Posted by mklema on 3/5/2015 at 08:20
In a few weeks I'm planning to cross into Koh Kong, Cambodia from Trat, Thailand via the Hat Lek - Cham Yeam Border Crossing. However, according to Google Maps the Thailand Border Crossing Checkpoint at Hat Lek is "permanently closed." (See map here). This seems strange to me and I can't find any information on the internet about the border crossing being closed.
Has anyone crossed through this checkpoint recently? Any news about whether it's open or not?
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Posted by amnicoll on 5/5/2015 at 06:32
Is is certainly OPEN and have used 10 days ago - google maps is not the best place for this sort of info.
You will have to fight hard to pay the official $30 visa on arrival fee (they ask for 1500 baht) and do not take the medical exam (this is a scam) or let anyone fill in you arrival card. You will then have the hassle of getting to Koh Kong town and need to bargain hard with the touts.
If you are heading to Sihanoukeville then for you reference the cost of a taxi from Koh Kong is $10 for a place $20 for the front seat to yourself and $60 for the taxi for yourself (you may even get this down if you find a Sihanoukeville driver wanting to get back). They were trying to get people to pay $150 at the border!
I have used the border many times and feel free to ask further questions
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Posted by mklema on 7/5/2015 at 10:46
Thanks so much! Glad to hear it's definitely open - just wanted to double check.
I have a multiple entry visa for Cambodia so should be able to avoid the visa scams.
Is taxi the best way to get to Koh Kong town? If so, about how much should the cost be?
Thanks for all your help!
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Posted by amnicoll on 8/5/2015 at 04:40
basic options are:
moto 50 to 100 baht (if 50 you will also pay the toll) depending on how hard you argue, if you can get rid of the touts - best to negotiate with a driver bringing someone who wants a quick fare back
tuk tuk 150 to 300 baht
taxi not sure of cost
If you happen to time your arrival with that of the bus from PP or Sihanoukeville they will probably take to into town for a couple of US$
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Posted by Dugla on 22/2/2017 at 00:32
Going to cross the border at Cham Yeam from Cambodia to Thailand. Are there scums on this way? Does it worth to stop in Koh Kong?
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Posted by amnicoll on 22/2/2017 at 04:48
the only scams that I know are:
1.If you buy an inclusive ticket from Koh Kong to bangkok/pattaya and other Thai destinations you may find that the ticket is not accepted on the Thai side and you will have to buy new tickets.
2. There may be a tout on the Cambodian side or no mans land offering to sell a ticket to Trat , Ignore him
3.Some of the mini vans to Bangkok and Pattaya may try and extract a stupid fee but the mini van to Trat is 120 baht and the guys are honest and then the bus from Trat to bangkok is about 240 baht
yes worth stopping in Koh Kong
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