The Thai border crossing at Aranyaprathet/Poipet is the most accessible to Siem Reap. It’s a 465km, 9-12 hour overland Bangkok-Siem Reap trip. The usual route begins with a 4-5 hour bus or a train ride from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (‘Aran’), the town on the Thai side near the border, then a short tuk-tuk ride the last 6 km to the border crossing to Poipet Cambodia. If you would like to get Siem Reap faster then try to search for cheap flights here. There are two options in planning an overland trip from Bangkok to get Siem Reap. You can buy a Package Ticket Bangkok-Siem Reap or put it together yourself.
Package Ticket to Get Siem Reap from Bangkok
In Bangkok you can buy package tickets from travel agents. The price ranges from 400-800 baht. Regardless of the cost of the ticket, most travel agencies are sending customers to the same bus companies. When you buy your ticket, ask about the type of transportation you will be on, especially on the Cambodian side. Make sure it is a tour bus or full sized bus, not a pickup truck.
You will depart Bangkok between 7AM and 8AM, arriving at the border crossing near Aranyaprathet 4-5 hours later. At the border, you will disembark and will be told how to locate your onward transportation on the Cambodian side of the border. The last leg of the trip to Siem Reap tends to be uncomfortably slow, due to the tendency of some bus companies to deliberately drag out the trip so that the passengers arrive in Siem Reap at night, who are then ‘delivered’ to a commission-paying guesthouse. Scam alert: Some travelers report they have purchased package tickets on KhaoSarn Road for a trip to Siem Reap via Poipet, but instead are taken through an alternate crossing point such as Pailin or O’Smach. Travel through these crossing points is longer, slower and more vulnerable to additional scams. Generally speaking, package trips going the opposite direction – from Siem Reap to Bangkok – are quicker and there’s less hassle.
Do it Yourself to Get Siem Reap from Bangkok
- From Bangkok take a bus or train to Aranyaprathet. Bus: 164-196 baht (firstclass), 140-155 baht (second class), 4 hours, departing the Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit), hourly from 4AM to 6PM. Train: 48 baht, 3rd class, 6 hours, departs Hualamphong Station twice daily (5:55AM and 1:05PM).
- From Aranyaprathet, take a moto or tuk-tuk from the bus station to the border for 50-60 baht, respectively.
- Cross the border to Poipet.
- On the Cambodian side, you have four options for transportation from Poipet through Sisophon and on to Siem Reap: a) Taxi; b) Official Bus; c) Tourist bus, b) Shared/private taxi, or d) pickup truck.
- Taxi: Recently increased to $40-$50 for the whole car. 3-4 hours. This is the easiest, fastest, most comfortable, most expensive option. For a local shared taxi, $10/seat.
- Official Tourist Bus: From the border take the free shuttle 1 km to bus station. $10 for the official bus. Buses leave when full which can sometimes take quite a while.
- Package Tourist Buses: These are the same buses that the package ticket holders from Bangkok use. (See option 1: Package Tickets.) Price is variable. Comfortable but often very slow. 4-6hrs.
- Pickup Truck: 30 baht (bed) – 50 baht (inside) to Sisophon. Change vehicles in Sisophon. 50 baht (bed) – 100 baht (inside) to Siem Reap..