After a nice immersion into rural life in Siem Reap, heading to the Capital City of Thailand will give you the opportunity to experience all things Thai. Bangkok is filled with culture, history, shopping and nightlife. From tasty local street food to fine dining of international cuisine, your palate will have a blast in this city.
Take a tour of the Grand Palace, Wat Arun or hike up to the top of Golden Mountain Temple for excellent views of the city during the day. Spend your evenings enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Khao San Road or taking in some live music at almost any restaurant in the city.
To travel the 430km distance from Siem Reap to Bangkok you have 3 options: you can catch a flight and arrive in just 1 hour, hop on a bus for the 9-hour journey or board a train and arrive in 9.5 hours. Train travel takes the longest but is cheapest at $20 per person.
Taking a flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok is the fastest and easiest option. However, it is also the most expensive, with fares starting at $51.
The bus is a good alternative at $33, but the journey takes about 9 hours. The good thing is that most buses depart from the center of Siem Reap and arrive just a few minutes away from Bangkok’s Khao San Road.
The train is for the more adventurous as it involves several transfers. Take the train if you want to save money while enjoying the rural views along the way.
AirAsia offers the cheapest flights from Siem Reap to Bangkok with prices starting at 1,550 THB ($51). AirAsia flights land at Don Muang Airport (DMK) and take about 1 hour.
Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways and Thai Smile also offer multiple flights for this route but they are more expensive. These airlines offer tickets starting a 3,250 THB ($107). Flights from these carriers land at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK).
All airlines operating this route offer promo rates during special holidays. We suggest booking your flight in advance as ticket prices tend to increase for last-minute bookings.
You can book a bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok with Giant Ibis, Nattakan or Travel Mart.
We recommend travelling with Giant Ibis as they are very reliable. They also offer free hotel pick-up from Siem Reap and their last stop is just about a 10-min walk to Khao San Road.
If you’re booking with Nattakan, you have to board the bus at the Nattakan Bus Station near Hang Tep Hotel in Siem Reap. The bus completes its journey at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal in northern Bangkok.
Travel Mart is also a good choice if there are no seats available with the other 2 bus companies. They generally provide good service. Their buses depart from Virak Buntham Express Tour, at Sivutha Blvd. roundabout and park 10min away from Khao San Road.
All the buses make a stop in Poipet for immigration purposes. Here you will have to get off the bus and go through the border immigration for both Cambodia and Thailand. The bus crew will give you instructions on how to do this. For those who require a visa to enter Thailand, make sure you have this readily available to present to the immigration.
You are required to pay a small fee at the Cambodian immigration counter. Once you have completed with Cambodian immigration, walk past the casinos to the Thailand immigration office. Here you will present your documents and get your passport stamped. You can then find your bus and you should be happily bound for Bangkok.
Taking the train is for the adventurous travellers as it’s not very straightforward and may require some patience. It is, however, the cheapest way to go from Siem Reap to Bangkok and offers lovely views along the way.
First, you will need to take a taxi from Siem Reap to Poipet. This costs about 360 THB ($12) per person for a full car or you can pay about 1,600 THB ($53) if you prefer to travel alone. This is a 3-hour trip and the taxi can be booked through your hotel.
Be sure to obtain your Thailand visa in advance if required, it will be much faster to go through immigration with completed documents.
Upon arrival in Poipet, you first go through Cambodian immigration and pay a small fee. Then you will walk past the casinos to the Thailand immigration building to present your documents and receive your passport stamp. Once complete, look for a tuk-tuk that can take you to the Aranyaprathet Train Station. The cost for a tuk-tuk ride ranges from 80 THB ($2.60) to 110 THB ($3.60) and takes about 10 minutes.
The train bound for the Hua Lamphong Railway Station leaves at 13:55 so make sure you arrange your taxi ride from Siem Reap accordingly. The train ticket costs 60 THB ($1.90) per person. This train is a third class fan coach but it’s clean and offers great views.
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