How to get to Siem Reap from Bangkok?
Updated: Nov 4, 2020
What's the best way to travel from Bangkok to Siem Reap? (In the days before low-cost flights and corona virus.) For us, back in 2003 before the low cost flights, was the bus! Find out how we got the bus tickets Bangkok to Siem Reap (before you could buy online) here.
So we have finalized our method of transportation to Siem Reap, after working on the best and most economical way to travel there. The air tickets (this was back in 2003) were too expensive and not worth it for us. I was considering the casino bus, but was worried about the possibility of casino staff taking away our passports as a form of collateral (I often research on possible scams before my travel.) The casino bus costs 300 baht, which was a great deal, with a 100 or 200 baht money back and includes a buffet meal at the casino. Of course, they would expect you to spend some money at their casino.
Another cheap way is the train. However, I heard from a friend who took the train and said his trip was delayed for over half a day. We cannot take the risk as we only have 5 days, and 2 days will be the traveling there and back.
Anyway, we were psyched to find out about the direct bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap, but several sources indicated that the route was canceled due to “some unknown problems.” Mixed messages here and there, canceled, postponed, running, I need confirmation!
Of course there’s not much information online assuring about this bus service (again this was back in 2003,) or how to purchase tickets, so we decided to find out for sure by going to Mochit station. I had called beforehand to try to avoid a wasted trip, but the attempted calls were to no avail, so we just took off to Mochit.
How to get to Mochit Bus Terminal: https://www.landoftheraisingsons.com/post/getting-to-mochit-station
Arrived at Mochit on 3rd floor, and were bounced back and forth to a few booths until, alas, we found the ticket booth for Bangkok to Siem Reap! Yippeeeee.
The designated booth is on the 1st floor, and looks like this. Another way to notice it, is the LCD sign (not featured here) which helped us to finally find it after the 4th or 5th person finally pointed us to the right booth. Note that I am a native Thai, so even with my ability to communicate with the locals, it wasn't easy.
Once we arrived at the booth, we informed the staff of the date we would like to travel and then we picked seat numbers. Make sure to bring your passports. You have to let them know your name and passport number, which will be presented on your bus ticket.
The staff may take a little while to type your names and passport numbers in, but just bare with it. The tickets costs 750 baht one way, note that you cannot buy a return ticket. A return ticket is only available in Siem Reap, which will be the first thing we will ask once we arrive.
Hopefully the trip will be smooth and I will come to update again on the experience. Check out our Direct Bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap: Step-by-Step Journey here https://www.landoftheraisingsons.com/post/direct-bus-from-bangkok-to-siem-reap-step-by-step-journey
The ticket also doubles as a meal ticket (more like snacks,) so don’t throw it away and keep it around after boarding the bus.
Now you know the (then) mythical bus route “Bangkok – Siem Reap” does exist! If you found this blog useful, or worth a read, please comment and follow me on my social media plaforms.
Bangkok - Siem Reap Bus Tickets Update: Now you can get your bus tickets online! http://www.thaiticketmajor.com/bus/index.php?la=en
[Update from comments: You have to register on the website, and pay a little extra fee “It only costs an additional 20 Baht per ticket, and a 46 Baht ‘convenience fee’ per payment transaction. You can collect your tickets in advance from one of their offices or at the bus station one hour ahead of departure time.” – Kimberly (Thank you!)]
Food update: The food on the bus was horrible, word of advice, bring your own food. It’s gonna be a 8-9 hours journey. For convenience, there’s a huge 7-11 at Mochit Station for you to stock up on plenty of food and snacks of your choice.
Actual Bus Trip: https://www.landoftheraisingsons.com/post/direct-bus-from-bangkok-to-siem-reap-step-by-step-journey
Update: Now you can get your bus tickets online! http://www.thaiticketmajor.com/bus/index.php?la=en
New route: Low cost flights to Siem Reap! https://www.landoftheraisingsons.com/post/low-cost-flights-from-bangkok-to-siem-reap