How To Get From Bangkok to Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of the god Vishnu and it was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple. Today, Angkor Wat remains a temple complex, which is famous for its Khmer architecture. It is the main tourist attraction for the country and appears on Cambodia’s national flag.

It is a popular side-trip from the Thai capital to the neighboring country Cambodia to visit the spectacular Angkor Wat. The journey will take about a day by road but the trip is well worth it. Here are some means of transportation to get from Bangkok to Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat – the main tourist attraction of Cambodia

1. Plane

There is not an airport at Angkor Wat itself but Siem Reap and its international airport are only a short distance away. Siem Reap is just 6 km from Angkor Wat, while the city is about 7 km from the airport, so transferring from one to the other takes only an hour.

Air Asia has the cheapest flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap

There’s no doubt that a flight from Bangkok to Angkor Wat is the easiest way but you’ll be paying a lot. There are now 4 different airlines who offer flights between Bangkok and Siem Reap: AirAsia, Thai Smile, Cambodia Angkor Air, and Bangkok Airways. Bangkok Airways is the main carrier between the two and they fly from the newer Suvarnabhumi Airport. Thai AirAsia is another option which departs from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport. While Bangkok Airways charges more than $150 for a one-way ticket, flights on AirAsia can be found for as little as $54, and on Cambodia Angkor Air for around $75 (all including taxes).

For more information, you can visit bangkokair.com (Bangkok Airways), airasia.com (Air Asia) and cambodiaangkorair.com (Cambodia Angkor Air).

2. Bus

Traveling by bus is a popular alternative that many travelers choose to travel from Bangkok to Angkor Wat. The distance from Bangkok to Angkor Wat is about 380km and the traveling time ranges from 8 to 10 hours.

Direct buses from Bangkok depart from the Morchit Northern bus terminal with the tickets cost $23. You will have to get off the bus at international border and buy your entry visa. Remember that you can leave your baggage on the bus but take your valuables and passport with you. Once across the border, you’re in the town of Poipet and the bus will be waiting for you, ready to drive on to Siem Reap.

From Bangkok’s Ekkamai (Eastern) Terminal, buses to Aranyaprathet depart every two hours from 07:00 to 16:00, while minibuses run hourly from 05:00 to 17:00, both for around $6. Compared to Morchit, catching buses at Ekkamai is easy and convenient. These buses also run straight to the border. Although moving by buses is time-consuming, they are reliable and very affordable.

3. Taxi

Taxi is the most expensive way to move from Bangkok to Angkor Wat

Taxis are the most expensive means of transportation from Bangkok to Angkor Wat. If you take a taxi, you will move to the border gate, then make entry formalities in Cambodia and catch another taxi. Travel time is estimated about 5-6 hours. The cost of the taxi from Poipet border gate to Siem Reap (Cambodia) is $ 20 and the taxi from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet (Thailand) costs $ 80. This is expensive, but if you go in groups of 4 people, it will be more money-saving.

4. Train

Train is a great option to enjoy the scenery as you go by

This final option is a combination of train and bus. It’s affordable, but it is the slowest way to get from Bangkok to Angkor Wat. Even so, the train is a great option if you like enjoying the scenery as you go by. It takes around 6 hours to get you to the Cambodian border, and once there you will need to leave the train and make your own way to Angkor Wat by bus or taxi.

Two ordinary third-class-only trains depart for Aranyaprathet daily from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Station. The morning train leaves at 05:55, the afternoon one does at 13:05. You must catch the morning train if you want to get to Siem Reap on the same day without hiring a taxi.

If you are flying from Bangkok to Siem Reap, you can get a visa on arrival at the airport if you qualify. If you are traveling overland, once you get to the Aranyaprathat side of the border, you will need to get stamped out of Thailand. This is a quick and painless process.

* My Suggestions

Besides using only one of the vehicles above, you can combine many different types. Here are some suggestions for you:

Combine minibus + casino bus

By this way, you will not be too tired to go through the journey by bus. You only move to the border after completing entry procedures in Cambodia, look for the bus of the casino (which picks up the Casino players) and take the casino bus to Siem Reap and continue to Angkor Wat.

Combine Minibus (or taxi) + tuktuk + train

You can also use both the mini-bus and the train to go from Bangkok to Angkor Wat (transiting by Tuktuk). Take the train to Aranyaprathet (about 6km), then transfer to Poipet border gate by minibus. Trains from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet take 4-6 hours.

If you have the opportunity to travel from Bangkok to Angkor Wat, we highly recommend it!

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