Crossing Poipet – Aranyaprathet Borders

I had another adventure when I was doing my Southeast Asian trip. Before, I had a journey to the border of Viet Nam and Cambodia. Now, I was crossing the Poipet – Aranyaprathet borders. I stayed in Cambodia for a week and it was time for me to change address again.

From the hotel I was staying, I let them arranged my bus company and I just emphasized that I need a direct bus that’ll take me to Thailand from Cambodia. Mr. Phirun Heng, the owner of Putheavatei Boutique Hotel and Spa, bought a bus ticket of the most famous direct bus in Siem Reap to Bangkok via NATTAKAN Cambodia Co. Ltd for USD30. NATTAKAN Cambodia Co. Ltd is located in Sivatan Road just few stores from KFC. I haven’t gotten other information with regard to departure time. All I know is the bus always leaves from Siem Reap, Cambodia at 0800H to Bangkok, Thailand.

NATTAKAN Cambodia Co. Ltd during the night when I had dinner in KFC the day before my trip.

NATTAKAN Cambodia Co. Ltd during the night when I had dinner in KFC the day before my trip.

NATTAKAN bus ticket

NATTAKAN bus ticket

It was a fine day, the sun was up and everything was going smooth as planned for my trip. I had a tuktuk pick me up at the hotel for bus transfer. When I got at the station, the staff asked me of my passport and ticket. By the way, you need to purchase the ticket way ahead of time like a day before your trip. So going back, I was assisted on getting my bags inside the bus and after that I went to the office to get my passport with my ticket. I headed inside the bus and looked for the seat I was assigned to. Actually, it was the staff who pointed me where my seat was. Every passenger got settled down and so, the journey began.

On the day of my trip

On the day of my trip

Bus routines

Bus routines

It was a 3-hour ride from Siem Reap to Poipet border in Banteay Meanchey Province. The bus company prepared for us a delectable snacks paired with an orange juice.

Snack pack

Snack pack

Some sweet pastries

Some sweet pastries

Orange juice

Orange juice

When we were closed to the border, they handed us this to hang on our necks.

Our Identification card

Our Identification card

Cambodia - Thailand border

Cambodia – Thailand border

We were told to get out of the bus along with our bags to go to the Poipet border and have our passport stamped with the Cambodian departure card filled out.

Going to Poipet border pass

Going to Poipet border pass

We walked about 5 mins to Cambodian border and have an exit stamped on our passport. The next journey was the tiring one. We walked about 20 mins to Aranyaprathet border and passport control.

The walk towards the International Border of Thailand

The walk towards the International Border of Thailand

Thailand Border Control Office

Thailand Border Control Office

For foreign passport holders, the immigration office is located at the second floor. They will give you an arrival and departure card that looked like this.

Immigration card, information asked such as name, date of birth, nationality, gender, address where you will stay in Thailand, mode of arrival.

Immigration card, information asked such as name, date of birth, nationality, gender, address where you will stay in Thailand, mode of arrival.

Once you finished filling it out, just head directly to the immigration officer and hand it with your passport. Mine, it took me a smile to finish the transaction within a minute. After I had an arrival stamped on my passport, I went out and look for the bus. The bus companies do wait few meters away from the immigration office. It is a parking area for buses.

Sawadee Khrap Thailand

Sawadee Khrap Thailand

Final security check before entering Thailand

Final security check before entering Thailand

Parking Area

Parking Area

The Bus

The Bus

With toilet

With toilet

We were in Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand and somewhere there, the bus employee picked up packed lunches and food was served to every passenger.

Now in Aranyaprathet, Kingdom of Thailand

In Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo Province, Kingdom of Thailand

Restaurant where our packed lunch were picked up

Restaurant where our packed lunches were picked up

Packed Lunch

Packed Lunch

Delicious Lunch

Delicious Lunch

We traveled about 3-4 hours going to Bangkok. The views were all the same, rice fields almost all throughout the trip. We arrived in the busy city of Bangkok at 1630H.

I hailed a taxi to send me to the hotel I have made reservation which is located in Sukhumvit Soi 30/1 which is near Philippine Embassy. Upon getting there, I had all my things unpacked and when I had everything in place. I went out to have some dinner in a tourist haven of Bangkok which is the Khaosan Road and had my first Thai food. I ate in Tom Yung Kung Restaurant. I also had my first BTS/ Skytrain ride.

Khaosan Road during night

Khaosan Road during night

Tom Yung Kung Restaurant

Tom Yung Kung Restaurant

Tom Yung

Tom Yung

Skytrain ticket

Skytrain ticket

My first BTS ride

My first BTS ride

With regard to my whole experience of crossing Poipet – Aranyaprathet borders, I can say that it was tiring but fun, draining but educating, and worth the try of a lifetime.

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Journey To The Border

In a big continent with lots of countries, going through other nations is fast and easy. It is just a journey to the border. I experienced that when I had my trip to Southeast Asia. I was in Saigon, Viet Nam and I planned to cross border going to Cambodia. I did a lot of research in different blogs and web and it was really helpful. I found out that there are bus companies that drive directly to Cambodia if you are from Saigon/ Ho Chi Minh City. But, it wasn’t confirmed yet since it was only online until I got to the hotel and let them arrange a transportation for me. I was staying in N.Y. Kim Phuong Hotel at Hai Ba Truong Street, check out my blogpost by clicking here.

I have different choices of bus companies such as Sapaco Tourist, MaiLinh, Mekong Express, and etc. I chose Mekong Express Limousine Bus since I read good feedback about it. I made sure that I have arranged it ahead of time like a day before my scheduled trip. They have different time trips. Anyway, I paid the ticket for USD15.

Departure Time Schedules with Route

Departure Time Schedules with Route

Ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

Ticket from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh

Instructions to Passengers

Instructions to Passengers

The bus station is just located at 275F Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1. For a trip from HCMC, Viet Nam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, it will take about 6-8 hours but it depends on the border and immigration process.

Pham Ngu Lao Street

Pham Ngu Lao Street

Mekong Express Limousine Bus banner

Mekong Express Limousine Bus banner

So, I started the day early since I have booked an 0830H bus going to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I had a taxi drove me from my hotel to the bus station and paid only 50,000VND. When I arrived there, the bus still hasn’t arrived so, I have to wait in their office. But 10 minutes before the schedule departure time, the bus arrived and with the assistance of the staff, they took our bags and placed it on the compartment area in the bus and we also showed our tickets since they needed to put the seat number on the bags so when we will claim it, there will be no loss or picking up the wrong luggage issue.

Mekong Express Limousine Bus office

Mekong Express Limousine Bus office

At exactly 0830H, we went our way to our destination. Snacks were served while en route.

The bus spacious with toilet at the back.

The bus is spacious with toilet at the back.

Snacks for the passengers

Snacks for the passengers

Snacks

Snackbox

Snacks en route to the border

Snacks en route to the border

It took about 3-4 hours to get to Moc Bai, Tay Ninh Province which is the border of Viet Nam. We went inside the immigration office and have our passports taken by the bus staff. Staff will bring the passport for exit stamping in Viet Nam. We waited there for about an hour since there were a lot of travelers crossing borders and also waited for our names to be called. Once they called you, you just get your passport and go back to your bus since it will be another ride going to Cambodia border. You will see these views in the border.

Moc Bai Viet Nam International Border Gate

Moc Bai, Viet Nam International Border Gate

Moc Bai Viet Nam International Border Gate

Moc Bai, Viet Nam International Border Gate

Bavet, Cambodia International Border Gate

Bavet, Cambodia International Border Gate

Bavet, Cambodia International Border Gate

Bavet, Cambodia International Border Gate

For just 5 mins, you will get to see the Cambodian immigration building and directly proceed to the immigration officer to have your passport stamped for entry. The officer usually asked for how many days you will be staying in their country. It was fast and easy. I had mine stamped in just a minute. Then, I crossed the border with ease and stepped my first foot on the land of Cambodia. I was in Bavet, Svay Rieng in Cambodia and traveled about 3-4 hours again to get to Phnom Penh. We even passed through the Mekong river via ferry.

Neak Loung ferry crossing at Mekong river

Neak Loung ferry crossing at Mekong river

I arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia at 1630H. I headed directly to the hotel to take a long rest. The whole experience was amazing and it was my first time to cross borders and hopefully, it won’t be the last.

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