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I'm a US citizen but I've lived in Asia the past 5 years, only two trips home during that time.  I travel extensively and my passport is nearly full.  My last and only visit to Thailand was in early 2017.  I plan to take a land journey from Vietnam, across Cambodia and ending in Bangkok or Pattaya.  The cheapest and easiest route for me into Thailand is a Capitol Bus from Sisophon to Bangkok, which passes through Poipet.  When I cross the border I will have a hotel booking and a return flight to Hanoi scheduled for 7 days later.  But I will not be carrying 10,000 baht because I'll only be in Thailand a short time, and frankly I don't want to deal with withdrawing multiple currencies and carrying so much cash on me.

 

Is there a realistic chance that I will be denied entry for not showing 10k baht?  If it's a low chance then I'll risk it but if it's a medium/high chance I will either choose a more expensive border crossing or skip Thailand altogether.  I looked at other border crossings but they seem to rely on private minibuses and taxis which are quite expensive.  Capitol Tours is cheap but they only go through Poipet.

 

Maybe I'm being too paranoid about all the travelers and runners experiencing trouble at Poipet, but sometimes border officials flip through every page of my passport and comment that I travel a lot.  Do Thailand IOs look down on frequent travelers?  If it matters, I'm a white man in his late 30s, and I'll probably have a beard after so much time on the road.

 

Thanks in advance for any warnings or advice you might have.

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It can be the equivalent of 10k baht in any exchangeable currency. It is not likely to be asked for with your history.

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21 minutes ago, BritTim said:

From Sisophon (or Siem Reap or Battambang) rather than getting a through ticket, just get a bus to Poipet and, after crossing the border, a casino bus to Bangkok or Pattaya.

How much do Casino buses cost?  If I get a through ticket from Sisophon it's $15 to Bangkok, and the price only drops to $6 if go only to Poipet.

 

I hoped it might smooth things to go with a bus group.  When entering Cambodia from Vietnam the bus staff keep everyone together and get the IOs to process all their passports around the same time.

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How is 10k a issue? That's like 3-5 days of travelling budget?

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1 hour ago, secondtime said:

How much do Casino buses cost?  If I get a through ticket from Sisophon it's $15 to Bangkok, and the price only drops to $6 if go only to Poipet.

A casino bus is 200 baht. While the saving is minimal, you are less likely to be exposed to scams, the bus will almost certainly be more comfortable, and you avoid the frequently long wait for the departure from Poipet.

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6 hours ago, BritTim said:

A casino bus is 200 baht. While the saving is minimal, you are less likely to be exposed to scams, the bus will almost certainly be more comfortable, and you avoid the frequently long wait for the departure from Poipet.

That's really good advice, thanks!  With the casinos (for Thais) all in Cambodia, is there a certain place to catch casino buses on the Thai side?

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you can take the train from aranyaprathet to bangkok......48 baht.

 

https://railtravelstation.com/2019/09/02/how-to-walk-from-poipet-to-ban-klong-luk-aranyaprathet-at-night/

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1 hour ago, secondtime said:

That's really good advice, thanks!  With the casinos (for Thais) all in Cambodia, is there a certain place to catch casino buses on the Thai side?

After crossing into Thailand, you turn right and right again (next to the Kasikorn bank) following the frontage road about 200 metres past the 7-11 to the end where there is a parking area with the casino buses. When you get there, ask which bus is the next one out going to Bangkok or Pattaya (whichever you choose). From around noon, they leave about every 30 minutes. You may well have to fight off the touts on your way, who may well tell you that foreigners cannot use the casino buses. (Note: Cambodian citizens really are not allowed on the casino buses, but Western tourists are, as long as the bus is not full.)

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8 hours ago, BritTim said:

Unless prepared to walk 6 km to the station, you need to add the cost of transport to Aranyaprathet station. There is a songtaew if you wait around by the 7-11. The train is strictly for the penny pinching backpacker crowd who regard a $4 saving as worth a dusty five hour trip in third class to reach Bangkok. There are only two departures a day.

aranyaprathet station?

 

i read there was a newly-opened station directly on the border.

ban klong luk station, adding 7 minutes to the train schedule.

 

$4!  OP seemed concerned about cost of casino buses.

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26 minutes ago, ChouDoufu said:

aranyaprathet station?

 

i read there was a newly-opened station directly on the border.

ban klong luk station, adding 7 minutes to the train schedule.

 

$4!  OP seemed concerned about cost of casino buses.

Yes, there is a newly opened station but trains still terminate at Aranyapratet until a through service to Phnom Penh is established. Across in Poipet there is a smart looking revamped station operated by Royal Railways of Cambodia where trains from Phnom Penh via Battambang terminate (limited service at weekends taking 10 to 11 hours). A new single track links both sides of the border and crosses the forecourt of one of the casinos, like a tramway. At this time there is no through service and processing visa/passport formalities for train passengers would, in my opinion, be a logistical nightmare for both Immigration Offices. It is bad enough now, especially at the Thai side for foot passengers, so having to deal with a train load would make things worse! 

Poipet Railway Station:-

 

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One time, 3 years ago, I was refused to enter Thailand at Sadao border because I didn't get 20k baths!

I was back to Thailand after motorbike one week trip in Malaysia 

There was maybe 2 hundred Malaysian people but only me was asked to get 20k in my pockets.

I was send to the immigration boss (a woman) who showed me a big old poster in her office where it was written something like "no enter the country if you don't have 2O K with you".

She said it was the law.

 

Fortunately I was with thai friends who lent me the amount 

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