Anlong Veng to Siem Reap

Discussion in 'Cambodia - General Discussion Forum' started by danwhite, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. danwhite

    danwhite Ol'Timer

    Anyone done the Anlong Veng entry from TL and the road to Siem Reap of late?...... I have heard that it is all fixed up and good.... Would like to confirm before I venture down it though.
     
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  3. Peter Hooper

    Peter Hooper Ol'Timer

    Hi Dan,
    I just got back from Siem Reap yesterday (22 Sep 09) and am in the process of compiling a Trip Report which will take a few days.
    Briefly though the road from Chong Sa Ngam to Anlong Veng to Siem Reap is excellent with good sealed surface and gentle curves and not much traffic. Takes about 2 hrs
    The big problem though is how to get to it. Unless you have prior Customs consent, Cambodian Customs wont let you in at Chong Sa Ngam/Choam so you have to go to Pak Choeng/Osmach and they may let you through. After some haggling I got through after being refused at Chong Sa Ngam, but it was by no means a foregone conclusion. No problem getting out of Thailand at either place. Gets a bit complicated when you get stamped out of Thailand personal and bike and then get refused entry into Cambodia. You have to get Unstamped with all the questions that raises in your Passport.
    Then you have to get to Anlong Veng about 70 Km of shocking unsealed pot holed slippery track. After that its a breeze.
    Cheers,
    Peter
     
  4. danwhite

    danwhite Ol'Timer

    Hi

    Normally at Poipet and Hat Lek it's the Thais who make the paperwork and the Khmers don't even look at the vehicle..... At O'Smach from Surin the Khmers kick up trouble on bringing in a bike? What do they ask for? I ride a Thai registered bike.

    Very best

    Dan
     
  5. shadow

    shadow Ol'Timer

    I ride a Cambodian registered bike so that may make a difference. But I never had any problem entering Chong Sa Ngam.

    Dont worry about your passport, I have been refused entry into Vietnam four times trying to get in with my bike all times I had been stamed out. Three from Cambodia and one from Laos. I have never had a immigration officer ask me any questions about this when travelling anywhere else in the world.
     
  6. Peter Hooper

    Peter Hooper Ol'Timer

    I also have a Thai registered bike and have all the paper work.
    The Thai's had no problem with letting me go out or coming back in, it was the Kmers who would not allow me in at Chong Sa Ngam.

    I got in at Osmach but don't know why or if I had been refused - why not. The only paperwork was done by the Thais and the Kmers just put their stamp on it. Communication is not a strong point with these guys. My impression is that they try to slow it down as much as possible. I don't know if they were looking for some payment but they didn't ask. It may also be that it is just too hard and they don't know what to do. It probably doesn't help that border disputes are going on in this area at the moment also.
    Cheers,
    Peter
     
  7. shadow

    shadow Ol'Timer

    There is no paper work so the too hard thing doesnt fly. The border disputes may be another thing alltogether though.
     

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