Updated: Feb 9
Krong Poi Pet - Aranyaprathet is the land border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand.
Our commute started in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Before buying our tickets we researched the different companies and modes of transportation. We chose the Nattakan bus company, due to their positive reviews and they were the first bus company to obtain a license to operate between Cambodia and Thailand in 2012. One ticket costs $28.00, which can be bought online.
Prepare yourself for this land border crossing because it will take all day! The Nattakan bus leaves Siem Reap at 08:00am and 09:00am from their bus office and arrives in Bangkok about 8-9 hours later.
We recommend bringing sustenance and water, the bus company provides a small snack and bottle of water, but there's no time for a lunch break.
On our departure date we walked to the bus office in Siem Reap and checked in with the staff. The ride to the border took about two and a half hours. Before we arrived the bus attendant gave us lanyards to wear (so no one gets lost), and talked us through the border process and where to meet the bus after we were done.
This land border crossing has a lot of foot traffic, so make sure to stick with the members of your bus.
There's an open air Cambodian immigration office to get your stamp out, it's a short wait in line. From the office, walk back to the main road and straight towards the border. The Thai immigration office will come into view after a few minutes of walking. The immigration building is quite large, but all you need to do is fill out a form and head up the stairs to get your stamp in. For US citizens with a passport (of at least 6 months validity), and staying 30 days in Thailand there is no Visa required. On the US embassy website it also states travelers will have to possess an onward or return airline ticket. We did not have a ticket, but the staff didn't ask us about it at all.
After the stamp into Thailand, it's another short walk to the parking lot where the buses and shuttles are parked. Follow the exit signs to get out of the immigration center. After exiting the border crossing we almost walked straight pass the bus, but the bus attendant was there to stop us from walking away into no man's land.
It was early afternoon when all the passengers were back on the bus. The trip from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok took longer than we expected because the traffic in Bangkok is crazy! After about five more hours of being on the bus we were happy to finally arrive at the bus terminal. But that joy soon faded the more we walked around trying to find a way into the heart of the city. The cab drivers were asking us to pay way too much, $30-40! Plus the only atm machine at the convenience store was broken. We ended up calling an Uber and splitting the price with a fellow traveler (cheaper than the cabs).
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Overall the border crossing was simple and painless. Stay hydrated and bring snacks!
Where we stayed : SS Hotel Bangkok