Made a visa run to Poipet Nov 07. Had one of the touts speaking good English do all the running for me while I had tea and chatted with the Cambodian Immigration guys. Took about 15-20 minutes. Cambodian visa Bt1000 plus an extra Bt400 for in/out stamps. No extra if you stay at least one day in Cambodia. Paid the tout and his partner each Bt100 for their "work".
Touts name is Rithy - mobile # 081-1550293.
I visited several villages from Taphraya down to Aranyaprathet (Aran is short name) and everyone always friendly. Usual "over pricing" when Farang's involved, which irritates me but as long as its not too much, I am happy to pay over the odds as their poor people for the most part.
Fondest memory: Friendly people and Farang's liked (especially $$$$)
I STRONGLY suggest you do not travel in darkness anywhere in the countryside of Thailand. The driving is bad enough when you can see, let alone the "Thai Whisky" drivers meandering their way home on their bikes in the dark unlit country roads. Even with a driver you would be taking a risk. DO NOT drive yourself at night. Plan your trip to depart and arrive in daylight and add a "fudge factor" to allow for any delay, so you arrive prior to sunset.
Thap Thong Kum Hotel & Resto & Tour
Info: Visa fee - 1,200 ThB for cambodian visa (around 30 US $)
Note: better to take your visa from the cambodian-side (on-arrival visa) than to take your visa in this Travel Agency!!! They charge a lot!!!
- USD20 for Tourist visa (around ThB 800 to ThB 900)
- USD25 for Business visa
Fondest memory: Application for an entry visa requires:
- A completed visa application form
- Passport valid at least further 4 months
- One recent photograph (4x6)
- Appropriate visa fee
- Supporting documents for business and official visas
The nationals of the Philippines and Malaysia do not need a tourist visa and many stay in Cambodia for 21 and 30 days respectively.
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Going out of Thailand:
From the busy market you should walk towards the buildings. We were disoriented at first on which building to go to...not much of a problem just ask fellow travellers. There were so many touts, most of them offering to help you with your visa processing. Please do not pay anyone anything as the procedure for getting a Cambodian visa is easy and straight-forward. Sure there was a long line of travellers but everything goes smoothly except for some who were invited inside the immigration office for further questioning.
The immigration offices of the two counties are just a few feet apart. Just cross the street and you're there. The procedure was the same...the only difference was here, I was asked about my purpose of visiting Cambodia and I answered "to see Angkor Wat". Then the officer stamped my passport...no sweat!
If you are travelling alone and would like to save on taxi fare, you may try your luck here and ask fellow travellers if they want to share the taxi rent with you. There is a big possibility that you'll meet someone with a similar travelling style (backpacking) here.
This is a checkpoint that we encountered during our bus ride to Aranyaprathet. Two uniformed officers from this building stopped and entered the bus. They asked the passengers to hand-over their passports. One officers did a double take on us (Myla and me) but eventually returned our passports with a smile. Some passengers are not so lucky because they were asked to go out of the bus for further checking. We left them there and proceeded with our trip :0(
We later found out that this is the usual practice to prevent the illegal entry between the borders of Thailand and Cambodia.