Border Crossing from Siem Reap to Bangkok

This is our first time traveling alone internationally and crossing the border is somewhat new to us. Reading blogs for reference, we only found few information about border crossing from Siem Reap to Bangkok.

Cambodia and Thailand

Usually, they cross from Bangkok to Siem Reap and it’s a little bit nerve wrecking when you can’t find infos. But how did we do it?

There are a lot of options. You can take the bus from Siem Reap to Poipet, which is the border in Cambodia and take a bus to Bangkok once you cross to the other side, which is Aranyaprathet. Or taking the train from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok is another option. Cheaper but hassle. If you want hassle-free then book a flight to Bangkok.

Cambodia and Thailand

As for us, we booked for a direct bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok ’cause I’ve read that there’s a lot of scams in the border and I don’t want to experience that. You can book online for Nattakan Bus or find an agency to book for you. I did the latter because I need assurance thru email from them that it’s really a direct 9 hours trip. I booked thru Angkor Holiday Travels and they really have good service.

Cambodia and Thailand

What To Expect In The Border?
Most of the blogs said that the Poipet-Aranyaprathet border is the most confusing and hassle border they’ve encountered. Well, I can’t really say yet since this is my first time. lol

Cambodia and Thailand

When we arrived in Poipet, the english-speaking guy said that we should go to the right for departure and the rest is gibberish. Yep, I didn’t hear anything he said after that. But we just followed the crowd and you’ll see a departure sign. After the immigration stamped our passports we went straight to we-dont-really-know side of Thailand but we just followed the crowd again. This time you have to go to the left side of the road and just walk straight til you see the ‘passport control’ sign. Then you have to fill out the arrival and departure forms and wait on the line for more than an hour. Yes, that long and tiring.

Cambodia and Thailand

Once you’re done, go down and walk straight and the bus will be waiting for you in a parking lot. That’s good thing about a direct bus since they’ll wait for all passengers to finish the process.

They will also give you an ID to determine which one is their passenger so don’t remove it.

Cambodia and Thailand

Inclusion of the bus ticket are 2 sets of snacks. One in Cambodia side and the other is in Thailand.

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It’s a 3hour travel from Siem Reap to Poipet, 3hours in the border and 3hour travel from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok. Im used to long bus trips so if you’re not used to this, then bring movies with you. It always works for me.

Oh and I’ll be crossing borders again on July so let’s see the difference between the two.

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5 Responses to Border Crossing from Siem Reap to Bangkok

  1. Chris says:

    Hi, nice article about the direct bus line from Siem Reap to Bangkok! Do you remember where the bus dropped you off in Bangkok?

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