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Poipet or Pallin to cross into Cambodia?

  • debs23

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    Can anyone share their experiences with me, I am off to Cambodia at the weekend and still haven't decided which border to cross over into Cambodia. I want to get to Battambang from Bangkok in a day. Read mixed reports about Pallin crossing, long waits for transport and visa scams, on the other hand there's a long list for the Poipet crossing as well. Any advice anyone?
    Thank you

    #1 Posted: 3/2/2009 - 05:24

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  • somtam2000

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    If you're heading to Battambang I'd go with the Pailin crossing. It can be more time consuming to reach than Pailin as there's no transport all the way to the border from Bangkok, but once you've reached the border, it's straightforward to Battambang.

    #2 Posted: 4/2/2009 - 06:14

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    Thank you for getting back to me much appreciated so bus it to Chanthaburi and take it from there - is it doable in a day do you reckon to Battambang from Bangkok?

    #3 Posted: 4/2/2009 - 06:20

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    Yes can be done in a day, but leave Bangkok early to make sure you're not crossing the border late -- earlier the better.

    From Bangkok, the easiest way is bus to Chanthaburi then you need to get to the border -- the easiest way is to catch the minibus that runs to the casino on the border, but I'm not sure where it leaves from in Chanthaburi town (I've only caught it in the other direction and was dropped off at the bus station -- so I'd say that would be the best place to ask around for it).

    Otherwise there is a songtheaw service that runs almost to the border (you'll need to do the last bit by motorbike-taxi). Again ask around at the bus station for where you can grab the songtheaw from.

    Hope that helps

    #4 Posted: 4/2/2009 - 06:40

  • debs23

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    Thats brilliant thank you Pailin here I come!

    #5 Posted: 4/2/2009 - 06:46

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    Just got back - Pailin as advised was totally hassle free and I was the only westerner just seemed to be Thai people crossing for the casinos. Got to Battambang in the afternoon. Had a really good couple of days there and then took the boat to Siem Reap - which I would definately recommend.

    #6 Posted: 1/3/2009 - 04:19

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    Glad to hear it went well!

    #7 Posted: 2/3/2009 - 14:13

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