Trains between Poipet to Sisophon are not currently running. You can, however, take a minivan from Poipet to Sisophon. The journey by minivan is scheduled to take 1 hour.
Train Times from Poipet to Sisophon
- Please note: Train services between Poipet and Sisophon are currently suspended.
|Poipet||Sisophon||Days in Service|
Bus Times from Poipet to Sisophon
There are 2 services a day from Poipet to Sisophon available to book online.
|07:30||08:30||$ 8||Minivan||Saly Express|
|11:00||12:00||$ 8||Minivan||Saly Express|
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Poipet Railway Station
- Poipet Train Station is located 850 metres walking distance from the Thailand-Cambodia border.
Poipet Bus Stop
- Cambotra Express bus services from Poipet to Sisophon depart from the Cambotra Express office, Phum Baliley 1, Sangkat, Krong Poi Pet, Cambodia.
Sisophon Railway Station
Sisophon Bus Stop
- Cambotra Express bus services from Poipet to Sisophon terminate near MB Villa Guest House in Sisophon.
Sisophon, also known as Serei Saophoan, is a fairly large town with around 60,000 permanent residents and the administrative capital of Banteay Meanchey Province. Sisophon has the best facilities in the province in terms of hotels, restaurants and shops. Sisophon is not, however, a town with much of interest for visitors and lacks the charm of other provincial capitals such as Battambang.
The major reason why visitors come to Sisophon is to visit Banteay Chhmar Temple. Sisiophon is located at the junction between the main road running from Poipet, on the border with Thailand, and Phnom Penh, and Highway 56 which goes north from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar Temple. Sisophon is also on the train line from Poipet to Phnom Penh. By road it’s 60 km from Sisophon to Banteay Chhmar Temple. In a shared taxi the one-way journey is approximately $5 USD, or $25 USD for the whole taxi. A local tuk-tuk can also be hired for the whole day for around $30 to $35 USD.
Banteay Chhmar Temple is one of Cambodia’s most unusual and mysterious temples. Banteay Chhmar Temple was built during the height of the power of the Angkor regime during the reign of King Jayavarman VII (1181 to 1218). King Jayavarman VII was also responsible for the construction of other more famous temples such as Ta Phrom and Bayon Temple.
One of the curious things about Banteay Chhmar Temple is that it is located a long way away from Siem Reap and the ancient cities of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. This location outside the centre of power of the Angkor regime and the Angkor Archaeological Park make this temple unique and a different experience to visiting the temple located within the park in a number of respects.
Firstly, Banteay Chhmar Temple has not been restored to the same extent as the temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park. The buildings has been left to disintegrate and the jungle’s growth has been left largely unchecked.
Secondly, hardly anyone visits Banteay Chhmar Temple. Its in a remote location not accessible by public transport and is not so well known.
Thirdly, the Buddhist artwork of the period has been left largely intact, save for the items looted from the site in the 20th Century. After the reign of King Jayavarman VII, the Angkor regime changed back to Hinduism and many of the Buddhist temples where repurposed. This didn’t happen at Banteay Chhmar Temple and in this respect Banteay Chhmar Temple is a better representation of what was originally built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII than the more famous temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park.