How to get from Pattaya to Siem Reap

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Siem Reap, the gateway to the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia is located about 327 km northeast from the beach town Pattaya in Thailand. Since September 2013 Legacy Air offers direct flights between Pattaya and Siem Reap.

 

Pattaya - Aranyaprathet (Overland)

 

There are two stages if you travel overland from Pattaya to Siem Reap. First you need to get to Aranyaprathet/Poipet at the Thai/ Cambodian border, and because cars are not allowed to pass the border you have to cross and arrange transport at Poipet inside Cambodia to Siem Reap. The border opens from 07:00 until 20:00.

 

Taxi from Pattaya to Poipet

 

Duration: 3.5 hours

Price: THB 2500 for regular or 2800 baht big taxi

 

To hire a private taxi from Pattaya to the border of Aranyaprathet/ Poipet ist the fastest and most flexible way, the trip takes about 3,5 hours.

 

We can arrange a taxi for you that will bring you directly to the border for 2500 baht for a regular taxi (up to 3 persons) or 2800 baht for a bigger taxi (4 or 5 people).

 

For more information just mail us at jeroen@globaltravelmate.com

 

Duration: 4 hours

Price: approximately THB 300

 

Minivans are a fast and convenient way to travel between Pattaya and Aranyaprathet. They are faster than the bus and cheaper than a private taxi.

 

Bus from Pattaya to Aranyaprathet

 

Duration: 5.5 hours

Price: THB 220

 

Busses to Aranyaprathet and Poipet border depart from the North Pattaya Bus station. You have to take the bus to Mukdahan, which drives through Chonburi, Ban Phakong and Chachoengsao. On this routing there are first and second-class busses several times daily. The will drop you at the bus station in Aranyaprathet from where you can take a Tuk Tuk or motorbike to the Thai/Cambodian border.

 

In addition the private bus company MK Tour offers a daily direct bus transfer from Pattaya to the border in Aranyaprathet / Poipet. The bus departs at 05:45 in front of the main gate of Big C on Sukhumvit Road and takes about 5 hours. The ticket costs THB 200, which is the same price for either one-way or return. The MK tour bus returns from the border to Pattaya at 16:30 daily.

 

Traveling from Pattaya to Siem Reap by plane

 

Duration: 50 minutes

Price: 154 USD (one way)

Departure time: 10:00

 

Legacy Air offers direct flights between U-Taphao Airport in Pattaya and the International Airport in Siem Reap. The duration of the flight is only 50 minutes and it makes it the quickest and most comfortable way to travel between the two destinations.

 

Legacy Air Pattaya Siem Reap

(Legacy Air offers direct flights between Pattaya and Siem Reap)

 

The price for a one way ticket is 154 USD and a return ticket costs 289 USD. The flights are scheduled on every odd numbered day in the month and the plane leaves at 10:00 in the morning.

 

The border

 

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.

 

thai border office poipet

(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.

 

The new office at the border netween Aranyaprathet and poipet

(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.

 

Poipet – Siem Reap

 

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.

 

Taxi from Poipet to Siem Reap

 

Duration : 1 hour and 30 minutes

Costs : 12 dollar per person

 

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.

 

Bus from Poipet to Siem Reap

 

Duration : 2 hours and 30 minutes

Costs : 9 dollars

 

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 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.

 

Sign at the Thai side of 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 Riel 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 Riel. There is no way to exchange Riels back to any other currency, so it is better to use US 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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How to get from Siem Reap to other destinations:

 

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Traveling from Siem Reap to Bangkok

Traveling from Siem Reap to Pattaya

 

(Last update September 2013)

 

 

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