348, Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo 27120, Thailand
Known to travellers as a convenient gateway to Cambodia’s breathtaking Angkor Wat complex, Aranyaprathet sits on the Thailand/Cambodia border just six kilometres from the crossing point. It’s a small, laid-back town with its main bus station located on the high street not far from the clock tower, and offers a few accommodation options for late arrivals as well as a selection of eateries.
Air-conditioned minibuses run from Bangkok’s Khao San Road market, and government VIP buses leave from Mochit Bus Terminal and the Ekamai Eastern Bus Terminal, taking around five hours and giving the safest option. Booking in advance online is strongly recommended, as a combination of the border and its 10 casinos makes this a popular route with tourists and border-runners as well as gamblers.
Getting around the small town is straightforward by tuk-tuk, motorbike taxi or songthaew, although its size makes it easily explored on foot. The local market is worth a look, and the border itself and the Cambodian town of Poipet can be visited on a day trip. Taking the bus to Ubon Ratchathani, Buriram, Sisaket or Khorat for a rail connection to Nang Rong and its Angkorean temple ruins makes for another interesting day out.
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