Many people who come from Thailand enter Cambodia
by land. A lot of them cross the border at Poipet by getting a
direct bus or taxi from Bangkok. For the moment no touristic
vehicle is allowed to cross the border, so you will have to get a
connection on the other side.
If you are already in Cambodia you can also come
to Siem Reap by boat. It will take longer but it will be an
You can get to Siem Reap by bus if you are coming from Phnom
Penh or Sihanoukville. But also from Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh
Bangkok to Siem Reap
Bangkok is around 465 kms away from Siem Reap, and will take
between 7-10 hours.
The most common way is to buy a minivan/bus ticket in a travel
agency; they will charge you for it between 300 baths (10USD) and
1000 baths (33USD), almost the same service. A first van will pick
you up in BKK, will give you a colored sticker as a reconnaissance
sign and will bring you to the Cambodian border at Aranyaprathet.
Be vigilant, if it stops before the border to help you to do your
visa, it's a scam. They will try to charge you 40-45USD for a visa
instead of the normal fee at the immigration office which is 20USD.
Be cool and diplomat, you just have to answer them that you have
already your visa for Cambodia, and they will bring you rapidly to
the border in case you talk to the other people about the scam. You
cross the border by yourself and someone will welcome you on the
other side, he will check you sticker, recognize it and he will put
you immediately in a bus/van to Siem Reap.
You can also arrange your transport by yourself. You can take
the local bus or train from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet. The bus will
cost you around 200 baths and will get you there in 4-5 hours. The
train is cheaper, only 48 baths, but it will leave at 5.55 in the
morning from Hua Lamphong train station and it will take around 7
hours. When you will arrive, you will have to jump in a tuk tuk to
go to the border for a cost of 100 baths. Cross it and on the
Cambodian side you can take the bus shuttle for 1.5 - 2 USD to the
station, or try to arrange a taxi by yourself instead of going to
the station which will be more expensive. Just walk 100m on the way
to SR and the drivers or "friends" of them will come to you
naturally. If you chose to go to the station, or sometime they
don't even let you the choice and force you to take the shuttle,
you can take a taxi or a bus to Siem Reap. The normal price for a
taxi is around 25 USD but they will try to charge tourists 48 USD.
Look around and see if you can't share a taxi. After 2-3 hours you
should reach Siem Reap.
Crossing this border can be a real nightmare
sometimes; with all the scams and the problems you can have. It's
one of the worse border to cross in Asia, but please, don't let
this first encounter with Cambodia ruin your sojourn and give you a
first bad impression of this people. That's not the real Cambodia,
just one of the problems from the mass tourism.
Ho Chi Minh Ciy - Vietnam
You can take a bus form Ho Chi Minh city to Siem Reap. They will
pass in Phnom Penh and it can be that you have to changes busses.
The ride will take around 14 hours and will cost you around 15 US
Phnom Penh - Cambodia
You can take the bus or van from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The
ride will take around 6 hours by bus and around 5 hours with the
van. They both stop one time on the way. Depending on the bus
company they will charge you between 5 and 10 US dollars. Mekong
Express asks 10 US dollars because they have a assistant on the bus
who will answer all your questions. When you arrive in Siem Reap
you will be dropped at the bus station. You will still have to take
a tuktuk or motoer taxi to your hotel or guesthouse, so please
check in advance if your hotel can arrange a free pick up.
There is also a nightbus. You wiill arrive around 6h00 am in
Siem Reap. The cost for this 8 dollars. You can try to sleep on
this bus. You can stretch your legs but it is most of the time not
a comfortable ride. Also no toilet is available.
In most of the travel agencies you can book a taxi for Siem
Reap. They will charge you around 105 USD and it will take you
around 7 hours. You only will have to take into account that it can
be busy at the border in Poipet.
You can also arrange it by yourself; just ask to taxi on the
street if he is interested in and if not he will always find a
friend who is. After negotiating, it will cost you between 50 and
70 USD to reach the border, and you will have to do the same on the
Cambodian side which will cost you between 20 and 30 USD. Always
try to share with other travelers to cut this cost, it should be
easy to find specially after crossing the border.
When you are already in Phnom Penh you can also come by taxi to
Siem Reap. Each travel agency offers this way of travelling and
they will charge you between 50 and 60 US dollars. You can always
negotiate when booking.
There are daily boat services between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
It will take 7 hours and they will ask you to pay 25 US dollars. On
the way from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap isn't much to see. Tonle Sap
is so big that the scenery is disappointing. You can better take a
bus to Siem Reap and enjoy the scenery along the way.
The boattrip from Battambang to Siem Reap is much more
interesting. The only problem here is that it can take 8 hours to
get to Siem Reap, depending on the season. Normally you pay 15 US
dollars for your ticket. The country side in Battambang is so
beautiful and on the way to Siem Reap you will be able to take many
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