Bangkok, Thailand is one of the most popular cities in the world that a simple weekend getaway is all you need to experience its traditional culture. Many people go to Bangkok for many reasons; good food, shop-til-you-drop shopping spree, temples, massage, and hospitality of its people. But, one major reason that is often overlooked is its proximity to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Yes, there is a direct bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap traveling daily.
There is a direct flight, of course. But the significant difference in ticket price makes taking the bus so much sense. Taking the bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap is the best alternative, especially for budget travellers. The direct bus takes approximately 8 hours but it isn’t as inconvenient as you think. The seat is big enough to feel comfortable.
Personally, taking long land travel is my preference if time is not an issue. There are many reasons why I always and maybe some of you, choose to take the bus over taking a flight. One reason is that the journey alone is part of your travel. You’ll be able to see the side of a country you wouldn’t get to see when you take the plane. It’s like getting to know the city a little deeper and understanding it a little better.
Going to Bangkok is an opportunity to experience its exotic culture and to cross-country to Cambodia. Bangkok is a lively city while Siem Reap is more laid back. The contrast in ambiance makes for an amazing experience.
Siem Reap is known as the home of one of the most beautiful man-made structures in the world, the Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the largest temple in the world and one of the most magnificent one. It is one my most favorite places and going here makes the bus travel all worth it. Truly, a mysterious and awe-inspiring place.
The bus from Bangkok departs from Mo Chit (Northern) Bus Terminal with two bus departures everyday. There is one at 8am and the other one is at 9am with arrivals in Siem Reap at 5pm and 6pm, respectively. It will arrive at Siem Reap Transport Co., where tuk-tuks are waiting to take you to your hotels.
Before, you may not be able to book your ticket back to Bangkok, should you be flying out of Bangkok. You would have to book your return ticket upon arrival at Siem Reap. But now, 12go Asia allows you to book the ticket in advance. It is reliable and very convenient. Ticket price is from USD27.
The air-conditioned bus leaves on-time and booking it in advance is advisable. Booking it online allows you to choose your seat. Remember, the bus has a toilet inside and the farther your seat from the toilet, the better. The ticket also includes food and bottled water.
The road from Bangkok to Siem Reap is almost paved saved to the Cambodian side after the border as some of the roads are still unpaved. The bus will have a break after 3-4 hours of journey to serve your lunch. After lunch, the next stop would be at the border for immigration clearance. Depending on how fast everybody can get through the immigration, the journey will continue all the way to Siem Reap.
To check the availability of tickets on your desired date of travel, use the search box below. It is fast and super reliable: From Bangkok to Siem Reap
Going to Thailand and Cambodia is a great trip especially for those who have full-time jobs and have limited vacation leave. These countries are two perfect example of exotic cultures Southeast Asia is most proud of. We had a great time when we visited and like what I said, we love Angkor Wat. I would definitely want to be back.
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