BORDER CROSSING

INTERNATIONAL OVERLAND BORDER CROSSING

BORDER CROSSING WITH THAILAND


BORDER: ARANYAPRATHET - POIPET

Cambodian visas and Thai transit visas available on arrival at the border. Cambodian E-Visa accepted at this crossing. Open 08:00-20:00

Most overland Thailand to/from Siem Reap travelers cross the border at the Aranyaprathet/Poipet border crossing. Most people travel by bus, but train (on the Thai side) and taxi travel is also available. Cambodian visas are available at the border. The practice of overcharging for tourist visas is on the wane. Going the other direction, 15-day Thai transit visas are available at the border free of charge. Other types of Thai visas are not available.

You will likely be confronted by a couple of annoyances at the border. Touts and drivers on the Thai side of the border will tell you that you should or even must get a Cambodian visa from a 'local consulate' on your way to the border crossing. DO NOT USE THEIR SERVICES. DO NOT GET YOUR VISA AT THE 'LOCAL CONSULATE.' It is not a consulate. The visa is valid but is wildly overpriced. Do not get your Cambodian visa until you have stamped out of Thailand, crossed the border into Cambodia and arrived at Cambodian immigration. Also, the touts will tell you that you need to exchange foreign currency for Cambodian riel. THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT TO CHANGE MONEY AT THE BORDER. It is a scam to get you to change money at a rip-off exchange rate. DO NOT change money at the border.

It's a 465km, 6-9 hour trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap. The usual route begins with a 4-5 hour bus or a train ride from Bangkok to the border crossing at Aranyaprathet, cross the border into Cambodia (visas available on-arrival), and then 3 more hours on to Siem Reap. On the Cambodian side, the road to Siem Reap is in excellent condition. There are currently three options in planning an overland trip:

1/ Package Tickets

In Bangkok package tickets price ranges from 400-800 baht on Khao Sarn to over 1000 baht in the Sukhumvit area. Most buses leave in the morning, arriving at the border crossing 4-5 hours later. You will be told to cross the border on your own and how to locate your onward transportation once on the Cambodian side. This option will probably disappear as the direct bus becomes more popular.

2/ Direct Bus

NEW!!! There are now direct buses between Siem Reap and Bangkok. One ticket, one price, no bus change at the border. The bus makes 2-3 rest stops along the way in addition to the stop at the border. Total trip: 6-8 hours. Price: $25-$30, not inclusive of visa fees. Buses leave early, 7AM-9AM. In Bangkok tickets are available and buses depart from Morochit station. In Siem Reap purchase tickets through a travel agent or your guesthouse. In Siem Reap the ticket usually includes free pick up from your hotel.

3/ Do it yourself

1). From Bangkok take a bus or train to Aranyaprathet. Bus: 4 hours, departing the Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit) hourly from 4AM to 6PM. Train: 6 hours, departs Hualamphong 

2). From Aranyaprathet, take a moto or tuk-tuk from the bus station to the border. 

3). On the Cambodian side, take a shuttle bus to the transport station for $1-$2.50. From there you can bus or taxi to Siem Reap.

a). The buses depart the transport stations at regular intervals, cost $7-$9 and takes about 4 hours. The buses stop at a couple of places right in town, not at a formal bus station. Hop off and grab a tuk-tuk to your hotel.

b). Taxis offer the fastest, most comfortable travel option. Though the local rate is about $25, tourists usually have to pay $45-$50. 2.5-3 hours. Share with other travelers and split the cost. NEVER pay in advance (in any taxi in Cambodia.) Pay once you arrive in Siem Reap.

 

BORDER: CHONG JOM- O'SMAC

Cambodian visas available. Thai transit visas available.

Remote border crossing north of Siem Reap in Oddar Meanchey province. From Siem Reap travel to Kralahn, then north to Samrong and then on to the border. Guesthouses available in Samrong.

 

BORDER: CHONG SA NGAM - ANLONG VENG

Cambodian visas available. Thai transit visas available

Remote border crossing northwest of Siem Reap in Oddar Meanchey province, opposite Thailand's Si Saket province.

 

BORDER: BAN PAKARD, Chantaburi - PHSAR PROM, Pailin

Cambodian visas available. Thai transit visas available

Located in Pailin, Cambodia, opposite Thailand's Chantaburi province. From Bangkok, bus to Chantaburi for about 150 baht (4 hours). Mini bus to border for about 100 baht (1-2 hours). Cross border. Motodup to Pailin. Taxi from Pailin to Battambang (shared taxi for 200baht, private for $25-$30.) 3 or 4 hours but road conditions change with the season.

 

BORDER: BAN LAEM, Chantaburi - DAUN LEM, BATTAMBANG

Cambodian visas available. Thai transit visas available

Located in Kamreang, Battambang province, Cambodia, opposite Thailand's Chantaburi province.

 

BORDER CROSSING WITH VIETNAM


BORDER: MOC BAI - BAVET

Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border. Cambodian E-Visa accepted at this crossing.

The Moc Bai crossing is the closest and most convenient to Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. The road from Phnom Penh, through the Moc Bai crossing to Ho Chi Minh City is in very good condition except for short stretches under construction between Neak Loung and Phnom Penh. At peak traffic hours and holidays there can be long waits at the Mekong River ferry crossing at Neak Loung.

Bus: There are several bus companies offering direct a/c bus service between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City for $10-$12. No bus change at the border. The trip usually takes about 6 hours barring traffic back ups at the Neak Loung ferry crossing.

Phnom Penh does not have a centralized bus station. Buses from different companies depart from different stations. In Ho Chi Minh City, most of the bus stations and offices are in the Pham Ngu Lao area.

 

BORDER (MEKONG RIVER): KAAM SAMNOR- CHAU DOC

Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border.

This Mekong River border crossing is near the Vietnamese city of Chau Doc. Coming from Cambodia, this crossing is accessed primarily from Phnom Penh.

From Phnom Penh, you will taxi (shared taxi: 10,000 riel) or bus east on National Route #1 to Neak Luong town (where the Route #1 meets the Mekong River.) At Neak Luong, take a ferry down the Mekong to the Kaam Samnor crossing near Chau Doc (10,000 riel.) Stamp out of Cambodia, take a motorcycle taxi to Vietnamese Immigration, stamp into Vietnam, and then catch another motorcycle taxi into central Chau Doc a couple of kilometers away. There are guesthouses and hotels in Chau Doc. Allot about 5 hours for the trip from Phnom Penh to Chau Doc. Mini-vans leave Chau Doc for HCMC regularly all day long. They can found clustered around the central market area and cost about US$3/person. The mini-van drivers wait for a full van before they leave so, to minimize your wait, try to get into a van that's almost full.

 

BORDER: PHNOM DEN- TINH BIEN

Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border.

This border crossing in Takeo province Cambodia is about 10 km south of the the Vietnamese city of Chau Doc. Coming from Cambodia, this crossing can be accessed from either Phnom Penh or Kampot.

From Phnom Penh, take a shared taxi from Phsar Domkor (Market Domkor) to Phnom Den in Takeo province ($8-$10.) Walk across the border to Tinh Bien, Vietnam. From Tinh Bien, take a motorcycle taxi or car taxi to Chau Doc about 10km north. From Chau Doc, most travelers continue on to HCMC. 

From Kampot, arrange a taxi to the border (Phnom Den) through your hotel. Private taxi costs about $30-$40 and take 2-3 hours. If you like, the hotel can help to find other travelers to share the taxi with you and reduce the per person cost. The taxi will travel through Kampong Trach district of Kampot province to the border crossing at Phnom Den. Much of the road is hardpack and may deteriorate in the rainy season increasing the travel time. At Phnom Den, walk across the border to Tinh Bien, Vietnam. From Tinh Bien, take a motorcycle taxi or car taxi to Chau Doc about 10km north. The 'right price' is reportedly about $3, though drivers ask as much as $10. Don't forget to bargain! There are guesthouses and hotels in Chau Doc. Mini-vans leave Chau Doc for HCMC regularly all day long.


BORDER: TRAPEANG PHLONG - XA MAT

Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border.

Recently opened. In Kampong Cham province, Memot district, bordering the Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh. 


BORDER (HA TIEN): PREK CHAK - XA XIA

Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border.

The Prek Chak/Xaxia ('Ha Tien') checkpoint is the nearest, most easily accessed border crossing from Kampot/Kep. The crossing lies near the Vietnamese towns of Ha Tien and Rach Gia which are the jump off points to the Phu Quoc Island.

The road from Kampot to the border crossing is, for the most part, in good condition, taking about 1h-1h30m to traverse. Take Route 33 east from Kampot to the intersection of Route 31 at Kampong Trach town. Turn south on Route 31. All but the last few kilometers to the border is sealed. There is also a shorter cut off road from Route 33 before Kampong Trach town. It is slightly shorter but the road is rough hardpack dirt, which can deteriorate in the wet season. Regularly scheduled multi-daily vans and mini-buses travel from Kampot, through the border crossing and all the way to Ha Tien, most in time for the ferry to Phu Quoc. Price: $8-$11. Arrange a ticket through your guesthouse or one of the listed tour operators in Kampot. If you want to do-it-yourself, a motodup from Kampot to to the Prek Chak crossing costs about $8; tuk-tuks run about $15-$20 and a taxi is $20-$25. Some motorcycle taxis from Kampot are also able to cross the border with you and take you as far as Ha Tien for an additional $2-$3.

 

BORDER CROSSING WITH LAOS


BORDER: DOM KRALOR - VOEUNG KAM(Open 08:00-17:00)

Cambodian visas are available at the border. Laos visas NOT available at the border.

There are two border crossing points with Laos relatively close to one another: 1) the riverine crossing at Koh Chheuteal Thom; 2) the road crossing at Dom Kralor. Expect extra fees for "stamps" on both sides of the border.

To get to the Lao border crossing from Phnom Penh, take a taxi or bus to Stung Treng town, and then arrange transport to the border from Stung Treng. The road from Phnom Penh all the way through Stung Treng and to the border has recently been improved and is currently in comparatively good condition.

Going the other way, from Laos to Cambodia, you can cross the border by road or river. By river, take a boat from Don Khone or Don Khong to Voeung Kam ($2-$5). From Voeung Kam, get a Cambodian boat to Stung Treng for $10. (There had been several reports of price gouging by the boats to Stung Treng, but there have been fewer reports of this as of late.) Then take a bus to Phnom Penh on the Phnom Penh Sorya Transport for 42,000 riel.

From Laos to Cambodia by road, travelers report that people who bought package tickets from their guesthouse in Laos to travel from Laos through to Stung Treng Cambodia are met by onward transportation at the border after they cross into Cambodia. But otherwise, there is no regularly scheduled onward transportation available on the Cambodian side of the border. Traveler's the arrive without pre-arranged onward transportation report that there are sometimes private taxis and motos waiting at the border but there are times when no transportation is available, requiring a long wait for transport to show up.

 

 


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