We’ve been in Asia just a couple of months ago and we would like to share with you how to get from Siem Reap to Bangkok (or vice versa) without any problems.
First of all, you need to decide, when do you want to travel! In case, you still have some time remaining before the trip (say, for example, 3-4 months), you can totally look for the flight tickets online. They can be as cheap as 30-40 dollars (one way) and it’s a great price because you can pay for the bus around 29 dollars (just as we did).
I must admit, that traveling by plane is definitely the best option. Why? Usually, most of the hotels in Siem Reap offer return transfer to the airport. Also, getting to the airport in Bangkok via airport express is very fast and easy. Moreover, the flight is just 1 hour (or even less). That’s why if you have the option of flying to Bangkok from Siem Reap or vice versa, you should totally go for it.
If you’re looking for something more extreme (or if you’re running out of money or maybe the ticket prices just rocketed for the days you want) you can take a bus. The ride by bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok can last from 8 up to 12 hours depending on many factors. Among these factors are road conditions, traffic, queue at the border passport control (1-3 hours), problems with the bus and so on. And this ride definitely isn’t very pleasing.
For example, we bought our tickets from the official website of Cambodia to Thailand buses (Nattakan) for 29 dollars each (and the bus was described as luxurious :D).
Well, the bus actually wasn’t so bad and we really arrived in Bangkok just within 8.5 hours. Our seats could be inclined almost horizontally and there were only 10 people in a huge bus. BUT! In the bus, there was this terrible smell of toilet. Suffocating and ubiquitous. And worse than durian. Not speaking of the inability to use this toilet at all (for some reason all the bus was air-conditioned except for this tiny part, lol). So we hardly survived our trip. I must admit, it was really challenging.
Alternatively, you can buy a tour in one of the travel agencies in Siem Reap (or Bangkok) for as low as 8-15 dollars but….. you risk a lot. Your bus can leave you at the border and disappear or break and you will wait till it is repaired. But.. It’s cheaper that way.
Finally, you can take a minibus or tuk-tuk to the border with Thailand and take a casino-bus from there to Bangkok. However, in case you have some pretty massive pieces of luggage with you, it most probably won’t work. Alternatively, you can take a tuk-tuk to the Aranyaprathet station, and from where it’s possible to take a train to Bangkok for around 1-1.5 dollars!
As you see, there are plenty of options to get to Siem Reap from Bangkok or vice versa. If you’re adventurous, you can try some cheap buses and options with 2-3 interchanges. If you want a secure and not nerve-rattling trip, better go for these 29-dollar buses (Nattakan) or a flight. Looking for a hotel to stay in Bangkok? Be sure you stay in a RIGHT district!
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