I received an email from a reader asking for tips on how to get to Siem Reap from Aranyaprathet. She was hesitant because of scammers that are prevalent in the area which I’ve also read about. I already wrote an article about it (read article here) however, it seemed as if I haven’t fully tackled our story. Hence, this post will serve as a guide for those travelers who will opt for the Bangkok to Siem Reap route via train and avoid touts in the process.
How To Avoid Scammers from Aranyaprathet (Thailand) to Poipet (Cambodia) Border
After taking the regular train ride from Bangkok and arriving in Aranyaprathet, we freshened ourselves in the huge bathrooms at the station and let everybody go first. We’ll all just meet each other at the immigration office so there was no need to rush.
tuktuk taxis and pseudo-agencies
Tuktuk (motorized taxis) are abound, waiting for passengers and you can ride one of them to take you to the border. We were charged more but we insisted on paying only 1 USD for the drive. There were three of us inside the tuktuk and it was full but it didn’t matter. The drive to the border lasted only for 10 minutes.
Prior to the driver bringing us to the border, he made a side trip and brought us to an office where long-sleeved men asked if we were going to Cambodia.
Take note: Do not believe them!
These men wearing long-sleeved shirts will convince you to get inside their office agency so you can apply for a Visa for Cambodia. However, if you’re a Filipino, there is NO NEED for a Visa as it is NOT a requirement. It’s sad but this is a protocol for tuktuk drivers in Aranyaprathet to hopefully earn extra income.
It was lunch time when we arrived near the border so we stopped again to eat. There are small eateries nearby and the food was really good! I chose sweet pork and chicken curry on rice. This was my second time to eat Thai food and the spices were dominant without affecting the taste. Just recalling the food is making me miss Thailand already.
sweet pork and spicy chicken curry on plain rice – 40 Baht
We walked a few meters to get to the border in Thailand. After going through Immigration, we walked a few more steps and then lined up this time at the Immigration check for our Cambodia entry. You can tell the difference between the two countries and how the other one differs from the other in terms of wealth.
Immigration Check at the border of Aranyaprathet, Thailand
Immigration Check at the border in Poipet, Cambodia
After waiting for my companions, we rode a red shuttle bus going to the bus terminal in Poi Pet. The shuttle was free so there’s no need to pay and the ride lasted only for 5 minutes.
Arriving at the Poipet bus terminal, we checked on the fares from Poipet to Siem Reap via bus or taxi.
Poi Pet to Siem Reap Rates
Bus – 9 USD per person
Taxi – 12 USD per person
We opted for a taxicab by paying 450 Baht each which turned out to be a total rip-off as we could’ve paid in US Dollars at a cheaper cost. However, we were too tired with our Math as it was a very long traverse from where we started.
We searched for a payphone and called our hostel (Bousavy Guesthouse) so that they could talk to our driver to bring us directly to the guesthouse.
Another Warning: On the road from Poi Pet to Siem Reap, the driver will take you to another office where men with long-sleeved shirts (again) will advise you to step out of the vehicle.
They tried their hardest to convince us to get whatever service they were offering. I’m not sure what they were for but I guess it’s the same as that of our previous incident. Again, there is NO NEED for a VISA if you’re a Filipino. For other nationalities, you may refer to this link for added info.
Our driver told us to just stay in the car and ignore those men in the agency. I guess the reason why he led us there in the first place was due to their standard operating procedure again.
During out travels, we encounter different types of SCAMS. It is wise to research ahead of time to ensure that you won’t pay unnecessary fees. We were lucky that we had a friend who’s been to Cambodia so she knew her way around already.
It was smooth sailing from then on. We slept during the remainder of the 3-hour ride and we arrived in our hostel safe.
Here’s a couple of comprehensive guides about Siem Reap:
- Tips and Things to Know about Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Digital Nomad Life: One Month in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Check out my other adventures here:
- Quick Update from Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Siem Reap and Bangkok Chronicles
- Getting There: Cebu to Manila to Clark to Bangkok to Aranyaprathet to Siem Reap
- No Ordinary Train Ride From Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
- Bangkok to Siem Reap: Avoid Scammers from Aranyaprathet to Poipet Border
- Where to Stay: Bousavy Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Where to Stay: Victory Guesthouse in Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Cambodia Trip: Angkor Thom Gate, Bayon Temple and Elephant Terrace
- Cambodia Trip: Trees in Ta Prohm Temple, Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Walking Barefoot at Angkor Wat Temple
- Cambodia Trip: Pre Rup, Banteay Srei and East Mebon Temples
- Cambodia Trip: Haggling Prices in Angkor Night Market
- Cambodia Trip: Those Khmer Kids Selling Merchandise
- Cambodia Trip: Chill Out and Relax at Pub Street in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Insightful Conversations Over a Fish Massage
- Cambodia Trip: Land Mine Victims
- Cambodia Trip: A Guide to Eating Cheap Khmer Food in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Engrish and Random Sights in Siem Reap
- Cambodia Trip: Shuttle Bus from Siem Reap to Bangkok, Thailand
- Total Budget Expense in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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