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Access to Cambodia

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-Visa, which enables all tourists to apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Instead of applying through Cambodian Embassy, all tourists need to do is to complete the online application form and pay with your credit card. After receiving Visa through email, print it out and bring it along when you travel to Cambodia.

Getting to Cambodia: By plane

Cambodia has international airports at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Direct flights connect Phnom Penh International Airport www.cambodia-airports.com/phnompenh/en (previously Pochentong International Airport) with China (Guangzhou | Hong Kong | Shanghai), Laos (Vientiane), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, South Korea (Incheon/Seoul), Taiwan (Taipei), Thailand (Bangkok) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City).

Direct flights connect Siem Reap - Angkor International Airport www.cambodia-airports.com/siemreap/en with Laos (Pakse | Vientiane), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore, South Korea (Incheon/Seoul), Taiwan (Kaohsiung | Taipei), Thailand (Bangkok | U-Tapao (Sattahip/Pattaya)) and Vietnam (Hanoi | Ho Chi Minh City).

Travellers going specifically to visit the Angkor temple ruins may prefer to use Siem Reap as it's only a few minutes away from the main sites; however as Bangkok Airways has a monopoly on direct flights between Bangkok and Siem Reap, it's a lot cheaper to fly to Phnom Penh and to take the bus (or cross overland from Bangkok).

Low-cost carrier Air Asia www.airasia.com has introduced flights from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok to Phnom Penh and Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, while Jetstar Asia www.jetstarasia.com has begun flying from Singapore to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

Other airlines operating flights to/from Cambodia include Asiana Airlines flyasiana.com/english, Bangkok Airways www.bangkokair.com, China Southern Airlines www.cs-air.com/en, Dragonair www.dragonair.com, Eva Airways www.evaair.com, Korean Air www.koreanair.com, Lao Airlines www.laoairlines.com, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) www.malaysiaairlines.com, Shanghai Airlines www.shanghai-air.com, Siem Reap Airways www.siemreapairways.com (a subsidiary of Bangkok Airways), SilkAir www.silkair.com, Singapore Airlines www.singaporeair.com, Thai Airways International www.thaiair.com, and Vietnam Airlines www.vietnamairlines.com.

Notes: if arriving to or exiting Cambodia through China, you are now required to purchase a Chinese Visa, $130 for US Citizens, with a 4 day processing time. This is a new rule (April '08) based on the bilateral cost for a Chinese citizen obtaining a visa to visit the US. Consider this when booking your flight, and either have the Visa prior to departure, or better yet, come in through Thailand or another country.

e-Visa fees are collected by a Malaysian company called CINET Sdn Bhd operated by Mr Hong, TY Thong and Adrian Phang. All the fees are paid into Mr TY Thong's Paypal personal account.

Getting to Cambodia: By road

From Thailand :

All six international border crossings are open 07:00-20:00 and all have visa-on-arrival facilities at the Cambodian immigration checkpoints.

On the Thai side, there are good sealed roads to all 6 crossings. There are no direct bus services from Thailand that cross the border, but there are buses to all crossings except Chong Sa-Ngam.

On the Cambodian side, more basic and less frequent bus services are available from Poipet and Koh Kong.

The busiest land crossing into Cambodia, and the most convenient for onward travel to Siem Reap and the Angkor Archaeological Park. The road to Sisophon and on to Siem Reap is in better shape than it once was but still mainly unsealed; the road from Sisophon on to Battambang and Phnom Penh is sealed and in good condition.

Take a bus to Trat (transfer in Chanthaburi if necessary) and from there a minibus to the border. After crossing into Cambodia there are two possibilities - the once-daily boat to Sihanoukville (can be unpleasant in adverse weather), or else a minibus or taxi to either Sihanoukville or Phnom Penh.

Those with a yen for adventure can try out the four other international crossings:

  • Chong Sa-Ngam, Si Saket Province - Anlong Veng
  • Chong Jom, Surin Province - O'Smach
  • To Siem Reap- Take the minibus from Surin bus station to the border. Once you cross the border, you are in the middle of nowhere,and there are not currently any buses direct from the border. A taxi can be hired for the 5 hour journey to Siem Reap, most of it very bumpy. However you will get a great and unique insight into rural Cambodian life away from tourist areas.
  • Be warned, this journey can be difficult during the rainy season.
  • Ban Pakard, Chanthaburi Province - Phra Prom, near Pailin
  • Ban Leam, Chanthaburi Province - Daun Lem, the geographically closest crossing to Battambang

From Vietnam :

  • Ho Chi Minh City - Phnom Penh, through bus tickets cost ~USD$10-12. Bus passengers must walk between the Cambodian and Vietnamese checkpoints and transfer between the two buses that travel the Cambodian and Vietnamese legs respectively. At this crossing only one passport photo is required for a Cambodian visa.

    Alternatively, it can be interesting to join a Mekong Delta tour (2-3 days) that travels between the two cities; the total cost is about US$25-35 for three days.
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Siem Reap, Mai Linh Taxi Company www.mailinh.vn/?l=1 in Ho Chi Minh City provides bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap directly from beginning of 2007. The price is US$18.
  • Ho Chi Minh City - Kampong Cham, It is possible to cross at the Trapeang Phlong - Xa Mat border but as of now you have to organise your own transport.

From Laos :

  • Voeung Kam, Laos - Dom Kralor, Cambodia Onward transportation not regularly available. Cambodian visas available, but expect 1$ to 2$ of transaction fees on both sides of the border. Travel agencies on both sides have border crossing packages.

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