The Fast-boat to Cambodia (fom Thailand)
Koh Kong, Cambodia
The Fast-boat to Cambodia (fom Thailand) Koh Kong Reviews
The Boat to Cambodia Apr 26, 2008
I don't care much for busses so travel by train or boat wherever I have the option. They just seem a bit more comfortable, smoother, and a lot safer (depending on the weather of course.)
An easy way to get from Thailand into Sihanoukville, on the Cambodian coast, is by way of the fast boat. It also provides a nice way to do a loop from eastern Thailand-Sihanoukville-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Thailand, (if you are on a short visit and want to see the highlights of Cambodia without doing a lot of back-tracking.)
From Trat, Thailand, blue air-conditioned mini-busses make the run to the border from the new bus station whenever they get a full load of ten passengers. That is fairly often. The one-and-a-quarter-hour trip costs 110 Baht and is non-negotiable (by my ability anyway).
The border transit is fairly smooth, though a line tends to form at the Cambodian Point of Entry office where the application and fees are paid at one window and your passport with the new visa picked up at another. The 30-day visa cost $25.
The trip does require a night in Koh Kong, the border town on the Cambodian side, because the border opens in the morning at the same time that the boat leaves (at 8:00 a.m.) It's a ten minute ride into town by taxi, fifteen by motorbike. Don't pay more than half of the original asking price. I always shout out "Moto Guesthouse!" and quickly get whisked away from the pestering hoards of touts.
DO NOT change money at the border. No need to as all of Koh Kong accepts U.S. dollars or Thai Baht and all of Cambodia uses U.S. Dollars.
The Moto cost 200 Baht and offered air conditioning, cable TV, a swimming pool, and excellent meals. The town is small and an afternoon is sufficient to see it. I partied there one night with some Germans and we all ended up missing the one daily boat. That made for one extra, very long day in Koh Kong! The guest house offered to amend our tickets for a healthy fee. The Germans paid but I refused. Boarding on the following morning, the boat company accepted my 'out-dated' ticket with no questions asked.
All the guesthouses sell tickets for the boat (U.S.$20) and arrange transport to the dock. Tickets can be also purchased at the dock before boarding. There are numerous guesthouses within walking distance of the dock as well.
Airline-type seating is available inside the air-conditioned boat but I prefer sitting on top, basking in sunshine and feeling the sea air whistling through my ears! It's a four hour trip to Sihanoukville, including a nice stop on one of the tropical islands. (A bus to Sihanoukville is available from Koh Kong but takes seven hours.)
There are now two boats. The boat leaves Koh Kong at the same time, but the return trip from Sihanoukville departs at 9:30 a.m. daily.
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