Nattakan was established in 2012 and became the first company to receive a licence to operate services between Cambodia and Thailand. To this day, all Nattakan routes are international border crossings to Bangkok.
Routes served by Nattakan company
There are two departures every day from Siem Reap to Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, leaving at 08.00 and 09.00. The journey usually takes around nine hours in total so you are scheduled to arrive in Bangkok in the early evening, at either 17.00 or 18.00 depending on which service you choose.
For those heading from Bangkok to visit Siem Reap and nearby Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its archaeological ruins, there are two buses per day at the same times. Regardless of which direction you are headed, ticket prices are USD28 each way.
From Bangkok you can also visit Phnom Penh directly, with one bus per day making the journey. It leaves Bangkok at 05.00 and arrives at 17.00, a journey time of 12 hours. Tickets for this service cost around USD30.
Nattakan has established a reputation as one of Cambodia’s most comfortable and luxurious operators.
Good news for any passengers as the trips are all pretty long so comfort will no doubt be a concern for anyone researching a journey such as this.
Another advantage with travelling with Nattakan is that the operator is widely regarded as one of the most reliable in the country. Again, this is a major advantage as you will be crossing an international border so it is vital that everything runs smoothly.
Overall, Nattakan is a very good option for those looking to cross the border between Cambodia and Thailand. The cost of tickets is competitive; although prices may be slightly higher than with some operators you will receive much better value for money and hopefully you will not arrive at your destination exhausted!
Unfortunately, there is no Wi-Fi on these routes which can be a little annoying if you experience delays and you need to let someone know that you are running late.
It can often be disorganized at the border and delays are fairly common on these routes although Nattakan does all it can to ensure that passengers pass through border control swiftly and without any issues. However, with a busload of passengers this process is bound to take longer than you think!
Keep in mind
All services arrive into and depart from Mo Chit bus station in the north of Bangkok. This is very well connected with public transport so it is easy to travel onwards to your hotel in the city centre or if you have a flight or train to catch later that day
Whilst the quickest and easiest way to travel between Cambodia and Thailand is to fly from Bangkok to either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, this will not be within the budget of many travellers, especially those who have been travelling long-term. If you are in this situation then Nattakan is an excellent alternative. It is far cheaper than any flight and you will travel in relative comfort compared to some of the services run by the operator’s competitors. This combination of low cost and comfortable buses has ensured that Nattakan remains one of the most popular operators on these routes.
If you are travelling on a tight schedule then crossing the border by land is not for you. This journey will take at least nine hours between Bangkok and Siem Reap and delays at the border or on the roads are pretty commonplace. If you are in a rush then you really should consider flying!