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  • dameon

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    13th November, 2009
    Posts: 2

    Hello all,
    My apologies if these questions have been asked and answered already, I did do a search, honest.

    I will be crossing into Cambodia overland, and have heard about how the border officials supplement their income at Hat Lek crossing. Has anyone recently used the e-visa for overland crossing and if so how did it go? Or does anyone know how long it takes to get a visa at the Bangkok embassy.

    Second question is in regards to money, I will be carrying US dollars, I know I should have crisp clean bills, is getting change a problem with larger bills, should I bring mostly fives, tens and twenties?
    Thanks for your help! Looking forward to this adventure! Current Toronto temp is a balmy -12!

    #1 Posted: 16/12/2009 - 09:53

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  • oscarcat

    Joined Travelfish
    11th November, 2008
    Location Cambodia
    Posts: 66

    I would certainly try to avoid getting 50s and 100s from banks as they could prove troublesome to change, also hang on to those 1 dollar bills very handy for when you tell the moto driver you only have 1 dollar on you...
    I recently crossed at Ko Kong with no e visa and paid 1000 bahts (reduced from 1200 after much protestation) so will be looking into evisa for next time (about a month away)

    #2 Posted: 16/12/2009 - 11:35

  • mikethediver

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    23rd March, 2008
    Location Thailand
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    hi,
    No experience of evisa, but it cost me 1,000 baht for the visa +US$1 for a entry stamp, (that according to the guide I shouldn't have paid but it was all friendly and no delays!). I avoided the 'medical' fee of US$1 by showing my vacation card!

    Small bills are always best but we had no trouble and ATM's give money in US$ so you don't have to stock up before entering. (Canadia ATMs do not charge a withdrawal fee as of 4 months ago).

    Typically, change is giving in dollars except for parts of a dollar. So something sold for $3:50 handing over a $5 note will get you US1 and 2,000 local washers in change.
    Have a good trip

    #3 Posted: 31/12/2009 - 19:12

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