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travelling from Bangkok to Cambodia

hi my name is jason and i will be traveling to combodia. i am travelling from bangkok to Aranyaprathet by train which i hear is very cheap about 58 baht. At Aranyaprathet, take a tuk-tuk (about 40-60 baht) or motorcycle (50 baht) or wait for the bus (about 10 baht), from the station to the Cambodian border at Poiphet (15km). this is what i have read from a website but i have also been told to watch out for scams and do you think these prices are accurate i am also going to need a hotel for the night in combodia but have no idea where to go? i also would like to know about the visa when i come back to Thailand will it be a 15 day visa or will i get the 30 day visa when i cross back into Thailand as i found this out when i came back from Laos it had been changed to 15 days visa for Thailand.

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Hello Jason, happy new year.
For accommodation see the web site
for very accurate and honest reports for accommodation around Cambodia.

Then yes the overland visa entering Thailand is 15 days. You get 30 days if you arrive via the airport.

Always look out for scams, planted drugs and the like. If you do not frequent dubious places you should be ok, but always be aware of your surroundings and situations. This applies to most countries ok ?

Prices sound very cheap indeed, but check them out. If they sound too good to be true, beware.

Have a safe journey.
thanks for your help..sounds like it might be a fun trip still deciding to either take train or bus.Yes i looked at flights but i could not find any cheap flight for this time of the year so i am travelling by land.15 days should be enough for me as i will be leaving on the 14th January as my visa runs out then i a have a flight to the UK on 2nd February.But yeah i will have to stay there a few night or pay the fine when i fly to the UK
HI Jason
Why don't you just do a day over the boarder hop and just get a new 15 day visa. It is better in the long run not to have any marks against you, as one can never tell when the regulations regarding overstays are changed on amended?
For the price of 150 GB Pounds just do an over the border hop.
Enjoy it and be safe.
I did the same trip a couple of years back: Yes, the prices are about right, likely a couple of Baht higher, but not much. You don't need a hotel in Aranyaphrathet as you hv enough time to cross the border into Poiphet, arrange transport and make it at least to Sisophon, or wherever you want to go, even Seam Reap is possible, as your train leaves HuaLamPhong station in Bkk 5.something am!
I would recommend to arrange your visa for Cambodia in Bkk though, as this will save you quite some time at the border. The train ride I hv experirnced as very nice. You could save time, if you would take the bus, either from MorChit or Ekamai stations.
No problem to find accomodation in Cambodia even if you havn't any bookings. The transport people will help.
As for as scams are concerned: No more, no less than anywhere else in the region, just be alert.
As far as your visa is concerned, you can extend it at immigration. Watch out here as the Immigration office has recently moved from Suan Phlu/Sathorn Rd. to Cheng Wattana, not far away from DonMuang Airport!
thanks for your help..sounds like it might be a fun trip still deciding to either take train or bus
Hi Jason, I actually did this trip few times:
I always took the bus which is around 200bahts if you go early you will be able to catch the way back in the afternoon and save the cost of staying overnight. Also so hotel close by are mostly casinos, I depend on you if you like to gamble otherwise I don't think there is much to do. Actually it's kind of frighten sometime all those poor kids, Scam it's at the immigration point Poi Pet side (Cambogia) Officer telling you that you have to pay for the form this is al bullshit just pay the visa, i think you need a picture and that's all. However becareful, for visa run, do you inteed to do so to extend your stay in Thailand, do you plan to leave Thailand later... i was in you situation couple of time lloking for the cheapest way. But now there is more controls and last time they asked me a proof that I will leave Thailand, so I think just a booking of flight out of Thailand will be enough. if you need more details let me know:



i did this 4-5 times it's easy done.

take care
thanks for your help..sounds like it might be a fun trip still deciding to either take train or bus.Yes i looked at flights but i could not find any cheap flight for this time of the year so i am travelling by land.15 days should be enough for me as i will be leaving on the 14th January as my visa runs out then i a have a flight to the UK on 2nd February.But yeah i will have to stay there a few night or pay the fine when i fly to the UK
Heja Jason
You sound well informed/prepared. Read the suggestions of fellow Localytes Graham, ben, Wilfried and Benjamin! You won't have difficulties finding overnight stay. Prices are as you mentioned, but be prepared to pay more: always bargaining! Making an overland trip to Pnom Penh via Angkor Wat - then a One-Way ticket (Nok Air/Air Asia) back to Bangkok for a 30 day Visa ...
ah yes this is also a good option i never thought of getting a one-way flight back to bkk.i was looking at return prices and thought it was to expensive but yes this looks more appealing thx for your help
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