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Travel from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) could take you the whole day (by bus/train). I'm wondering if there is any sightseeing between Siem Reap and Bangkok where I can stop, sleep one night and then continue my travel. The idea is split the trip in two parts, but staying in a place where there is something to see/do.

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There is no convenient midpoint stop, I think it's better to just bear the long road journey (I hear it's better in 2012 than few years ago).

Chachoengsao has a huge buddhist temple (allegedly the largest in the world), an old market and a decent river tour. Worth a visit, technically on the way, but rather close to Bangkok (1-2h).

Poipet is a seedy border town which may appeal if you're into casinos and gambling (and other activities which go along with that). Most people are happy to leave it behind after finding a bus or taxi onward.

Sisophon is tiny, and while you could probably find lodging there in a bind, doesn't seem too interesting.

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There are plenty of places in Thailand that are nice enough to stay for a day. You'll always have access to good food and life, in general, is pretty relaxed. However, the only sight, as far as I know, that's really of interest and that's roughly between the two, is Ayutthaya. But that's so close to Bangkok, it sort of defeats your purpose.

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Ayutthaya is not between Bangkok and Siem Reap -- it's to the north of Bangkok, SR is to the east. – dbkk Jul 8 '12 at 11:15
I'm very much aware of that. If you take a bus from BKK to the border, it first goes north, towards Ayutthaya, then turns off towards the border, some 10 or 15km before Ayuttaya. That makes Ayutthaya pretty close to being between the two. And, anyway, I'm sure the OP wouldn't mind a, technically, 30 minute detour if the sights are worth it. – MastaBaba Jul 8 '12 at 17:01
This is the shortest route to the border and roughly the one vans from central BKK (Victory Monument) take. If he goes to Ayutthaya, most likely he'd need to get back to BKK for the trip to Aranyaprathet (although maybe there's a direct van/bus), so it's an independent side trip (well worth it on its own merit of course). – dbkk Jul 8 '12 at 21:35

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