How to get to Siem Reap from Bangkok

What about

The inspiring Angkor complex is undoubtedly the main draw of Cambodia and Siem Reap is a gateway to all the architectural wonders of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and all other temples of the Khmer Empire. You can easily spend days exploring the outlying temples of Angkor, visiting a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake, savouring flavoursome and rather mild – compared to the Thai ones! – Khmer dishes, watching apsara dancing or relaxing in street massage shops offering great Khmer massage. Even if Siem Reap has been for a long time overtaken by foreign tourists, it remains a great place with its own atmosphere, a busy and ever-friendly vibe, homely guesthouses and colourful Old Market. All in all, it is a great mistake to think that there is nothing else to see and to do in Siem Reap apart from admiring the great Khmer structures of Angkor. You will find plenty of activities and meet plenty of great people, both travellers and locals. And you are sure to enjoy the experience.

Getting to Siem Reap

Gone are the times when getting to Siem Reap from Bangkok was akin a complicated quest which involved bus, tuk-tuk and taxi rides with inevitable visa and guesthouses scams. The journey normally stole you off the whole day and was quite tiring and full of minor annoyances. In 2009 a paved road linked the border with Siem Reap, decreasing the travel time on the Cambodian side from five to a mere couple of hours. With a direct Thai-Cambodian International bus between Bangkok and Siem Reap which has been in operation since February, 2013, the journey from the Thai capital to the base for exploring the mystical Angkor complex has become much easier and more straightforward.

From Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus

Bangkok-Siem Reap route is served by a government-operated Transport Co International. They provide VIP buses which are generally in good condition, but note that there is not too much leg space for a Western traveller. Otherwise buses are quite comfortable, there is a toilet on board and two meals – a small breakfast and lunch – are served during the trip. Do not expect too much from your meals, though – breakfast is a muffin with orange juice or milk, and the lunchbox contains rice with some sort of a curry.

Currently there are two morning buses (8am and 9am) daily during peak periods and only the 9am one left during the low season. Tickets cost THB850. The main advantage of the international bus is that you do not need to change it at the border which is the case if you book two separate trips – from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet and from Poipet to Siem Reap.

The bus ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap itself takes about six hours (four hours to get from Bangkok to the Thai border and two hours from the Cambodian border to Siem Reap), but be ready to spend not less than an hour (more likely – two hours) at the border, as the Aranyaprathet-Poipet border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia is always busy and sometimes extremely busy. Most probably you will be robbed off one more hour prior to reaching the Thai border at a ‘travel agency’ – see our Visa Scam Alert below. That means that the whole journey from Bangkok to Siem Reap will take you about 9 hours.

In Siem Reap buses arrive to Nattakan Cambodia Co., Ltd. (22 Sivatha Road) which is the Cambodian company operating the international bus. It is located some 500m from Pub Street where there is plenty of dining, drinking and entertaining options. There is a travel agency sharing the same office with the bus company and its staff normally tries to persuade arriving passengers to stay in the guesthouses which share their revenues with the travel agency. These guesthouses are not necessarily too much overpriced or bad, so sometimes it may even prove a good idea to have at least a quick look at what they are offering.

Visa Scam Alert

Even if it is a government-operated company, you still may face a usual visa scam when you are brought to a ‘visa agency’ and are forced to obtain your visa to Cambodia there – obviously at a higher rate. The official visa fee for a tourist visa is USD30 – that is the amount which you pay while obtaining your visa on arrival at the border (though at land borders you will be inevitably asked to pay some THB100-200 extra for ‘speeding the process up’ – it is not actually necessary to do so). Have one passport-sized photo to attach to your application.
If you want to avoid these annoying situation at the travel agency or at the border, apply for your Cambodian visa online through the official web-site of Ministry of Foreign Affaires and International Cooperation of Kingdom of Cambodia. The e-visa costs USD30 plus USD7 for processing your application. It is accepted at the major international borders of Cambodia, including Pnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey), Cham Yeam (Koh Kong) and Bavet (Svay Reing).
Most probably you will spend about an hour at the ‘tour agency’ as the majority of the passengers of the international bus usually seem unaware of this scam or just choose to pay more. It is absolutely useless to argue, so be patient.

Getting around

It is not a common practice to rent out motorcycles or scooters to foreigners in Siem Reap, alas! If you want to have your own transport, the only option is bicycles which are offered at around USD2 per day. Be realistic, though: it is about 7 km from Siem Reap to the ruins plus the same distance back and than add no less than 10 km if you wish to do the Small Circuit. And yes, it may become scorching hot in Angkor.

If you prefer motor transport, than opt for a motorbike taxi, a tuk-tuk or a normal taxi.

Motorbike taxis are the cheapest way to get around the city. Short hops around Siem Reap normally cost less than USD1. You can also hire a motorbike taxi for the whole day for exploring the temples of Angkor (daily rates start from USD8). It is a convenient option if you travel solo and do not want to depend on other travellers which is the case with a shared taxi or tuk-tuk.
Tuk-tuks are ubiquitous and are a convenient – and very authentic – way for moving around the city. Hiring a tuk-tuk for a whole day for exploring the ruins is a quintessential Angkor experience. They seat two people comfortably enough; three or four will feel like herrings in a bowl though. Tuk-tuks charge USD15 per day.
Taxis or rather cars with drivers are air-conditioned – no heat, no red dust, no sweat, hurray. They are definitely more comfortable and for some it may compensate the lack of that feeling of ‘authenticity’ of the ride. Yet if you wish to visit some remote temples and have fellow-travellers to share the expenses, taxis are a great way to get there. Expect to pay from USD25 to USD30 for a whole day.

Where to stay

Accommodation in Siem Reap has improved tremendously during the recent years. Whether you are on a tight budget or want to splurge at its most, Siem Reap has something to your tasting. The French Quarter with its broad and leafy avenues hosts great mid-range and expensive hotels. This peaceful area lies within an easy reach of the centre of town, yet feels considerably more tranquil than the rest of Siem Reap. Wat Bo, Psar Chaa and Airport Road areas all offer plenty of budget digs with Wat Bo being the most convenient option as far as the location is concerned. In Airport Road you are quite far from everything, and near the Old Market (Psar Chaa) it may be too noisy, though some excellent and cheap guesthouses located there are perennial favourites among backpacking travellers. A few of the most top-end hotels in Siem Reap are scattered along the road to Angkor. As with Airport Road, you are far from everything there, though in many cases you will definitely not want to leave you luxury nest.

Activities

Exploring, visiting, checking out and admiring all those awe-inspiring temples of Angkor from dawn till dusk – that is what you are supposed to do while in Siem Reap. Nobody of those arriving to Siem Reap escapes Angkor – well, no wonder. But Siem Reap has even more activities on offer if you get tired of all those centuries-old carved stones. Enrol to ceramic classes and create your own pottery using the pottery wheel at The Angkor Pottery Centre or find out the variety of flavours of Khmer cuisine at cooking classes which include a visit to a local family with Beyond Unique Cooking Class. There are also opportunities for connoisseurs of alcoholic beverages with Georges Rum Free Tasting or Palm Wine tasting. In about 20 minutes drive from the centre there is The Angkor Silk Farm where the visitors are introduced to the whole process of silk-making. If you are still temple-hungry after visiting Angkor, there is a dozen of old and modern temples in the city, all of different architectural interest, including a 500-year-old Wat Preah Prom Rath, which shows the obvious Angkorian influence. Evenings glitter with traditional costumes of the dancers performing at numerous venues round Siem Reap. And then there are all those massage shops to relieve your aching muscles after a strenuous day at the ruins. The Khmers claim that the famous Thai massage has originated from the Khmer one. Whether it is true or not, it is worth comparing anyway.

Bangkok to Siem Reap @ bus Jan 29, 2018

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From Morchit to Siem Reap by bus

08:00
Morchit, Bangkok
17:00
Siem Reap Transport Co
9h
09:00
Morchit, Bangkok
18:00
Siem Reap Transport Co
9h

From Khao San Giant Ibis to Siem Reap by bus

07:45
Khao San Giant Ibis, Bangkok
16:15
Siem Reap Giant Ibis Main
8h 30m
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From Khao San Travel Mart to Siem Reap by bus

01:00
Khao San Travel Mart, Bangkok
09:00
Siem Reap Travel Mart
8h
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09:00
Khao San Travel Mart, Bangkok
17:00
Siem Reap Travel Mart
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How to get to Siem Reap from Bangkok

What about

The inspiring Angkor complex is undoubtedly the main draw of Cambodia and Siem Reap is a gateway to all the architectural wonders of Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and all other temples of the Khmer Empire. You can easily spend days exploring the outlying temples of Angkor, visiting a floating village on the Tonle Sap Lake, savouring flavoursome and rather mild – compared to the Thai ones! – Khmer dishes, watching apsara dancing or relaxing in street massage shops offering great Khmer massage. Even if Siem Reap has been for a long time overtaken by foreign tourists, it remains a great place with its own atmosphere, a busy and ever-friendly vibe, homely guesthouses and colourful Old Market. All in all, it is a great mistake to think that there is nothing else to see and to do in Siem Reap apart from admiring the great Khmer structures of Angkor. You will find plenty of activities and meet plenty of great people, both travellers and locals. And you are sure to enjoy the experience.

Getting to Siem Reap

Gone are the times when getting to Siem Reap from Bangkok was akin a complicated quest which involved bus, tuk-tuk and taxi rides with inevitable visa and guesthouses scams. The journey normally stole you off the whole day and was quite tiring and full of minor annoyances. In 2009 a paved road linked the border with Siem Reap, decreasing the travel time on the Cambodian side from five to a mere couple of hours. With a direct Thai-Cambodian International bus between Bangkok and Siem Reap which has been in operation since February, 2013, the journey from the Thai capital to the base for exploring the mystical Angkor complex has become much easier and more straightforward.

From Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus

Bangkok-Siem Reap route is served by a government-operated Transport Co International. They provide VIP buses which are generally in good condition, but note that there is not too much leg space for a Western traveller. Otherwise buses are quite comfortable, there is a toilet on board and two meals – a small breakfast and lunch – are served during the trip. Do not expect too much from your meals, though – breakfast is a muffin with orange juice or milk, and the lunchbox contains rice with some sort of a curry.

Currently there are two morning buses (8am and 9am) daily during peak periods and only the 9am one left during the low season. Tickets cost THB850. The main advantage of the international bus is that you do not need to change it at the border which is the case if you book two separate trips – from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet and from Poipet to Siem Reap.

The bus ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap itself takes about six hours (four hours to get from Bangkok to the Thai border and two hours from the Cambodian border to Siem Reap), but be ready to spend not less than an hour (more likely – two hours) at the border, as the Aranyaprathet-Poipet border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia is always busy and sometimes extremely busy. Most probably you will be robbed off one more hour prior to reaching the Thai border at a ‘travel agency’ – see our Visa Scam Alert below. That means that the whole journey from Bangkok to Siem Reap will take you about 9 hours.

In Siem Reap buses arrive to Nattakan Cambodia Co., Ltd. (22 Sivatha Road) which is the Cambodian company operating the international bus. It is located some 500m from Pub Street where there is plenty of dining, drinking and entertaining options. There is a travel agency sharing the same office with the bus company and its staff normally tries to persuade arriving passengers to stay in the guesthouses which share their revenues with the travel agency. These guesthouses are not necessarily too much overpriced or bad, so sometimes it may even prove a good idea to have at least a quick look at what they are offering.

Visa Scam Alert

Even if it is a government-operated company, you still may face a usual visa scam when you are brought to a ‘visa agency’ and are forced to obtain your visa to Cambodia there – obviously at a higher rate. The official visa fee for a tourist visa is USD30 – that is the amount which you pay while obtaining your visa on arrival at the border (though at land borders you will be inevitably asked to pay some THB100-200 extra for ‘speeding the process up’ – it is not actually necessary to do so). Have one passport-sized photo to attach to your application.
If you want to avoid these annoying situation at the travel agency or at the border, apply for your Cambodian visa online through the official web-site of Ministry of Foreign Affaires and International Cooperation of Kingdom of Cambodia. The e-visa costs USD30 plus USD7 for processing your application. It is accepted at the major international borders of Cambodia, including Pnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Poipet (Banteay Meanchey), Cham Yeam (Koh Kong) and Bavet (Svay Reing).
Most probably you will spend about an hour at the ‘tour agency’ as the majority of the passengers of the international bus usually seem unaware of this scam or just choose to pay more. It is absolutely useless to argue, so be patient.

Getting around

It is not a common practice to rent out motorcycles or scooters to foreigners in Siem Reap, alas! If you want to have your own transport, the only option is bicycles which are offered at around USD2 per day. Be realistic, though: it is about 7 km from Siem Reap to the ruins plus the same distance back and than add no less than 10 km if you wish to do the Small Circuit. And yes, it may become scorching hot in Angkor.

If you prefer motor transport, than opt for a motorbike taxi, a tuk-tuk or a normal taxi.

Motorbike taxis are the cheapest way to get around the city. Short hops around Siem Reap normally cost less than USD1. You can also hire a motorbike taxi for the whole day for exploring the temples of Angkor (daily rates start from USD8). It is a convenient option if you travel solo and do not want to depend on other travellers which is the case with a shared taxi or tuk-tuk.
Tuk-tuks are ubiquitous and are a convenient – and very authentic – way for moving around the city. Hiring a tuk-tuk for a whole day for exploring the ruins is a quintessential Angkor experience. They seat two people comfortably enough; three or four will feel like herrings in a bowl though. Tuk-tuks charge USD15 per day.
Taxis or rather cars with drivers are air-conditioned – no heat, no red dust, no sweat, hurray. They are definitely more comfortable and for some it may compensate the lack of that feeling of ‘authenticity’ of the ride. Yet if you wish to visit some remote temples and have fellow-travellers to share the expenses, taxis are a great way to get there. Expect to pay from USD25 to USD30 for a whole day.

Where to stay

Accommodation in Siem Reap has improved tremendously during the recent years. Whether you are on a tight budget or want to splurge at its most, Siem Reap has something to your tasting. The French Quarter with its broad and leafy avenues hosts great mid-range and expensive hotels. This peaceful area lies within an easy reach of the centre of town, yet feels considerably more tranquil than the rest of Siem Reap. Wat Bo, Psar Chaa and Airport Road areas all offer plenty of budget digs with Wat Bo being the most convenient option as far as the location is concerned. In Airport Road you are quite far from everything, and near the Old Market (Psar Chaa) it may be too noisy, though some excellent and cheap guesthouses located there are perennial favourites among backpacking travellers. A few of the most top-end hotels in Siem Reap are scattered along the road to Angkor. As with Airport Road, you are far from everything there, though in many cases you will definitely not want to leave you luxury nest.

Activities

Exploring, visiting, checking out and admiring all those awe-inspiring temples of Angkor from dawn till dusk – that is what you are supposed to do while in Siem Reap. Nobody of those arriving to Siem Reap escapes Angkor – well, no wonder. But Siem Reap has even more activities on offer if you get tired of all those centuries-old carved stones. Enrol to ceramic classes and create your own pottery using the pottery wheel at The Angkor Pottery Centre or find out the variety of flavours of Khmer cuisine at cooking classes which include a visit to a local family with Beyond Unique Cooking Class. There are also opportunities for connoisseurs of alcoholic beverages with Georges Rum Free Tasting or Palm Wine tasting. In about 20 minutes drive from the centre there is The Angkor Silk Farm where the visitors are introduced to the whole process of silk-making. If you are still temple-hungry after visiting Angkor, there is a dozen of old and modern temples in the city, all of different architectural interest, including a 500-year-old Wat Preah Prom Rath, which shows the obvious Angkorian influence. Evenings glitter with traditional costumes of the dancers performing at numerous venues round Siem Reap. And then there are all those massage shops to relieve your aching muscles after a strenuous day at the ruins. The Khmers claim that the famous Thai massage has originated from the Khmer one. Whether it is true or not, it is worth comparing anyway.

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★★★★☆ Jan 22, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★☆☆ Jan 21, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Aircontioner is not good.
★★★★★ Jan 21, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Good trip
★★★★☆ Jan 21, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
I would definitely recommend this company to anyone travelling to Siem Reap. Bus was there on time, left late but that was due to passengers being late. Bus driver gave us a snack and drink as we set off. The guy helping us on board was very informative and sorted most of the visa stuff for us. No toilet on board but they stopped three times which was good.
★★★★★ Jan 19, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Had a very smooth journey to siem reap. Giant Ibis sorted out the border crossing, which looked pretty confusjng if you did it yourself !!
★★★★☆ Jan 19, 2018 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
Seats are comfortable, bus is old but still good, stuff is funny and helpful, visa process was smooth and clear. Toilet is disgusting but still usable.
★★★★★ Jan 18, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★☆ Jan 18, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
+ Very comfortable bus, nice and helpful staff, good organized smooth border crossing, food suitable for vegetarians - only two toilet breaks, one more would have been better
★★★★★ Jan 18, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Great. Even came back for me when I missed bus due to traffic
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Very good standard of a coach. Seats are made of leather so take a towel inside, otherwise you will stick to it ???? AC worked properly, not to cold, just enough to survive na 8h journey. Visa processing without problems. It's worth 5$ if you are not confident with a barley english speaking custom officer. We were fed and given drink too. Last but not least, we met nice people. I recommend Giant Ibis company!!
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Jan 17, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
We travelled from Bangkok to Siem Reap, arrived in time, clean bus, really nice staff, no problems at all at the border. We had e-visas, but the company offers the service of buying you visas for a very little plus money. The only inconvenience was the poor wi-fi signal, but the chairs were so comfy that we slept all the time :)
★★★★★ Jan 16, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Relaxed way to travel. No hassles and some great views.
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Great trip. During planning at home we had been a bit nervous about the journey through the cambodian border, but everything went smoothly without ANY problems. Our top quality guide's been extremely helpful and answered every question we asked. The bus was comfortable with plenty of space (one minor thing is sweaty ass due to heat and leather seats ????). If you are worried about hunger, don't be, because the bus stopped 3 times on thai side where you can get almost everything you need (snacks, drinks, fruit etc.). Right after getting on the bus you get an ice-nescafe with a muffin and a wet tissue for your hands. At Cambodian border you get a meal (we got a box full of fried rice and a small bottle of cool water). Nothing more to add. Really great trip.
★★★★☆ Jan 15, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Was very efficient and organised. It was less stressful having someone organiaing visas and entry, and the food supplied was adequate. The seats were a little uncomfortable after a while but it was fantastic having a charging plug. There were two toilet stops but this didn't feel like enough
★★★★★ Jan 15, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Brilliant service, very comfortable bus! The trip went very quickly, snacks and lunch provided was a great touch... And not having to go through the "formalities" of visa processing was a great relief! :)
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Our bus guide was excellent! He made the trip smooth and easy while being very friendly with a great sense of humour.
★★★★★ Jan 14, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
The crew assistant was unbelievably nice to us the whole trip. He is the reason why I love Cambodians
★★★★★ Jan 12, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Very smooth trip. Clear and helpful advice and plenty of help for people who needed a Cambodian Visa. Good driver, food supplied, good guide at border. Definitely recommend this Company
★★★★★ Jan 11, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Staff very helpful. We arrived 1h early. Pay for Tuk Tuk transport to nearby hotels.
★★★★★ Jan 10, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Perfect journey . Bus was comfortable and felt safe with the driver. The process at the border was very smooth thanks to the guide who did a great job all the way. They make sure everything is going smooth all the way. Food was provided. Top notch company !!!
★★★★☆ Jan 10, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★☆☆ Jan 10, 2018 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
Was charged an extra $10 for visa and this wasn’t part of the original price paid. Chairs comfy and blanket given. Tourist visa status should be checked before leaving as we were held up for 2 hours due to someone overstaying their visa. Otherwise was a good service.
★★★★★ Jan 10, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
The bus driver and bus marshall is so friendly the bus is okay also and its clean i never regret thay i choose this bus
★★★★★ Jan 9, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Jan 9, 2018 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart)
★★★☆☆ Jan 9, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
This was fine for what I needed. There does need to be more instructions on how to do the boarder crossing from the coach staff. The expedited feature does save a bit of time at your own cost. They should inform you about the scams that the border staff if Cambodia try to pull.The coach station in siem reap was not very professional as the "free" tuktuk was just a way to sell excursions. We ended up walking when we refused two excursions mid journey and when the driver tried to get us to pay for his petrol. After a about 8 hours of traveling the last this you want to do is deal with this nonsense.
★★★★★ Jan 8, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
01/08/18 I traveled with three other friends and had a great time! We chose the VIP option which are the larger tour buses (with luggage storage on the underside, aircon, washroom at the back, and reclining seats), which cost about $40 CAN. The driver was a safe driver (at least when I was awake) and the guide was pretty funny. We call him the Options Man, since he started off with most sentences with "I give you *number* options". They provided a couple stops, one for a washroom/convenient store break and another for some food (also where they issued the visas for Cambodia, our destination). They even provided us with a bottle of water, a box of juice and a small banana muffin. To add to one of the other reviews, yes, there is some level of shadiness when it comes to applying for the visas. We were lucky to have a much more thorough guide that didn't try to gouge us. Option 1: You apply for the visa yourself. $30 USD for a tourist visa + 100 baht rush/same-day fee. Option 2: You stay seated inside of the bus and the guide will acquire the tourist visa for you. $30 USD for a tourist visa + 100 baht rush/same-day fee + 20 baht service fee (service fee that goes to the guide). In the end, you DO have the option to do it yourself. Don't feel pressured to pay for them to do it, if you don't feel like it.
★★★★☆ Jan 8, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★☆☆ Jan 8, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
The people WORKING the bus were wonderful. They did a great job explaining everything and herding the crowd as we crossed the Thai border and got our Cambodian visas. The actual bus is why I’m giving it only 3 stars... A/C didn’t work great, my charging outlet didn’t work at all, the WiFi didn’t work, the seats weren’t comfortable, and the lunch was not good at all (and I am NOT a picky eater... ever...).
★★★★★ Jan 7, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap... Overall quite comfortable, it can get cold, believe me! I didn't see blankets handed out, nor asked for, but it got cold. Quaint snacks at trip start and after border crossing. No toilet on board (but they're usually nasty anyways), but adequate restroom stops (2-3?). Our attendant Chann, was courteous, entertaining and very pleasant. The 2 drivers were good, safety always a concern of mine, and a few incidents were avoided by our drivers giving way to various knucklheads flying out on to the road. Regarding fees extortion, and all the other nonsense we heard about, none of that occurred. Let me clarify... the OFFICIAL cost of a 30 day tourist visa, for a US citizen , is $30 USD as of 1/4/2018. If you apply at an embassy, and fuss with all the paperwork, they charge a small processing fee of $3-8 USD. If you use the eVisa options on the net, they all charge a small 'processing' fee as well. I found $3-7. I booked through 12Go Asia (Very Efficient), they charge $5. Now, above that, Giant Ibis charges $5 to batch process all the applications at the Cambodian border. Total Cost $40 USD / PP. I did Not want to hassle the lines, negotiate in Khmer, and all the other mess for a few dollars. I sat in the A/C bus, and was grateful the bus attendant did it all. 2 of about 30 people on the bus demanded to be allowed to do it all themselves, and the attendant said "Go for it, but don't be late" - which I was fine with. Someone who can't or doesn't want to pay for efficiency should not hold up the entire trip. Luckily, they made it through, as the rest of us waited about 15 min extra for them. As many told us how scary the buses were, how dangerous, how uncomfortable the trip would be, I am happy to say that was all incorrect. The only small hiccup, was the identification of the meeting point for the early departure. It said the bus would be near "JC Jewelry" and an address, but we got there, saw no store, circled a bit in our 6:45 AM tuk tuk, until we saw an Giant Ibis bus... that was ours. Clean that description up a bit, maybe a picture, and the overall experience will be even better. By the way, we were not in a rush, and airports give me headaches ... our cost for the run, was 1/3 of a flight. I spent the difference, on an amazing French Khmer dinner in Siem. Cheers!
★★★★★ Jan 7, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
servicio excelente!!! viajamos 5 chicas de argentina y todo fue genial. Cruzar la frontera con ellos es muy fácil, te guian en todos los paso, Luego te dejan en el centro de siem reap. Muy conforme
★★★★★ Jan 6, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Easy bus and in time. No problems with visa.
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2018 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
Met my expectations in traveling by bus between the 2 countries. Pick up location was different and important that customers get the correct MacDonald’s restraint as there are 2 along the Khaosan Road.
★★★★★ Jan 5, 2018 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
The people were great
★★★★☆ Jan 5, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Nous avons effectué le trajet Bangkok <-> Siem Reap dans les deux sens. Le bus était assez confortable, bien qu’à l’aller la climatisation étaient tellement forte que nous avons dû enfiler un pantalon et un pull, et au retour tellement basse que nous mourrions de chaud. Cependant le trajet se passe plutôt bien, hormis que les routes ne sont pas en très bonne état et que le conducteur roule très vite donc nous sommes pas mal secoués. Si vous avez le mal des transports prévoyez des petits médicaments. Le passage à la frontière se passe bien, bien que cela semble un joyeux chaos. Mais chaque bus contient 2 guides qui vous accompagneront à chaque étape et vous montreront le chemin. Donc tout s’est bien passé. En ce qui concerne le visa pour le Cambodge, vous pouvez soit le faire en avance en ligne, soit le faire vous même par vos propres moyen une fois sur place (35$), soit demander au guide de s’en charger (40$), ce que nous avons fait. Il semble que cette frontière est assez corrompue : une personne dans le bus n’a pu obtenir son visa et le guide lui a dit qu’en payant plus cher elle pouvait l’avoir. Cela ne pus à pas trop plu, mais ce n’etait pas à nous de gérer cela. Sinon les bus sont partis et arrivés avec entre 15 et 45 min de retard, cela va dépendre du monde à la frontière. Il font des pauses pipi 2 à 3 fois car il n’y a pas de WC dans le bus, et vous distribuent aussi un repas (du riz aux légumes) après le passage de la frontière. Aussi, sur place vous pourrez trouver des prix bien plus avantageux pour faire ces trajets, mais si vous voulez une date précise et/ou que vous êtes en haute période touristique (ce qui était notre cas), mieux vaut réserver vos billets en ligne et en avance, quitte à perdre un peu des sous. Ça vous assurera une place, car nos bus étaient toujours pleins. En ce qui concerne le placement, notez que la rangée du fond (à 5 places) ne permet pas d’allonger son siège comme les autres rangés, et le fait d’avoir des vitres sur les côtés + dans le dos + le moteur sous les fesses rend cette rangée plus chaude aussi. Bon voyage !
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★☆☆ Jan 3, 2018 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
El bus nos recogió a tiempo pero al subirnos y escoger silla para sentarse, resultó que habían sobrevendido los asientos, y por lo tanto nos demoramos una hora en salir mientras el staff solucionaba el tema (acomodando a las personas sin asiento al lado del conductor). Adicionalmente, habían unas sillas q no funcionaban y se quedaban reclinadas todo el tiempo haciendo incómodo el viaje. por último, en la frontera , para las personas que no teníamos Visa de Cambodia el staff del bus nos iba a cobrar 40usd por el tramite, los cuales nos rehusamos a pagar e hicimos el trámite nosotros mismos pagando un precio de 33usd.
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Excellent service,the coach was spacious and clean.The guide was superb and he dealt with the visa requirements for Cambodia leaving us with nothing to worry about. Highly recommend Giantibis.
★★★★★ Jan 2, 2018 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Excellent service. Would recommend traveling with this company.
★★★★★ Jan 1, 2018 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Very easy and well organised trip. The attendant was very helpful and made the experience stress free. Would definitely use giant ibis again! Thank you
★★★☆☆ Jan 1, 2018 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
The bus was old and dirty but staff verry friendly! The trip was fine, arrived some hours late of delay at the border. Seats not really comfy, but slept some hours.
★★☆☆☆ Dec 31, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
The seat was very uncomfortable and the wi-fi almost doesn't work.
★★★★☆ Dec 31, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Smooth and easy trip direct from Bangkok. Friendly and helpful staff with good English. Only downside was last bit in Camdodia to Siem Reap , where the elder of the 2 drivers was going typically "asian-way-to too fast"!!!
★★★★★ Dec 30, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Great trip!
★★★★☆ Dec 30, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★★ Dec 28, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Very smooth guided border crossing, well spaced toilet stops
★★★★☆ Dec 26, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
The trip took so long and the bus was late but other than that it was a great experience because the staff are very nice and helpful.
★★★☆☆ Dec 26, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Good way to see the country. remember, it's a bus. The john didn't stink and the bus staff explained the visa process.
★★★☆☆ Dec 25, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Otherwise trip went very well, but 5km before the border there came some man to sell visas for us. He asked 40dollars for that and we didnt want to pay extra (Cambodia tourist Visa is 30dollar). He was really mean and said that ”whatever you can cross the border then by yourself” and so we did. It went very well and we needed to pay only 30dollars as it should be. So they are collecting extra money from passengers
★★★☆☆ Dec 24, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Dec 24, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Excellent bus, good staff and comfortable journey. We had e-visa but for those who did not have the company offered to do it at a minimal fee and the entire process was smooth. Breakfast and lunch provided was ok and overall a very satisfying experience. Only possible con was the bus departing at around 8am against the scheduled time of 0745, which is a very trivial point considering that we reached Siem Reap before 1615
★★★☆☆ Dec 23, 2017 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
It was promised to have wifi and snack, none of them were. The air-conditioning was too much sometimes (as in Asia usually), the leg part of the seat was not functioning.
★★★★☆ Dec 22, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★★ Dec 22, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★☆ Dec 22, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Dec 22, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Staff were very helpful guiding us through the border process. Bus was early arriving at our destination. Seats comfortable.
★★★★★ Dec 21, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Just a Great Trip with excellent staff
★★★★★ Dec 21, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Excellent service throughout. Staff were very helpful and polite. Food was good. Highly recommended
★★★★★ Dec 21, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Dec 21, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Excellent service. Pay $5 extra for border service, really worth it.
★★★★☆ Dec 20, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★★ Dec 19, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Guide was very friendly and informative! Was a great way to enter Cambodia!
★★★★☆ Dec 19, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★☆☆ Dec 19, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Trip turned out to be great! Bus did leave a little bit late, shortly after 8:00 when scheduled for 7:45. The bus was clean, seats comfortable, air conditioning worked very well, the crew was very pleasant and entertaining. Snack in a.m. Water and rice for lunch. Straightforward visa process. Paid $40 USD the crew took care of all paperwork, even waited in line for stamp! 5**
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Great
★★★★★ Dec 18, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Everything perfect
★★★★★ Dec 17, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
The trip was very comfortable, bus was clean and spacious. The guide was very helpful in getting the visa and going through customs and immigration at the border. Safe and responsible travel company for sure.
★★★★★ Dec 16, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
It was awesome. The busses where better than in Europe. We did get breakfast and lunch. Such a nice staff. We really did love that trip. It was better than we thought it would be. I would recommend it to every girl traveling. Safe and awesome.
★★★☆☆ Dec 16, 2017 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
Took very long to cross the border
★★★★★ Dec 14, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Dec 14, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Lovely staff, comfy ride. Worth the extra money!
★★★★★ Dec 13, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Ok
★★★★★ Dec 12, 2017 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
Fantastic service start to finish. McDonalds was easy to find with them the address provided, large reclinable chairs for everyone, light blanket and water bottle provided, and WiFi available for the Cambodian part of the trip. Organized passport and visa details. I took the 1am bus, we parked at the border around 5:15, were among the first to cross when the border opened at 6, and made it to Siem Reap by 9am. Staff was friendly and spoke English. Bathroom on board as well!
★★★★★ Dec 11, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
I feel comfortable with all the service prepared by the giant ibis bas from bangkok to siem reap. It's really worth and I have a good and smooth journey to siem reap. Its recommended to all foreigners who want to explore cambodia by using bas.
★★★★☆ Dec 7, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Bus could have been cleaner but crew was quite helpful. Trip went well.
★★★★☆ Dec 4, 2017 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
I was super hesitant to book the bangkok to siem reap trip with Travel Mart due to the previous negative reviews I read, especially when people mentioned scamming, but we didn't have a problem at all. While they were late picking us up & the toilet in the bathroom stopped working with about 2 hours left of the trip, that was the worst! And that's not even bad. We didn't get scammed (but we also did e-visas and printed those prior so if you're worried about visa scams, do that for peace of mind), and we got there safely in one piece. We also did arrive about an hour and a half after the scheduled time of arrival, but that was expected, again from prior reviews I read. There's no real reason why you shouldn't go with Travel Mart! I'd do it again.
★★★★☆ Dec 3, 2017 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
Service was good and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Their English was also excellent. Logistics of the meet up should be improved, however, since we had a hard time looking for the right meet up venue (the address did not match the photo of the actual location). The bus seats were comfortable for sleeping in during the long drive. Overall, their service is highly recommended. Definitely would ride with them again if ever I were to cross the Thailand-Cambodia border again.
★★★★★ Nov 30, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Nov 30, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Good service
★★★★★ Nov 29, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Travelled Bangkok to Siem Reap, the attendant Chenn was really helpful. Breakfast and Lunch were good too, Crossiant & Nescafé’s cold latte for breakfast and Egg fried rice for lunch. Seen all passengers from different nationalities eating and emptying their lunch boxes, that means all liked their Lunch. Paid $5 extra for the visa processing but trust me it is worth it. If you have to do it for yourself it will take time and the crossing is really chaotic so the help from the bus company is worth the extra money. For us it is equivalent to £3 or cost of a coffee so just go for it and save yourself the hassle. People are ready to pay about £25 for visa processing companies but not ready to pay $5 for this service. Can’t really understand. Buses are good quality too Hyundai with a/c , WiFi, usb charging etc., All in all would rate Giant Ibis 5 out of 5. Well done
★★★★☆ Nov 29, 2017 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart) :
Little cofusing with the pick up point and with the paszports and stuff around the boarder. Other than that supreme! Also with the tuk-tuk combination at the destination point.
★★★★★ Nov 27, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★☆ Nov 26, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
En el viaje nos dieron un desayuno y comida. Nos dieron todas las facilidades para pasar la frontera y hacer los visados en grupo. Te recogen al terminar los trabajos. Si no llevas el visado on líne (e-visa) te lo gestionan ellos pero en vez de 30€ recobran 40€ por el trámite. Depende de la elección de cada uno. En general, una manera barata y cómoda de ir a Siem Reap desde Bangkok. Recomendable.
★★☆☆☆ Nov 26, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Bus arrived on time and there was one warm small meal during the trip. At the beginning we got snack and water. But the problem is that before crossing the border one of staff told everyone that we have to give him passports now and 1400 bht for visa. We asked again do we have to do it and he said yes. When I asked why he just left and started gathering money and passports from other people. It turned out to be a scam cause every one of us had to leave a bus and go through immigration and pay there. And after they gathered money and passports we were waiting for more or less 30 minutes for them to go back. Watch out!!
★★★★★ Nov 23, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Helpfull staf, very comfortabel ride.
★★★★★ Nov 23, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
I did not go on this bus. Because of flooding in another area I missad the connection. However, the company, 12GoAsia, after I left a bad review, apologized. That is a Good company. Now I and My friend only need to spend one night in Bangkok at our own expense, and the new tickets to Siem Reap are already paid for. Thanks.
★★☆☆☆ Nov 21, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
they run a Visa scam where they overcharge you for taking care of the visa, breakfast and lunch was a joke, only 2 chances for a toilet on a 7hr+ journey
★★★★☆ Nov 20, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl) :
Very good trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap: we arrived on time in Siem Reap and had no issue during the trip or at the border. They offered water, juice and a meal and were not pushy to arrange the visas for us (we went on our own to the checkpoint). The bus was confortable enough with A/C. We booked everything online and it was safe! We recommend it!
★★★★☆ Nov 19, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Nov 17, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Great trip over the border at Poi Pet. Giant Ibis organised a seamless journey and really made the border crossing easy. We had evisas for Cambodia which helped but they offered passengers a service in which they organised their visas for them in exchange for a small fee, which seemed like a great help as they were finished with the process as quickly as we were! On top of that they gave us a breakfast snack and a fried rice lunch with coffee can and water. Excellent service couldn't recommend enough!
★★★★★ Nov 16, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★☆ Nov 12, 2017 (bus VIP, Transport Co Intl)
★★★★★ Nov 12, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Really great service! Our host was very polite and professional. Great Smile!
★★★★☆ Nov 12, 2017 (bus Universe Noble-37, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★☆☆☆ Nov 11, 2017 (bus Intercity, Travel Mart)

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