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From 12Go Makkasan Station to Siem Reap by Buses

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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 Giant Ibis Main

Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule

Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Thai Smile Economy #WE58807:45 - 08:50฿ 6,660
Bangkok Air Economy #PG90308:00 - 09:10฿ 3,586
Giant Ibis Transport Universe Noble 37 08:45 - 16:45฿ 969
Transport Co LA Express 09:00 - 18:00฿ 920
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61010:10 - 11:10฿ 2,498
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61413:30 - 14:30฿ 2,274
Bangkok Air Economy #PG91314:05 - 15:15฿ 3,370
Bangkok Air Economy #PG970717:00 - 18:10฿ 4,684
Thai Airways Economy #TG706618:45 - 19:40฿ 8,290
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61820:00 - 21:00฿ 1,938

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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90% of 1798 travelers were happy with this destination
ME
5
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
4
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
5
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
4
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
4
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
5
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
3
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.
OB
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 9, 2019
The trip went smooth, and I feel comfortable recommending this company to others. I was quite worried about this trip because of all of the stories you hear about the Cambodian border so I decided to write a detailed review that might help others like me. I started the journey by booking a Grab ride to '12Go Makkasan Station' (Just typed it like that into the app) and it took me exactly to the place where the 'Giant Ignis' to Siem reap bus was already waiting. I arrived there around 08:10 and as I opened the door to exit the grab car, a representative of 12Go already approached me, asking where am I going. I showed her the E-ticket on my phone, she scanned it, told me the bus is already here and asked me to wait until the bus is ready for boarding. Waited until 08:25 and then she told me I now go on board. On the bus, there were 3 staff members who took care of my suitcase and showed me where to seat. To my surprise, I was the only person on the bus. Only one other guy joined the trip a few minutes later and we departed ahead of schedule at 08:35. Yup. We were just 2 passengers on a whole bus. (And I didn't take the flight to keep it eco-friendly...) Later we were given some forms to fill for the visa, paid the $40, and gave the staff member our passports. The seats were clean and comfortable, and the wifi and USB phone charge was working great. They gave us cold Nescafe coffee in a can and a sweet pastry as breakfast. There was a 10 minutes bathroom stop, after around 2 hours of driving, in a gas station with many options for food, drinks, coffee and so on. Once we approached the border (around 12:30) the bus stopped near the Cambodian embassy, the staff member went down for around 10 minutes and came back with our visas ready and gave us our passports back. After 20 minutes after that, the bus got as close as he could to the border, we went down with our passports and Thai departure cards (the small card you get when entering Thailand) and went through Thai immigration. That took around 20 minutes. (The staff member was with us the all-time) Once we crossed the border to Cambodia we went by foot for around 5 minutes (Just followed the staff member) to the Cambodian immigration to get our stamp. The line there took another 10 minutes and our bus was already waiting nearby. After the stamp, you can go to the toilet inside a nearby casino if you need, ask the staff. The entire immigration part took around 40 minutes in total. Finally, we went back on the bus for another 2.5 hours drive, The final section to arrive Siem reap. At that point, 2 other travelers joined our trip. Apparently, they took the train to the border (For 40 THB!) and from the border to Siem Reap it they paid another $10. We were all given a vegetarian lunch, fried rice, and some cucumber, in a plastic container. Similar to what they have in 7/11. We got to Siem reap earlier than expected around 16:00. There were some Tuk-tuk drivers there waiting, we paid 3 USD for the ride to our hostel in the city. (I found out later, Cambodia has Grab Tuk-tuk! and it's cheaper)
MG
4
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 8, 2019
Good service, breakfast and small lunch included. Good wifi aboard. They handled the visas for the passengers with an extra cost of 10 usd. But they made it easy so you dont need to worry about anything. Arrive a little bit later than expected but ok. The bus station is far away crossing the city, so then you need a tuk tuk to get back to town where most of the hostels are.
AR
3
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 8, 2019
the bus was clean and the guide was accomodating. however, during the trip, we had so many bus stops that may have lengthened our trip. also, the drop-off point was different from what was posted in their page. the change of drop-off point caused us an additional transpo fee to our hotel.
GH
3
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 26, 2019
Pros: got there in good time, border crossing was fairly smooth, driver was safe. Cons: didn’t actually get dropped off at ‘Siem Reap Giant Ibis main terminal’ instead you get dropped off around 30mins from the city centre at a bus station filled with tuk tuks waiting for your business. Second, you HAVE to pay the $5 fee for your visa to be ‘processed faster’ completely unnecessary and it’s a shame Cambodia is so corrupt. They also don’t let you take your big luggage with you across the border, they insist that they will do it however we must have waited for 20 minutes for the luggage to arrive so it would have been quicker for us to have done it ourselves. I was also worried that we wouldn’t get our luggage etc. due to previous reports. The guides English also wasn’t that great and no one could really understand him. WiFi only worked from the Cambodian border and was pretty intermittent. If the whole process of crossing the border was less corrupt and sketchy then they would get more business as more people would do it.
GA
3
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 24, 2019
Cons 1. Bus was almost an hour late 2. The terminal address at Siem Reap needs to be updated in the ticket it is not in Khmer Pub Street rather in Borey Grand Bus Terminal. Pros 1. Nice clean bus 2. Free snacks and lunch 3. Comfy reclining seats and foot rest
HC
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 22, 2019
Great that there is wifi, not crowded, smooth border crossing, lunch included - wish both buses had outlets but so glad the second one did. Will book for our trip to Vietnam!
KP
4
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 21, 2019
The travelling was comfortable, staff co-operative, but they should provide Vegetarian Food also.
AA
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 12, 2019
The staff were nice. They also gave free bread and coffee for breakfast and meal and water for lunch. In my years of travelling, I've experienced transferring from boarder to boarder and unlike other boarder crossing, I like it that the guy did not leave us alone and confused, he made sure all of us were still in one group and showed us where to go (boarders between Thailand and Cambodia are small and not too easy to follow, compared to other boarders).
PD
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 11, 2019
The bus service was exceptional and the visa batch processing for Cambodia was a breeze. We also got useful insider tips for the immigration process (both foreigners and ASEAN citizens).
RL
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 6, 2019
all good! you should try to reduce your plastic waste though.
RL
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 5, 2019
Very nice bus. Accommodating. Bfast (bread) and lunch (rice with egg) included.
BD
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Aug 5, 2019
Great service, they made everything so easy. Comfortable and good was provided. Thank you.
NM
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 29, 2019
Comfortable and reliable. Walked and talked across the border, no stress. Breakfast and lunch included!

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