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How To Go To Cambodia?

You have two travel options:

Most find this option to be cheaper and more adventurous.
This is a faster option but can be expensive.
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Just click on the specific information listed below.

1. Usual overland route from Vietnam to Cambodia

2. Overland route: Thailand to Cambodia via Aran-Poipet

3. Overland route: Thailand to Cambodia via Trat-KohKong

4. Going to Cambodia by plane

5. Map showing where Cambodia is located in Asia.

6. List of tourist sites with introductory background notes.

7. List of information and requirements you need to know before taking the trip to Cambodia.


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OPTION 1: Going to Cambodia by Overland Routes

Getting there by bus is the most popular way of going to Cambodia. Here, below, are the two usually preferred border-crossing routes by overland travel.

This is traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Phnom Penh in Cambodia and from Bangkok, Thailand, to Phnom Penh or to Siem Reap in Cambodia. 

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The Usual Overland Route from VIETNAM to CAMBODIA via Mocbai-Bavet

This is from HO CHI MINH City (formerly called SAIGON) in Vietnam to PHNOM PENH City in Cambodia, through the Mocbai-Bavet Border-Gates .

You board a bus in Pham Ngu Lao Street in Saigon. Your bus will take you through the Vietnam-Cambodia border and all the way to the city of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. The buses are air-conditioned, have reclining seats, and most have toilet on board.

The route takes you through the Mocbai-Bavet Border Checkpoints at the Vietnam-Cambodia Border Gates. Distance between Saigon and Phnom Penh is about 240 kilometers (149 miles). The highways are well paved. No mountains here. Just all flat plains all the way.

The travel usually takes about 6 to 7 hours. A bus leaves Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) for Phnom Penh every hour. First trip leaves at 7:00am and the last trip at 3:00pm.

Cost of bus ticket is from US$10 to US$15, depending on bus company.

For detailed information Click here: How To Go To Cambodia from Vietnam.

Click link below to find hotels in Phnom Penh, prior to your bus trip.

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One of the Two Popular Overland Route from THAILAND TO CAMBODIA via Aran-Poipet

This is from BANGKOK, Thailand, to PHNOM PENH, Cambodia through the Aranyaprathet - Poipet Border-Gates.

You board a bus (specifically in Bangkok Bus Terminal Chatuchak) or a van (maybe around Kao San Road) in Bangkok. The overland trip takes 3 segments of highway travel to reach Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia.

The bus from Bangkok will take you to the bus station in the border-town of Aranyaprathet (Thailand) where you get local transport (typically a motorcycle drawn carriage) to the Thailand-Cambodia border entry-point, specifically in the vicinity of the Thailand immigration border-exit checkpoint, which is about 6 kilometers (about 4 miles) away from the Aranyaprathet Bus Station. If you took a van instead of a bus from Bangkok, you will be offloaded not at the Aranyaprathet bus station but at a restaurant (that also serves as a "van parking station") that is about 800 meters away from the Thailand-Cambodia border entry-point. You walk from this restaurant to the Thailand immigration border-exit checkpoint.

From the Thailand immigration border-exit checkpoint you walk into the territory of Cambodia, specificically into the border-town of Poipet where the Cambodian immigration border-entry checkpoint is located about a hundred meters away from the border gate.

The bus station in Poipet is about 500 meters away from the Cambodian immigration passport checkpoint at the border. In the bus station there are buses bound for Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. Siem Reap is about 3 hours away and Phnom Penh is from 6 to 8 hours away. Last trip from Poipet to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh is 3:00pm (sometimes 5:00pm).

For detailed information about this click here: Bangkok to Cambodia via Aranyaprathet-Poipet.


Click link below to find hotels in Siem Reap, prior to your land trip.


The Other Popular Overland Route from THAILAND TO CAMBODIA via Trat-KohKong

This is from BANGKOK, Thailand, to PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, through the Trat - Koh Kong Border-Gates

You board a bus at Bangkok Bus Terminal Chatuchak  or at Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal bound for the border-town of Trat (Thailand). The overland trip takes 4 segments of highway travel to reach Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

Your bus from Bangkok will take you to Trat Bus Station.

You take a van from the Trat Bus Station and travel about 2 hours for the 86 kilometers (about 53 miles) trip to the Hat Lek - Cham Yeam border entry point at the Thailand-Cambodia border.

After clearing the border immigration checkpoints, you take a motorcycle-drawn carriage, taxi or a motorcycle to the bus station in the town of Koh Kong, which is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) away.

Buses in Koh Kong leaves for Phnom Penh starting at 7:45am. Last trip leaves 12:45pm. Phnom Penh is 275 kilometers (171 miles) away. Travel time is about 5 hours.

For detailed information about this click here: Bangkok to Cambodia via Trat-Koh Kong.


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OPTION 2: Going to Cambodia by Plane

This is the fastest way of going to Cambodia from any point of origin in and near the area of Southeast Asia (e.g. Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, Laos, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam). Direct flights originate only from the airports of these Asian countries. You land in Phnom Penh International Airport in the city of Phnom Penh or in Siem Reap International Airport in the city of Siem Reap where Angkor Wat is located.

Passengers of flights originating outside Asia make a stop-over in an Asian airport before proceeding or transferring to another plane bound for Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. Going to Cambodia by air, all the way, is also the most expensive way of getting there.


For detailed information Click here: Airlines to Cambodia.


Click links below to find hotels in Cambodia, before your air trip.

Western and Asian backpackers, local merchants and migrant workers rub elbows under this arch as they either enter or exit from the Khmer land at this border-crossing point. This is the northwestern gateway to Cambodia from Thailand, at the Aranyaprathet-Poipet border. From this place the city of Phnom Penh is about 400 kilometers (284 miles) away. It can take up to 8 hours to reach Phnom Penh by airconditioned bus from Poipet. Siem Reap is about 150 kilometers (93 miles) away, which is about 2 hours by aircon bus or taxi. The highways are all well-paved as of this year (2014). You can also fly direct to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Scroll down and click on the links below for the information you need. Photo by TMT Images


Where Is Cambodia in Asia?

See geographic location of Cambodia, marked by a map pin in world map below.

The location of Cambodia in Asia puts it in the center of short travel-routes that connect the different exotic tourist lures in its neigboring countries that comprise the part of the asian region geographically referred to as the Mainland Southeast Asia.

The country is halfway around the world from Canada, the United States and from the South American countries and Europe.

Your vacation in Asia may not be quite as exotic and "asian" as it can get if you fail to drop by the Kingdom of Cambodia this year. And, a visit to Cambodia now could still be the most adventurous part of your asian travel.

While most travel conveniences brought by modernization have already become part of tourist visits in Cambodia, the place has still retained much of its rustic ambience and ways that continue to promise the ingredients of adventure in a travel in the Asian setting.

Cows freely romping around a bus in a stop-over point along the highway is a sure reminder of the still rustic ambience that continue to prevail in Cambodia up to this time.

Cambodia is unique. Travelling in this country can still collect uncommon adventures and posibilities of "over-cup-of-coffee-tales" of misadventures that can be later retold with glee.

This website offers information that can lessen surprises from unexpected hassles common to travelling in Asia, as you go to Cambodia.

No more war-torn Cambodia...

It used to be, that the mention of the name "Cambodia" immediately brings to mind images of jungles, cobras, brutal firefights (such as those shown in Stallone's "First Blood" war movies), exploding land mines in rice fields and such similar macabre impressions of the land as brought to us by newspapers and newscasts back in the 1970s and the 1980s.

Now, in Cambodia, you can sit in peace and sip latte or chilled beer in a sidewalk-cafe and try not to mind young women in short-short shorts whiz by in brand new motocycles, carelessly dialing in one hand the latest issue of a touch-screen Samsung Galaxy.


Sidewalk cafes are almost everywhere in the cities and major towns in Cambodia. Inside they are cooled by airconditioning. Almost always they provide free wifi service. Photo by PEARL IMAGES

You may pass by a bus station and see tour buses disgorge or board loads of American, European and Asian tourists heavily burdened with overstuffed backpacks, conspicously pale-skinned or conspicously tanned, either headed to or have just departed from some sun and salt-water drenched beaches or eco-tourism sites.

What is Cambodia, particularly now, is definitely a place, we believe, that just might again recharge the spirit of adventure in you or even make you begin thinking that maybe it is time to move to a warmer and friendlier environment.


Where Are The Tourist Sites?

There are four major places in Cambodia that particularly draw the attention of tourists because of a unique matter of interest or attraction that each one offers. These are the city of Phnom Penh, the city of Siem Reap, the city of Sihanoukville and the southern province of Koh Kong. See locations marked by red stars in map below.

Cambodia is squeezed between Thailand and Vietnam on the sides and Laos above it and the waters of the Gulf of Thailand below it. Its geographic location makes it the convenient jumping off or converging point for adventurous tourists roaming the Southeast Asian exotic spots.

What is in Phnom Penh?

What was it that happened in Phnom Penh that we probably never knew at the time it was happening, but later drew international attention and shocked the world? You can still see, at this time, what it was when you go to Cambodia.

Next: What is in Siem Reap? Please scroll down.

This photo is from the movie "Killing Fields". The movie is based on a true story of an American and Cambodian journalists who were caught in the period of genocide in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. You can still visit the actual killing field in Phnom Penh at this time. It is being preserved as a museum.

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What is in Siem Reap?

What is it in Siem Reap that challenges photographers to bring out their best creative talents and genius behind the camera lens?

Next: What is in Sihanoukville? Please scroll down.

The world famous Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is considered to be the biggest religious temple, built in the 12th century, that has remained intact for 900 years now. Photo by Bjorn Christin Torrissen at Wikipedia Commons

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What is in Sihanoukville?

Why is the city of Sihanoukville, in southern Cambodia, good for thawing frozen bones and warming the spirit?

Next: What is in Koh Kong? Please scroll down.

Uncrowded beaches of sun-drenched white sands, in Sihanoukville, such as this presented by Green Trail Tours, a travel facilitator in Cambodia. The saltwater that laps the shoreline is from the Gulf of Thailand.

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What is in Koh Kong?

What makes Koh Kong, in Cambodia, the place for those who find adventure and romance in cottages on secluded bays, rivers, estuaries and forests away from the madding crowd?

Real hotel accomodations right in the middle of nature in Koh Kong, Cambodia. This is the unique ecology-friendly facilities offered by the Four Rivers Floating Lodge in the Tatai River, at the Province of Koh Kong, in southwestern Cambodia, beside the Thailand-Cambodia border.

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List of Information and Requirements You Need To Know Before Going to Cambodia

Visa requirements

Are you exempted? There are passport holders who are exempted from getting a tourist visa. You can find out in the "Visa" page of this web site. Also, how to get visa without much hassle. Where are the entry-points if you cross borders? For detailed information about Cambodia visa click here.

Airlines with flights to Cambodia

What airlines and flights can take you to Cambodia? What are the best connecting flights? Click here for more detailed information.

Bus lines that travel to Cambodia from Thailand or Vietnam

Where are their bus stations or passenger terminals? What are their departure and arrival schedules. What happens when they cross borders? How is it to travel on these buses? For more detailed information click here.

Transportation in Cambodia.

Public transportation in Cambodia is predominantly served by motorcycles for hire called "moto", motorcycle-drawn carriages called "tuktuk", some metered taxicabs and some private cars that accept passengers (secretly, without government public conveyance permit). There are scheduled public buses in the city of Phnom Penh. For detailed information about transportation in Cambodia click here.

Tourist Safety

How safe is Cambodia for tourists? What crimes against tourists usual in other places but are still rare or unheard of in Cambodia? Read our recommended precautionary measures. Click here.

Currency of Cambodia

What currency to prepare. How much to prepare. Exchange rate with the U.S. Dollar. Estimates of daily living expenses while in Cambodia. For details click here.


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