Is it safe to travel the Southern coast of Cambodia from Trat Thailand, to Kampot Cambodia alone and as a female? Whats the best method of transportation, how long would the trip take, and is there enough accommodations and towns along the way for overnight pit stops?
What is the Kaoh Kong border crossing like? What is the quickest and easiest travel method to avoid the hassles and scam artists of over proced Visa costs, so I can just drive through and continue on my way?
Has anyone been to Boutum Sakor National Park? Is there any accommidations around the park?
#1 bumbly has been a member since 2/2/2011. Posts: 23
I've done the Cambodian coastline back and forth about 3 months ago.
I was travelling alone (as a male though).
To your question: i think it IS safe for a girl, generally speaking.
the Cambodian people are very kind.
when in cities, just keep to well lit and populated areas, staying away from dark alleys. and of course take good care of your (precious) belongings.. plenty of purse snatching and pickpocketing going around..
Travel method? Buses/Minivans are pretty much your only choice. i hired bikes along the way in Koh Kong/Sihanoukville/Kampot to check out the area. when choosing a bus, make sure to check whether it takes you to the center of town or 2-3kms out of it, requiring you to pay for another moto taxi..
Border: i've been to that border with thailand but didn't cross. shouldn't be much of a problem since its quite popular. The visa is 20$. period. don't agree to pay anymore as they will ask you for 1-5$ stamping/administration/other bullshit fee. if they don't comply just wait there a few minutes and they will come around, trust me. I've done that twice in two different borders of cambodia..
oh and one other thing: unless you hold a VISA card, there are NO ATMS all the way from the thai border to SIhanoukville.. I've learned that the hard way...
#2 mankuta has been a member since 18/2/2011. Posts: 3
All good info,except the bit about the Koh Kong border,The Cambodian immigration guys there are notorious for unreasonable overcharging.They want 1200THB,which is twice the official price.You can try offering the official price,but you may have a long wait.The luggage carriers,and touts here are also particularly persistent and annoying.The only way to avoid this unreasonable charge is to get an E-visa or obtain a visa in advance from a consulate or embassy outside Cambodia.This border is the worst I have encountered over here,and not a pleasant introduction to the country.In addition,I would strongly advise against using any form of night time transport,the roads are not good,driving standards are poor,and there are frequent accidents,especially at night.But don't let this advice put you off,you will have a good time here if you take sensible precautions
.........I had a problem at this border a couple of years ago, doing a visa run and trying to buy a business visa. There were (non-existant) problems with paperwork, payment was requested in Thai baht (as I'd just spent 2 months in Cambodia and was crossing straight back into Cambodia, this was impossible) and I was kept waiting for ages before I could negotiate a 'reasonable' fee.
I've never had a problem at any other border crossing into Cambodia, and I know friends who have recently crossed here without difficulty. Let's hope this exception has now improved.
Make sure you have passport photos handy, or try the e-visa route instead, and sail past the guards with a smile!