Siem Reap, Cambodia

Getting In

 
 

By Bus

Major bus companies travelling to and from the Cambodian town of Siem Reap include Phnom Penh Sorya Transport, Capitol Tours and GST Express. Mekong Express comes highly recommended for its safety record and because the staff checks your ticket before giving your luggage back to prevent theft. Try to book at least a day in advance - travel agents and guesthouses will do this for a USD1-2 fee.

 
 
 
 
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Buses tend to leave in the morning or early afternoon. There are also night buses on some routes. Many buses terminate at the out of town Chong Kov Sou Bus Station (also known as Siem Reap Bus Station) about 7 km east of Siem Reap. From here there are plenty of waiting tuk-tuks and motodops to get you into town. The fare should cost around USD3 for tuk-tuks and not more than USD2 for motodops. 

If arriving from the west, consider getting off the bus as it passes through Siem Reap on National Highway 6 (say as it crosses the bridge over the river, before it reaches the bus station). If arriving from the east you have little choice but to face the touts at the bus station. Capitol Tours buses, however, terminate at the company's office in the centre of town, near the old market, making them the most sensible choice.

Domestic Routes
Buses are the most popular form of transport for land travel between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The journey takes 5-6 hours (over a distance of 320 km) on the well-paved National Highway 6. The fare depends on the level of service ranging from USD6 to USD12. The cheaper buses are basic but with a reasonable level of comfort and are air-conditioned while premium buses offer more comfortable seating, light meals, video entertainment and many have on-board toilet. 

Approximate distance, journey time and fare for bus travel between other towns in Cambodia and Siem Reap are as follow:

  • Battambang - 180 km, 4 hours, USD5.
  • Kampong Cham - 350 km, 6 hours, USD6.
  • Kampot - 450 km, 10 hours, USD10.
  • Sihanoukville - 550 km, 10 hours, USD 10-20.
  • Sisophon - 110 km, 1-2 hours, USD4.
  • Poipet - 160 km, 4 hours, USD5.
  • Anlong Veng - 130 km, 2-3 hours, USD4.

Town of Siem Reap by Milei.vencel

International Routes
From Thailand. Agents in Bangkok's Khao San Road offer tickets to Siem Reap from 300 baht. The ticket is valid for the whole journey but you will have to get off the bus in Thailand at Aranyaprathet, walk and clear through the border checkpoint and then board a Cambodian bus in Poipet. The trip from Bangkok takes about 10 hours over a distance of 530 km.

From LaosA second payment may be sought for onward travel after stopping at the border crossing. Delays and unexpected change to a different service may occur on-route. Be alert to your personal security and watch your possessions, especially whilst sleeping. The distance between Pakse and Siem Reap is nearly 1,000 km and takes about 16 hours (USD30-40).

From Vietnam. The distance from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Siem Reap is about 580 km and the trip takes 12-13 hours (USD10-13). There are night buses but the Moc Bai-Bavet border crossing closes at night and therefore you have to wait till morning for the crossing to open. Once in Cambodia, you often have to change to another bus in Phnom Penh.

Poipet checkpoint by AxeEffect

 
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