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Poipet is a small town in western Cambodia, near the Thai border.

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Poipet

Understand

Gordon Sharpless notes that "Poipet more or less rhymes with toilet" and this caustic observation is, sadly, true. Poipet is a miserable huddle of touts, beggars, thieves and dodgy casinos for daytripping Thais, and spending any more time than absolutely necessary is not recommended.

Poipet

Get in

For reaching Poipet from the Thai side, consult the Aranyaprathet article.

Cambodian visas on arrival are available here with a varying degree of hassle, arrive early in the morning to avoid queues (the border crossing is open from 07:00 to 20:00). While the visa cost is theoretically US$20, most visitors have to pay 1000 baht and you may well be asked for more — smile, ask for receipts and smile some more. Other scams often reported here include having to pay for SARS forms and touts attempting to charge for 'helping' you with your visa application or telling you you must exchange Cambodian rials here (at very poor rates).

As of August 2005, the infamous traffic circle hassle has finally been taken over by the authorities. All arriving tourists are now transferred by shuttle van (for free) to a central depot offering either buses or taxis.

Poipet

By bus

Seats on the official bus service from the depot to Siem Reap cost $11 a pop.

Poipet

By taxi

Toyota Camry taxis from Siem Reap will take you to Poipet for a fixed $35. The ride along the unpaved highway is bumpy but passable, figure on three hours but note that travel times may increase considerably late in the wet season (September to December).

Poipet

By pickup truck

Pickup trucks connect from Siem Reap and Battambang, although you will more likely than not have to change at SisophonSisophon. Seats inside/outside the truck 5000/3000 riel to Sisophon, plus 10000/5000 onward to either Siem Reap or Battambang.

Poipet

Get around

Once through immigration, you will be besieged by touts offering transport. Do your best to ignore them and talk directly with drivers, many of which can be found at the traffic circle just outside or down the road.

Poipet

See & Do

Other than gambling and whoring, there are no sights or activities in Poipet.

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Buy

Poipet

Eat & Drink

Poipet

Sleep

If at all possible, overnight in Aranyaprathet instead.

Poipet

Stay safe

Poipet is not safe, particularly at night. Watch out for pickpockets and snatch thieves. If taking a taxi, do not let anybody you don't know into the car.

Poipet

Get out

As of August 2005, the authorities at Poipet are currently insisting that all independent travellers to Siem Reap take government transport at US$11. You can try to weasel your way out by claiming that you are going to some place other than Siem Reap, and then negotiating with a taxi directly.

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