Thailand / Cambodia there are six legal land border crossings: 1. Aranyaprathet (T) / Poipet (C) 2. Hat Lek (T) / Pak Khlong – Koh Kong (C) 3. Kap Cheong, Surin (T) / O Smach (C) 4. Chong Sa Ngam (T) / Anlong Veng (C) 5. Ban Pagkard. Chantaburi (T) / Phsa Prum, Pailin (C) 6. Ban Laem, Chantaburi (T) / Daun Lem, Battambang (C)
Use the Aranyaprathet crossing to go to Angkor Wat. In Dec 2001, Honda XL600 rider Harri the Finn (expat in Korat) sent in this report:” border 1/2 hour, Cambodians wanted a carnet as a Dutch guy had gone thru a few weeks ago with one, but I convinced them that Thai bikes don’t need one and they just stamped the back of the Thai export paper, different to the last time when they issued an import paper and even checked the chassis and frame numbers. Poipet to Siem Reap is now 1 1/2 hrs, the road ha been improved greatly, none of the bridges are down, and even an Africa Twin might get thru without any problems. Siem Reap to Phnom Phen is 5 hrs flat out, some sections 120 kph new tar, but mostly crap, better off riding on the side of the road. Korat – PP, 687 kms, 10 hrs.” Use Hat Lek / Koh Kong if you want to hit the beach at Sihanoukvile and have an easy ride onto Phnom Phen.
Use Kap Cheong / O Smach in you’re looking for a bit of rough road to start off with in Cambodia. Use Chong Sa Ngam / Anlong Veng if you want a testing dirt ride down to Angkor Wat.
Watch this GT Rider forum for the latest info on entering / riding in Cambodia.
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