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How To Go To Cambodia?
You have two travel options:
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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Where Is Cambodia in Asia?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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List of Information and Requirements You Need To Know Before Going to Cambodia
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.
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.