20 Dic Thailand to Cambodia by Poipet border
Let’s see where we were… after so many days without writing, I do not remember. I’ve been lucky enough to share a few days of travel with a Catalan girl who is also traveling alone, Ingrid, and we were having such a goodtime that I couldn’t find the time to write a bit. And now I have a lot of stuff to tell you!!
Koh Chang, was my last place in my first stage in Thailand, and from there I came to Cambodia, to Siem Reap directly. That day I had to get up early, because it was a long trip by bus, with border crossing and visa processing. When you cross from Thailand to Cambodia by land, almost always it is done by the Poipet border crossing. Thanks to many fellow bloggers, I could read important information before going, to avoid being cheated.
Here are the steps I followed in the Poipet border crossing:
- First the bus or minivan that is leading to the border, will stop within 2 minutes of Poipet. There you will be ask to change minivan and a person of an agency will tell you that they will handled the visa for you. They will tell you that it is difficult to make it oneself, and ask you to pay 1800B (45 €). In my case, they got us out of the mini van where we were going and began to sit us all at different tables in pairs or groups traveling together. I guess they divide people to avoid people talking about the scam. The visa if you do it by yourself costs 30$. The fact that they do it for you, doesn’t mean you don’t have to queue to stamp out of Thailand and into Cambodia. I refused to do it with them and I asked them to take me to the border, they were angry with me and started saying that if I didn’t need their help me I could go and manage everything by myself. I had to be a bit hard and tell them that I had paid the bus to Siem Reap and therefore they had to give me the service, so finally they took me to the border and told me where I had to take the bus to Siem Reap after crossing the border in Poipet.
- Once at the border, it’s easy to leave Thailand, I was lucky and did not have to queue, so it took 2 minutes. Then you walk into nobody’s land, and you have to walk 2 minutes until the signal that says Visa On Arrival. There you have to arrange a visa.
- Once you enter, you get a form to fill in and you have to attach a photo. When you go to the window office to get the visa, they will try to cheat you again. If you look above the window there is a sign saying that the visa costs 30$, they show you a paper written with a pen where it says the cost is 30$ + 100B. It is not legal to collect the 100B and from what I’ve read in other blogs, is shared between those in the window. Two days before I had to cross I read the blog of a guy who asked them the receipt for the 100B and did not pay. So I tried the same strategy. I was in the line and had 5 people behind, when they asked me 100B, I asked in the concept of why and they told me it was for the visa. I told them that according to the sign visa cost was 30$ and that I didn’t understand the rest of the amount, and they continued saying it was for the visa. Then I told them I needed a receipt. They put me away from the queue and told me they were going to look for the receipt to give me but they didn’t caught my passport to do the visa. They continued with the other people behind me, and when they finished with them they took my passport, 30$ and processed the visa. All this seems very long, I was not more than 10 minutes.
- Once I had a visa, I had to go to put on the stamp arrival in Cambodia, this was the longest queue I did, about 10- 15 minutes. You have to fill in the departure card and then they take your fingerprints and they put the stamp. Very simple.
Once this is done, there is a free shuttle bus that takes you to the bus station of the border from where buses depart to various destinations. If you had bought the ticket to your destination in Thailand, the Thai company puts a sticker on you and when you get to the bus station, they would tell you what time the bus leaves and where wait.
I still had to wait an hour and a half until the bus departure, and just when we were about to leave, a couple who came in the mini van with me jumped into the bus, they were thw first ones from all the people in the minivan to cross the border, and they had done the visas with the agency.
So my conclusion is that if you do it on your own, you save not only money but also time. And you don’t get cheated, for me it was easy.
I hope you find this information useful, it was very helpful to me when I read other bloggers and this is why I wanted to share with you.
I will let you know about my next border adventures! The next one is going to be from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, so if anyone has any recommendations please leave the info in the comments, pls!!
Have a wonderful day!!