Asia Van Transfer

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113 customer reviews
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About Asia Van Transfer

Company Information

Asia Van Transfer is based in Siem Reap and connects the city known as the gateway to Angkor Wat with destinations across Cambodia and Laos. The operator uses minivans with a capacity of 12 passengers on all the routes.

Routes served by Asia Van Transfer

Siem Reap–Don Det

The main route offered by Asia Van Transfer is between Siem Reap and Don Det, part of the 4,000 Islands region of Laos. The operator uses a fairly newly-established route that is claimed to save around 10 hours on this trip! There is one departure each day from Siem Reap at 08.00 which takes around eight hours, so it is scheduled to arrive for 16.00.

There is also one service per day heading in the opposite direction, also leaving at 08.00. Buses from Don Det to Siem Reap tend to take a fair while longer than those leaving Siem Reap, with journey times of around 10-11 hours common. Ticket prices cost the same in either direction at USD25.

Siem Reap–Pakse

There is also one departure each day from Siem Reap to Pakse in Laos, also leaving at 08.00 and scheduled to arrive at around 17.30. The return journey departs Pakse at 08.00 as well and due to arrive at 18.45. Regardless of the direction of travel, the journey lasts around 10 hours and tickets are priced at USD30.

Siem Reap–Destinations in Cambodia

Asia Van Transfer offers services from Siem Reap to popular destinations dotted across Cambodia. There is one departure to Stung Treng each day, leaving Siem Reap at 08.00 with the five-hour trip meaning that you will arrive in Stung Treng at 13.15. The return trip from Stung Treng back to Siem Reap departs at 14.00 and arrives at 18.30, with tickets costing at USD20.

A shorter journey to Preah Vihear City departs Siem Reap every morning at 08.00 (arriving at 11.15) with the return trip departing at 16.00. The journey lasts around three hours, costing USD12.

Destinations such as Banloung and Kratie are also serviced by Asia Van Transfer, with departures from Siem Reap at 08.00 to each town. Return trips from both Banloung and Kratie depart for Siem Reap at 07.30, with both routes lasting around nine or ten hours and costing USD24.

Pros

The improved condition of the road between Siem Reap and Don Det has saved travellers a significant amount of time, cutting the journey in half! This was a previously very isolated destination that was out of reach for the majority of visitors so this has been a hugely welcome improvement.

Cons

The condition of the buses on many of these routes is often not to a particularly high standard and can be lower than services operated by other operators. This will not be ideal news for passengers as the trips can be pretty long so comfort is an issue, especially as Asia Van Transfer offers minivans on all routes, rather than the larger vehicles you might expect on trips of these distances. Delays are also pretty common, although, in truth this tends to be a problem with all bus companies across Cambodia and Laos.

Crossing the border between Cambodia and Laos is usually a fairly confusing and long-winded process which can take longer than you expect. Of course, it is much easier to fly but this may not be within the budgets of many travellers.

Keep in mind

Children under five are not required to purchase a full-priced ticket. It is also worth noting that these services will usually terminate on the outskirts of town, so you will be required to head to your hotel in a tuk-tuk, which will add to the cost of the journey.

Travellers reviews

The company operates exclusively vans – and most reviews of Asia Van Transfer tend to focus on the standard and comfort of the buses on these routes. Keep in mind that the quality is likely to be considerably different to western standards. Whilst this is less of an issue on the shorter routes, if you are travelling for over 10 hours you will want the trip to be as comfortable as possible. Before booking your ticket do check the length of the trip and decide for yourself whether you are ready to go. If you ask us, we do travel by minibuses around Asia, and while obviously you have less legroom compared to a big bus, you win in transit time.

Passengers sometimes complain about the lack of flexibility in the schedules on routes operated by Asia Van Transfer. There is only one departure each day on these routes and this can often be at an inconvenient time which may not suit your schedule. For example, the only departures to Siem Reap from Stung Treng and Preah Vihear City are at 14.00 and 16.00 respectively which can cause issues for those looking to travel to Siem Reap to catch a flight or another bus to destinations in Cambodia such as Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville.

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Asia Van Transfer Stations

Siem Reap AVTDon DetStung Treng AVTPreah Vihear CityDon Khone

Asia Van Transfer Company Reviews

K B
Everything on time, well organized, I was always confident that I would arrive where I wanted to go, at approximate time expected. The 2nd van to Banlung not very comfy, AC barely worked on a hot day. But bearable. Driver didn’t speak English, I was the only non Cambodian on the bus. All fine it just makes it a bit more difficult to understand what’s going on.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Mar 12, 2020
B J
The trip itself was good and well organized. Just the driver were a bit odd as they were not talking to us at all and just stopping somewhere without saying where to go now. So it was good that AVT provides you with a detailed PDF.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Mar 8, 2020
M C
Taking the bus is an adventure If you're not good with strangers then take the plane... it's a 12 hour ride
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 19, 2020
M H
First ride to stung Treng was very good. From there to Kratie they were to many people in the bus and they were transporting 250 KG of sugar in the aisle where the locals sit on. Funny but uncomfortable.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 18, 2020
F M
The buses were ok. Had to wait in Champasak for over an hour whilst they changed the bus (probably for safety reasons) the driver once we got into cambodia was lovely
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 13, 2020
C S
First part was ok. The rest was chaotic. The handling at the border was bad. Finally, getting into a very uncomfortable truck.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 8, 2020
J C
Comfortable and smooth transfers of van from the border to Siem Reap.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 5, 2020
J F
The people were really friendly and everything happened as they said it would. The only thing was that we were cramped in the back of the minivan even though we paid for 3 seats for the 2 of us to try and avoid this. However, when we arrived in Siem Reap they gave us back the money for the third seat!!!! We didn't even ask - now that's what I call service.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 4, 2020
J O
Website was easy to use. Tickets were given at the company's office once we showed the voucher. Information about contacting company provided via emails. The company took care if everything for the price of the ticket. Hotel pick up, buses to the border, bus from the Laos border to Nakasang and the boat to the islands. The brief explanation was given at the first office. Guys know what they doing.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jan 31, 2020
D T
We received a email about the exact location and the mini-van arrived just at the right time. He gave us tickets for the following minivans and boat. The minivan was Indeed quite récent, but you have only a belt for the belly and not for the torso, which i think is useless (thats why the minus one star). To be fair, all the minivans are like this. We eat at Stoeng Troeng for one hour and the Price for the food was really fair. Then we headed to the border on another bus. After the border, a smaller mini-van took us to the Pier to take the boat to Don Det. It was really smooth and the drivers were nice and helpul.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jan 29, 2020
N B
Good professional drivers and good organisation except the 2h waiting in the middle... A good and safe way to travel but a bit expensive compared to other services
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jan 27, 2020
T A
3/4 of the way, we had a good van, the rest not so good, but ok.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jan 20, 2020
L B
Comfortable enough minivan. Didn’t seem to take as long as was quoted which was good. However lots of waiting around once we had crossed the border and lots of stopping and starting along the way.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Oct 11, 2019
D L
Excellent
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Oct 1, 2019
M P
Reliable. I was expecting to be underwhelmed, as it's often the case with many greedy operators, but I was genuinely pleasantly surprised.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Sep 24, 2019
K V
Everthing went really smooth! Bus left on time, clear briefing and there was also a van waiting for us at the Lao border! Would really recommend AVT
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Sep 5, 2019
M K
Got us there on time, however, the buses were very cramped and the AC did not work properly on all busses - not quite what we were expecting from the description.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Aug 14, 2019
N S
Well explained about the trip at siem reap end. But we when got to the town before the border we were told to get out that he going back to siem reap. We were not advised and was unclear what was happening we waited two hours there before we drove to the border. The drivers were all good felt safe
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jul 26, 2019
L G
Very detailed email from the company however the bus was late to arrive and had no seatbelts for a very bumpy windy journey. Changed buses half way, much better and more space for everyone.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jul 12, 2019
G D
Was pickup from hotel on time, in Pakse, in a good looking van. Did the rounds to get other guests and then we were driven to a location there in Pakse where we all transferred to an old beat up local bus. I was told that I was going to be traveling in a modern van. No, it was an old bus with very bad suspension. It’s AC was good, though. Exiting Lao and entering Cambodia, both sets of bureaucrats will rip you off. The Cambodian ones will literally bark at you and try to order you around. I sternly put a stop to that nonsense as I screamed louder than they did: it worked. The last leg into Siem Reap the driver decided to pickup a local lady, a very fat one at that, and the rest of us had to accommodate for that, resulting in crammed quarters for us paying costumers. In Siem Reap the tuk tuk driver said that hotel transfer was free. I corrected him by saying that the transfer wasn’t free, that it was included in the price we paid. The roads in Cambodia aren’t as good as the ones in Lao. All in all it wasn’t too bad. After all we’re here for the experience, aren’t we.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jul 7, 2019
K L
Seats were not comfertable in the van. We waited at lunch for over 2 hours for another van to pick us up and therefore arrived in Pakse 2.5hrs late
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jun 25, 2019
M L
Amazing trip, l didn't get the part l had to change mini van though. A tuk tuk came to pick me up at my hostel right on time to the agency. From there, a mini van came and drove us to a place where l had to change mini van. The second trip was fine. Great experience
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), May 8, 2019
A K
very good and comfortable ride
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Apr 9, 2019
S B
Nice trip Good drivers Pickt us op at the hotel
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 14, 2019
A J
We got to Don Det safely and the whole trip was well organised. We were taken care of, pointed in all the necessary directions at the border and generally have no complaints here. That being said, we were two hours late at our destination and the bus that took us to Laos border lacked AC, which with 37 degrees Celsius outside was a bit of a nuisance. In a nutshell - delivered at Don Det (pier?) safely if slightly delayed and sweaty...
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 10, 2019
R M
First half of the trip was excellent. After lunch stop we were put on new vans to go to the border, which was very squishy with luggage and the aircon wasn’t working properly. The border stop was difficult and took too long although that is not the companies fault, it was getting visas at the Lao side of the border took over and hour. After we had our visas we were then put in the back of a open truck with bench seats that wasn’t really big enough for 14 of us. Finally once we got to the boat we had no issues and made it to Don Det fine.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 9, 2019
S F
Except there were No stops for pee or coffee- Great!
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jan 5, 2019
N S
Good trip from Siem Reap to Stung Treng. Decent room in the bus and the driver drove well. Got there right on time. Good information about the trip beforehand as well and timely pickup from our hotel.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jan 4, 2019
Y M
Everything was smooth and easy!
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Oct 28, 2018
V S
Very good!
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Sep 29, 2018
E K
3 buses and a boat, we were taken care of all the way, was about as smooth as we could have hoped.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Sep 10, 2018
J V
I was really happy that the booking office explained me the trip before I left. The first bus driver was not speaking English and dropped us in a restaurant. Luckily the restaurant owner told us that this was normal and we had to change buses. The next drivers were really kind to help us to fill in the papers to cross the border. But they don't cross the border with you and of course you are scammed and you need to pay extra to get the stamps. It was unavoidable. After the border crossing we needed to change buses again. In Pakse they brought me to another bus station to go on a sleeper bus. It was a really small bed and I needed to share it with a stranger. The ride was really wobbly and noisy. In the end I survived this long bus ride, I believe that all of this is a part of travelling Asia.
Bus Express, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Sep 9, 2018
K J
We went from Siem Reap -> Don Det. Trip Pretty good organised, 2/3 of the road were good road, 1/3 quite bumpy. All in all I recommend booking this! :)
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Aug 10, 2018
H M
We were picked up in Pakse at our hotel by a big bus at the right time, but it was a while before we had gone around and picked everyone up from different locations in town and along the way. We rode the bus very close to the border, where we changed to a tuk tuk. Border control was not a hassle - if you look out for scams. 1) Do your visa beforehand or pay 400000 kip at the border. 2) Complete your own forms on the spot or pay 40 dollars for someone else to do it... 3) Have around five 1-dollar notes to pay for the mandatory stamp fee and extras - if you pay with a large note, they might not give back the change. The personel on the cambodian side were grumpy but gave understandable directives. When everybody had gone through, we drove off in a mini-van with good AC but no leg space. After a few hours we stopped for a quick lunch (around 2 pm) and changed to another mini-van. From there we drove straight towards Siem Reap, which was the longest part of the 4-part journey. We arrived an hour before schedule and from there we were driven in tuk tuk straight to our hotel for stops. Overall: Great service and many changes. Bring snacks and water!
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jul 30, 2018
M X
Took much longer than originally advertised/ told. Supposed to arrive 5:30.. then told 6-6:30pm.. but arrived at the pakse office just before 730pm. Overall the trip was fine. Changed vans twice; once at lunch and once at the border crossing. Crossing was easy, we were told in advance that the passport control would charge a stamp fee to exit and enter. It was very quiet. Overall well organised. Would recommend them.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jul 8, 2018
M Y
Journey was alright. 1st Driver don’t really able to speak English. He just drop us and point us into a shop to wait. 2nd driver is quite alright, he pick up us at the shop and send us to the boarder, before cross boarder he inform us where to change kip. 3rd Driver is late for 1.5 hours. He pick up us from Laos boarder to Pakse. I was so worry because I still need to catch 8pm bus from Pakse to Vientiane. Due to the late, I didn’t have a time to take dinner at all. The sleeper bus from Pakse to Vientiane is alright, the toilet is too small as I expected. Overall, The journey is still smooth, I send email to AVT for the lateness of 3rd Van and they explain that is a traffic accident but the driver is still able to catch up the bus for me. This journey took 24 hours when I finally reach Vientiane. I think as a passenger is important to corporate with driver and understand how it work before you go up to a bus journey like this because I find out they are actually willing to help when you please.
Bus VIP 24, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Apr 25, 2018
G S
Some information on beforehand, like mentioning changes from bus to van would be easy for is. Thanks for thé good trip.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 20, 2018
C F
So so
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 18, 2018
D A
Comfortable and on time.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 17, 2018
A B
I guess the trip was fine? We arrived at schedule, and had two breaks, one short and one for lunch. The van before lunch had plenty of Space, Even all seats were taken, but the seats were so bad! My back hurt a Lot after the first 4 hours. After lunch we had a different van, better seats for sure! But there was litterally no room for anyones legs. They had filled all the legroom with huge bags of rice. Halfway between lunch and destination, we should have a scooter in the allready overpacked van. The personal is good though, they don't speak much but they are kind when they do.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Jan 2, 2018
S G
First bus a little old, but everything perfectly on time.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Dec 13, 2017
H H
Well organised and good value
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Nov 18, 2017
A D
First van from Siem Reap to Pakxe was perfect with a really nice explanation of the whole trip. From Stung Treng to Pakxe we had to change bus. 30 minutes late there arrived a bus - loaded inside with tons of mangos so that the door could not open. There was very very little space left for 4 people and luggage. After a long discussion we decided to take the minivan- had no other option. Around us everywhere mangos- in the neck, at our foot. We had to sit in this very narrow space for more than five hours. After the border there were two police controls where the driver gave money to them and then we were good to go- so he was definitely smuggling something. We felt very unsafe and this is unfair treatment - starting with a good van and change to an overloaded transporter.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Nov 18, 2017
H H
Traveled Siem Reap to Pakse using this service. Online booking and communication brilliant. AVT is very prompt, collected from hotel and the group left from the office. The van condition is ok. Driver to Stung Treng was great, we were flying and made the part of the trip just under 5 hrs. Roads are poor, I am mentioning in case anyone has not considered this part. The trip is crap only because of the road and not the length of the trip. Van swap at Stung Treng. Another great driver in an ok van on awful road to border. Crossing, as suspected, dodgy as, no we were not just charged USD2.00 on the 2 sides. The "guide" in the bus took USD10.00 to "organize everything " So my visa was NOT $30.00 but really $40.00 A young Dutch traveler for no real logical reason was later asked for ANOTHER $5.00 with some shitty excuse of a stamp or something. Look, we all know these "systems " I feel sorry for such weak people scamming at border crossing of thesr not so by the book countries. The actual crossing took about 40 minutes, who knows what games went on in those offices. I was just glad to have my passport back in my hands after all that time. No regrets but I sure won't be doing it again. Just to clarify, AVT is a pro service under limited flexibility and no transparency, I am wondering the guy running it knows what really happens at the border with the drivers. Cheers.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Nov 2, 2017
Z A
This the best company to get from don det to siem reap the take care of everything the boat tge borders even in siem reap you got a ride to your hostel Good job
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Oct 27, 2017
T A
Все отлично. Ехала из сием реапа до Вьентьяна. Пересадки на пути все удобные, точно по времени состыкованные.
Bus Express, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Mar 1, 2020
M A
Sehr professionelle Abwicklung. Wir waren zufrieden. Vielleicht wäre aber eine kurze Pinkelpause mehr möglich.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 29, 2020
J L
Passage de frontière délicat pour entrer au Laos. Barrage de la langue et transport collectif moyen : 15 pers. + Bagages entassés à l'arrière du véhicule.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 24, 2020
A K
Phnom Penh - Don Det. Well organised trip. Got a desription of the itinerary (with pictures) per email beforehand, which was really helpful, especially since the driver didn't really speak English. In short it was a Van until Stung Treng, different Van to the border, Songthaew to Nakasang and boat to Don Det. Departure was a bit late. There was nobody to speak to at the departure point, but the company sent me a whatsapp message to inform me about the delay (which I only read later, because I didn't have internet). Lots of random stops before we really got going. The first driver was speeding and honking all the way. I've done quite a few bus trips in SEA already and I know the driving is different here. But this driver was driving like the street belonged to him alone and I didn't feel comfortable. One time he almost hit a scooter driver. The change in Stung Treng went smoothly and before the border we got the visa application form and had the opportunity to get a photo taken. Also after the border everything went as planned. We arrived on Don Det at around 17:45. Only other thing I could complain about is that despite the quite high price there are no snacks or drinks (not even water) included (but that wasn't advertised either). All in all I can recommend this journey.
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 22, 2020
N L
Buena experiencia, todo súper explicado incluso una persona de la empresa me hablo por whatsapp al principio del viaje para preguntarme como iba y explicarme las instrucciones del viaje. Lo único que la minivan es muy poco espaciosa, apenas cambiamos y son 6 horas
Van Regional 14pax, Asia Van Transfer (AVT), Feb 19, 2020
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