Yes, a very nice route, beautiful country.Get a taxi from BB to Pailin then a motodop to the border.At the border you can get a motorbike to take you to the main road and then songthaew to Chantaburi.
Pailin isn't much of a town I wouldn't bother to hang around but the ride to the border takes you IMO through some of the most beautiful country in Cambodia.
The moto taking you to the border will leave the road at some point, don't get paranoid it's supposed to be a short cut.
The Thai immigration asked me for proof of onward travel, I had a airline ticket but apparently if you don't have one they will scam you for a few baht.
I'm in Phnom Penh at the moment and have to return to Thailand. I think I just convinced myself to take the Pailin route again!!!
#2 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557
Well I just came back from Battambang via Pailin and Ban Prakard. I must say that I was a bit disappointed by the natrual landscape of Pailin (although I was warned by a guide that Pailin was not like it was 10 years ago).
All roads are very good at the moment. Be aware that the Thai immigrations has made up a new scam in asking for a copy of your pasport and a photo (which you can make there for 100thb).
You said the roads are very good-have they now paved the road from Bb to Pailin or did you just mean the rain hasn't damaged it?
Thanks for the info on the photocopy of passport.When I went through the scam was if you couldn't show an onward flight out of thailand you had to buy a bus ticket for a non-existent bus which supposedly ran to the border!
sorry you didn't like the landscape,I thought near the border it was very nice.
#5 sayadian has been a member since 15/1/2008. Posts: 1,557
The roads are paved all the way through. Very easy ride (in a scary Cambodian taxi kind of way) with nice scenery. My family and I took a taxi from Battambang to the border and then haggled for another taxi after crossing the border for the rest of the ride to Chanthanburi.
It was pretty starightforward.
#6 Okidokie has been a member since 9/11/2010. Posts: 9
I forgot to say that you will have to walk about a hundred yards at the border when you switch taxis. Make sure you have all you information available. Also, our taxi driver actually stopped along the way to deliver a package. It was interesting because we didn't know what was up, but he was just killing two birds (and probably earning two fares)
#7 Okidokie has been a member since 9/11/2010. Posts: 9
"Mini bus to border for about 100 baht (1-2 hours). Cross border. Motodup to Pailin . Taxi from Pailin to Battambang (shared taxi for 200baht, private for $25-$30.) 3 or 4 hours but road conditions change with the season."
Just completed the trip from Battambang to Chanthaburi today. You can book a bus ticket from Paramount - Angkor Buses in Battambang to Phsar Prum on the border which leaves at 1:30pm (others terminate at Pailin), their office is attached to the Tela petrol station on the corner of Street 101 and 106. They will minibus or tuk tuk you from here to the main bus station, they simply drop you at the main bus station though and there are no signs in English and no English spoken, just stay alert for the bus leaving for Prum. The bus stops in Pailin, remain on and it continues to end of destination at Prum, you'll know when you're there. Catch a moto or walk up over the hill to the Cambodian border, absolutely straight forward stamped out in minutes, walk to Thai border crossing, also absolutely straightforward, stamped through in minutes, no scams, polite crossing. You will be pestered by taxis etc as usual, we simply walked past them all for a couple of hundred yards into Ban Phakard at around 4:30pm and began searching for minibuses, nobody would offer any information except "last bus has gone, get taxi", we never did find the minibus stop, however, we waited by the side of the road and flagged down the first minibus, he took us directly to Chanthaburi for 150 bhat each.
#11 sm has been a member since 5/6/2015. Posts: 2