Embark on an exciting journey from the bustling cityscape of Bangkok to the ancient wonders of Siem Reap. With significant advancements in transportation over the past year, the journey between these two iconic destinations has become more accessible and enjoyable than ever. Here, we provide you with the latest information on the best options for buses, taxis, and flights from Bangkok to Siem Reap, ensuring your trip is both memorable and hassle-free. P.S. You can book online now and save up to 30%:

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Flights: Quick and Convenient

The fastest and most convenient way to travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap is by air, with the journey taking just about an hour. Several airlines, including Air Asia, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, and Lanmei Airlines, offer direct flights. Air Asia, flying out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, is often the most economical choice, with fares starting as low as $50, plus a $15 fee for the first 20 kilograms of checked luggage.

AirAsia Flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Air Asia flight between Bangkok and Siem Reap

 

Meanwhile, Bangkok Airways, operating from Suvarnabhumi Airport, although pricier at around $95, provides a more comfortable flying experience with free checked baggage up to 20 kilograms. Always be on the lookout for special offers, especially during off-peak seasons – check out the latest flight deals to find the best rates and flight options for your travel dates:

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Buses: Scenic and Economical

If you prefer a more scenic route and wish to save some money, consider taking a direct bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap. The journey spans approximately 8 hours, and direct buses mean no hassles of changing buses at the border; your luggage stays onboard while you handle visa formalities. Companies like Giant Ibis and Nattakan are known for their direct services and excellent customer care.

Giant Ibis from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Giant Ibis between Bangkok and Siem Reap
 

Giant Ibis, renowned for its high standards, offers a slightly pricier yet quality service at $32. Nattakan is also well-reviewed, known for good condition buses and included snacks and meals. Remember, while Wi-Fi might be advertised, the connectivity can be sporadic and slow.

If you’d prefer to take the night bus, then there a couple of options, but be warned, you may be required to change buses along the way! The best of the night buses are probably Travel Mart and Virak Buntham. Both companies tend to have buses that are clean and in a good condition, and the staff will help you at the border.

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Taxis: Personalized Comfort

For a more personalized and comfortable experience, consider taking a private taxi. The drive from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes about 6 hours, offering stunning scenery along the way – watch this video to see some of the beautiful countryside you’ll pass during your taxi drive:

 

The average cost for a private taxi is about $250, with services offering comfortable cars like Lexus 4x4s. These taxis can be booked to pick you up from your location in Bangkok and drop you directly at your hotel in Siem Reap, handling the visa procedures at the Thailand/Cambodia border efficiently. Note that the border crossing is open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, so plan your trip within these hours. Booking in advance is recommended for better rates and a stress-free experience. Book your private taxi online now to ensure a smooth trip and the best rates:

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Visa at the Thailand/Cambodia Border

Obtaining a Cambodian visa at the border is straightforward. The tourist visa costs $30, and the business visa $35, both valid for one month without multiple re-entries. While a passport photo is usually required, the absence of one might incur a $5 fee. Alternatively, visas can be purchased in advance online for added convenience.

From Bangkok Airport to the City Center

Upon arrival at the lively Bangkok airport, you’ll be greeted with several transportation choices to get to the city center, each catering to different preferences and budgets. Airport taxis are readily available for those seeking a direct and hassle-free route downtown, with typical fares ranging between 300 to 500 Thai Baht, influenced by your specific destination and the current traffic. Alternatively, the Airport Rail Link stands as a cost-effective and swift means of transport. This train service whisks you into the heart of Bangkok within approximately 30 minutes, costing a mere 45 Baht. Moreover, for a tailored travel experience, popular ride-hailing services such as Grab are at your disposal, allowing you to conveniently book a ride via your smartphone, combining the ease of use with affordability.

From Siem Reap Airport to the City Center

Once you arrive at Siem Reap Airport, getting to the city center is simple. The fixed-price taxi service right outside the arrivals terminal offers rides to the city center for about $10. Larger taxis for bigger groups are slightly more expensive. For a more budget-friendly option, Tuk Tuks and motos are available outside the airport, costing around $6 and $2 to the city center, respectively. Be mindful of Tuk Tuk drivers who might offer temple tours; it’s usually better to arrange these tours through your hotel.

Tuk Tuk from Siem Reap Airport to the city center
A typical Tuk Tuk from Siem Reap Airport to the city center

 

Conclusion: Embark on Your Southeast Asian Adventure

In summary, the journey from Bangkok to Siem Reap has become an exciting and accessible adventure, thanks to the array of improved transportation options. Whether you choose the speed and convenience of a flight, the scenic beauty of a bus ride, or the personalized comfort of a private taxi, each mode of travel offers its unique charms and experiences. This route is not just about reaching your destination; it’s about embracing the diverse landscapes and rich cultures of Southeast Asia. So, book your preferred mode of transport now and get ready to immerse yourself in the captivating journey that bridges the vibrant energy of Bangkok with the mystical allure of Siem Reap. Embrace the adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.

 

FAQs

Q: How do you travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap?

A: If you want to travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap, you can either take a flight, a bus, or a private taxi. Most people prefer to fly, as the journey is just one-hour long and not too expensive (prices start from $50). However, if you’d prefer to go by land, and enjoy the beautiful scenery while saving some money, a direct bus is your best option.

Q: How far is Bangkok from Siem Reap?

A: Bangkok is approximately 366 km from Siem Reap. The road distance between the two cities is 402.3 km.

Q: How much is the bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap?

A: Prices for buses from Bangkok to Siem Reap start at $32. Although many bus companies advertise themselves as direct, this is usually not the case, requiring a change at the Thailand / Cambodian border. The two companies that are actually direct and offer a great service are: Giant Ibis and Nattakan.

Q: Is there a night bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap?

A: Yes, there are several night buses from Bangkok to Siem Reap, but you might have to change buses along the way. The best of the night buses are probably Travel Mart and Virak Buntham. Both companies tend to have buses that are clean and in a good condition, and the staff will help you at the border.

Q: How much is a private car from Bangkok to Siem Reap?

A: On average a private car from Bangkok to Siem Reap will cost in the region of $250 (that’s usually the quote from Bangkok airports to Siem Reap). You’ll have the option of stopping for toilet breaks, coffees, and even sightseeing if you wish.

Q: How long from Bangkok to Siem Reap by bus?

A: A bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap will take approximately 8 hours in total and will cost roughly $30. Although many bus companies advertise themselves as direct, this is usually not the case, requiring a change at the Thailand / Cambodian border. The two companies that are actually direct and offer a great service are: Giant Ibis and Nattakan.

Q: Which airlines fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap?

Several airlines, including Air Asia, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, and Lanmei Airlines, offer direct flights. Air Asia, flying out of Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, is often the most economical choice, with fares starting as low as $50, plus a $15 fee for the first 20 kilograms of checked luggage.

Q: Is there a train from Bangkok to Siem Reap?

Currently, there is no direct passenger train service linking Cambodia and Thailand. However, travelers can easily take advantage of the daily direct bus services operating from Bangkok to Siem Reap. These bus journeys typically span about 8 hours, offering a convenient overland travel option between the two countries.

Q: How many days should I spend in Siem Reap?

A: Siem Reap can’t be covered in one day – you’ll need at least three days to cover the huge expanse of the Angkor temples and other attractions in the area. The ideal time to spend in Siem Reap is around 3-4 days, depending on how early you get there. Just make sure you have at least one and a half full days.

Q: How many days should I spend in Cambodia?

A: We would recommend that you spend at least 10 days in Cambodia. An itinerary could go something like this:

Day 1 – Fly into Phnom Penh.
Day 2 – Visit Phnom Penh Museums.
Day 3 – Travel to Siem Reap.
Day 4 – Visit Angkor Wat.
Day 5 – Explore Siem Reap.
Day 6 – Fly to Sihanoukville.
Day 7 – Travel to Koh Rong.
Day 8 – Relax on Koh Rong.
Day 9 – Travel to Koh Rong Samloem.
Day 10 – Explore Koh Rong Samloem.

Q: Is Cambodia safe?

A: Generally, Cambodia is a safe country – it is ranked the 59th safest country in the world, with violent crime being a rarity. The only exceptions are remote areas of large cities, so please be sensible with where you visit. Cambodian people are generally very respectful and friendly towards foreign men and women, but as with any poorer country, poverty is an issue. As such, we recommend that you do not wear expensive jewellery, leave your belongings unattended, or get heavily intoxicated. Otherwise, relax, explore, and enjoy yourself!

Q: What is the best time to go to Cambodia?

A: We would say that the best time to go to Cambodia is between the middle of November and the start of May. During these months you’ll have beautiful hot days (25°C – 40°C) with very little cloud and low humidity.

Q: What is the best currency to use in Cambodia?

A: The best currency to use in Cambodia is the US Dollar, or the local Khmer Riel – Both currencies are accepted everywhere in the country.

Q: What should I wear to Angkor Wat?

A: When visiting the temples in Angkor Wat, men and women should wear long pants (covering the knee) and shirts that cover the shoulders – skirts, small shorts, tank tops, and other items of revealing clothing are not allowed within the temple grounds.

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