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BANGKOK 22 March 2019 17:31
Rob4

Koh Kong border to Bangkok

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Hi, with the help of people here we are about to go to this border and I made some plan I would like to review here.

 

From Kampot - we drive 2 hours to Sihanoukville. (Is it better doing it from PP?)

 

From Sihanoukvill we take a bus 8am to the border at Koh Kong and leave Cambodia.

 

Go into Thai border pay $30 visa, or is it $45 if you “don’t have a certain docs” ?

(what docs do we need ? 20k Thai?)

 

A minibus to Trat from there — or a bus to Bangkok 4-5 hours.

 

 

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- is there a bus I can book right in Sihanoukville or in the border that take care of everything and wait at the border going to Bangkok directly ? 

 

- is there something we should know/bring/say at this border if asked? (Been 6mo In TH last year)

 

- Do all nationalities get same num of days for the visa at this border? (My gf is Vietnamese)

 

Thanks a lot.

 

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What is your nationality?

 

If you already have a Thai visa, or you are eligible for a visa exempt entry, there should be nothing to pay at the border.

 

Even if you can book a bus for onward travel in Thailand while in Sihinoukville, do not do that. On arrival in Thailand at Hat Lek (across the border from Koh Kong) get a minibus to Trat, and buses from there on to your final destination. I am assuming that you do not want to spend the exorbitant fares to fly from Trat airport to Bangkok.

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Thank you.

We usually get free visa on arrival of 30 days in any airport, is that what you mean?

 

How Long should all of this take starting from Sihanoukville at 8am ? (need to book the flight already from BKK)

 

what documents do they ask in this border? I heard they are not that easy and scam you a lot with overpriced visa fees.

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29 minutes ago, Rob4 said:

Thank you.

We usually get free visa on arrival of 30 days in any airport, is that what you mean?

VOA is 2K Baht (unless discounted for a special), and what those from India, China, and a few other countries use. 

 

Visa-Exempt is what most of the rest use, and is free at all entry points.  The only difference with land-borders is you are limited to 2x / calendar-year by land-border.

 

29 minutes ago, Rob4 said:

How Long should all of this take starting from Sihanoukville at 8am ? (need to book the flight already from BKK)

That depends on when the next bus leaves to Bangkok after you arrive in Trat.  Maybe someone who has done this more recently can advise. 

 

29 minutes ago, Rob4 said:

what documents do they ask in this border? I heard they are not that easy and scam you a lot with overpriced visa fees.

The Big Scam is going in the other direction, when entering Cambodia (rip-off Cambodian-VOA charges).  I have never personally-experienced or read about problems entering Thailand at that location.

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Thanks a lot.

Do we need to show the "whole package" in there ? ( 20k THB, hotels for 30 days, POOT, etc ) 

Are we going to get a lot of questioning like on the airports?

 

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2 minutes ago, Rob4 said:

Thanks a lot.

Do we need to show the "whole package" in there ? ( 20k THB, hotels for 30 days, POOT, etc ) 

Are we going to get a lot of questioning like on the airports?

I advise you to have the cash (any major currency) though you probably will not need to show it. None of the other items are necessary, and questioning is unlikely.

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Koh Kong border is very easy entering Thailand

 

1. there is NO VOA, if u need one, at land borders,

2. as stated 40 or so countries get free 30 days visa exempt stamps.

3, SNV to Koh Kong about 3-4 hours ( depends on the roads) in August it took us 5  hours driving as the roads were total sh#t!!

4. Koh Kong- Trat- Suvarnabhumi Airport  is apx 390 kms so TRAVEL time is about 5-5 1/2 hours,

BUT it all depends on when the bus leaves Trat, how long u need wait, how long it take you to cross the border ( usually 10-15  minutes)

 

I'd break it apart an do SNV- Trat, stay the night. around 5-6 hours

 

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Your both entering visa exempt and as britTim advises have the 20k. You both will be given 30 days. As for time trat to bkk its going to be 5-6 hours maybe longer. To Surat Thai you most likely will fly DM to ST with lion or AirAsia etc. Think latest flights are about 7-7.30pm. If you got bus to swampy airport and can show flight ticket you got take free shuttle bus to DM. 

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Thanks both, feel little bit more safe now:)

 

"If you got bus to swampy airport.. free shuttle to DM"  - that is cool, you mean the bus from Trat ? which one should we take ?

 

Also, the trip from Sihanukville to the border - should be booked in advanced or can be done in the evening before ?

 

Thanks for the help.

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The travel agents will get the bus to pick you up at your hotel and take you to the border...it was efficient, when I did it.  I spent the night in Trad, too.

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Thanks, so we will book in SV the night before.

Think we will make the effort and keep going Bangkok to spend the night there.

 

Out of curiosity - is the computer at the immigration land border connected to the main system ?

Do they see my history ?

Actually why they are easier at the land borders ? its still the same passport with the same history.

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23 minutes ago, phuketrichard said:

Koh Kong border is very easy entering Thailand

 

1. there is NO VOA, if u need one, at land borders,

2. as stated 40 or so countries get free 30 days visa exempt stamps.

3, SNV to Koh Kong about 3-4 hours ( depends on the roads) in August it took us 5  hours driving as the roads were total sh#t!!

4. Koh Kong- Trat- Suvarnabhumi Airport  is apx 390 kms so TRAVEL time is about 5-5 1/2 hours,

BUT it all depends on when the bus leaves Trat, how long u need wait, how long it take you to cross the border ( usually 10-15  minutes)

 

I'd break it apart an do SNV- Trat, stay the night. around 5-6 hours

 

I certainly would be taking your advice in breaking up trip. The OP must have own reason for getting to thani asap. Personally I would be spending couple of nights at koh Chang. 

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1 hour ago, Rob4 said:

Out of curiosity - is the computer at the immigration land border connected to the main system ?

Do they see my history ?

Actually why they are easier at the land borders ? its still the same passport with the same history.

The difference is, the land-borders, other than Poipet/Aranya, follow published immigration law.  At the airports, they tell you that you cannot spend "too much time" (undefined) in Thailand - which is not a legal reason for denial of entry; then they stamp something like "doesn't have enough money to support their stay" in your passport as the "official" reason for the denial, to cover their tracks.

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I see but if you think about it, why all officers at land borders follow rules and the one in

airports are "less liberal" ?

 

Do they see my full history in there ? if not that may be a way in (!)

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all computers are connected in Thailand 🙂

 

NOTE: if u can take a bus from Kampot to Koh Kong,  saves you wasting at least an hour or more going in a and out of SNV

 

 

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