The cheapest way from Bangkok to Angkor Wat

Step by Step - The cheapest way to go from Bangkok to Angkor Wat or Siem Reap

Some people would argue that walking, biking or hitching is the cheapest way. And they might be right. But this is not for everyone so let me show you  the easy way. And I challenge you on the first leg of this trip. How about you get from Bangkok to the border of Cambodia for less than 2 US $? Only hitching would be cheaper but since you have to wait for a lift in the heat of Thailand you will probably drink for more than 2 US$. And the wear and tear to your shoes or bike would be more than 2 US$ as well. After you cleared the border it is another 9 US$ to get to Siem Reap – the gateway to Angkor Wat.

So lets break it down in small pieces.

Train Bangkok - Siem Reap

From Bangkok to the Cambodian border by train…

From Bangkok, it is about 265 km to the border in Poipet. The train goes all the way from Bangkok to Ban Klong Luk which is only 200 meters from the Cambodian border. It is a 3rd class train only but the Thai 3rd class trains are quite nice. There are vendors walking the train that sell food and drinks and it is quite clean. You can open the windows and enjoy the breeze while your eyes travel to the countryside.

Fares

Bangkok to Aranyaprathet: 48 baht

Children aged 0 to 3 and less than 100cm in height travel free.
Children aged 4 to 11 and under 150cm travel at half fare.
Children from 12 years  or over 150cm high pay full fare.

No reservation required, just show up, buy a ticket and board the train.

Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
Train Number
275
279
Bangkok Hualamphong
05:55
13:05
Phayathai
06:10
13:13
Makkasan
06:20
13:17
Asoke
06:26
13:20
Aranyaprathet
11:10
17:20
Ban Klong Luk Border
11:17
17:27
Aranyaprathet to Bangkok
Train Number
280
276
Ban Klong Luk Border
06:58
13:53
Aranyaprathet
07:05
14:00
Asoke
11:43
19:19
Makkasan
11:47
19:24
Phayathai
11:52
19:29
Bangkok Hualamphong
12:05
19:35
The train also stops at Phaya Thai Station next to the Phaya Thai BTS Skytrain station. And Makkasan Station which is not the same as the Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station!! Bus Asoke Station is close to Makkasan Airport Rail Link Station and Phetchaburi MRT Station. Boarding at these stations can be more convenient if you’re staying in northern Bangkok.

Crossing the Border to Cambodia

You can stay one night at the Thai side of the border or cross the border and stay one night on the Cambodian side.  Or you continue the trip on the same day.

After you are done with the paperwork at the Poipet border post walk to the big roundabout. You will see an official free transit bus to the Poipet Tourist Passenger International Terminal about 10 minutes down the road. From here all the shared taxis and buses leave for Siem Reap  (and Battambang or Phnom Penh).  The shuttle bus (and the man with the official badge who guides you to it) is legitimate. Beware of touts along the way and read up on all the border scams to be prepared. This is the worst border crossing I ever saw – talking about scams here only!

Take a Bus to Siem Reap

I would take a bus but you could try to hitch from here. Usually, cars in Cambodia are full of people but you could get lucky with a truck. You could try for a while and if you have no luck you could take a bus.

The 150 km (94 miles) from Poipet to Siem Reap should take about 2½ hours by shared taxi or 3 hours with a  bus.  Prices are posted at the ticket counter at the Poipet Tourist Passenger International Terminal.  A shared taxi costs about 12 US$ per seat.  A bus will cost you about 9 US$, a minivan about 10 US$.

If you left Bangkok with the morning train at 05:55, you should reach Siem Reap around 15:00.  If you left Bangkok at 13:05, you should reach Siem Reap around 22:00. Keep in mind that low season or high season makes a difference at the border. Some people are lucky and make it in 20 minutes or less. And some take hours. This will affect your time – and Monsoon rain or a clear sunny day will make a difference for the bus as well!

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Taiwan High-Speed Rail Booking

Taiwan High-Speed Rail Booking

Taiwan High Speed Rail

The fast trainsystem in Taiwan are called Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR). THSR is a railway line crossing Taiwan for from north to south. It runs approximately 350 km (217 mi) along the west coast, from the capital Taipei to the southern city of Kaohsiung. THSR operates  high-speed bullet trains. These trains reach a speed of 300 km/h or  225 mph.

Despite the fact that these trains were built using the technology of the Japanese high-speed network Shinkansen  the fare is not as high as in Japan. All stations  are connected with the centers of cities served by the metro line, conventional rail or free shuttle buses.

 

Taiwan High Speed Rail

A Taiwan High Speed Rail train waiting for passengers at the train station in Taipei.

The train comes with Standard Seats in a 2+3 (Two seats one one side and tree seats on the other) configuration and Business Seats with a 2+2 configuration.

There are about 989 train services per week with operation times between 05:50 to 24:00 every day. Northbound trains are designated by even train numbers and southbound trains  by odd train numbers Most southbound trains originate from  Nangang station and most northbound trains originate from Zuoying.  Only few trains operate just between Nangang and Taichung or between Taichung and Zuoying.

Train Station for the High Speed Train in Taiwan

  • Nangang: No. 313, Sec. 1, Nangang Rd., Nangang Dist., Taipei City
  • Taipei: No. 3, Beiping W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
  • Banqiao: No. 7, Sec. 2, Xianmin Blvd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City
  • Taoyuan: No. 6, Sec. 1, Gaotie N. Rd., Zhongli Dist., Taoyuan City
  • Hsinchu: No. 6, Gaotie 7th Rd., Zhubei City, Hsinchu County
  • Miaoli: No. 268, Gaotie 3rd Rd., Houlong Township, Miaoli County
  • Taichung: No. 8, Zhanqu 2nd Rd., Wuri Dist., Taichung City
  • Changhua: No. 99, Zhanqu 2nd Rd., Tianzhong Township, Changhua County
  • Yunlin: No. 301, Zhanqian E. Rd., Huwei Township, Yunlin County
  • Chiayi: No. 168, Gaotie W. Rd., Taibao City, Chiayi County
  • Tainan: No. 100, Guiren Blvd., Guiren Dist., Tainan City
  • Zuoying: No. 105, Gaotie Rd., Zuoying Dist., Kaohsiung City

I have more information about the stations further down on this page!

How to Book a Ticket for the Taiwan High Speed Rail

The most tourists travel from: Taipei to Taichung. If you click the link you get direct to a search form to find the best times and fares for your trip.
Other popular destinations are Taipei to Kaohsiung and Taipei to Tainan.
A lot of traveler do their Taiwan Hight Speed Rail booking  from Kaohsiung to Tainan and from Kaohsiung to Taichung City.


Benefits of Online Booking:

  • Prices are cheaper than at the box office.
  • The tourist is able to compare prices to choose between a one-way ticket and a rail pass.
  • Trouble-free ticket receiving procedure – after the purchase, the customer receives their ticket as a PDF voucher (TOD-ticket). PDF voucher must be exchanged to the real ticket at the ticketing window on any train stations.
  • Convenient advance booking period – Min: 24 hours, Max: 1 year before the departure.
  • Loyal cancellation policy – tickets can be canceled 48 hours before the departure.
  • Special ticket policy is applied for children: On laps < 6yrs – FOC and child price 50% less for <12yrs.
  • Modern, fast and comfortable transportation.
  • Trains are one of the best ways to travel around Taiwan.
Taiwan High Speed Rail

Taiwan High Speed Rail Pass and Joint Pass

3-Day Pass
Unlimited rides on Taiwan High Speed Rail trains for three consecutive days.
NT2,200

Flexible 2-Day Pass
Unlimited rides on Taiwan High Speed Rail trains for any two days of a designated seven-day period.
NT2,500

5-Day Standard Joint Pass
Unlimited rides on Taiwan Railway Chu-Kuang Express or trains at a lower price than Chu-Kuang Express for five days and on Taiwan High Speed Rail trains for any two days within the designated five days.
NT2,800

5-Day Premium Joint Pass
Unlimited rides on Taiwan Railway Tze-Chiang Limited Express or trains at a lower price than Tze-Chiang Limited Express for 5 days and on Taiwan High Speed Rail trains for any two days within the designated five days.
NT3,600

Rules:

  • These Passes/Tickets are available only to foreign passengers who have entered the Republic of China (Taiwan) on a non-ROC passport and a valid short-term entry document, which may be Visa-exempt entry, Visitor Visa, Exit & Entry Permit Taiwan Republic Of China, APEC Business Travel Card, or other documents which entitled the holder to stay in Taiwan for less than 180 day.)
  • Passports are required to exchange Pass/One-Way Ticket, select seats and board on train. If there is any discrepancy found between passenger’s passport and purchased voucher, the voucher will be refused to exchange. Please also carry your valid entry document (e.g. Visa-exempt entry, Visitor Visa, Exit & Entry Permit Taiwan Republic Of China, APEC Business Travel Card, etc., issued by an official authority) for inspection. Please present your entry document when the staffs request for.
  • For Child Pass/One-Way Ticket, children over the age of 6 years and under 12 years old may purchase the Child Pass/One-Way Ticket; and children under 6 years old who do not occupy a seat are not required to purchase a Pass/Ticket, but those who would like to occupy a seat will have to purchase a child Pass/Ticket. The children passport must be provided to confirm their eligibility when exchanging or boarding. If the identity of the child found is ineligible, the Pass/Ticket will be refused to exchange and board.
  • THSRC and TRA reserve the right to refuse unqualified passengers to exchange and use the Pass/Ticket.
  • Passengers who purchase the Pass/ Ticket through a travel agency or the THSR Pass Website will receive a voucher that may only be used in exchange for the THSR Pass, Joint Pass, or One-Way Ticket but cannot be used to board directly.
  • The Pass/Ticket must be exchanged within 90 days, including the date of payment, at ticket counters; the validity period/date of Pass / Ticket is applicable from the next day of the purchase.
  • The Joint Pass can be exchanged at ticket counters of Taiwan Railway or Taiwan High Speed Rail. Collection at a TRA ticket counter is available only at Songshan Station, Taipei Station, Taoyuan Station, Taichung Station, Tainan Station, and Kaohsiung Station. The Joint Pass holders must collect boarding ticket(s) at the designated TRA station(s) to travel on TRA trains.
  • Please present the voucher and your passport (original) to exchange a Pass/Ticket, and also carry your valid entry document (e.g. visa-exempt entry stamp, visa, entry& exit permit, APEC Business Travel Card, etc., issued by official authority) for inspection. If you are unable to present your passport(original) and entry document, or if the information on your passport does not match the information on the voucher, Taiwan High Speed Rail and Taiwan Railway reserve the right to refuse the exchange.
  • When exchanging the Pass/Ticket, a validity period/date is required to be specified simultaneously. The period once specified cannot be changed.
    Passengers traveling on a Pass/Joint Pass or One-Way Ticket must enter and exit a station through a manned gate and present your passport (original) for inspection.
  • If a passenger is traveling with an invalid Pass or unable to present the passport (original) or the information on the passport does not match the information on the Pass/Ticket, the passenger will not be permitted to board the train, or will be requested to pay the full fare if already on a train.

Onboard Services & features

  • THSR trains have 12 carriages including 1 business class (66 seats) and 11 standard class (923 seats).
  • A & E seats are window seats.
  • Breastfeeding room is located in Car 5. Please contact train crew prior to use.
  • All seats are 180 degree adjustable to facilitate passengers traveling in group.
  • Food trolley service is available on all cars.
  • Each seat is equipped with a fold-down tray table that bears 10Kgs of objects.
  • Garment hanger can hold up to 2Kgs of garments.
  • Cold or hot drinking water is not available on trains. Passengers may use the automatic vending machines.
  • Smoking is not permitted on the train.
  • Emergency intercom is for emergency only and may not used as service bell. Do not use it unless there is an emergency.

Taiwan High Speed Rail​ Stations

Nangang Station

No. 313, Sec. 1, Nangang Rd., Nangang Dist., Taipei City
Operation Hours:05:50 ~ 24:00
Ticketing Hours:05:50 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Taipei Station

No. 3, Beiping W. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City
Operation Hours:06:00 ~ 24:00
Ticketing Hours:06:00 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Banqiao Station

No. 7, Sec. 2, Xianmin Blvd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City
Operation Hours:06:00 ~ 24:00
Ticketing Hours:06:00 ~ Last train departure time

Taoyuan Station

No. 6, Sec. 1, Gaotie N. Rd., Zhongli Dist., Taoyuan City
Operation Hours:06:20 ~ 23:45
Ticketing Hours:06:20 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Hsinchu Station

No. 6, Gaotie 7th Rd., Zhubei City, Hsinchu County
Operation Hours:06:15 ~ 23:45
Ticketing Hours:06:15 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Miaoli Station

No. 268, Gaotie 3rd Rd., Houlong Township, Miaoli County
Operation Hours:06:05 ~ 23:45
Ticketing Hours:06:05 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Taichung Station

No. 8, Zhanqu 2nd Rd., Wuri Dist., Taichung City
Operation Hours:05:40 ~ 24:00
Ticketing Hours:05:40 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Changhua Station

No. 99, Zhanqu 2nd Rd., Tianzhong Township, Changhua County
Operation Hours:06:20 ~ 24:00
Ticketing Hours:06:20 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Yunlin Station

No. 301, Zhanqian E. Rd., Huwei Township, Yunlin County
Operation Hours:06:15 ~ 23:45
Ticketing Hours:06:15 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Chiayi Station

No. 168, Gaotie W. Rd., Taibao City, Chiayi County
Operation Hours:06:00 ~ 23:45
Ticketing Hours:06:00 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Tainan Station

No. 100, Guiren Blvd., Guiren Dist., Tainan City
Operation Hours:05:45 ~ 24:00
Ticketing Hours:05:45 ~ Last Train Departure Time

Zuoying Station

No. 105, Gaotie Rd., Zuoying Dist., Kaohsiung City
Operation Hours:05:25 ~ 24:00
Ticketing Hours:05:25 ~ Last Train Departure Time
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