Known as a popular city on the backpacking route, Siem Reap is also the link to the world wonder, Angkor Wat temple. So, it’s only natural that’s it become such a hotspot. As for how to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap? You’ve a few options.
You can fly, take a bus or take the train to Siem Reap – what you choose depends on your budget and schedule. Just make sure you have your passport photos ready and know your visa requirements, as you will be crossing borders from Thailand to Cambodia!
How To Get From Bangkok To Siem Reap
1. Fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap
This is the easiest way to reach Siem Reap – flights take just one hour, leaving from Don Muang airport or Suvarnabhumi. Bangkok Airlines and Thai Air fly throughout the day and you can find tickets at an okay price if you book well in advance. High season will be more expensive!
This is the priciest option but is by far the fastest.
2. Take the Bus
There’s two direct buses ($30 USD) that leave daily from Bangkok’s Mo Chit bus station to Siem Reap. You can also catch a bus from the Khao San Road area of Bangkok direct to Siem Reap. Both buses will take you to the Cambodian border at Aranyaprathet. Here, you will leave all your stuff on the bus, walk across the border and get your visa processed.
The bus will be waiting for you on the other side, in the town of Poipet. The bus will then bring you straight to Siem Reap! Total journey time is around 7 hours.
There are other non-direct buses that drop you at Aranyaprathet station only. From here, you will need to get a Tuk-Tuk to the border, and arrange a bus or minivan in Poipet to Siem Reap.
3. Take the Train From Bangkok to Siem Reap
The train journey is actually a lovely way to travel to Siem Reap, as it goes through scenic countryside. It takes six hours, and you will get off at Aranyaprathet train station. As above, you’ll have to get a Tuk-Tuk to the border and make your own way to Siem Reap town.
You can take a tourist bus, shared minivans or private taxis from Poipet to Siem Reap. Just be aware that there are many taxi scams and they can be very expensive!
4. Book Tickets in Advance Via Bookaway
Use Bookaway to reserve your tickets in advance for a number of transport options, including standard trains and VIP buses. Not only can you be assured that you have a guaranteed ticket, you can also make use of the handy filters for finding the best transport option.
Can’t live without air conditioning? Check. Absolutely need to have a toilet on board? You can choose the exact features you need your transport option to have.