Cambodia Overland Border Crossing

March 1, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Cambodia Overland Border Crossing

There are now five loverland crossing open to foreigners, Cambodia shares two borders crossing with Laos, six crossings with Thailand and eight with Vietnam. Cambodian visas are now available at all the land crossings with Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Even if you have obtained a Cambodia visa before entry, it is essential to obtain an entry stamp in your passport when crossing overland, as failure to do so will cause serious problems when you come to leave the country.

Cambodia Border Crossings with Thailand

  1. Aranyaprathet, Thailand/Poipet, Cambodia (Most direct access to Siem Reap)
  2. Hat Lek, Thailand/Koh Kong, Cambodia (Cham Yeam Checkpoint) (Most direct access to Sihanoukville)
  3. Chong Jom, Thailand/O’Smach, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia
  4. Chong Sa Ngam, Thailand/Anlong Veng, Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia
  5. Ban Pakard, Chantaburi, Thailand/Phsar Prom Pailin, Cambodia (Prom Checkpoint)
  6. Ban Laem, Chantaburi, Thailand/Daung Lem, Battambang, Cambodia (Daung Checkpoint)

This is by far the most popular border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand. Cambodian visas on arrival are available and eVisas are accepted. Crossing times can be in excess of three hours depending on the whims of the border officials, but they can also be mercifully fast. Poipet (the Cambodian side of the border) has a major tout problem and it can be difficult to organise onwards transport to Siem Reap at a reasonable price. The Tales of Asia website has an excellent section dedicated to this crossing. the most dysfunctional border crossing between Cambodia and Thailand.

Cambodia Border Crossings with Vietnam

  1. Bavet Checkpoint: Moc Bai, Vietnam/Bavet, Svay Rieng, Cambodia (To/from Phnom Penh)
  2. Ving Xuong, Vietnam/Kaam Samnor, Kandal, Cambodia (“The Chau Doc Crossing”) (To/from Phnom Penh)
  3. Tinh Bien, Vietnam/Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia (To/from Phnom Penh or Kampot/Kep)
  4. Trapeang Phlong Border Pass: Xa Mat, Vietnam/Trapeang Phlong, Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  5. Xa Xia, Vietnam/Prek Chak, Cambodia (‘Ha Tien crossing’) – (To/from Kampot/Kep) Newly opened international border crossing.
  6. Le Tanh,Gia Lai Province, Vietnam/O’Yadaw, Ratanakiri, Cambodia – Newly opened international border crossing. Travelers report Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border. Visa status is unconfirmed by official sources.
  7. Trapeang Srer International Border Checkpoint, Kratie Province
  8. Banteay Chakrey International Border Checkpoint, Prey Veng Province

Cambodian visas available at the border. Vietnamese visas NOT available at the border. Cambodian E-Visa accepted at this crossing.
The Moc Bai crossing is the closest and most convenient to Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. The road from Phnom Penh, through the Moc Bai crossing to Ho Chi Minh City is in very good condition except for short stretches under construction between Neak Loung and Phnom Penh. At peak traffic hours and holidays there can be long waits at the Mekong River ferry crossing at Neak Loung.

Bus: There are several bus companies offering direct a/c bus service between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City for $10-$18. No bus change at the border. The trip usually takes about 6 hours.

Phnom Penh does not have a centralized bus station. Buses from different companies depart from different stations. In Ho Chi Minh City, most of the bus stations and offices are in the Pham Ngu Lao area.

Cambodia Border Crossings with Laos

  1. Voeung Kam, Laos/Dom Kralor, Cambodia
  2. Nong Nok Khiene (Laos) – Tropaeng Kreal (Cambodia).

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