Toby Keps

Travelled to 12 countries / regions

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Backpacked across Thailand and Cambodia in 2019



Asia > Cambodia > Siem Reap > Angkor Wat > Useful Info
Updated on Feb 08, 2020 Useful Info

Best way to get to Angkor Wat from Bangkok, Thailand

Angkor Wat is located 375km east of Bangkok, in the neighbouring country of Cambodia. To get to there, you need first to make your way to the Cambodian city of Siem Reap where Angkor Wat is located in

Step 1: Bangkok to Siem Reap

  • From Bangkok, the best way to get to Siem Reap is to fly. This is the most common way to travel because it's just a short 1-hour flight between the two cities, and the fare are pretty reasonable at $90-$100 USD per passenger each way. There are 9 daily flights from 7:45am to 8pm, operated by Air Asia (cheapest), Bangkok Airways, Thai Smile (best service), and Lanmai Airlines. Getting to Bangkok's airport can be done by taxi or BTS train, and getting in from Siem Reap airport is best done by tuk tuk or taxi. You can read more about it here
  • Instead of flying, a much cheaper way for travelers on tight budget is to take a coach bus. The buses take 8-10 hours and usually leave early in the morning from Bangkok to get you to Siem Reap by afternoon. There are probably 10-15 buses everyday. The bus fare is a fraction of the airfare, priced at around $30-$32USD per person each way, some as low as even $22USD. Price varies by bus operator and there are five different bus companies on this route, of which Giant Ibis is by far the best rated operator. Bus tickets can be booked online (through 12Go, BusOnlineTicket, Bookaway, etc.) or in person at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal in Bangkok; my recommendation is to book online to guarantee yourself a spot; plus Mo Chit Bus Terminal is only used by one of the five bus companies. The border crossing is through a town called Poi Pet, and you can get a Cambodian Visa on Arrival there; this border also accepts Cambodian e-Visa, which is my recommendation because getting a Visa on Arrival at this border can be a very stressful process involving long waits and potentially bribes. Here's the details on how to travel by bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap

Step 2: Siem Reap to Angkor Wat

  • Angkor Wat is located just 6.5km north of Siem Reap town center. You need to find an accommodation in the town center area because there are no hotels or other accommodations around Angkor Wat itself
  • From the town center, there are lots of ways get to Angkor Wat. The most common modes of transportation are by tuk tuk, taxi, and bicycle. Walking is rare because the distance between the town center and Angkor Wat is too far, and the distance between the various temples inside the Angkor Archeological Park complex is also pretty large
  • For tuk tuks and taxis, some visitors hire them for the whole day, because there are lots of temples spread across a very large area, so it's best to have your own driver for an entire day, rather than having to find a tuk tuk/taxi every time you're going to another temple. Tuk tuks can be hired for $15-$20USD for a whole day, and cars with air conditioning can be hired for $25-$30USD for an entire day
  • For budget travelers, renting a bicycle is a great way to get around Siem Reap and Angkor Wat because it costs as little as $2USD per day, but even a high performance mountain bike only costs $11USD per day
  • Read this post for more information on how to get to Angkor Wat from Siem Reap town center