Aranyaprathet, Thailand

Border Crossings

Cambodia

Going to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) from Bangkok
by Drdang about 7 years ago

If I had to do it all over again, I would take transportation from Bangkok to the Thai/Cambodian border town of Aranyaprathet and then catch a taxi from the Cambodian side to Siem Reap. The bus from Bangkok will drop you off about 2 minutes from the border. Go through the relatively straightforward 3-step process of getting your Thai exit stamp, Cambodian visa and Cambodian exit stamp (this takes 30-45 minutes). Take the free shuttle bus that stops directly outside of the Cambodian immigration office and goes to the Poipet bus/taxi terminal (about 15 minutes away). At the terminal, the buses run about 3 times per day. They basically waits until they're full before leaving. The last bus usually leaves by 4pm. The bus takes about 4-5 hours (includes 2 rest stops). Alternatively, you can take a taxi which only takes 2 hours. If you have a group of 3-4 persons, the taxi can actually cost less than the bus. Also, arranging transportation on the Cambodian versus Thai side can be cheaper because the dollar is stronger in Cambodia.

Visa Scams To Watch Out For
by Drdang about 7 years ago
Visa Scams To Watch Out For

Travel agents in Bangkok will tell you that the visa line at the Thai/Cambodian border is very long and that it would be faster if you get it through them for 1200 baht. This is a scam! A Cambodian visa costs 600 baht ($20 USD). Insist on getting the visa at the border. After you get your Thai exit stamp, go to the Cambodian visa office to apply for your visa. You can pay in baht, but somehow $20 USD translates to 800 baht, so try to bring USD. You need 2 passport photos but they will scan your passport if you don't have any. And even though the sign above the window says $20, officials will ask for an extra 100 baht for "express service". This is also a scam but you'll have to pick your battles. Lastly, you'll go to an adjacent building to get your entry stamp. The entire process took us 45 mins. Once you cross the border, look for your bus. If it has left, take the free shuttle (immediately outside immigration) to the bus terminal and catch a bus (same ticket) or taxi (600 baht) to Siem Reap.