To visit Cambodia a visa is required for most nationalities. These can be issued on arrival at both Siem Reap & Phnom Penh airport, overseas Cambodian embassies and at various border crossing checkpoints. Check your local Cambodia embassy website for further details.
If you are entering Cambodia by land visas are issued on arrival at the following border crossings;
Cambodia/Thailand: Cambodian visas are available at all border crossings.
Cambodia/Vietnam: Cambodian visas are available at the Moc Bai/Bavet and Chau Doc border crossings.
Cambodia/Laos: Border policies are not stable. Double check availability.
It is relatively quick and easy to get a visa on arrival, taking only about 20-30 minutes. One 4×6 photo is required.
- 30-day tourist visa (Type ‘T’): US$20
- Tourist visas can be extended for one month, but only one time.
- 30-day business visa (Type ‘E’): US$25
- Business visas can be renewed indefinitely, one month, three months, six months or one year at a time.
Siem Reap airport is well linked to various other airports throughout South East Asia. You can now fly from:
Kuala Lumpur / Phnom Penh / Bangkok / Pakse / Singapore / Guangzhou / Ho Chi Minh / Seoul-Incheon / Luang Prabang / Hanoi / Manila / Utapao / Pusan
For more information on scheduled flights please see the following website http://www.cambodia-airports.com/
Bus / Taxi / Train
Regular buses to Siem Reap operate from numerous locations in Cambodia including; Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville & Battambang.
Bus travel is the most popular form of transport between Phnom Penh & Siem Reap and there are regularly scheduled services daily. You can purchase tickets from most guesthouses or travel agencies.
For those travelling overland from surrounding countries bus services are available from Thailand, Vietnam & Laos. Please ask locally for more information.
If you are travelling to Cambodia from Bangkok you can get a bus to the border (Aranyaprathet – Thailand/Poipet – Cambodia). Buses depart from the Northern Bus Terminal (Morchit) hourly between 4am and 6pm and will drop you in Aranyaprathet town. You can then take a tuk tuk or moto a few kms to the border crossing.
To avoid the ‘visa scams’ at the border ensure you purchase your visa from the Cambodian immigration which is located after you have been stamped out of Thailand. Local touts & drivers will attempt to sell you a visa from a ‘local consulate’ insisting it is easier and cheaper, they will also offer to change your dollars into local currency. Do not use these services, they are a scam and far more expensive plus local currency is not needed to pay for a visa.
After the Cambodian checkpoint take the free shuttle service to the bus station, here you can get a local bus or taxi to Siem Reap.
There is also a train service that runs between Bangkok (Hualamphong) & Aranyaprathet town. Again catch a tuk tuk or moto to the border crossing.
There is a daily ferry that runs between Siem Reap & Phnom Penh (4-6hrs) and is a great way to travel between the two cities. Prices are based around $25-$35.
For more detailed information on travelling to Siem Reap please check out Canby Publications which will help you with your journey.