I'm also interested in crossing the border at O Smach. Any experiences?
#2 frederikdb has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 2
Indeed we got over the border, end of january 2011. We were told to have booked a pickup in a small restaurant, around the corner from Golden Temple Villa in Siem Reap, for a 2 hour drive by pickup truck to Samroang, for 15 USD for two. It appeared to be a taxi with 7 people together in it. The road is for about half a dustroad. From Samroang we caught a taxi ( only way to do it) for 25 USD, not negotianable, to the O Smach crossing, where the are minibusses on the other side leaving every half hour for Surin at 60 B p.p. Altogether not a bad connection, however a bit expensive.
#3 Pjotra has been a member since 17/7/2009. Posts: 37
Hi I thought that this thread could stand an update as I did this route both ways this week from Prasat in less than 4 hours door to door. The road is about 98% with just the odd ''surprise'' stretch where the road surface has been stripped ready to resurface. on the return leg there were about 2 or 3 short sections without tarmac. By short I mean about 25 metres.
Couple of pointers though... like a mug, my wife and I followed a really helpful Thai guy in an official looking government logo'd jacket. It was only after I'd paid 1000 bhts for the visa and another 100 bhts to get it stamped that I realised I'd been scammed for about $12 more than the obligatory $20.
All the money went over the counter so both the Cambodian officials and the visa pimps are obviously in on it and spitting the proceeds.
Lesson learned... I also saw two guys told by the visa pimps that their Poipet visa couldn't be used at Chop Jong and they were both relieved of another 1000 bhts ($30) for a new O'smach Cambodian visa.... nice easy money and a prime example of enterprising Thai/Cambodian corruption.
We got the sole use of a pretty beat up Taxi for $45 who managed to get usinto Siem Reap quickly avoiding all the obstacles enroute. I have to say that anyone who has driven in Bangkok would not have any problem driving this route - cows, seemingly blind motorcyclists and kids excepted..!!
We could have shared the cost with another guy but I'm a bit wary about sharing a car with a total stranger who might well be carrying anything so decided that for $20 it wasn't worth a risk.
We use the same taxi on the return leg too..
The other really blatent piece of Cambodian Police corruption was the 50 bhts the driver was charged by the seven Cambodian police who manned the road block about 5km's from the O'smach border. Driver said that this was normal... The cheeky B4$t4rd$ were also heard to tell our driver 'don't let the Farangs see the money'... made me mad to see such misuse of official power & corruption but the driver was just reconciled to it.
I know the amounts are petty but only by fighting this type of corruption will a lot of the poorer folk start to get an even break...
Just my two cents worth....
#4 CB1100r has been a member since 29/12/2012. Posts: 1
Thanks for the report -- sounds like the graft is going strong -- be interesting to see what happens with the new Thai/Cambo visa - a whole new revenue stream for this lot!