Bangkok to Siem Reap

The trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap is far easier and faster than it used to be, although some scam buses, visa rip-offs and over-priced taxis still exist on this route.

By Plane

Bangkok Airways has a monopoly on the Bangkok-Siem Reap route. They offer several (expensive) daily flights to and from Siem Reap. The Siem Reap International Airport is around 4 miles (7 km) from the center of Siem Reap. Taxis cost $5 while a tuk-tuk will be around $4.

By Bus

Most overland travelers from Thailand to Siem Reap enter Cambodia through the Aranyaprathet /Poipet border crossing and either take a bus or taxi into Siem Reap. It’s a 289 miles (465km), 6-9 hour trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap. The trip begins with a 4-5 hour bus or a train ride from Bangkok to the town of Aranyaprathet on the Thai side of the border. The last 3.7 miles (6 km) to the border crossing to Poipet Cambodia can be done by tuk-tuk. Cambodian visas are available at the border. The road from Poipet to Siem Reap, which was in terrible condition for years, has now finally been improved and is perfect, requiring only 2 hours to travel.

Any all-inclusive fares either from Bangkok to Siem Reap or vice versa are not recommended as they come rife with scams and rip-offs.