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Posted by davidwise on 5/2/2007 at 18:40

hi, has anybody crossed recently from thailand to cambodia, starting in khorat or surin, and going straight down, i forget the name of the borden, i think is kap chong? but the next cambodian town is anlong veng. will be doing it in next few weeks so would appreciate current advice on crossing and transport onward to siem riep. thanks a lot!

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Posted by somtam2000 on 6/2/2007 at 08:33 admin

Hi David,

I crossed there once - a couple of years ago -- I can't imagine it has changed much.

The crossing is the Chong Sa Ngam / Anlong Veng crossing.

On the Cambodian side it's pretty straightforward to get a motorbike down to Anlong Veng (from where there are pickups to Siem Reap), but on the Thai side, you're looking at around 20km of packed dirt roads till you reach Route 24 (which has frequent buses)

When I crossed here I went Cambodia to Thailand and hitched from the border to Route 24 (there's a border market so it wasn't too difficult) but going the other way, I'm not sure how you'd manage it.

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Posted by princessdisaster on 8/2/2007 at 06:17

I have been looking into taking the Chong Jom/O Smach boarder crossing from Thailand to Siam Reap and this is what I have found so far...

5 buses per day from Surin to Chong Jom about 30B, two hours,
then on the Cambodian side it's as somtam says.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 9/2/2007 at 04:52 admin

Here's another report (from the Visa FAQ thread):
Border name: Chong Jom / O Smach
Date used: july 2005
Opening hours: 07.00 - 20.00
Visa on arrival available: not sure
Your nationality : USA (husband), Thai (me)
Comments: Got Lao visa from Khonkaen in 10 mins. Forgot something at
the consulate. Later on a guy from consulate found us at the Vietnam Consulate. What's a service!
There is no problem at all at the crossing gates of both sides. No line. no wait. No extra fee. We hired a car with driver to SiemReap around 2000 Baht.

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Posted by jaeng on 9/2/2007 at 23:05

Besides from Bus there are also minivans service from
Surin to Chong Jom as well. I think they leave from
Surin bus station. I actually hire a resturant manager at
the hotel around 600 Bath to take us to the border.

Anyway, we came back to Surin
with minivan. As usual driver tried to fit 15 people to 10
seats van. It was pouring rain, driver wanted me to pay
extra so that the van could leave now instead of waiting
2 more passengers. I said I'll wait. Once we were in Surin,
he said he will drop us at the hotel. I thougt that was great.
At the hotel, he wanted to charge me for that ride too. Of
course I paid.

The road condition from border to Siem Reap was bumpy.
Not many cars at all. Driver said this road is better than
Arunyaprathet side and it's 1-2 hours faster. ( I don't know
about this). The road was paved but sometimes not, just dirt &
pool of water.

I hope this help.

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