To cross the border from Siem Reap to Thailand, we had to go through the Poipet border. There are buses available for a cheaper price but I didn’t want to wait for it to be full or for other people. So, we decided on a Taxi service to cross the border. I asked our hostel at Tanei Guesthouse about a taxi. They offered me a price of $30 from Siem Reap to the Poipet border for 5 people. They said it’s usually only $25 but since there are more people in our group, they charged $5 more which wasn’t so bad. Last time, we had to pay $45. We left at around 7am and it was a 2 to 3 hour ride to the border.
Border control would be on the right side where you fill out a form and they take your pictures and fingerprints and stamp your passport. In between, you will see a lot of Casinos and a lot of local people going about crossing the border.
Then the Thai Immigration would be on the left side of the road. We had to line up for a bit since the room was full. I saw one guy giving out immigration cards and I asked for a few. We filled it up and went through immigration.
Then we walked to what looked like a market. You have an option to take the buses, or a tuktuk and then a train (at around 12 noon which is the last one going to Bangkok). We opted for the Taxi. Last time we only payed 1900 Baht for the trip to Bangkok but the guy on the stand said that since there are 5 people in our group. We had to pay 2100 Baht or $70. I didn’t want to give him the extra baht since he was kinda rude. I went to a bank and exchanged my dollars to Baht, just enough to pay for the trip. Then we bought a few street food snacks with my leftover Baht. It was another 3 or 4 hours before we reached Bangkok.
I couldn’t comment on the other modes of transportation except for the train. I did try that the last time I came here and it was a really nice ride. I love trains. It just takes longer, approximately 6 hours. I don’t know about buses but I have reservations about their punctuality and the comfort from the forum posts I’ve read online. I really like the Taxi ride, I would assume it to be the most convenient and most comfortable out of all the available land transportation. It is the most expensive. You pay for comfort. Going by air must be really nice but I don’t have that kind of money to burn. Haha.