I'm in Sa Kaeo today taking it easy and moving on down to Aranyaprathet tomorrow morning (Wed 8th Dec, 2010).
Can anyone advise please advise me of the costs for a visa on entry in Cambodia? Also, I have read that there are a few unscupulous officials asking more for visa payments than is normal. can anyone confirm these stories for me?
Thanks in advance,
Yes they will probably hassle you coming into Cambodia. I got my visa last year on the internet to avoid that hassle but they still asked for extra money - 5 bucks. I refused and had to wait about an hour. Then I got my stamps without extra baksheesh. Also they will hassle you with pills and offer women. Thailand is so much better in this way, no hassles whatever.
It is a shame: on the one hand they are apparently underpayed but I wonder where the extra 5 bucks will end up - probably not with the really underpayed officials ...
I watched the poor Thais that went into Cambodia for daily business and in every passport there was a 20 baht note or more for them.
Because I had to wait so long at the border I didn't make it to my destination on time, I entered via the Trat route. So I got stranded in the no man's land of the sanctuary and a little paranoid because I saw some young guys on motorcycles calling each other. The real adventure had begun ...
Eventually I hitchhiked and met a nice taxidriver with a Camry from Sihanoukville who took me and my bike about 60 miles to my destination for those 5 bucks ;-)
I'm old school hippy and still hate people in uniforms who take advantage of that fact. I love the Thai police though - always very friendly to cyclists, even when they caught me at violations.
Be very careful on your bike! Cambodian traffic is hell, I saw many live accidents and got hit by a motorcycle in Phnom Penh but was lucky because I'm experienced and drive a sturdy old bike ...
If you can make it to Chumphon province in Thailand me and my Thailady will welcome you. I will be here until the end of January.
Good luck and happy trails!