Victory Monument)
Traveling with a Train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
Duration: 5 hours and 40 minutes
Price: 48 baht (only third class available)
Departure times: 05:55 and 13:05
There are trains leaving for Aranyaprathet from Hua Lampong train station in Bangkok. One at 05:55 and you will be at Aranyaprathet at 11:35, the second train leaves at 13:05 and you will be at Aranyaprathet at 17:35. From there you still need to arrange transport to the border. There are always taxies waiting for the train to arrive. Trains in Thailand often have delays, and if you take the train at 13:05 you run the risk that you don't reach the border before closing time (20:00)
Traveling with Taxi from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
Duration: 3 hours
Price: 2100 baht (up to 3 persons) or 2600 baht (up to 5 persons)
If you have people to share the trip with it might be a good idea to take a taxi. A regular taxi to Aranyaprathet will cost you anywhere between 2600 and 3000 baht.
We have the contact details of a few reliable taxi drivers that drive to the border regularly, they can do the trip for 2100 baht including gasoline, but exluding highway fees. The taxi of 2100 baht can only hold 3 people with luggage. If you are looking for a bigger taxi that can take 4 or 5 people we can also arrange that for 2600 baht. These prices include gasoline, but not any highway fees. Taxi from Bangkok to Siem Reap!
Feel free to contact Mr Montree at email@example.com and he can arrange the taxi for you. You can pay the driver when he picks you up. Please contact us about 2 days before you travel and let us know where the taxi has to pick you up at what time. (January 2015)
The Thai-Cambodian border crossing
The border crossing at Aranyaprathet can be a bit tricky. There are a lot of places where people try to take advantage of you. First of all it is not necessary to arrange a visa before you cross the Thai part of the border. People will try to tell you that you need to get papers before you cross, but this is simply not true. There is even a fake border building where people try to trick you.
(The real Thai-Cambodian border building)
When you enter the Cambodian police station at the border you will get all the papers you need to fill in. Here you have to pay for your visa. The official price is 20 dollars. The police will ask you either 800 baht or 20 dollars plus 100 baht. There is a new building where you can get your visa. It is directly right to the Angkor style gate on the Cambodian side.
(At this building you have to pay the 20 dollars for your visa)
The last police stop you will get your stamp and enter Poipet in Cambodia. Remember that the border closes at 20:00. Next to the exit two police man stand guard, you can approach them ask for an express stamp, the price is 5 USD and you will get your stamp directly without standing in line.
Traveling from Poipet to Siem Reap in Cambodia
Once you enter Cambodia buses will be waiting to bring you to a transfer station. Here you can choose between moving on by taxi or bus.
Taking a Taxi from Poipet to Siem Reap
Duration: 2 hours
Price: 12 USD per person or 50 USD per taxi
The taxi drive to Siem Reap is quick and comfortable. The new road has been ready since a few years and brings you straight to Angkor. Mostly the taxi driver will drop you just outside the town where Tuk Tuks are waiting to bring you to your hotel. They tell you the ride is for free. It is their way to offer you hotels and try and arrange transport for you during your stay in Siem Reap. There is no way you can get around this. You can decide if you want to use their services.
We found a few honest taxi drivers that can offer a direct pick up from the border for 55 USD per taxi. These taxi drivers will bring you straight to your hotel or guesthouse in Siem Reap. Andy in Cambodia can arrange these taxis, feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling with a Bus from Poipet to Siem Reap
Duration: 3 hours
Costs: 9 USD
The bus is obviously a little bit slower and you have to wait for the bus to leave at a certain time. You will not have this problem with the taxi.
Some handy advice:
1. Do not do anything with anybody regarding a visa before you enter the Thai customs office at the border!!!
If anybody claims that they can arrange a visa for you at the bus station or wherever you are, this person tries to trick you. They will let you wait for a long time and ask to much money for a thing that can be arranged quicker and for free at the border.
(This sign at the Thai side of the border says it all)
2. We hear a lot from people that are told at the border that they should change money from baht into Reil because there are supposedly no cash machines in Siem Reap. This is a straight up lie. There are plenty of cash machines in Siem Reap and they will give you dollars, so there is no need to exchange for Reil. There is no way to exchange Reils back to any other currency, so it is better to use dollars.
3. Don’t forget to bring a pass photo for your visa. If you forget it you can still get a visa, but you have to pay for that.
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(Last update December 2013)
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