If you are looking to travel from Siem Reap to Kratie, here a few things you should know:
The distance between the two towns is estimated at 350 km. Currently there are no direct buses that serve this route, but there are minivans that leave Siem Reap for Kratie each day. The journey takes 8 hours and 30 minutes with tickets going for USD24.
Siem Reap is a town in northern Cambodia and the primary gateway for the Angkor Archaeological Park, one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites and a significant tourist attraction. Siem Reap is also a transportation hub in Cambodia that welcomes numerous tourists each year. Because the town is a major tourist destination, prices here are higher than elsewhere in Cambodia.
Buses from Siem Reap to Kratie
The central bus station in Siem Reap is located about four kilometres out of town. However, several companies have their stations closer to town. A tuk-tuk or motorbike can quickly get you into town. There are no commercial buses scheduled to leave Siem Reap for Kratie, but there are minivans that can get you there safely.
Vans from Siem Reap to Kratie
Asia Van Transfer primarily offers services from Siem Reap to Kratie. Their minivans seat 12 passengers, come with air conditioning but do not have toilets on board. However, the van drivers make stops along the way for passengers to use the bathroom and purchase snacks.
One Asia Van Transfer minivan is scheduled to leave Siem Reap at 8.00am and arrive in Kratie at 4.30pm each day. The total duration of the journey is eight and a half hours if there are no delays with tickets going for USD24. These regional minivans seat 12 people and come with air conditioning which makes the trip bearable. Van operators use manual ticket confirmation which can take up to 24 hours. Asia Van Transfer does not accept ticket cancellations or refunds, therefore, ensure that you get to the station on time.
If you would rather have the van pick you up from your hotel, get in touch with the operator via telephone or email indicating your name, booking ID and hotel address 24 hours before departure and ensure that you are in the hotel lobby an hour before you are scheduled to leave.
From Siem Reap to Kratie by Taxi
Although a taxi will get you to Kratie faster than a minivan, they are relatively costly. You can get a six-passenger taxi that will get you from Siem Reap to Kratie in six hours and thirty minutes. They allow four big and four small suitcases. You’ll require USD185 for this trip. Take note that you'll pay an additional USD5 for public holidays.
With only one scheduled van from Siem Reap to Kratie, it is crucial that you keep time to avoid missing your trip.
You'll get from Siem Reap to Kratie earlier than when traveling in the reverse direction (Kratie to Siem Reap) because the vans do not have the extended layover experienced in the later trip.
Since minivans are not as spacious as buses, try to get the seat close to the sliding door which affords you more leg room. If you have huge luggage, consider paying for an extra seat to avoid inconvenience.
In Southeast Asia, it is common to experience van drivers who do not speak English. Asia Van Transfer is no exception. Some van drivers may not speak English, therefore, ensure that you have all the information you need before you embark on your trip including bus stops and durations.