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Border crossing advice "“ Cambodia to southern Laos

Posted by dastott on 23/10/2014 at 02:32

Has anyone recently travelled from Siem Reap or Kratie to Don Det and southern Laos? Any advice regarding overland transport options and the border crossing very much appreciated. In particular, I have heard conflicting info regarding the availability of Lao visas at this border crossing. Thank you.

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Posted by captainbkk on 25/10/2014 at 03:20

Be smart and use brains: for visa always state nationality. But assuming you are thus the ignorant western bekpekkid: at THAT border point, which effectively is the ONLY official one from Camb to Lao, visa are available to purchase-price varies with what I started with.
As for some time ago there was only 1 daily bus PnPn-via that border-toward Lao/Pakse, find details on canbypublications. Coming from SR and with luck, no rains=delays and a very early start, connect into that bus at where the roads meet. There may be by now the tipical touristy minibus too-just open eyes when in SR for the various agents and what they offer.

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Posted by magicFly on 25/10/2014 at 07:34

I didn't on my own, but a fellow traveller did. He booked a bus from Kratie to Lao border from there onward to 4000 islands. The bus was around 15$ and leaves kratie everyday at 6 am. Visa is available on arrival, normally...

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Posted by billytheliar on 25/10/2014 at 12:52

VOA available, no problem. Take some 1USD notes with you, there is a "processing fee" of 1-2USD at both checkpoints. Even from Kratie it's a long ride (from Siem Reap it must be a torture). Perhaps you should consider an overnight stop at Stung Treng if you are not too rushed. In Stung Treng you just ask at the bus and mini bus station in front of the Stung Treng Guesthouse. Better to make sure you don't have to change the bus at the border, as there have been some complaints about long delays etc.

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Posted by billytheliar on 25/10/2014 at 12:53

VOA available, no problem. Take some 1USD notes with you, there is a "processing fee" of 1-2USD at both checkpoints. Even from Kratie it's a long ride (from Siem Reap it must be a torture). Perhaps you should consider an overnight stop at Stung Treng if you are not too rushed. In Stung Treng you just ask at the bus and mini bus station in front of the Stung Treng Guesthouse. Better to make sure you don't have to change the bus at the border, as there have been some complaints about long delays etc.

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