The Border

Trip Start Apr 15, 2012
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Trip End Jun 06, 2012


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Flag of Cambodia  , Koh Kong Province,
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Night bus to Bangkok, slept a lot. Bus to the border. The Cambodia border scam unfolds.

Leave Thailand without a hitch and am standing in no man's land, neither Thailand nor Cambodia.

The Cambodian immigration lady asked for 1000 ($33) Baht for the visa fee. I offered $20 US, as is prescribed. She says that was only for arrival by air. I said No, it is on the Government of Cambodia website.

Then she says that $20 fee is only for E-visa. No, says me. E-visa is $25, Visa On Arrival is $20. I tell her I have no Thai Baht and offer to pay her in Cambodian Rial. She shuts the window and tells me to go back to Thailand.

A visit to the Commander's shack results in a compromise of $25 USD. She refuses to take the money or make eye contact.

Stayed in a lovely underpriced guesthouse,A/C, satellite TV, balcony overlooking the ocean for $15.
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