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Sihanoukville to Thai border

Posted by drtjam on 22/9/2006 at 18:13


I am hoping to travel into Thailand from Sihanoukville in the next couple of days. Just wondering if anyone has any experiance with going into Thailand this way? Is the sea particularly rough at this time of year?

I have heard a few stories about the boats not really being seaworthy...but on the other hand the road is meant to be terrible. Is it really?

Any help would be gratefully appreciated



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Posted by somtam2000 on 24/9/2006 at 07:52 admin

Hi drtjan,

Welcome to Travelfish,

Yes, this time of the year the trip can be pretty rough -- they don't call it the vomit express for nothing. Most of the ferries that do the run are river/lake boats and are not really suited to travel in open sea when the waters are rough -- not that that stops them from running!

I've done the trip in calm season and it was fine, but have never tried it this time of year. -- the land transport via road to Ko Kong is probably quicker, last I heard the road wasn't in too bad a condition.

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Posted by drtjam on 27/9/2006 at 14:38

Thanks somtam2000

I went via the boat and yes the waters were pretty choppy and there were many people puking all over the place...I was ok though and I would say that if you don't mind a bit of a dramatic crossing it's absolutely fine!

The boarder down there is a lot less stressful than Poipet too

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Posted by VeganAlex on 10/10/2006 at 00:12

I took the boat from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville about a month ago and it was just fine. Actually it was quite pleasant. The weather was dreadfull outside, but the trip was smooth. The boat itself isn't that bad, not too much legroom though, but the trip isn't too long (about 4 hours).
I crossed the border from thailand to cambodia, and even before actually stepping into cambodia, I had like a thousands taxi drivers screaming hello sir from the cambodian side. I suppose that if you cross into thailand things are a bit quieter. Watch out for those guys with trolleys that load your bag and take it to the bus. They don't ask, they will just take it and bring it to the border/bus and then ask for money.

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Posted by travelgert on 10/10/2006 at 03:57

hi, when i was in cambodia november 2002 we took a minibus which took us from the christmas guesthouse directly to the border. at that time there was
a big mess going through the jungle because of road which has been built
by the thai / cambodian army... this was the reason why it took hell a long
time from 6 in the morning til 5 in the evening. .. dont know how the situation is now at that time. you have to find out... anyway - it was a comfort
travelling... but be sure to reach the border before five ... otherwise
u have to spend a night in the dirty bordertown.... and u cant cross the thai border. if you head off to koh chang or so... be quick to reach a minibus
to catch also the last ferry to the island. we managed it in one day.
have fun !

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