There are several ways to travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Flying is fast and expensive whereas going overland is cheap and time-consuming.
Siem Reap – an attractive destination in Cambodia
I. Flying from Bangkok to Siem Reap
Today, there are four airlines that fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap: Thai Smile, Cambodia Angkor Air, Bangkok Airways and AirAsia.
- Thai Smile is owned by Thai Airways. They fly from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport and tickets include 20 kg of luggage. The prices start at $64 for a one-way flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap.
- Cambodia Angkor Air currently has four flights a week from Bangkok to Siem Reap (and there will be more during high season) starting around $58 one-way. They fly from the main Bangkok airport and offer 20 kg of baggage. Cambodia Angkor Air flights do not show up on flight aggregators, so head to their website to check prices.
- Bangkok Airways flights start at around $88. They fly from the main Bangkok airport to Siem Reap in smaller planes. They offer a 20 kg baggage allowance, but if you sign up with their frequent flyer club, they will automatically give you an extra 10kg. All Bangkok Airways passengers get access to their private lounge with free WiFi, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks.
- AirAsia usually has the cheapest tickets from Bangkok to Siem Reap, starting at $48 one-way. However, baggage is not included and costs an extra $14.50. Flights are regularly delayed by 30-90 minutes, and they fly from Don Muang Airport rather than the main Bangkok Airport.
Air Asia provides cheapest tickets from Bangkok to Siem Reap
II. Traveling by bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap
The best options for overland travel are the direct bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap, mini-bus, or by taxi.
If you’re on a budget, the easiest way to get from Siem Reap to Bangkok is by direct bus that you don’t have to change buses at the border. There are only two companies that are direct buses: Nattakan and Giant Ibis.
- Nattakan runs buses from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every day. They use a full-size bus with comfortable seats. The trip takes between 8 and 10 hours. Tickets for Nattakan buses can be bought online on BookMeBus allowing you to reserve a seat in advance. Tickets cost $28 in either direction, plus a booking fee of less than $1. You’ll receive an e-ticket that you can either print out or present on your phone when you arrive at the bus station.
Giant Ibis transport with full-sizes buses
- Giant Ibis, a company with great reputation in Cambodia, are now running buses between Bangkok and Siem Reap. The full-sizes buses are new and drivers are nice. The Giant Ibis Siem Reap Bangkok direct bus leaves at 7:45 a.m. Tickets cost $32 and can be purchased online. With an online booking, you can choose and reserve your seat in advance.
Note: The cheapest way to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap is by mini-bus, but it’s more hassle than the direct bus. Mini-buses leave from Mo Chit 2 in Bangkok and depart every 30 to 45 minutes from early in the morning until the evening. Be aware that the Cambodia border closes at 10 p.m. Mini-buses take about four hours to get to the border and are usually quite crowded. The price to the border is around $6. You’ll then need to cross the border and catch another mini-bus to Siem Reap which costs $8-10.
III. Traveling by taxi
If you’d like to travel by taxi, you’ll need to take two taxis — one from Bangkok to the Cambodia border, then another from the border to Siem Reap. A taxi from Bangkok to the border will cost between $60-70 and take around 3.5 hours. You’ll need to cross the border on foot, and then catch another taxi to Siem Reap which costs around $35. Negotiate the fare before you get in the taxi, and do not pay the fare until you arrive at your final destination, no matter what the driver says.
Have you decided for the mean of transportation suitable for you? Let’s hit the road!