A beautiful view from within central Siem Reap

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Bangkok to Siem Reap

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3 way to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap

Taking a Bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Know before you go

In general, the ride will take around 8 to 9 hours. Buses require passing through Thailand and Cambodia's border checkpoints. A non-VIP bus journey may not be for the faint of heart: Extreme bus drivers may provide a Thai exclusive experience. But, you will be in awe at the kindness of the people and the decent price of the journey.

  • Pros
    • Cost effective
    • Easy contact with suppliers
    • Consistent travel duration
    • Snacks provided
  • Cons
    • Pick up in city center only
    • Departure time limited to specific time of day
    • Possible fee for expedited check-point service
    • Possible difficulties during monsoon season
    • Possible language barrier
    • Traffic may delay departure times
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Taking a Minivan from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Know before you go

If you are travelling with a group, or with your family, the most comfortable manner to make your way from Bangkok to Siem Reap is by van. Vans can hold up to nine people. It is faster than taking a bus, but of course, much more expensive.

  • Pros
    • Full amenities provided for luxurious experience
    • Flexible drop off point
    • Reclining seats
    • Assisted border crossing
  • Cons
    • No cancellations
    • Pricy option
    • Possible border crossing fee
    • Limited to 9 people
    • Driver lottery
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Taking a Flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap
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There are 4 operators that run from Bangkok to Siem Reap, with 1 departure per day. If you decide to take a Flight, you can take the Economy option.

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About the ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap

After a couple of wild days and nights spent in Bangkok, it’s time to experience something completely different. Siem Reap is a thriving town and Cambodia’s top tourist destination. Wonder why? Well, the UNESCO-listed Angkor Wat and a number of other attractions are located here.

When traveling the 408 kilometer (254 mile) distance between Bangkok and Siem Reap, you have two transportation options to choose from:

  • Taking an overnight bus that will take you to Siem Reap in 10 hours
  • Hopping on a plane and getting to Siem Reap in just one hour

If you’re traveling on a bus, you’ll be crossing the Aranyaprathet/ Poipet border crossing. Keep in mind that the immigration process can take a long time, and sometimes you might have to wait 2-3 hours. You can get a visa upon arrival, but it’s much easier to get a Cambodian visa in advance.

Once you get to the border, you can submit a visa by yourself. However, if you don’t get one in 2 hours from submitting, the bus operator won’t wait for you, and the bus will continue its journey towards Siem Reap without you. You can also pay a fee to the bus supplier, who can deal with the immigration officer for you, and fasten the visa issuing process (keep in mind that this is not a Bookaway service).

If you’re flying into Cambodia, you can get a visa upon arrival at the Siem Reap airport. It’s recommended to do more research about entering Cambodia from Thailand before booking the trip.


What to see when traveling from Bangkok to Siem Reap

Siem Reap is best known for Angkor Wat, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and on most travelers’ bucket lists. The temple sits in the Angkor Archaeological Park, which is a huge ancient city, which was built by several kings between the 9th and 15th centuries. The entire park is quite large, and if you’d want to explore it entirely, you’ll need to plan out multiple visits over several days. The park attracts lots of visitors every day, and if you’d like to avoid the crowds, you can join a sunrise tour of the temples.

Even though Angkor Wat is the most popular thing to do around the city it’s not the only thing you should experience while staying in Siem Reap. If you’re looking to see how locals live around here, head straight to the Old Market, Psar Chaa, where you’ll find local vegetables, fruits, grains, and meat for home cooked meals. Besides food, you can also purchase clothes, seasonings, and crafts.

Siem Reap has a lively atmosphere, with many pubs and coffee shops all around town. You’ll find most of them on Pub Street, where you can try some local street food and Angkor beer. Plenty of clubs and bars stay open late.


How to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap

Taking a bus

Taking an overnight bus between Bangkok and Siem Reap is a convenient and affordable way to make the journey between these two cities. During this trip, you’ll pass a border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia. All buses have reclining seats and A/C on board. VIP buses will have slightly better amenities, including charger sockets, snacks and drinks provided, WiFi, and toilets on board.


Taking a flight

Flying to Siem Reap from Bangkok is a quick and convenient way to travel between the two cities. While this is a faster option compared to a bus, it can also be a lot more expensive, especially during the high season. The flight lasts for about an hour, and all planes have A/C and toilets on board.


What is the best time of year to visit Siem Reap?

Siem Reap is warm all year round, and the main difference in seasons is the amount of rainfall. Siem Reap has the least rainfall from November to March. The temperatures at this time of year aren’t as warm as during other months, and the weather is very pleasant for exploring the temples. You can also visit during other months but be prepared for lots of rainfall and hotter weather with high levels of humidity.

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Reviews of the ride from Bangkok to Siem Reap


Based on 102 review from Bookaway users who traveled from Bangkok to Siem Reap

  • H
    Felt very looked after by this company, arrived at the bus stop at 7.30am. System in place to get assigned your seat, choose your lunch (choice of 3 things - pad thai, chicken/veg fried rice and a 3rd I can't recall!), then get your luggage labelled and checked in. You will be given a small paper bag of goodies when you get on the bus: two cakey things (one chocolate and one blueberry), mints, refreshing wipe and a bottle of water. Wifi was decent and 1 usb plug per 2 seats. Left on time at 8am. If you want you can ask to do the fast track VIP crossing for 100 baht but from our experience of paying it is not worth it as everyone has to queue up to scan their fingers and thumbs for entering Thailand. Save your baht! (Maybe unless it is a national holiday and you will be able to fasttrack the exiting Cambodia queue but will still face the entering Thailand queue, up to you) We arrived at the border at 10.30am. Border crossing was straightforward and the bus attendant gave his whatsapp number out in case anyone needed support during the process. You're told to take all your small bags you've got with you from the bus and your big bags are unloaded too. The bus company will take your big bags over the border and then youll meet your bags after you've crossed the border to Thailand. Your big bags will be lined up ready for you to carry them to the bus company's office where the bus is parked. At the office you'll get your lunch and a chance for the toilet then back on the bus. We left the border about 12.30. The bus arrived far earlier than the ticket advertised. Due to Bangkok traffic we were told the driver wanted to be as ahead of schedule as possible. We got to Bangkok near Khaosan Rd for 4.30/5pm. Shout out to the bus attendant, really felt for him - he had had one day of training for his role and due to staff sickness had to step up and perform his role with one day of training. He was so open and honest about how nervous he felt speaking into a microphone with all of us looking back at him but I personally thought he was great and hope that feedback gets passed back to him and his superiors.
  • G
    Very comfortable, if lengthy, journey from Bangkok to Siem Reap. I thought the driver’s style of driving added to the overall comfort levels - I say this as an experienced commercial driver from many years ago!
  • S
    We used Giant Ibis to cross the Thia Cambodia border.
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