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BKK to Siem Reap at 2am?

Posted by browngirl on 16/11/2010 at 13:21

So our 16hr flight doesn't arrive till 2am on Dec 24th and am wondering if we should head to the border to get to Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) or stick around in Bangkok for two days ( we will be back later after few days to explore rest of Thailand). I just don't want to waste the day in trying to catch up on sleep at a hotel in Bangkok and was thinking of catching some sleep on the bus to Siem Reap instead. My husband doesn't like the idea and thinks we should just rest up.

Is this possible? Is there a bus leaving early in the morning? We probably wont get out of the airport till 3am and bus ride to Khao San road it'll be 4am so it's pretty much the next day.

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Posted by busylizzy on 16/11/2010 at 15:05

A 16 hour flight can knock you around a bit as you cross several time zones, and may not sleep that well on the flight. Also - if it's an afternoon/evening flight, then you would have been awake since morning - that's going to make for a very long day.


I think I would tend to stay the night, have a good sleep in. Use that day to organise your bus out of Bkk, and go for a nice Xmas eve dinner.

Also - you will be very unlikely to get any sleep on a bus to Siem Reap. All the buses that I have ever been on in Cambodia and Thailand play crappy old Kung **-type DVD's at full volume. There aint' no sleep to be had there no matter HOW tired you are!

And finally, be careful with the buses out of Khao San Road. I know there are problems with theft from bags on the ones that head south. Not sure if it's a problem on the ones to Siem Reap. (And sorry, I can't help with bus schedules, but I'm sure someone else will pipe up here.)

Good luck!

PS. The anti-foul language filter obviously doesn't like Kung-**, but I'm sure you'll work it out!

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Posted by Wozzer on 22/12/2010 at 16:52

Well, if you don't mind having a few hours nap and brekkie at BKK - there's a bus straight from the airport to Aranyaprathet - actually it goes on from Aran to RangKula(?) market - which is where the Thai/Cambo border is.
I travelled on it in August and it departed the airport at 08.00. It was less than 4 hours to the border. Very cheap - around 200THB from memory.
It departed from the ground floor of the airport (not the transportation centre). If you nip down there when you arrive - I don't suppose anyone will be at the ticket desks - but I'm sure there were some posters up showing the departures.

An alternative if you want to 'keep on the move' - get a taxi to Mo Chit (Northern Bus Station) and you'll be in time for the first of the public (no music!?) buses (around 04.30 I think) down to Aranyaprathet in around 5 hours.

Either way - cross the border and get a cab if you can find someone to share with. Try for around $35 for 3 pax (4 is a bit crowded) to Siem Reap in about 2.5 hours.

KSR buses are a nightmare and you'll get stitched up somewhere, somehow...

Safe travels :-)

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Posted by mikethediver on 24/12/2010 at 06:52

Have a day in Bangkok Then avoid any buses from KSR - you will be ripped off one way or the other.

KSR is not the only source for travel in Thailand and it has a pretty bad rep.!
Take a day to rest and then plan your route..

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