Is anyone know what is the most comfortable transport from Bangkok to Aranyaprathet? As far as I know, there is only a 3rd class seats(wooden seat) but the train is quite clean and a pleasant way to travel. Any advices?
My main advise is NOT to get a coach from Bangkoks 'Ko san road'!
Take a government bus from the bus station instead. Its Cheaper, quicker and your not forced to stop at over-price restaurant on the way. Sorry i dont know about the train as i have't personally took it there but the trains in Thailand are very good really.
Hope thats helps abit.
another option is to take a casino bus. the buses operate only on fri, sat, and sun, and only in the early morning - 5am - 7am, every 30 minutes. buses will pick passengers up across the eu jeu liang building, rama 4 road, just by lumpini park. most of passengers go to poipet for gambling. the cost is around 200 baht, and it takes only 3 hours to get there. if you leave bkk at 5, you will reach rong klua market around 8 which is about time to cross the border.
#5 kobnoi has been a member since 3/4/2007. Posts: 7
Hey, Thats a very intresting alternative to the government bus. As Rama 4 would be easier to get to from most hotels in the centre this might is somthing I would liek to know more info about.
Where do you arrange this bus from?
somtam's done a really good job laying out the details of the BKK to aranyaprathet trip and beyond in the article he mentioned above. it is worth a read.
the problem with the train is that it only runs 2x per day. the first departure is at 5:55 am, which is painfully early, but it gets you to aranyaprathet before noon and in plenty of time to travel onward to siem reap. the second train departure is just after 1 pm, which means you'll have to overnight in aranyaprathet before continuing to siem reap the next morning. do not even consider overnighting in poipet.
i really like these 3rd class train trips for shorter trips like from bangkok to kanchanaburi. BKK to aran would be a bit long, but a wonderful way to see the countryside. you always get to see better stuff from a train window than from a bus window.
if you take the bus, somtam also included good details in the article he mentioned for the bus at mo chit (northern bus station). we did this last year and it was a comfortable and safe option.
you can always hire a taxi to take you all the way to the border too, but this is an expensive option. best is to catch a taxi on the return trip trying to pick up a fare on the way back to bangkok.
let us know which option you use and how it works out. regards.