Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Welcome to Cambodia: Visiting Cambodia by Road

Welcome to Cambodia: Visiting Cambodia by Road

As you already knew some information about visiting Cambodia by plane, here this post, I would like to share some information about visiting Cambodia by road.

This post would be some help for you if you decide to visit Cambodia by road...

As you know, Cambodia is sharing border with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, so you can travel to Cambodia by road from Thailand, Vietnam or Laos.

Visiting Cambodia From Thailand

All six international border crossings are open 7 AM to 8 PM and all have visa-on-arrival facilities at the Cambodian immigration checkpoints. On the Thai side, there are good paved roads to all 6 crossings. There are no direct bus services from Thailand that cross the border, but there are buses to all crossings except Chong Sa-Ngam. On the Cambodian side, more basic and less frequent bus services are available from Poipet and Koh Kong.

The busiest land crossing into Cambodia, and the most convenient for onward travel to Siem Reap and the Angkor Archaeological Park. Long the stuff of nightmares, the road has finally been paved all the way from the border to Sieam Reap and Phnom Penh.

Take a bus to Trat (transfer in Chanthaburi if necessary) and from there a minibus to the border. After crossing into Cambodia there are two possibilities - the once-daily boat to Sihanoukville (can be unpleasant in adverse weather), or else a minibus or taxi to either Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh.

To Siem Reap- Take the minibus from Surin bus station to the border. Once you cross the border, you are in the middle of nowhere,and there are not currently any buses direct from the border. A taxi can be hired for the 5 hour journey to Siem Reap, most of it very bumpy. However you will get a great and unique insight into rural Cambodian life away from tourist areas. Be warned, this journey can be difficult during the rainy season. The road from the Chong Sa-Ngam crossing is now sealed and it is a comfortable 2hour taxi ride into Siem Reap. However you should pre-order a taxi in Siem reap to meet you at the border. $40/45

Visiting Cambodia From Vietnam:

- From Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh: Ticket prices usually range from ~US$8-12. Bus passengers will be asked to vacate the vehicle at both the Vietnamese and Cambodian checkpoints. At this crossing only one passport photo is required for a Cambodian visa.

Mekong Express and MaiLinh Bus companies are the most reliable and reputable businesses operating on this route.

It can be interesting to join a Mekong Delta tour (2-3 days) that travels between the two cities; the total cost is about US$25-35 for three days.

- From Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap: Mai Linh Taxi Company in Ho Chi Minh City provides bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap directly from beginning of 2007. The price is US$18.

- From Ho Chi Minh City to Kampong Cham: It is possible to cross at the Trapeang Phlong - Xa Mat border but as of now you have to organise your own transport.

- From Pleiku to Banlung: It is now possible to cross the border at O Yadaw near Pleiku. Cambodian visas are available on arrival. You can get a motorbike taxi to the border from Duc Co on the Vietnamese side, but there is no regular transport available on the Cambodian side. It maybe possible to hitch a ride with the border officials, though.

- From Xa Xia to Prek Chak : There is a (Cambodian) bus service from Ha Tien in Vietnam (where the ferry from the popular Phu Quoc island docks) to various destinations in Cambodia, including Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh. Cambodian visa on arrival.

Visiting Cambodia From Laos:

- From Voeung Kam, Laos to Dom Kralor, Cambodia: Onward transportation not regularly available. Cambodian visas available, but expect 1$ to 2$ of transaction fees on both sides of the border. Travel agencies on both sides have border crossing packages.

If you have more information about traveling to Cambodia by road, please feel free to drop your comments below...thanks...

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