Bus or train from Bangkok to Siem Riep
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 7, 2012 8:14 AM Last Post By: bigal1
Sep 28, 2012 11:10 PM
Bus or train from Bangkok to Siem RiepHi all
I need some help. I can't decided whether to take the bus or the train from Bangkok to Siem Riep. I've done all my research and I know the train leaves heaps early (5:55am from Hualamphong station to Aranyaprathet) and also takes longer.
The bus is an hour or so shorter. Just wondering what the road conditions are like for the bus trip?
What are people's recommendations?
Sep 28, 2012 11:37 PM
1The bus takes about 4 hours to the border and is smooth going. The train is non air con and takes upto 7 hours and bumpy, it is however a great experience if you have the time. The bus is significantly faster. If you get an early start on the bus you could actually be in Siem Reap buy the time the train arrives at the border. Obviously there are no trains operating in Cambodia at present so you'll have to get the bus or taxi on the Cambodian side. See the many other posts on the border crossing.
I believe any flooding around Aranyaprathet in the previous weeks has now cleared.
Personally I've done the train once but won't rush to do it again unless I had time on my hands. I usually take the public bus from Ekamai or Mo Chit.
Sep 29, 2012 3:48 AM
Sep 29, 2012 8:17 AM
3I found the bus trip easy, convenient and cheap. You can get picked up right at your guesthouse and it shouldn't cost more then 400 baht. I think I left at around 9 am and was at my guesthouse in Siem Reap by 6 pm. Don't know if that is shorter or longer than the train, but it was an easy trip - the roads are really smooth travelling now.
Oct 3, 2012 5:28 AM
4thanks all....I am going to catch the bus now.
Apologies for spelling Siem Reap wrong :)
Oct 3, 2012 6:27 AM
Oct 6, 2012 6:52 AM
6The train is fun, no reservation is needed, just turn up, pay 48 baht and hop on.
It's easy to find where the train goes from, as it leaves from the main Hualamphong station in central Bangkok, you can't miss it!
On the train, you can face the person you're talking to next to an open window with a cool breeze blowing in, as you clickety-clack along. It certainly wasn't crowded. That's instead of being cramped in a bus seat with no legroom and a seat back in your face, and no opening window.
You can buy food and drink (including cheap beer) on the train, too, it's a pretty pleasant journey across Thailand to the Cambodian border. There's always tuk-tuls waiitng at the station when the train arrives, to take you 10 minutes to the border point, for around 80 baht.
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