Located in Northern Cambodia, Siem Reap is one of the most significant boom towns in the country, a major tourist attraction due to its proximity to the Angkor temples, and a transportation hub. The road from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear is fully paved and relatively good. Passenger transport normally travels via NR6 and route 62 thus covering the distance of about 170 km. The easiest way to get to Preah Vihear from Siem Reap is by minivan, a journey that normally takes slightly over 3 hours if there are no delays on the trip. Tickets from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear cost USD12.
Buses from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear
Siem Reap’s bus station is located four kilometres from town. However, you can use a tuk-tuk or motor ride to can get you into town. Currently, there are no buses that serve the Siem Reap to Preah Vihear route, and you'll have to settle for a minivan instead.
Minivans from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear
While not as comfortable as buses, minivans are the easiest and probably cheapest way to get from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear. Asia Van Transfer is one of the primary operators that connects Siem Reap to numerous destinations across Cambodia. The company provides 12-passenger minivans that come with air conditioning.
An Asia Van Transfer minivan leaves Siem Reap AVT station for Preah Vihear City every day at 8.00am. The duration of the journey is 3 hours and 15 minutes with tickets going for USD12. Take note that ticket confirmation is not instant but manual and can take up to 24 hours.
Asia Van Transfer vans are not as spacious as big buses and allow for very little luggage. It is, therefore, advisable to secure an extra seat for large luggage. In addition, Asia Van Transfer does not accept cancellations or offer refunds, so ensure that you check-in at least 20 minutes before departure. Hotel pick ups can be arranged 24 hours before your scheduled departure – contact your operator directly.
It is possible for you to travel from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear and back in one day. The Asia Van Transfer minivan from Preah Vihear to Siem Reap leaves at 4.00pm each day. You'll have a little over four hours when you arrive in Preah Vihear at 11.15am to explore the town, take care of business, and catch the next van back to Siem Reap at 4.00pm.
From Siem Reap to Preah Vihear by Taxi
You can take a taxi from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear at the cost USD75 if you return in one day. Although expensive, the trip will be faster and much more comfortable than using the 12-passenger minivan.
It is important to note that the Asia Van Transfer trip from Siem Reap to Preah Vihear goes to the city and not to the temple which is about 120 km from town.
Cambodia uses USD widely, so ensure that you change money in advance to avoid inconveniences. Set aside some cash to pay for an extra seat if you have heavy luggage.
Asia Van Transfer vans are only a few years old. The company prides itself on providing safety and quality service. Since there is only one minivan scheduled to depart Siem Reap for Preah Vihear each day, it is critical that you check in on time so that you don’t miss the van.