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1. Posted by debbiedo (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Where is the best place to cross into Cambodia from Thailand and back, and how is it done?

I'm just planning me trip now, and dead excited

2. Posted by kurwah (Full Member 60 posts) 11y

If travelling by air you can obtain visa on arrival at international airports in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
If crossing overland you can use various border crossings. If going/coming from Siem Reap, Poipet checkpoint is closest.

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Poipet is the simplest by land, however the LP guide book says that ... "if Cambodia was a body, then Poipet would be considered the armpit".

Many describe the entry at Poipet as "the gates of hell" compared with Thailand.

There is also a border crossing down at Trat on the Guld of Thailand.

4. Posted by YerMan (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

As Wocca says, Poipet isn't really that attractive, in fact, it's not attractive at all! If you time it right, though, you don't have to be there more than about an hour and it's fairly painless.

Beware of the medical scam that used to go about where they made you buy useless tablets saying it was a medical requirement to enter the country. Not sure if it still happens. the best way to avoid it is to wave some sort of immunisation document in front of them - it worled for me. I assume the border officials could not work out hwat I was actually immunised against.

5. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

I am crossing into cambodia through the Poipet border crossing and then straight into Siemp Reap. I need the help of anyone who has done this as i am a little concerned by the scams i have heard of that occur at the border e.g.border officials saying you need to pay more money to enter than you really need to etc.

What is the best way to cross? Should i go by organised trip (although i have heard of some scams with this) or do it independently and if so what should i watch out for???

Id appreciate your help on this one!!
Thanx
Lou

6. Posted by Chada (Full Member 118 posts) 11y

More than 1,000 people cross that border point in and out each day. It may take a while to get through the process. During that waiting time you have to have 20 eyes opened to guard your handbags and baggages to make sure that they're not empty by the time you arrive in Siem Riep. If your plan is just to visit the highlighted spots in Siem Riep and come back to Thailand, it's better to go by an organized tour, it's safe and luxury. I went there on land with one of them and was satisfied with the services. But make sure you choose the one that applies for visa for you from the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok, so that when you arrive at the border, all you have to do is just to open the visa page of the passport to show them and walk through. To apply for visa from Bangkok, you need 3 days in advance. If you need further info. about what tour company I contacted, send me a message.

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting louloul

I am crossing into cambodia through the Poipet border crossing and then straight into Siemp Reap. I need the help of anyone who has done this as i am a little concerned by the scams i have heard of that occur at the border e.g.border officials saying you need to pay more money to enter than you really need to etc.

What is the best way to cross? Should i go by organised trip (although i have heard of some scams with this) or do it independently and if so what should i watch out for???

Id appreciate your help on this one!!
Thanx
Lou

Hi Lou

I walked across the border myself with a Cambodian visa already in my passport, then jumped in the back of a pick-up truck with locals.

I had some German / Dutch friends that decided to get on one of the mini-buses from Bangkok. I caught up with them in Siem Reap. They said that when their minibus arrived late at night, they were all taken to some overpriced guesthouse ... but were too tired to argue after the bumpy ride.

8. Posted by louloul (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

Ahhhhhhhh!! I am now getting more and more scared...i don't know what to do? I was planning to cross the border (not sure by what mode of transport) on the 25th January from Bangkok. Do you think it is best for me to apply for the visa at the cambodian embassy in Bangkok so it is already in my passport when i go through or is it easy at the border?
When you say "I walked accross the border myself" what exactly do you me...is there a public bus that will take you close to the border so i dont have to get on an organised bus that will surely rip me off??
Thanx
Lou

9. Posted by YerMan (Full Member 66 posts) 11y

louloul,

Firstly, stop panicking, you'll be OK.

The visa is easily obtainable in Bangkok (which I did) but I believe there isno major problem getting it at the border. It might just give you a little more peace of mind to have it in advance. I think it takes about three days to process in Bangkok.

See my earlier post about the scams.

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting louloul

When you say "I walked accross the border myself" what exactly do you me...is there a public bus that will take you close to the border so i dont have to get on an organised bus that will surely rip me off??
Thanx
Lou


My Dutch/German friends and I caught public buses up to Poipet from Trat in the Gulf Of Thailand. The bus dropped us off at an open-air restaurant on the Thai side of the border. Main problem for us, was we were still a few kilometres from the border .. too far to walk. A tour tout was advising us to wait a few hours and catch a mini bus. He was very convincing in his scare tactics, warning us not to go alone across the border. The couple I was with, decided to play it safe and wait for the bus.

I was definitely unnerved, but didn't want to succumb merely to fear of the unknown. Someone had once mentioned to me that "F.E.A.R" stood for "False Evidence Appearing Real". Funny how things come back to you. I hired a tuk-tuk to the border crossing. There were plenty of locals doing the daily crossing thing. I already had a Cambodian visa, so I was able to pretty much slip through unnoticed.

It was a very hot day, and I had a pack on my back. Quite a few pick-up truck drivers were hassling me to overpay them for a ride. As with most transit stations, it's best to just walk straight past until you're away from the crowd and confusion.

I ended up sitting on fairly soft bags of fruit in the back of a pick-up with Cambodians for an hour or so. The ride was extremely bumpy and dusty, and I got quite sunburnt. We drove to Battambang via Sisophon. The latter is about as appealing as Poipet. We had to wait for the pick-up to fill up again with passengers at the Sisophon bus terminal. There were flies galore amongst the heat, dust and stench.

It all made Battambang look good. I stayed 5 days in Battambang. The hotels are good value. Apart from that, you can jump on the back of a motorcycle for a ride in the countryside and see a Khmer Rouge killing cave, which I found much more interesting than the Killing Fields in Pnom Penh.

Like YerMan suggests, there's no need to panic. Cambodia is a real adventure, but not for the faint-hearted.