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Cambodia to Thailand by Bus – Siem Reap to Bangkok

There are several options when it comes to getting from Siem Reap to Bangkok.  We took the easy way on a direct bus from Cambodia to Thailand.  We opted for a bus company that would take us all the way from Siem Reap to Bangkok.  You can still get a bus to the border, then a walk across the border, then a tuk-tuk to the train, then the train to Bangkok – but it’s going to take you longer and not cost much less.   Here’s everything you need to know about how to go from Cambodia to Thailand by bus from small buses to large buses and also the Siem Reap to Bangkok night trip bus.

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Where to Stay in Bangkok

There are a host of places to stay in Bangkok and a huge lot of different areas in which to stay in Bangkok.  Here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Bangkok, mid-range places to stay in Bangkok, and budget accommodation in Bangkok.

Deluxe Double Bed (DDB)- Royale 8 Ville, Bangkok, Thailand: The Deluxe Double Bed (DDB)- Royale 8 Ville is a luxury hotel located in the popular Khaosan part of Bangkok. All of the rooms at this luxury Deluxe Double Bed (DDB)-Royale 8 Ville in Bangkok offer air conditioning and there is WiFi throughout the property. Rooms at this top hotel in Khaosan include TVs, private bathrooms, and free toiletries as well as balconies.  The Deluxe Double Bed (DDB)-Royale 8 Ville is a wonderful place to stay in Bangkok. Check the availability here. 

Villa Phra Sumen Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand: The Villa Phra Sumen Bangkok is a three-star hotel in the Khaosan area of Bangkok. All of the rooms at this mid-range hotel in Bangkok are air-conditioned and have internet access, a balcony, and a private bathroom. Blackout curtains mean you’ll get a great night’s sleep and there’s also a minibar and a fridge. Enjoy the fluffy bathrobes and free toiletries for relaxation during your stay in this fabulous Bangkok hotel.  The garden, restaurant, and bar make great places to relax during your stay in Bangkok. Want to see more about Villa Phra Sumen Bangkok?

Roof View Place Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand: The Roof View Place Hotel is a budget hotel in a quiet street, near Khaosan in Bangkok. All of the rooms offered in this budget Roof View Place Hotel in Bangkok have air conditioning and internet access. Some rooms have balconies and the Roof View Place provides a fabulous buffet breakfast (we know we’ve eaten it lots of times!)  Rooms at the Roof View Place Hotel are popular, so book early.

Bus from Cambodia to Bangkok Overview

When you’re selecting how to go to travel from Cambodia to Bangkok you’ll need to figure out the following.    Do you want to go to Bangkok from Siem Reap?  Do you want to go to Bangkok from Phnom Penh?  Do you want to take a night bus to Bangkok from Thailand? or a day bus?  Do you want to take a large bus or a smaller mini or microbus to Bangkok?

Cambodia to Thailand Train

There is no train from Cambodia to Thailand.  If you want to take the train, then you have to take a bus to just over the border into Thailand and then take a train to Bangkok.  The border town is called Aranyaprathet and the trains to Bangkok leave at 6.40 am and 1.55 pm. The journey to Bangkok from Aranyaprathet takes about 6 hours.  You CANNOT book this train online, just buy tickets at the railway station.  If you want to book a ticket online for the route from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok, then you have several bus options here.

How to Go from Phnom Penh to Bangkok

Fly to Bangkok from Phnom Penh

The quickest way to go to Bangkok from Phnom Penh is to fly – and flights are around double the price of a direct bus to Phnom Penh from Bangkok.    A flight from Phnom Penh to Bangkok takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.  Check your options for flights to Bangkok from Phnom Penh here.

Direct Bus from Phnom Penh to Bangkok

A bus to Bangkok from Phnom Penh takes about 13 hours.   Buses leave from 0100 until around 2200 – so it’s relatively easy to pick one that works for your preferred departure and arrival times.  Check out options for the bus to Bangkok from Phnom Penh here.  There are several night buses leaving around 2000, 2100, and 2130 that get you into Bangkok in the early afternoon which are great options for this route.

Direct Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok

There are 5 direct bus services from Cambodia to Thailand, they are covered by 3 different companies.   All the buses we cover all the Cambodia to Bangkok buses, it just depends on whether you want to travel from Siem Reap or Phnom Penh to Bangkok.  We’ll cover all 5 of them and how you book the services.  Be aware that these services may not run at quieter times of the year.  The Siem Reap to Thailand bus services all stop at different locations in Bangkok.  Of course, you can easily get local buses, tuk-tuks, or taxis in Bangkok, but it’s generally easier to get a long-distance bus closer to your final destination.  You can also get a bus from Thailand to Cambodia with the same operators.

This section also covers the Siem Reap to Bangkok bus schedules.

Siem Reap to Bangkok Bus Areas

These links will take you directly to book tickets.  Read the article for information on destinations, times, and prices for each option.

Angkor Wat to Bangkok by Time of Day

Here are all the buses you can get by the time of day.  Click on the links to book them.  You can take morning and night sleeper buses from Cambodia to Bangkok.  The Siem Reap to Bangkok sleeper bus is a great way to save on overnight accommodation, but you may not get much sleep!  There is more information further down in this article as to where they go into, the comparative costs (there’s not much in it), and more specifics of how to book.

  • 0745 Giant Ibis Bus Siem Reap Bangkok, Khao San Road > BookGiant Ibis Bus Now
  • 0800 Virak Buntham Bus from Siem Reap to Pratunam Market > Book Now
  • 0800 Nattakan Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok Mo Chit Bus Station > Book Now
  • 0900 Nattakan Transport from Siem Reap to Bangkok Mo Chit Bus Station > Book Now
  • 0030 Night Bus Siem Reap to Bangkok with Virak Buntam Bus > Book Now

Giant Ibis Bus from Siem Reap to Khao San Road, Bangkok

  • Departure Time:  0745
  • Siem Reap to Bangkok Travel Time:  12 hours
  • Cost US$32
  • Arrival in Bangkok:  Khao San Road
  • Breakfast and Lunch Snacks Provided
  • Water Provided
  • Wifi Connection on the bus in both Cambodia and Thailand
  • Large bags are dealt with by the bus crew.

You can now book this bus online:

How to book tickets on the Giant Ibis Bus from Siem Reap to Khao San, Bangkok

  1. Head on over and book your ticket now to get from Siem Reap to Khao San Road
  2. Select SIEM REAP – BANGKOK (ONE WAY)
  3. Select Giant Ibis departure at 0745
  4. The route is via the border at Poipet.
  5. The total journey time is around 12 hours.

Virak Buntham Bus from Siem Reap to Pratunam Market, (nr Platinum Fashion Mall) Bangkok

  • Departure Time:  0030 (Half past midnight) or 0800
  • Journey Time:  11 hours or 10 hours depending on the departure.  (0800 is the quicker journey)
  • Cost US$23 for 0030 departure and US$15 for the 0800 departure.
  • The night bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok saves on hostel fees! – some have sleeper seats as well.
  • Arrival into Bangkok:  Pratunam Market, near Platinum Fashion Mall

You can now book this bus online:

How to book tickets on the Virak Buntham Bus from Siem Reap to Pratunam Market, Bangkok

  1. Head on over to 12Asiago and book your ticket from Siem Reap to Pratunam Market
  2. Select SIEM REAP – BANGKOK (ONE WAY)
  3. Select Virak Buntham and your selected departure time.
  4. The route is via the border at Poipet.
  5. The total journey time is 10-11 hours.

Nattakan Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok Mo Chit Bus Station

  • Departure Time:  0800 or 0900
  • Journey Time:  12 hours
  • Cost US$28
  • Arrival into Bangkok:  Mo Chit Bus Station
  • Lunch & Snacks Provided
  • Water Provided

Book this bus online now

Nattakan Cambodia claims to run two services each day from Siem Reap to Thailand, one at 0800 and one at 0900.  In slower traffic times, this might just be one.  Be aware that the later departure is unlikely to arrive in Bangkok until 2100.

We took the Nattakan Bus from Siem Reap to the Mo Chit bus station in Northern Bangkok.  When we traveled this was the only direct bus service.  The Nattakan Bus Co has an office near the KFC in Siem Reap.  So the morning before we wanted to travel we dropped in, booked our tickets, and handed over our cash, (US$28 per person).

You can now book this bus online:

How to book tickets on the Nattakan Siem Reap Bangkok Bus

  1. Head on over to 12AsiaGo and book your ticket from Siem Reap to Bangkok Mo Chit NOW
  2. Select SIEM REAP – BANGKOK
  3. Select Nattakan departure at either 0800 or 0900.
  4. The route is via the border at Poipet.
  5. The total journey time is 12 hours.

Included in the cost of our tickets US$28 was a transfer from our hotel to the bus office.  We expected the tuk-tuk to arrive at our hotel the following morning. (It did if just a few minutes late).

Cambodia to Thailand

Nattakan Bus Review

The bus is comfortable. There is air-con, and a door shuts us off from the driver. An attendant brings us snacks and water. There are no dodgy roadside stops on this bus.

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Cambodia to Thailand – on a Bangkok bound bus-5058

By noon (we set off around 9 am) we are at the border.  From Siem Reap to the Thailand border is about 3 hours, but the travel from Cambodia to Thailand time depends on the bus you take and also the time of day that you travel (and of course where you start in Cambodia!).

For all border crossings, it is necessary to carry your own bags across the border.  We have to collect our bags from the storage area underneath the bus, then carry them first of all to the exit of Cambodia. There’s a rag-tag line, no real signage, so we follow folks who look like they know where they’re going.

Cambodia to Thailand – on a Bangkok bound bus-5059

Now we’re in no man’s land. We can go play in the casino or head to Thailand.

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Cambodia to Thailand – on a Bangkok bound bus-5063

Here in Thailand, there’s aircon, a short line, and a visa that costs nothing for 30 days (for us Brits anyway)  And we’re in.

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Now we wander out, trying hard to remember what the bus looked like.  It’s especially important to remember the registration plate on the bus as Nattakan now runs several buses.  We find it, hop on and in 10 minutes we’re off.

Our lunch is delivered to our seats and we head for Bangkok.

It’s a pretty easy border crossing. The bus is comfortable and the food is ok.  When we arrive at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal all we have to do is find a bus that takes us to the general area of the Khao San Road.  Bus Number 3 runs from Mo Chit Bus Station to the Khao San Road area.  It costs only US$0.20 and takes around 90 minutes in the dreadful Bangkok traffic.

Cambodia to Thailand – on a Bangkok bound bus-5065

Cambodia to Thailand Border Crossing Details

  • When the bus arrives at the border, you will be dropped off for border processing.  First, you must exit Cambodia. Depending on the bus company you MAY be able to leave your larger luggage on the bus while you walk through the border.
  • Take all valuables with you.

If you’re carrying valuables and want to lock them away we highly recommend the Pacsafe products. Read about portable safes here

They’re great if you snooze on a bus and want to make sure your valuables don’t walk away without you.

  • You do not need to change buses with these companies.  You get back on the same bus in Thailand.  Be sure to make a note of which bus you’re on and who your driver is!
  • You may be given an ID card identifying you to the bus company as one of their passengers.
  • Immigration procedures can take up to 2 hours to exit Cambodia and enter Thailand.

Cambodia to Thailand Bus Resources

Popular Routes in Thailand

Want to know more about different forms of transport in Thailand? Our guide to Thailand transport is here. And here’s how to travel some of the popular routes around Thailand, your options, and how we did it.

Travel Tips for Exploring Thailand

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