Siem Reap, Cambodia

Getting In



By Train
There are no train connections between Thailand's capital of Bangkok and Siem Reap. However, you can board a train at Bangkok's Hualamphong Station to 
Aranyaprathet. From Aranyaprathet Railway Station, there are tuk-tuks waiting to take you on a 10 minute trip to the Thai-Cambodian border crossing. Once pass the immigration checkpoint and into the Cambodian town of Poipet, there are buses and taxis travelling on the well-paved road to Siem Reap (2-3 hours).
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Road between Poipet and Siem Reap by Lucanos

By Boat
A more expensive as well as more time consuming option from Phnom Penh (USD35, 6 hours) or Battambang (USD20-25, 5 hours) is to take a Soviet style hydrofoil across the Tonle Sap Lake. These can be fantastic trips giving, you the opportunity to view life on the lake including the floating houses, working fishermen and even get a sun-tan if you choose to sit on the roof of the boat. 

However, the trip can be ruined due to bad weather, such as heavy rain. Remember to use sunscreen and take a waterproof jacket with you. You will not be always able to access your luggage during the journey (sometimes the baggage is available, sometimes it is not). If you have the time, it is better to visit the floating villages as day trips from Siem Reap than to see them from the boat.

Tonle Sap by Jadamta

By Taxi
From Popiet. The quickest method of getting from the Poipet (Thai-Cambodian) border to Siem Reap is a shared taxi. A 4-seater taxi costs USD25-45, depending on your bargaining prowess and takes 2-3 hours. Even if you're travelling solo, it shouldn't be too hard to find others to share the expense.

From Phnom Penh. A shared taxi to Siem Reap cost around USD10 per person. Taxis to Siem Reap are available near the corner of Phnom Penh's Central Market. If you prefer a whole taxi, many hotels and guesthouses can make arrangement starting from USD60. The trip should take 4-5 hours. 

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