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Siem Reap Bus Station

From 12Go Makkasan Station to Siem Reap by Buses

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Siem Reap Bus Station

From Bangkok Giant Ibis to Siem Reap by Buses

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Bangkok Giant Ibis
8h 30m bus ride in Universe Noble 37
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Siem Reap Bus Station

Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule

Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express Express Seater 41 01:00 - 15:30฿ 665
Thai Smile Economy #WE58807:35 - 08:35฿ 6,851
Bangkok Air Economy #PG90308:00 - 09:00฿ 3,364
Virak Buntham Express Express Seater 41 09:00 - 23:30฿ 665
Transport Co LA Express 09:00 - 18:00฿ 920
Thai Airways Economy #TG706011:30 - 12:25฿ 8,290
Thai Airways Economy #TG706213:30 - 14:25฿ 8,290
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61414:50 - 15:50฿ 2,946
Bangkok Air Economy #PG970717:00 - 18:10฿ 3,580
Thai Airways Economy #TG706618:45 - 19:40฿ 8,290
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61820:15 - 21:20฿ 2,498

How to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap

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 destination reviews

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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 15, 2019
En todo momento han estado pendiente de nosotros, nos han dado comida y un snacks, en la frontera nos han acompañado en todo momento y la verdad es ha merecido la pena, se han ocupado la visa. Nosotros llegamos media hora antes, pero me imagino que depende de lo q d se tarde en la frontera y del trafico
BG
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 12, 2019
It was smoot border crossing experience with giant ibis. But they dropped us far from the city centre in siem reap. So had to take tuk tuk to hotel.
AP
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 10, 2019
Two hours late arrival and the bus stop was another one. Fortunately, the bus was very comfortable
SL
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 9, 2019
Bus station was easy to find, clean bus. A LOT OF LEG SPACE! There was only a few people on the bus. Great guide who told us everything that we need to know about crossing the border. It was like a vip crossing. Then we got a meal (Rice with I think chicken and vegetables). If I remember right we stoped 2 times for 10 and 15minutes. Great choice. I would rate them 10/10.
RY
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 5, 2019
Service was good, guide's english was pretty patchy, he walks so fast
RC
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 5, 2019
This was such a smooth and easy way to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap, I was slightly worried about the border crossing but it went without a hitch. Have already booked another Giant Ibis bus! Thank you very much.
DA
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 3, 2019
Everything was fine. Bus was really comfortable. AC working very good. Breakfast and lunch was nice. Also 5 star to the driver. It was such a good journey.
JS
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 3, 2019
everything was very fine. I was concerned though after reading terms and conditions
AF
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 26, 2019
Relatively pain free process. Staff were helpful and friendly and guided us at each step. We were given snacks and lunch which were satisfactory and the bus was on time. Only downsides were, the bus was a little warm and the air con could've been turned up a little bit. The footrest and cupholders for my seat were broken but this is nitpicking. Also the seats aren't numbered so there's no point picking a seat as it turns into first come first served anyway. Very minor things and I was overall satisfied with the experience
LP
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 25, 2019
O autocarro tem bastante espaço entre os bancos permitindo quase deitar completamente, com apoio para os pés, ar condicionado e wi fi excelente. Apesar das 7 horas da viagem, fizemo-la bem e confortavelmente. O staff foi muito simpático e acompanharam-nos sempre, mesmo para passar o posto da imigração na fronteira. Logo pela manhã distribuíram café e um snack e após passar a fronteira deram almoço (arroz frito com vegetais e ovo) e água. Ao longo da viagem o autocarro pára em alguns pontos para as pessoas irem à casa de banho. Recomendamos a Giant Ibis Transport e vamos viajar com eles de novo em breve.
TM
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 25, 2019
Very clean and comfy bus, good food and helpfull staff.
MG
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 25, 2019
Super fin bus, med dejlig meget ben plads og sæder der kunne tippes så man kunne ligge lidt ned en gang imellem, dog havde jeg et sæde der var gået i stykker og derfor ikke kunne tippes, men min rejsemakker nød godt af dette. Derudover blev der serveret lidt frokost, en dåse is latte og en bolle/kringle af en art. Derudover var der wifi i bussen, hvilket også var skønt at gøre brug af til bl.a. planlægning af fremad rejse.
NH
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 23, 2019
We had an empty bus which made the ride a whole lot better. The seats were decent and the bus conductor could speak English and was helpful.
ME
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 11, 2019
The experience was really nice. Bus has spacious leg room, reclining seat, outlet for charging, free wifi, free morning snacks and lunch! Lunch btw was rice with egg, no meat. Everything was provided except for the wet towel. and also we were well assisted in the border. No hassle at all. Only problem was a passenger who did not follow instructions at the border thats why we had to wait for him and was delayed for an hour. Other than that (which was not the company’s fault) it was a pleasant experience
RA
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 8, 2019
Please be details for depature which is from kaosan or makassan. We got misinformation in regards with our departure.
OA
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 26, 2019
Very comfortable ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap! Serviceminded staff ("si") who made sure that everything went smoothly with everything!! Followed us safely through the border to Cambodia etc etc.. and we slept comfortably most of the way. Will definitely take this bus again, when we go to cambodia.
SP
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 26, 2019
Bus — it’s big and comfortable enough but its hot Service — fair english speaking people; they assist good for visa process; they explain all the time what to expect on the trip The food — thé give canned coffee and good bread in the morning. The lunch though is just plain fried rice with little scrambled egg on top
MH
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 21, 2019
The staff are great. Lunch could be better. Travel was on time. Overall experience is really great.
RM
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 13, 2019
Very helpful staff and nice trip. They sorted out visas into Cambodia with no fuss at all.
JE
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Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 10, 2019
Bus ride and service was great. Snacks and lunch was provided. All was well until arrival in siem reap. They alighted us at a bus terminal (it's different when you input siem reap giant ibis in google maps) its away from the city. We were swarmed by tuk tuk drivers who were very very persistent. Please ensure that you have usd/local currency if you are planning to arrange your own transport from the terminal as there isn't any atm there.

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