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Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam

Posted by Camuski on 25/5/2009 at 02:28

Hi Seasoned travellers!

I'm planning to travel to Thailand, Cambodia then onto Vietnam.

Was wondering what the most feasible approach to this journey would be (basically the best border crossings from Thailand to Cambodia then from Cambodia to Vietnam) I've got a month, and I'm not too worried about the time I spend in Thailand or Cambodia, I'd like visit Angkor Wat, my main priority though is getting back to Vietnam to see some more of the South which I missed on my previous visit. I'd also like to fly in via Thailand and fly out via Saigon...Can anyone recommend an airline that would accomodate this flight pattern? I flew out to Vietnam this Feb with Singapore airlines and I must say they were excellent. Many questions I know!

Thanks in advance.

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Posted by Lother on 25/5/2009 at 02:38

Your main options to cross from Thailand to Cambodia are Aranyaprathet-->Poipet, Chantaburi-->Pailin or Trat -->Koh Kong.

The Poipet crossing is the most used one and pretty straightforward, although Poipet can be a bit of a dump and an annoying introduction to Cambodia. Anyway, buses go to Aran from the Southern bus station in Bangkok or from the airport, or you can take the train. Cross over the border, and from Poipet there's one bus a day to PP or you can take a share taxi to PP or SR. The Trat (Had Lek) to Koh Kong crossing is quite a bit nicer, but takes a bit longer from Bangkok. It's definitely the best bet if you're planning to go to Koh Chang or elsewhere near Trat though. For that crossing, get to Trat (bus), and you can take a minibus to the border from there. On the Cambodian side take a moto to Koh Kong and minibus or ferry from there onwards.

For crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam, many have recommended the ferry trip from PP to Chau Doc. I'm doing that trip in a couple of weeks, so I can offer my 2 cents after that :).

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Posted by Camuski on 25/5/2009 at 02:45

That's great, thanks for the info.

Excuse my ignorance but what does the PP abbreviation, erm abbreviate?


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Posted by somtam2000 on 25/5/2009 at 09:35 admin

PP = Phnom Penh

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Posted by brucemoon on 27/5/2009 at 19:12


The entry to Vietnam from Cambodia can be done by bus (to Saigon) or boat to Chau Doc then public transport to Saigon.

There are posts here on Travelfish that explain the linkages to get from Chau Doc (close to the border with Cambodia) to either southern Mekong or Saigon.

If you're planning Saigon, give yourself at least 2 days from Chau Doc.


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