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.

Asia Van Transfer Company Reviews

3.6
37 / 643
5 8
4 16
3 7
2 4
1 2
99.1% of 643 travelers were presumably happy with Asia Van Transfer as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Oct 28, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★★
Everything was smooth and easy!
Sep 29, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★★
Very good!
Sep 10, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
3 buses and a boat, we were taken care of all the way, was about as smooth as we could have hoped.
Sep 9, 2018
bus Express, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
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.
Aug 10, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
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! :)
Jul 30, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
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!
Jul 8, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
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.
Apr 25, 2018
bus VIP 24, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
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.
Feb 20, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
Some information on beforehand, like mentioning changes from bus to van would be easy for is. Thanks for thé good trip.
Feb 18, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★☆☆
So so
Feb 17, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★★★☆
Comfortable and on time.
Jan 2, 2018
van Regional, Asia Van Transfer
★★☆☆☆
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.

Asia Van Transfer Stations

Siem Reap AVT Pakse AVT Don Det Don Khone Stung Treng AVT Preah Vihear City Banloung AVT Kratie AVT Vientiane Southern Bus Station Vang Vieng Bus Station Luang Prabang Northern Bus Station