Cambodia to Thailand via overland - where to get visa on arrival
16th July, 2012
I will be traveling from Cambodia to Thailand via overland and need to get a visa on arrival.
There are 6 overland border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. Which of the 6 offer visas on arrival for Thailand? Which one is recommended?
Thailand / CambodiaAranyaprathet / Poipet
This is, by far the most popular, and the most dysfunctional border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. Cambodian visas on arrival are available. Crossing times can be in excess of three hours depending on the whims of the border officials, and, when combined with the often appalling state of the road to Siem Reap , it is almost worth flying (plus you'll then avoid Poipet which is an absolute armpit of a place). See the Tales of Asia website for the most in-depth coverage of this crossing.
Hat Lek / Ko Kong
A very straightforward crossing, the Hat Lek / Ko Kongcrossing is most convenient for those planing on travelling between Thailand's Ko Chang and the Sihanoukville beach area of Cambodia -- which you can travel to by road or boat depending on the weather conditions. There are numerous reports of the Cambodian officials here being particularly troublesome and asking ridiculous amounts of money for visa on arrival -- the easiest way around this is to arrive with a visa already in hand. If you need to get to an ATM, there is an ATM in the Thai town of Hat Lek. Expect to pay 80B - 100B for a moto from the boat landing to the border -- this should included the bridge toll.
Pauljaymes reports: From Ko Kong to Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville -- heard a story on the boat from a guy who'd been taken for a rough 15 hour ride from Ko Kong to Sihanoukville and had had such a nightmare he'd decided to get the boat straight back. Use the boat until the dry season and/or until the road's finished. Local ex-pats refer to the ferry as the 'Vomit Comet' -- be prepared for a bumpy ride.
Chong Jom / O Smach
We've not crossed here and have no information about it, but jaeng reports from a crossing in July 2005:
Border is open 07.00 - 20.00. There is no problem at all at the crossing gates of both sides. No line, no waiting, no extra fee. We hired a car with driver to Siem Reap for around 2,000 Baht.
Chong Sa Ngam / Anlong Veng
This crossing is very convenient to Anlong Veng but little else. If you are heading to Thailand via this crossing, there is no public transport from the border to any sizeable Thai towns, you will need to hitch a ride from the border for around 20km to a sealed road from where there is then occasional public buses, though you are better off to hitch at least as far as Route 24 along which there are very frequent buses.
Ban Pakard. Chantaburi / Phsa Prum, Pailin
This border allows for the fastest trip from Phnom Penh to Bangkok overland. The border is a thirty minute motorbike ride from Pailin and from the Thai side there are frequent minibuses to Chanthaburi an hour or so away. Cambodian visas on arrival are available.
Ban Laem, Chantaburi / Daun Lem, Battambang
We've not crossed here and have no information about it.
#1 Posted: 29/7/2012 - 03:24
What is your nationality?
Do you mean actual Visa on Arrival (for citizens of China, India, Saudia Arabia, etc.)? If so, I think you cannot get one coming overland from Cambodia. You have to fly in.
#2 Posted: 29/7/2012 - 09:43
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