Siem Reap International Airport is just 8km from the centre of Siem Reap and operates both domestic and international flights. The airport is served by various airlines including AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Bangkok Airways. Ho Chi Minh and Bangkok are just an hour’s flight away, and Kuala Lumpur is a 2-hour hop over the Gulf of Thailand. Siem Reap can be reached by domestic flights from Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.
Siem Reap can be reached by long-distance bus from any of the surrounding cities, and is a 5-6 hour journey from Phnom Penh along National Highway 6. Most buses arrive at an out-of-town bus station to the east of Siem Reap, meaning that arriving visitors will need to take a tuk-tuk to the town centre. Various types of bus are available and are operated by a multitude of different companies; Giant Ibis and Larryta are among the reputable ones. Mini vans tend to be the speediest, most reliable, and most comfortable. Night buses with lie-flat beds are also available and allow the budget-conscious to save the price of a hostel bed. However, the safety-conscious traveller may want to give the night bus a wide berth as it is notorious for opportunistic theft and even sexual assault.
An interesting, if more expensive, way to arrive in Siem Reap is by boat. Ferries run from Phnom Penh and Battambang across the Tonle Sap lake, offering a glimpse of the floating villages and flooded forests.