Borders with Thailand
Entering Thailand There are no departure fees to leave Cambodia as long as you have a valid visa. If you have overstayed it's not a big problem, just US$6 per day. If you are entering Thailand for tourism from any of the following countries by air or land you can get a free 30-day visa on arrival Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK and US. You must have six months left on your passport. You may also leave Thailand and re-enter as many times as you like up to a total of 90 days within six months. Many ASEAN nationalities are eligible for a visa-exempt stay with various conditions. Check out the Thailand visa section in Info for full details. Border 2 - Ban Pakard (Thailand) / Phsar Prum (Cambodia) - Open 7:00am - 8:00pm One of the easiest border crossings and the recommended route if you are coming from Battambang. Unlike the Poipet crossing, it's just an easy stamp out and 5 min walk across the border, no queue, no bribes, no hassle! You can get a taxi directly to the Phsa Prum border from Battambang for around $8 each. Once across the border, from Ban Pakard you can pick up a songthaew to Chanthaburi for around 150B per person. You can get onward transport from Chanthaburi to Bangkok and all our other listed locations in East Thailand. Border 3 - Aranyaprathet (Thailand) / Poipet (Cambodia) - Open 7:00am - 10:00pm Simply put this can be one of those nightmare borders as Poipet is probably the worst town in Cambodia, be careful with your bags and mindful of pickpockets. Its location means it's also the most accessible route between Thailand and Siem Reap. If buying an end-to-end ticket, we would advise arranging transport from a reputable company (Asia Win Alliance, Mekong Express and Giant Ibis) to help avoid issues. When crossing the border you will need to change buses, ignore claims from other drivers your bus isn't coming, and it's good to have a contact number of your travel agency to call if required. Coming out of Cambodia it's around a 2.5-hour drive between Poipet and Siem Reap. The bus will make a pointless stop at the bus station just before the border, a back-hander to the driver in the hope you will buy some food. When at the border you’ll be given something like a sticker, ticket or ID card saying what your final destination is, don’t lose it! Once you get to the border, you will need to queue to exit Cambodia, and then queue at the Thai immigration office. This can take anything from 20 minutes to 2 hours. After you are through immigration, just walk about 50 metres and you will see minibuses waiting on the left. Someone will approach you, if not just ask one of the drivers and they will point you in the right direction. There is an ATM if you need one about 100 metres away, past Cross Café. Border 4 - Chong Jorm (Thailand) / O Smach (Cambodia) Essentially links Siem Reap with Surin in North East Thailand. It's a very easy crossing without the queues or hassle of the Poipet border. From Siem Reap you can get a shared taxi to the border or book in advance, 2.5 hours. On the Thai side of the border frequent buses run to Surin taking around 1.5 hours. See the Siem Reap Info section for more details.