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  1. Funny, I just took the same journey a few days ago. The whole excursion was very similar. It left at 3am but cost $15 purchased from my guesthouse. Maybe this one cost more because it advertised actual sleepers on the bus, i.e. the poster showed virtual beds. I was under the impression that the bus would drive across the border too. I’ve gotta stop being so gullible. 🙂

    1. Glad you made it through, Mike! Its amazing how prices for the same service can jump all over the place. I remember we once bought more expensive tickets thinking it would be a better service, when it turned out to be the same bus sold under a different business name.

    2. Mike u stated to have left siem reap by 3 am by paying $15. 1. By what time u reached bangkok? 2. We are a group of 8. Can we engage a separate van upto poipot. 3. book bus tickets to bangkok directly at poipet/aranyapratat?

      1. SIVA: If my memory serves me correctly I got to Bangkok around midday but honestly, you never really know, you guys’ll need to be flexible. I do remember the bus not leaving till 4.30 am. Then we had to wait for the border to open. So I suggest you leave later in the morning. You need to check w/ travel agents/your hotel and they’ll have different options available for you. Someone from the bus company will go across the border with you, then someone else over there will meet you and then you’re off. You won’t stay in the same vehicle. I’m sure they can accomodate eight people. Good Luck!

  2. Hi guys,
    thanks for the sharing
    I’m travelling with my 11 years old daugther, and we’re going from KL to Siam Reap (fly) and from Siam Reap to BKK by bus. Then going to Krabi.
    Could you suggest any hotel in Siam Reap?


  3. I am travelling with my wife and two children.We are planning to travel to Combodia and Thailand in mid May.Please give me a suggestion to which surface transport (bus or taxi) would be the best while travelling from Siem Reap to BKK and to Pattaya.If you also tell me of the approximate cost for the same.

    1. HI Sam,
      I’m going to travel with my 2 x 14 year old boys in February and was wondering the same thing. Which did you choose and how did it work out?

      1. Hi Nancy, I’m not sure what Sam ended up doing (hopefully he’ll check back in), but I think you’ll be fine on the bus – as described in the article above. There’s a few changes, but I’d definitely see that as adventure rather than risk (both as a teenager and now!).

      2. Thanks Craig and Linda. I wasn’t as much worried about the bus as a risk, but the taxi, especially on the Cambodia side. Much time to decide, though!

      3. Yes, I’d recommend a) packing light (as always), and b) taking the bus or getting a taxi recommendation from a trusted source, like your accommodation provider or a resident you meet.

        99% of the time, Siem Reap to BKK isn’t a problem at all; and people are very child-friendly in all of SE Asia. Well, judging by the amount of time we get asked about our non-existent children!

  4. Alejandra says:

    Hello! Id like to know if i can buy these tickets online. From Siem Riep to Bangkok or is the like a page or something because i need to have the tickets in order to get my visa, and i really dont wanna pay a flight. I hope you can help me. Thank you (it would be for august 2nd 2012)

    1. Hi Alejandra, not that I know of.

      I’m always wary of giving advice on borders, as they can be so changeable. There’s also a lot of personal factors: your citizenship, how you look, how bored or enthusiastic border staff are, etc. But…

      You can (normally!) explain you plan on catching the bus to Bangkok before your forced departure date. Helps if you have the exact date ready to tell them. This is especially easy if you are entering overland. Many people do travel overland, so it’s kind of accepted, despite what the visa paperwork says.

      A printed itinerary — especially one from a travel agent — can help. Proof of funds can also help.

      Another option is to buy a fully-refundable plane ticket, and make sure you cancel it in time to get your full refund. This covers you for the border crossing, and should cost you nothing – if you can find the right fare.

      There’s never any guarantees with borders, but I hope this helps.

  5. thanks for sharing i will go to Cambodia this August 12 ‘2012) then to Bangkok by bus from Siam reap. my friend said there are bus 7.30 am and arrive 2pm.

  6. Yad Sahni says:

    What is the best way to travel from Bangkok to Siam reap and back again

    1. Hi Yad, kind of like the way we describe in this article, I guess. Your other option is a flight each way, which is more expensive, but there’s less hassle. Make sure to check your visa requirements no matter which way you go.

  7. you can also get your cambodian visa on line by going to this link.

    i just submitted the application and it says it takes 3 business days. Hope to get it before the 19th which is when I’ll be in SR.

  8. Rina…will travel to Siem Reap n Bangkok with friends this October, which one the safer journey from Siem Reap to Bangkok? by bus or by Train? and will take how many hour? is there any flight also? Thanks

    1. I’m not sure on times, but we had the bus recommended over the train several times for comfort, and timing. There are also flights available, but they are more expensive than any overland option.

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