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From Morchit to Siem Reap by bus

09:00
Morchit, Bangkok
18:00
Siem Reap Transport Co
9h

From 12Go Makkasan Station to Siem Reap by bus

08:45
12Go Makkasan Station, Bangkok
16:45
Siem Reap Giant Ibis
8h
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From Bangkok Giant Ibis to Siem Reap by bus

07:45
Bangkok Giant Ibis
16:15
Siem Reap Giant Ibis Main
8h 30m
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From Khao San Travel Mart to Siem Reap by bus

01:00
Khao San Travel Mart, Bangkok
10:00
Siem Reap Travel Mart
9h
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01:00
Khao San Travel Mart, Bangkok
09:00
Siem Reap Travel Mart
8h
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08:30
Khao San Travel Mart, Bangkok
16:30
Siem Reap Travel Mart
8h
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09:00
Khao San Travel Mart, Bangkok
17:00
Siem Reap Travel Mart
8h
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From Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus

01:00
Bangkok
11:00
Siem Reap Virak Buntham
10h
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From Bangkok Hotel Transfer to Siem Reap by taxi

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Bangkok Hotel Transfer
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Siem Reap any hotel
9h
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From Don Mueang Airport to Siem Reap by flight

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10:10
DMK Don Mueang Airport
11:10
REP Siem Reap Airport
1h
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13:30
DMK Don Mueang Airport
14:30
REP Siem Reap Airport
1h
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20:00
DMK Don Mueang Airport
21:00
REP Siem Reap Airport
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From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Siem Reap by flight

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07:25
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
08:50
REP Siem Reap Airport
1h 25m
 
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08:00
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
08:55
REP Siem Reap Airport
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11:30
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
12:25
REP Siem Reap Airport
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13:30
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
14:25
REP Siem Reap Airport
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18:45
BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
19:40
REP Siem Reap Airport
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BKK Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
20:15
REP Siem Reap Airport
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Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule

Bangkok to Siem Reap Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Travel Mart Intercity 01:00 – 10:00฿ 945
Virak Buntham Express AC Sleeper 01:00 – 11:00฿ 917
Glassflower VIP Van 9pax 00:00 – 09:00฿ 8,990
Giant Ibis Transport Universe Noble 37 07:45 – 16:15฿ 988
Transport Co LA Express 09:00 – 18:00฿ 920
Thai Airways Economy #TG705808:00 – 08:55฿ 12,662
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61010:10 – 11:10฿ 2,857
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61413:30 – 14:30฿ 2,374
Thai Airways Economy #TG706618:45 – 19:40฿ 12,662
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD61820:00 – 21:00฿ 2,374

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.

Bangkok to Siem Reap destination reviews

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54% of 1643 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
AE
5
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jul 17, 2019
Was not what I was expecting. Really comfy and cool. Made passing through boarder security really easy and straight forward.
OG
1
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jul 16, 2019
Es un timo. El precio y el viaje está bien, pero desde el principio mienten. Pone que la hora de llegada son las 7 y hasta las 10-10:30 no se llega a Siem Reap. Además, te cobran 40 dólares por la visá cuando en realidad cuesta 30. Te cobran 10 dólares, pero lo peor es que no tienes la opción de hacerlo por tu cuenta, así que tienes que pagarles 10 dólares más si o si
PM
2
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 14, 2019
Poor air conditioning Not usb charging Old bus to Cambodia
EC
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 14, 2019
Easy way to cross the border between Bangkok and Siem Reap
GH
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 13, 2019
Good clean bus, friendly and helpful driver. The border crossing and visa process was made very easy for us. I would definitely recommend!
ML
4
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jul 9, 2019
Bus and service were good. Just please make it more clear for the pick up point. There are different McDonalds in Khao San. Maybe you can indicate ‘Near police station’.
SC
4
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 8, 2019
Good service. Good seats. Easy travelling. But Ibis, let People with certain nationality now in advance, that they can't enter Cambodia.
SS
5
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jul 6, 2019
Honestly was pleasantly surprised at how good the bus itself and the journey was. The bus was very spacious and the chairs almost reclined fully so managed to get some sleep. Free water and biscuits was also a nice added touch. The guides were excellent and talked you through everything to do with crossing the border very clearly and it made life much easier. Only issue is the fact that you have to wait on Khao San Road late at night and it’s a bit confusing about where you should actually go - but it was the McDonald’s. Maybe this could be made a little more clear.
ER
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 6, 2019
Super easy, visas were arranged for us on the way so border crossing was simple and pain free.
SJ
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jul 2, 2019
Conducive Convenient ride from bangkok to siem reap.
JD
5
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jun 26, 2019
Took the bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Was met by a man in a Travel Mart t-shirt outside McDonalds on time. Bus to border was good, nice legroom and one stop for lunch. At the border we were told that we had to change bus in Cambodia, while the original plan was to stay on the same bus. I thought this would be a hassle but the staff took care of our luggage and the bus we got on was a sleeper bus with double beds so I was very satisfied overall. I did the border crossing easliy by myself even though the staff was willing to take care of it for a fee of like $7. It was very easy and fast. Not sure if I was lucky or if it was a result of low season for travel across the border.
DB
4
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jun 25, 2019
The bus experience was decent. AC was great and we were given a bottle of water and some delicious cookies to snack on. Since we left in the morning 9AM, we did stop for lunch and bathroom break (this bus did have a bathroom onboard also, double-check this when you book). I would still recommend that you bring your own water, snacks and any entertainment as needed. One thing that caught me off guard was the lack-off room for a carry-on. I usually like to have my laptop and goodies with me at all times. My backpack gets pretty stuffed. On airplanes the over head containers fit my backpack just fine, but on this bus and others I suspect, the luggage space, although wide, is about 6-8 inches tall, anything bulky will not fit. Additionally, on this particular bus, there was no room under the seats as well. I would recommend that you have a day-bag or fold-up backpack at-the-ready to put some of your essentials in, as likely you will have to leave your oversized backpacks below in general storage. The boarder crossing was easy, Travel Mart staff do really help with guidance here, in my head I was very anxious for nothing, we got our e-visas for Cambodia online days before, but honestly those around us on the bus who did not have visas, seemed to spend the same amount of time in queues/lines. Basically you stop at the boarder, walk to Thai immigration, exit Thailand, walk to Cambodia immigration (get a visa if you do not have one already), and continue to then get your entry card/stamp, you then board the bus again to continue on. In our case, we had to get on a separate bus (some business about the first bus not having a license to cross the boarder), our luggage was moved to the second bus and we continued on. All-in-all, 12go and Travel Mart make the process straight forward.
JL
4
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jun 25, 2019
The bus was clean and fairly comfortable. The host was very helpful and friendly. The border crossing was meant relatively easy and quick. You do not need to get a visa before you travel on this bus and the host will sort it out for you for $40 before you arrive at the border. All you need is your departure card, passport and a passport size photo of you.
LA
5
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jun 23, 2019
Pretty much on time. For the others who booked or are thinking of booking, be punctual. Mind the time. I also appreciate that they gave out free biscuits and water and handed us blankets.
JC
5
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jun 20, 2019
Nice bus and good communication. Easy stress free travel. Good internet, A.C. and comfy. Easy to do the visa without help if you want to go that route. Take American dollars for the Cambodian border over Thai as it saves you some money on the exchange rate. You can grab some in the casino after leaving Thailand and before you pay in Cambodia if you need.
DA
4
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jun 20, 2019
Very helpful staff on board. Helped us at border and with immigration. Nice people. Good seats, they recline and lots of legroom. Would definitely use this company again
SC
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jun 18, 2019
Very good value, very helpful staff, very comfy bus, just wish they would stop for more bathroom breaks
RJ
5
bus Universe Noble 37, Giant Ibis Transport, Jun 15, 2019
The bus is clean. There is food: breakfast and lunch. The driver and attendant were also good. Good job! Highly recommended for land transfer Vietnam-Cambodia, Thailand-Cambodia!!
TJ
4
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jun 14, 2019
All 13 of us were packed in a small compartment but it was nice that we have the whole place to ourselves and we can walk around and stretch. It was a nice and comfy ride. Will recommend and travel with TM again.
EC
4
bus Intercity, Travel Mart, Jun 11, 2019
Great buses and the crew maintained us informed. In the second bus we took he toilet was not quite operative.

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