Saturday, September 18, 2021

How To Travel To Cambodia

AsiaCambodiaHow To Travel To Cambodia

By plane

Direct flights link Phnom Penh International Airport (formerly Pochentong International Airport) with mainland China (Beijing and Guangzhou), France (Paris), Hong Kong, Laos (Vientiane), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, South Korea (Incheon), Taiwan (Taipei), Thailand (Bangkok), and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City).

Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport has direct flights to Laos (Pakse, Vientiane), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, South Korea (Incheon, Busan), Thailand (Bangkok), and Vietnam (Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City).

Visitors planning to see the Angkor temple ruins may choose to stay in Siem Reap, which is just a few minutes away from the major attractions. AirAsia is usually more cheaper than Bangkok Airways for flights between Bangkok and Siem Reap. When searching for such flights, keep Don Mueang, Bangkok’s second airport, in mind (IATA: DMK).

Air Asia has started flights from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Phnom Penh, as well as Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, while Jetstar Asia has begun flights from Singapore to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Asiana Airlines, Bangkok Airways, China Southern Airlines, Dragonair, Eva Airways, Korean Air, Lao Airlines, Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Shanghai Airlines, Siem Reap Airways (a subsidiary of Bangkok Airways), SilkAir, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, and Vietnam Airlines are among the other airlines that fly to and from Cambodia.

By road

Scam WARNING
When traveling to Cambodia by land, be wary of frauds. The most frequent is an increase in the visa cost from the official US$20 to 1,000 baht (+US$20) imposed by Cambodian custom officials, although this is simple to deal with. You may always exchange your Thai baht for US dollars with cigarette sellers or restaurants in Poipet, which is a visa-free zone. Make it a point to pay for your visa in US dollars. Standing strong and smiling can go you a long way when dealing with customs officials. Don’t allow them charge you more than US$2 if you don’t have an ID picture for the visa application. You may also get a visa ahead of time, either through a Cambodian embassy/consulate (via an agency if required) or on the e-Visa website. For further information, please see the Visas section.
Scams in the past have included telling travelers that they must obtain visas from a consulate at exorbitant prices before crossing the border (which is not true), fining them for failing to present a vaccination certificate (which is not required), charging 50 baht for a (false) SARS health form, and enforcing a fictitious US$100 to Cambodian riel exchange requirement (at lousy rates).

Thailand

All six Thai border crossings are open from 07:00 to 20:00. Each provides on-the-spot Cambodian visas. In both nations, all crossings are serviced by paved highways.

Thai buses operate to but not over all of the crossings; even Chong Sa-Ngam, the latest to acquire Thai links, now has minibuses that transport gamblers to Choam’s new casino.

In Cambodia, buses service four of the six border towns (Poipet, Koh Kong, Daun Lem, and O’Smach). Buses service Pailin, Anlong Veng, and Samraong (all of which are fewer than 20 kilometers from a border), while motorcycles and shared taxis link the towns to their respective border crossings.

The busiest land crossing in Cambodia is at Aranyaprathet/Poipet on the Bangkok-Siem Reap route in northwestern Cambodia. Roads that were once the stuff of nightmares are now paved all the way from Poipet to Siem Reap, Battambang, and Phnom Penh.

Coastal The Hat Lek/Koh Kong border serves Cambodia and the southern Cardamom and Elephant Mountains area. The highway extends all the way to Sihanoukville. There are minibuses to the border from Trat, Thailand. Minibuses or taxis link the border with Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The boat service between Koh Kong and Sihanoukville is no longer available.

Anlong Veng, a former Khmer Rouge stronghold, is located near the Chong Sa-Ngam (in Si Saket Province)/Choam border. Pol Pot was assassinated and burnt within walking distance of the border.

Samraong is becoming a transportation center as highways in Northwestern Cambodia improve. It is near to the boundary of Chong Jom (in Surin Province) and O’Smach and is well connected to Siem Reap.

The Ban Pakard (in Chanthaburi Province)/ Phra Prom (near Pailin) crossing connects eastern Thailand to Battambang and Siem Reap, and is a less stressful and more picturesque alternative to the more northerly main crossing at Poipet.

The nearest crossing to Battambang is at Ban Leam (in Chanthaburi Province)/Daun Lem. Mount Angkor operates buses to Battambang, but the route on the Cambodian side is still unpaved as of March 2012.

Vietnam

Scam WARNING
Several Ho Chi Minh-Phnom Penh bus companies, such as Kumho Samco, defraud international visitors by charging an additional US$5 for the Cambodian visa on arrival. If you do not agree to the additional fee and try to get the visa on your own, you will be stuck at the border without your possessions. The most dependable and renowned firms operating on this route are Mekong Express and Mai Linh Bus. (In September 2013, Mekong Express did the same, and it’s possible that every business does it to speed up the border crossing procedure.)

Vietnamese visas must be acquired in advance from a consulate or embassy. This is simple to organize in Cambodia. The visa on arrival in Vietnam is only applicable for airport arrivals, not land crossings.

The major crossing on the Ho Chi Minh City-Phnom Penh route is the Moc Bai/Bavet crossing. Buses between the two cities cost between $8 and $12 and take around 6 hours. Passengers exit the car at checks in both countries. A Cambodian visa on arrival requires just one passport picture. Mekong Delta tours (US$25-35, 2-3 days) may offer a more informative trip between the two cities.

Through tickets to Siem Reap are also available (US$18), however it is less expensive to purchase a ticket to Phnom Penh and then organize further transportation on one of the numerous connecting buses.

The Xa Xia/Prek Chak boundary is close to the seashore. On-the-spot Cambodian visas are available. Buses connect Ha Tien, Vietnam, with Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

The Tinh Bien/Phnom Den border at Chau Doc in Vietnam also serves coastal regions.

The Xa Mat/Trapeang Phlong crossing on the Ho Chi Minh City-Kamppong Cham route is not well serviced by public transportation, although it may be helpful for getting to Kampong Cham and Eastern Cambodia.

A crossing at Le Tanh/O Yadaw near Pleiku in Vietnam serves Banlung in North Eastern Cambodia. Visas are provided upon arrival and just one picture is needed. At Le Tanh, change buses.

Laos

The Voeung Kam/Dom Kralor border connects Stung Treng in Cambodia to Pakse and the Four Thousand Islands area of Laos. Onward transportation is not accessible on a regular basis. Visas for Cambodia and Laos are accessible, although there is an unofficial charge of US$1-2 on both sides of the border. Border crossing packages are available from travel agencies on both sides of the border.

By boat

To/from Laos – There is just one border crossing on the Mekong for visitors, a 90-minute speedboat trip north of Stung Treng. Border guards have limited options for “additional” income and will typically attempt to swindle visitors for a few more bucks.

To and from Thailand – There are no ferry services between Cambodia and Thailand. The boat service between Sihanoukville and Koh Kong is no longer available.

To/from Vietnam – Travel between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh by boat or a mix of road and boat is feasible. Fast boats sail daily from Chau Doc in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and arrive in Phnom Penh in 5 hours. From Ho Chi Minh City, it is a four-hour journey to Chau Doc. A typical overland route is a three-day journey that includes stops in Can Tho and Chau Doc before taking the ferry to Phnom Penh.

Members of the crew and passengers on cruise ships may acquire a visa upon arrival at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, which is just for yacht cruises. Arrival of paperwork at the new marina. To begin, you must submit data about the boat, the crew, and passport copies to the Marina Oceania Harbour Master’s office. For a period of 30 days, the visa cost is $25 USD.