Getting to Siem Reap


The majority of visitors arrive by air from Phnom Penh and Bangkok, though there are also flights from several other major cities in Southeast Asia. For international overland travel from surrounding countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos).

Cambodian visas are available on arrival at both airports and most international border checkpoints. The crossing at Aranyaprathet/Poipet is closest and most convenient to Siem Reap (the road is very good condition). The road from Phnom Penh is very good condition and there are regular buses, taxis and vans running between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as well as a daily river ferry service.



Siem Reap Airways offer several daily flights to/from Phnom Penh.


Bus travel is now the most popular means of overland transport between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The road (National Route #6) is paved and smooth and there are several regularly scheduled daily buses in both directions, taking only 5 or 6 hours to make the trip.

River Ferry

Daily ferries ply the Tonle Sap river and lake between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The end of the trip is marked by a hill, Phnom Krom, near the ferry dock at Chong Khneas 12 km south of Siem Reap. During the dry season when the water is low, the ferry stops short of the dock and passengers transfer to smaller boats to traverse the final few hundred meters.
International Overland Border Crossings


  1. Aranyaprathet, Thailand Poipet, Cambodia (Poi Pet Checkpoint)
  2. Had Lek, Thailand Koh Kong, Cambodian (Cham Yeam Checkpoint)
  3. Pailin, Cambodia
  4. Battambang Province, Cambodia
  5. O’Smach, Cambodia (O’Smach Checkpoint)


  1. Moc Bak, Vietnam Bavet, Cambodia (Bavet Checkpoint)
  2. Chau Doc, Vietnam (Kha Orm Sam Nor Check point)


  1. Voeung Kam, Laos