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From Bangkok to Siem Reap
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Siem Reap is the gateway town to the breathtaking ancient ruins of Angkor–Cambodia's most famous tourist attraction and one of the top places to visit in Southeast Asia. Although not necessarily close to Bangkok, many international tourists going to Siem Reap do arrive in Thailand first and then make their way to the ancient city.

If you're vacationing in Thailand and looking to take a quick detour to Cambodia, there are many ways to get you there. From a quick plane ride to a long, winding journey on land, here are five ways to find your way from Bangkok to Siem Reap.

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1. Bangkok-Angkor Tour

If you're only going to Siem Reap to see the temples but then returning to Bangkok, a round-trip might be your best option. Not only does this save you planning time, you won't have to worry about delays or missing connections.

Most Bangkok-Agkor tours will collect take you straight from your hotel door and take you to Angkor Wat and back over a period of two days. The tour includes transportation and accommodation plus an English-speaking tour guide to get you through Cambodian customs.

Bangkok-Angkor tours can be pre-booked online or at one of the many travel agents throughout Bangkok.


Bayon Temple, Siem Reap

2. Take a flight

There are four airlines that fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap and they make the trip several times a week from one of Bangkok's two airports (Suvarnabhumi and Don Meung), so you shouldn't have any issues finding a flight that meets your budget and time requirements. 

After you arrive in Siem Reap and go through immigration, you can grab a moto-taxi, a tuk-tuk, or a regular taxi to get you from the airport to the city center. Make sure you agree on a price before you get on any of these to avoid being overcharged.


Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap

3. Siem Reap by Bus

Buses leave from Bangkok's Mo Chit station twice a day and reach the Cambodian border in about 3.5 hours. While the buses are comfortable and have AC and a toilet, don't expect any extras such as movies, onboard snacks, or ample legroom.

For a little more luxury, you can get a Bangkok to Siem Reap VIP Bus ticket. These fancier air-conditioned buses offer onboard meals, seats that recline to 135 degrees (that's a lot farther back than standard bus seats), free Wi-Fi, and blankets.

Once at the border, you'll have to get off the bus in order to get a visa and enter Cambodia. Some buses come with a helper who offers assistance at the border, while others let you deal with the process on your own. The VIP buses offer an optional paid service to help you with the visa once you get to immigration.

Either way, expect to spend two to three hours at the border dealing with paperwork before you can board the bus again to continue into Cambodia. From here, it's an additional three to four hours to reach Siem Reap.


Angkor Tom, Siem Reap

4. Siem Reap by Train

While you can't get all the way from Bangkok to Siem Reap by train, you can at least reach the town of Aranyaprathet near the Cambodian border this way–and then switch to a bus or taxi.

There are only two daily trains from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (morning and early afternoon), and both take just under six hours to reach their destination–that is, if there are no delays, which are fairly common. The trains are both third-class, which means hard seats, tiny fans on the ceiling instead of AC, and no food service onboard. On the other hand, the trains are clean and safe, and riding one will give you a chance to experience "real Thailand," as you'll be traveling mainly with locals.

Reservations are not possible on third-class trains, so arrive at the station early to buy a ticket on the day you're traveling. Once you reach the railway station in Aranyaprathet, you'll need to take a tuk-tuk to the border crossing, four miles away. Buy your visa on arrival here, cross into Cambodia, and find a shuttle bus or a shared taxi at the Poipet Tourist Passenger International Terminal a few minutes away.

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