Borders with Vietnam
Crossing from Cambodia to Vietnam There are now 14 European countries that can get a 15-day visa exempt stay. The countries are Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. If this is you, then you can just get your entry stamp at the border and do not need to arrange anything advance. Be aware you can’t extend your stay if using visa exemption and you can’t re-enter using visa exemption for 30 days. If you are not from one of these countries or would like a longer stay visa, then you must get your visa BEFORE you arrive at the border. You can do this directly at the embassy in Phnom Penh, or the consulate in Sihanoukville or Battambang. However, the fees charged are virtually the same as through one of the many travel agencies throughout Cambodia. The key difference being it’s much easier to go through an agency (recommended!). It is also cheaper than if you get a visa in advance via an online agent. Some typical prices with a 2-day processing time (add $15 for same day): 1-month single entry visa: $42 1-month multiple-entry visa: $55 3-month single entry visa: $58 Because there are no fees paid at the border, getting through is very straight forward. Border 1 - Prek Chak (Cambodia) / Xa Xia (Vietnam) The nearest border towns in Cambodia are Kep then Kampot; a 30min or 1.5hour ride respectively from the border. A moto taxi from Kep to the Vietnamese border costs around $7, tuk-tuk around $12, private taxi around $30 and takes around 30mins. They will drop you at the border where there will be taxis waiting to take you the 8km to Ha Tien / the ferry (same in reverse). If you intend to head to Phu Quoc the ferry leaves Ha Tien at 10:30am and 12:00pm; you need to be there at least an hour early to ensure you get your ticket sorted. There are also agencies in Kep, Kampot and Ha Tien that will organise the whole trip for you for in a minivan. You may have to swap vans along the away. Border 2 - Phnom Den (Cambodia) / Tinh Bien (Vietnam) Halfway between Ha Tien and Chau Doc, although you can cross here you will more than likely cross through one of the other two nearby borders. The reason being it isn't usually the quickest route to any probable destinations. Also hired transport is not usually the cheapest/easiest to find. Border 3 - Kaam Samnor (Cambodia) / Ving Xuong (Vietnam) You can get from Phnom Penh to the Vietnamese border town of Chau Doc by road, or on the river by slow and fast boats. From here there are connections to major the major destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho. See Phnom Penh Info sections for further information.