Bangkok to Siem Reap

Bangkok to Siem Reap

Loading seats data...

Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule

Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express Express Seater 41 01:00 - 11:00฿ 0
Giant ibis Transport Universe Noble 37 07:45 - 14:56฿ 970
Giant ibis Transport Universe Noble 37 08:45 - 15:56฿ 970
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61010:10 - 11:10฿ 0
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61413:30 - 14:30฿ 0
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61414:40 - 15:45฿ 0
Thai Airways Economy #TG706417:35 - 18:40฿ 0
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61819:55 - 21:00฿ 0
Thai Airways Economy #TG259018:40 - 19:45฿ 0
Garuda Indonesia Economy #GA919818:45 - 19:55฿ 0
Thai Smile Economy #WE59018:40 - 19:45฿ 0
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61820:00 - 21:00฿ 0

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.

Transportation from Bangkok to Siem Reap

Bangkok to Siem Reap destination reviews

MT
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 23, 2020
The airco broke down. That's why we had to wait at the border in a smelly location without getting information before heading out again.
MS
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 5, 2020
Excellent service.
JN
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Mar 3, 2020
Pick Up was at the time when the bus should have departed already. Being earlier as said in the Ticket was not necessary!
JA
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 2, 2020
The bus was really fast and the guide helped us cross the border smoothly. The snacks along the way was also really helpful since we were all hungry from the long trip.
KS
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 1, 2020
No worries with this company. Guide had very clear instructions and passing of the border went very smooth. Arrived an hour early!
PK
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Mar 1, 2020
I booked from Bangkok to Siem Reap on Giant Ibis and it was fast and easy. I just showed them our voucher at the the pick up point. The ride was smooth and the conductor was helpful and conversational. They gave us coffee, snacks, a bottle of water, and lunch. They were helpful at the border immigration and the conductor made sure our passports were all stamped.
JM
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 28, 2020
It was really a nice trip. Air-condition is not really working.
RV
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Feb 27, 2020
Excellent service! Our bus guide was so friendly and helpful, very organized and detailed. I was a bit nervous crossing the bored but they made everything easy!
SJ
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Feb 26, 2020
The entire travel was smooth including the processess at the immigration of both borders. A travel mart employee guided and helped us pass through both Thai and Cambodian Immigrations. The only downside for my opinion is the waiting area at Khao San (Mc Donalds), 1hour waiting time at a very busy street is not so convenient.
BC
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 20, 2020
Surprisingly comfortable bus, helpful and friendly staff. I highly recommend!
LM
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 20, 2020
best hospitality ever
KS
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 18, 2020
All good but without restrooms
IM
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Feb 17, 2020
Travel was very smooth. Contrary to the bad reviews I’ve seen, our trip was pleasant. No scammers went up to us or haggled with us for faster processing of our exit and arrival stamps. Seats are comfortable enough for sleeping. Blankets were also given.
US
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Feb 16, 2020
Confortable bus, they give you blankets and water, they don’t change the bus and they wait for you at the border
AP
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 16, 2020
We’ve departed later than the scheduled time, but everything else was great. Even the border crossing went smooth. A+
ZJ
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 15, 2020
well, the jorney wasnt anything special at all and we arrived 45min late. wifi didnt work half of the time and if it did work, was painfully slow. the guy spoke very bad english and wanted only thai bath for the cambodian visa, but finally accepted usd because everybody had usd and there was no exchange..plus he charge different prices for the visa for every group - from 40 to 55usd. but some of the people didnt have photo, lost the exit blue paper from thailand...so i dunno..
KB
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 14, 2020
Everything all right
CH
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 9, 2020
Everything was well taken care of. Nice staff and you can trust that your journey will go smooth. Good help at the border crossing thailand Cambodia
PA
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 7, 2020
Bus not VIP far from it! A/C too cold you will need to bring sweater, bus has seen better days. NO wifi take note. Pastry and drink given out at start of journey but the drink is a can of cold coffee.... water would have been better. On board courier very good he will arrange visa for you at border but better for if you can do on-line it's a lot easier and cheaper. Over four hours journy to border with one toilet stop for 10 minutes. You will need 2 hours to get through immergration then there was a change of bus to a lower standard and still no wifi! journey time of 3 hours to Siem Reap with no comfort stop so find toilet before geting 2nd bus. Siem Reap bus station is out of town so arrange your hotel to have tuk tuk driver waiting for you. Would i do it again? NO because for a few dollars more there are many flights and less hassel at airport.
JH
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 6, 2020
Trip was okay. They made us wait for a little bit more than one hour before we got on the bus to Siem Reap from the border, but the conductor was kind enough so we did not bother. More aircon please.
KS
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Feb 4, 2020
Comfy bus with a big legroom. AC works well, and we got water and snacks. Our guide was super cute and helpful. Smooth border crossing without additional charges. We had evisa, but you can go on your own (30$ + pic, no hard feelings) or with their help (40$).
CF
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 4, 2020
The booking process on 12Go was really straightforwards - easy to find the best option for me. Pick up in Bangkok was great and the bus was really good - nice comfy seats, good air con and good wifi. The water was chilled and there was also chilled canned coffee and a snack. I was a bit concerned about the lack of toilet on board but that was fine, we made plenty of stops. The staff were really nice and provided plenty of information about the process regarding visas and information. I would suggest to Giant Ibis that it would be useful to have a handout of this information for passengers. There was a lot of information given and quite quickly; as a native English speaker I got most of it but still had to check some details as it was a lot to absorb. For many of the passengers English wasn't their first language so it may have been more difficult. As we approached Cambodia, we were then told we'd be changing bus at the Cambodia border; the coach staff transferred our large luggage so we only had to carry our smaller bags. Once we had passed through immigration we got on the new coach (which was anything but new!). The seats were nowhere near as comfortable and there was no wifi. The drop off point is out of town so unless you have complimentary pick up from your accommodation you'll need to get a tuk tuk but there were plenty of them waiting when we arrived. Apparently the coach company are not allowed to drop off elsewhere. Overall, it was a straightforward trip and I'm glad I went by coach rather than flying.
OH
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Feb 3, 2020
Nice cool bus.. Staff friendly.. A lil snack and food on the way.. Nice and comfortable
ID
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 31, 2020
Good service, helpfull staff
TA
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 31, 2020
- overpayed for the Cambodian Visa because payment asked in THB instead of USD. So we spent about 102$ for 2 visas; - chair was too small for me (190/90). Pros: - staff were extremely helpful and friendly, our guide followed the group all the trip; - food was also enjoyable.
AB
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 30, 2020
Reliable. Fast. Easy
AW
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 30, 2020
It was ok and the guide took care of us, especially at the border.
JG
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 29, 2020
They did a great job getting me here.
CI
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 29, 2020
We almost miss our Bus due to the traffic but the operator/tour guide let us get in the Bus without checking in. We really appreciate it! Did not expect the 10 hour drive but there's free food and it was a smooth ride. The guide also assisted at the boarder also gave us tips about Siem Reap. Highly recommended!
RL
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 28, 2020
Smooth ride with appropriate breaks. Essentially pay $40 on top of ticket and they manage your Visa on arrival process as well as the border crossing.
MK
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 28, 2020
Excellent service! The crossing of the border was very smooth. We arrived in Siem Reap as it was scheduled. Highly recommend this company!
RP
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 27, 2020
Spacious bus, kind and helpful staff named Cheng. Thank you!
TS
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 27, 2020
Great way to get to cambodia. It has been very convenient; i was picked up from the busy Khaosan road and taken to the office. Bus was quite comfy, there was a toilet and a wifi available. I already had e-visa but the staff arranged the visa on arrival for everyone who needed so. Highly recommend if you’re a bit worried about the border crossing there’s a huge support from the staff.
RP
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 26, 2020
The guys helped us and followed us all the time. Comforting bus and food and drink. Very recomended compared to other companies
AA
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 26, 2020
The ride was super smooth, visa process was flawless and we arrived at our destination on time. A Snack, lunch and water were provided enroute and we had two toilet breaks which was good enough.
GS
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 25, 2020
Very good!!! Just give 200 bath to guide to make faster visa for Cambodia.
BK
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 24, 2020
The total journey time was almost 1.5h longer than estimated. Air con was not sufficient on the bus. The seats could be more comfortable, but at least they reclined well. Staff was nice and helpful. Overall it was an ok ride, and we safely reached the destination which matters the most.
AG
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 24, 2020
Very good trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap with Giant Ibis bus, thé staff were so nice, I recommend ! Thanks you !
TH
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 23, 2020
would definitly recommend. easy on linebooking, plus seat booking, bus staff really helpful, croissant and tinned coffee for breakfast, rice dish and cold water for lunch. Visa arranged on bus, although requested thai baht as currency, 2 comfort stops.. Boarder crossing made easy by bus rep. Takes approx 8 hours but seemed less.
CM
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 23, 2020
Professional, comfortable, safe and well staffed. I have booked onward journeys with this company.
AV
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 23, 2020
Efficient & comfortable
JS
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 22, 2020
Great service. Comfortable and spacious seats. Visa handled by rep on the bus, can pay in either BAHT (1300) or $.
XF
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 20, 2020
We arrived on time. The bus was very confortable, offered water and a snack and over all, the girl of the staff was very nice and helpful all the time. She was always answering all the questions with good explanations and a smile on her face and helped all the passengers with the border issues. We can reccomend it
DW
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 20, 2020
We were running late to the bus station due to a dodgy taxi driver dropping us at the wrong station but the bus kindly waited for us ensuring an easy journey to Siem Reap. The ride itself was comfortable and the attendants were very helpful especially when it came to the confusing border crossing.
FD
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 19, 2020
Very good! They gave us breakfast, food and water. They made our VISA to Camboja and everything was easy.
SF
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 17, 2020
Very nice guide! Comfortable bus and easy to cross the border: Very happy :)
BD
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 16, 2020
Very good in everything even on the border they whose always with us and help with everything and make the process faster and safer
HG
Bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jan 16, 2020
Honestly an amazing bus trip! The staff are SUPER friendly ans willing to answer any questions you may have. They also break down the border crossing and walk you through the whole process really well! I would highly recommend it!
AT
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 15, 2020
Comfortable bus but we had to pay an extra 10 dollars to get visa from consulate instead of at border.
GD
Bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jan 15, 2020
I don't understand why you don't have a stop close to the city center in Siem Reap. We even passed a place where buses were parked. You take us all the way to the bus station through the city center which takes around 40 minutes so that we have to catch a ride back. It's also very weird that our bags are taken off the bus before we are allowed to exit it. What if smth goes missing? The instructions of where to go at the border were not too clear but thankfully everyone knows how borders work so you just go around and ask where's the place they gonna stamp you in your particular case.
4.2
2148 customer reviews
5
56%
4
27%
3
8%
2
3%
1
6%