You can go to Cambodia by bus or by train from countries that are adjacent to it; from Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
If you go to Cambodia by plane, the direct flights originate from other countries in Asia, such as the Philippines, China, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore. If you come from countries outside Asia, you will need flights that connect to an international airport in Asia before they proceed to Cambodia.
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CAMBODIAN E-VISA AVAILABLE ONLINE
A Tourist Visa is required to visit the Kingdom of Cambodia. The most convenient way to have it is to get the Cambodian Electronic Tourist Visa (e-visa) online using the internet. With the Cambodian e-visa you can have your required tourist visa printed and already in your hands even before you arrive in Cambodia. Click here to know more about how you may easily get the e-visa through our online system. Your e-visa will be sent to you through your computer. You will feel secure and confident going thru immigration as you enter Cambodia with the e-visa already in your hands.
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How is it in Cambodia now? Is there still war in Cambodia?
Can I go to Cambodia by bus?
Most find this cheaper and more adventurous.
Can I go Cambodia by plane?
Faster, but can be expensive.
How to go to Cambodia from Vietnam.
This is traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh
Traveling by bus or in a tourist van. Train included.
Traveling by bus and by taxi or motorcycle near the border.
Where are the tourist sites in Cambodia?
Primary sites with introductory notes.
For more detailed information go to these pages.
Getting there by bus is the most popular way of going to Cambodia. Here are the three usually preferred border-crossing routes by overland travel:
1. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh City (Cambodia).
2. Traveling from Bangkok (Thailand) to Phnom Penh or to Siem Reap in Cambodia via Aranyaprathet.
3. Traveling from Bangkok (Thailand) to Phnom Penh via Trat
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1. The Usual Route from VIETNAM to CAMBODIA
This is traveling by bus from HO CHI MINH City (formerly called SAIGON) in Vietnam to PHNOM PENH City in Cambodia, through the Mocbai-Bavet Border-Gates .
Where To Board Your Bus in Vietnam Bound for Cambodia
You board a bus in Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City. 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.
Which Way Will The Bus Travel from Vietnam To Cambodia?
The highway route takes you through the Mocbai-Bavet Border Checkpoints at the Vietnam-Cambodia Border Gates. Mocbai is the last town of Vietnam at the border from which you will exit the territory of Vietnam, and Bavet is the first town in Cambodia through which you will enter the country on your way to Phnom Penh. Distance between Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh is about 240 kilometers (149 miles). The highways are well paved. No mountains here. Just all flat plains the entire way.
How Many Hours From Vietnam To Cambodia By Bus?
The travel usually takes about 6 to 7 hours. A bus leaves Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) for Phnom Penh (Cambodia) every hour. First trip usually leaves at 7:00am and the last trip at 3:00pm. Sometimes there are slight changes in the schedule by about half hour difference.
How Much Is The Bus Ticket from Vietnam to Cambodia?
Cost of bus ticket, from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh City (Cambodia) is from US$10 to US$15, depending on bus company.
For more detailed information about going to Cambodia from Vietnam: Click here: How To Go To Cambodia from Vietnam.
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Check out the bus trip schedules and fare rates from Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to Phnom Penh (Cambodia). Click here
This is traveling by bus, or by van, from BANGKOK, Thailand, to PHNOM PENH, Cambodia through the Aranyaprathet - Poipet Border-Gates.
Where To Board the Bus or Van from Thailand To Cambodia
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.
Which Way Will The Bus Travel from Thailand To 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.
Where Do You Get Off The Van?
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.
How Do You Enter The Cambodian Territory From Thailand?
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.
Where Is The Bus Station In Poipet?
The bus station is about 500 meters away from the Cambodian immigration passport checkpoint at the border.
Inside the bus station building there are ticket booths where you can buy tickets for buses that are 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 more detailed information about going to Cambodia from Thailand, click here: Bangkok to Cambodia via Aranyaprathet-Poipet.
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Overland Route From Thailand To Cambodia Via Trat
This is from BANGKOK, Thailand, to PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, through the Trat - Koh Kong Border-Gates
Where To Board Bus In Bangkok
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.
Where Your Bus Will Take You
Your bus from Bangkok will take you to the Trat Bus Station in the province of Trat. This is the province of Thailand that is along the Thailand-Cambodia border.
Van-ride From Trat Bus Station to the Border-Gates
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. Hat Lek is the border-town of Thailand where the Thailand immigration authority checkpoint is located. Cham Yeam is the border-town of the province of Koh Kong in Cambodia. The Cambodian immigration authority checkpoint for passport and visa is at Cham Yeam.
Another Ride to Koh Kong Bus Station
After clearing the border immigration checkpoints at Hat Lek and at Cham Yeam, 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.
Bus From Koh Kong to Phnom Penh
Buses in Koh Kong leaves for Phnom Penh starting at 7:45 in the morning. Last trip leaves 12:45 in the afternoon. Phnom Penh is 275 kilometers (171 miles) away. Travel time is about 5 hours.
For more detailed information about going to Cambodia from Bangkok, click here: Bangkok to Cambodia via Trat-Koh Kong.
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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 more detailed information about going to Cambodia by airplane, click here: Airlines to Cambodia.
Where Is Cambodia?
Red pin in map above marks the location of Cambodia in Asia.
If you enlarge the map you will see that Cambodia is situated 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.
Is there still war in 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.
No More War-Torn Cambodia
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 smart-phone. Cambodia now is actually more peaceful and safe compared to many western countries where public safety is constantly threatened by terroristic acts or random shooting in public places.
Tourists Continue to Increase in Number
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.
For Adventure and Spirit Warming in Asia
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.
What conveniences are available in Cambodia?
Intrusion of Modern Western Things Into Traditional Cambodia
The trappings of modern life in the western worlds have inevitably and definitely began to take prominent appearances in Cambodia, particularly in its major cities; highrise structures, high-end cars, ATM booths, wifi everywhere, smartphones; they are all already there.
Conveniences Available To Tourists
Tourists can enjoy good hotel or guesthouse accomodation. For transportation, city buses and taxis you can call thru smartphones are beginning to edge out (sadly) the traditional motorcycle-drawn carriages (called "tuk-tuk"). Happily, clean cozy cafes with free wifi are prolifirating everywhere, affording cool oasis to tourists roaming the city on foot.
Rustic Ambiance Still Prevails
However, the rustic ambience is still very much visible in its physical forms, in the unique cultural practices and in the characteristics of people. Friendliness to foreign visitors is particularly one of the immediately notable element in the social atmosphere.
Cambodia has retained much of its rustic ambience and ways that continue to promise the ingredients of adventure in a travel in the Asian setting. In fact, 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.
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.
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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?
Site of Mass Disappearance of Population
While Phnom Penh is now a city of mushrooming tall buildings, hotels, inexpensive guest houses, modern malls, plush restaurants, cozy cafes with free wifi and ubiquitous ATM machines, and friendly people, it still has in it, preserved, the physical representations of the extra-ordinary events that happened there only about three decades ago. In 1975 to 1979 about two million of the then total population of Cambodia were murdered within a period of only four years.
Museums of Genocide
In Phnom Penh, the buildings where thousands of Cambodians and several dozens of foreigners were tortured and the place, now called "killing fields", where they were dumped into shallow graves afterwards, have been made into museums. In these museums visitors can still see exactly what it was like during the period of the genocide.
What is in Siem Reap?
The 900 Year Old Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is in Siem Reap. "Angkor" means "city" and "wat" means "temple", so "Angkor Wat" can be translated into "Temple City" or "City of Temples".
Angkor Wat is really a very wide land area (over 200 hectares, equivalent to about 500 acres) where well preserved temples, made of about ten million sandstone blocks (weighing over 1,500 kilograms each), still stand up to now. They were built at the height of the Angkorian Empire period, from the 9th century CE up to the 15th century CE. Angkor Wat is surrounded by a moat which can only be crossed through a long bridge made of sandstone bricks.
Awesome Sculpted Structures
Sculpted relief of human and animal figures on the walls and pinnacles of Angkor Wat, depicting events in the past; some sculpted in size that is hundred times bigger than life-size and some delicately smaller than the human fingers; still baffle archeological scholars how they were made.
Camera Is A Must
You definitely would want to have your camera with you when you visit Angkor Wat.
What is in Sihanoukville?
Salt Water and White Sands
Sihanoukville is in the southern coastline of Cambodia. The salty waters of the Gulf of Thailand laps the white sands of the Sihanouk shoreline and of the islands and islets in front of it. It is where the sea and the sun conspire to thaw cold bones and to warm the spirit.
First Class Hotels and Inexpensive Guesthouses
Tall first class hotel buildings have began to rise in the city near the water fronts, but inexpensive guesthouses, charming restaurants and cozy cafes continue to be popular to visitors who come to get soaked in salty water and year-round sunshine. Isolated resorts, with quaint cottages, in the islands offshore, currently attract the more adventurous who want to be immersed in "mother-nature" settings, where sounds of gently lapping waves, bird calls and breeze combine to replace the noise of urban life in the cities where they came from.
Four Hours By Bus From Phnom Penh
Sihanoukville is about four hours away from the city of Phnom Penh by bus or chartered taxi. Well-paved highway and some scenic mountain views along the way.
What is in Koh Kong?
Koh Kong is the southwestern province of Cambodia that joins the province of Trat on the Thailand side of the Cambodia-Thailand border. It is where you can make a shortcut from Thailand to Cambodia. The ambiance is rural and rustic. It is for the adventurous who will be surprised to find modern hotel accomodations in secluded river resorts. It is for those who are really trying to get away from the madding crowd.