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Bangkok to Phnom Penh by bus: All you need to know

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What has happened to the bus service between Bangkok and Phnom Pehn? It's still going strong. Here is what you need to know from travel writer Annie Tong.

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About two years ago, we published a story about a new bus service from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. There must have been a high demand for such a service because it soon became one of our most popular stories of the year.

What has happened to the service? Recently I had an email from a travel writer who had just taken the trip. She asked if readers might be interested in an update. I answered that I’m sure they would so she sent this very detailed story. It has all the information you need to know about making the trip. Thai travellers will, of course, have an easier time, since they won't need the visa for stays of up to 14 days.

Update: You can now book your trip online.

Bangkok to Phnom Penh – by bus

All you need to know

Story by Annie Tong

My name is Annie Tong, I run a travel blog called Sell Up Go Travel (http://sellupgotravel.com/) and recently caught a bus from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. Before taking the trip I did some research and failed to find any up-to-date information on how to get there. That’s when I decided to write a scam-free step-by-step guide on how to get to Phnom Penh from Bangkok, a bus which will take us straight through without hopping into a minivan.

Step 1- Apply for an e-visa online

The cost for an e-visa (https://www.evisa.gov.kh) with all the fees included is USD$40, this will give you a single entry for 30 days. You should get a response within 3 days, If you have an e-visa the whole process is much quicker it only takes about 30 minutes when crossing borders. Print 2 copies of your e-visa one copy for your arrival and one for departure.

Step 2 - Purchase your ticket

When you make your way to purchase a ticket, have your passport with you as the agent needs to see it before they book your ticket.

Photo by Annie Tong.

You can buy your tickets from the following outlets in Bangkok:

Ekkamai eastern bus terminal, which is on Soi 63 on Sukhumvit road
Thai Tickets Major outlets

Ticket cost is 750 Baht

There is only one bus which leaves at 11:50 pm, from the Mo Chit bus terminal

My suggestion would be to book few days ahead to get better seating on the bus

Total journey time: 16 hours with plenty of stops

Step 3 - Going there

First, of course, you need to get to the Mo Chit bus terminal.

If you are by the Sukhumvit line, catch a tuk tuk to the nearest BTS station, make sure you head the right direction to Mo Chit

Once you hop off the BTS, make your way down to the taxi stand

Take a taxi, it should cost around 65 Baht and the ride should take you about 15 to 20 minutes depending on traffic

Once you get to the bus terminal make your way to platform 106 and the bus will arrive 30 minutes before departure time.

Our bus was almost brand-new, plenty of legroom, clean, air-conditioned and had a toilet on board. Once you get seated you are given a bottle of water, a small muffin, a small juice and a blanket to keep you warm on your journey.

Photo by Annie Tong.

The bus makes plenty of short stops along the way to allow you to stretch your legs, at 5:15am the bus will arrive at Poipet border and the staff will hand out a little card. This card will tell you where the same bus will be waiting for you to be picked up, then you are advised to get off the bus to make your way through the immigration. But no need to get off the bus as the border opens at 6:00 am

Once the border opens you clear through Thai immigration, then walk straight through and follow the sign which says "Travellers with visas please proceed to passport control 200 meters" Welcome to Cambodia!

Once you get your passport stamped by the Cambodian immigration, make your way to the meeting point. Keep in mind you will have to wait for others to clear through immigration as this process can take up to three hours.

Once everyone is back on board, they will serve a light hot meal for breakfast. After another six hours the bus will stop by the riverside close to Wat Phnom “You have reached your destination” The whole trip was very pleasant and stress free, I recommend travelling by bus as it is very efficient and budget friendly.

Vocabulary:

advise : to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation - แนะนำ, แจ้ง

arrival : when someone reaches where they are going (arrives) - ขาเข้า การเข้ามา

blanket : a thick cover made of wool or another material that you use to keep warm in bed - ผ้าห่ม

border : the official line separating two areas, regions or countries - เขตแดน อาณาเขต

brand-new : very new and in very good condition - ใหม่เอี่ยม

budget : an amount of money able to be spent on something - งบประมาณ

departure : leaving - การออกจาก

depend on : according to; affected by things that happen - ขึ้นอยู่กับ

destination : the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง

detailed : giving many details and a lot of information; paying great attention to details - ซึ่งมีรายละเอียดมาก

efficient : effective and well organised (the opposite is inefficient) - มีประสิทธิภาพ

fee : an amount of money that you pay to be allowed to do something - ค่าธรรมเนียม

guide : a book, magazine, etc. that gives you information, help or instructions about something - คู่มือ

hop into (verb): (informal) to get into a vehicle, especially quickly -

hop off (verb): (informal) to get off or out of a vehicle, especially quickly -

immigration : dealing with people entering and leaving the country - การตรวจคนเข้าเมือง

keep in mind (idiom): remember; don't forget - จำ, จำไว้, อย่าลืม

legroom (noun): the amount of space available for your legs when you are sitting in a car, plane, theatre, etc. -

meal : the food that you serve or eat at one time - มื้ออาหาร

minivan (noun): a large car, like a van, designed to carry up to eight people รถยนต์ขนาด 8 ที่นั่ง, รถตู้ขนาดเล็ก -

muffin : a type of round flat bread roll, usually toasted and eaten hot with butter; a small cake in the shape of a cup, often containing small pieces of fruit, etc - มัฟฟิน, ขนมอบชนิดหนึ่ง

on board : on a ship, aircraft or vehicle - บนหรือใน (เรือ, รถ, เครื่องบินหรือพาหนะอื่น)

outlet (noun): a shop or place where a particular product is sold - ร้านขายสินค้า, ร้านขายสินค้าจากโรงงาน

platform : an area next to a railway track, bus station, etc. where passengers get onto and off trains, buses, etc. - ชานชาลา

proceed : to move or travel in a particular direction - เดินทางไปยัง

recommend (verb): to advise someone that they should do something - แนะนำ

research : a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - การวิจัย

response : an answer - การตอบ

scam : a dishonest plan, especially for getting money - กลโกง, แผนร้าย

staff : workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน

step-by-step (adj): explaining each stage of a process in a clear and simple way - ทีละขั้น

stress : mental pressure or worry - ความตึงเครียด

stretch : to make your arms, legs, or body as straight as possible so that your muscles become long and tight - เหยียดตัว, เหยียดแขนขา

terminal : a large building where passengers arrive and leave - อาคารผู้โดยสาร

toilet (noun): a large bowl attached to a pipe that you sit on or stand over when you get rid of waste matter from your body - โถส้วม, ห้องน้ำ

up-to-date (adjective): with the newest and latest news, information and ideas - ทันสมัย, ปัจจุบัน

update : the most recent information or news about something - ข้อมูลใหม่ๆ

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