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Siem Reap to Bangkok - doable by lunchtime?

Posted by woden1809 on 5/12/2009 at 05:09

Hi, I know this has been covered before, but I have some questions regarding timetables!

I want to get the Bangkok-Vientiane train which leaves Bangkok at 6:30 in the evening. I will be setting out from Siem Reap and want to arrive in Bangkok by the time of my train departure, but it looks like I will just miss it. I will get a bus to Poipet, but as I understand buses and trains which run from Aranyaprathet (other than very early departures) tend to arrive at or around the time of departure, cutting it too short.

Basically, I want to know if I can leave Siem Reap in the early morning and arrive in Bangkok by around 5pm, giving time to get to the train station. I believe it takes three hours from Siem Reap to Poipet and then 5 hours from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok, which sounds ok on paper, but all the timetables I have seen would see me arrive at or around 6pm.

Does anyone know from experience if it is possible to get to Bangkok from Siem Reap, via train, bus or both, by the time of the train?

Cheers

ps. I can't afford the flight! :)

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Posted by exacto on 5/12/2009 at 10:08

i know it is tempting to stretch you time in siem reap as much as possible, but i'd be nervous about making it to the train station on time. your timetable of 3 hours siem reap to poipet and 5 hours aranyaprathet to bangkok are accurate, but there are lots of other things associated with that journey that will eat up your time, such as crossing through customs and immigration at the border, getting from the border to the train or bus station in aranyaprathet, the possibility of getting a flat tire en route, etc.

as tempting as it is, i think you'll be better off to leave a day early and either spend the night in aranyaprathet or make it all the way back to bangkok. i suppose you could leave siem reap in the early afternoon and overnight in aranyaprathet. just be sure that you make it to the border before it closes, since overnighting in poipet isn't an attractive option. hope that helps. cheers.

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