Today was yet another "adventurous" overland border crossing kind of day from Thailand to Cambodia. This was right up there with the complicated, anxiety-provoking overland border crossing from Ecuador to Peru that we did back in May.
We've read and heard a lot of chatter about the potential pitfalls and traveler nightmares of crossing the Cambodian border. Perhaps a visit to these sites for some inspiration: Seat61, Poipet - WikiTravel, Cambodia: Poipet - A Warning.
It's not that we were worried about whether or not immigration will let us in. We already had our $25/pp Cambodian e-visas issued in advance. It's all about getting across the border and to our destination without getting scammed...too much. Basically, bribes and scams are rampant in this stereotypically rundown border town of Poipet, Cambodia, and oblivious tourists are the main target. Though this may not be a true representation of Cambodia, it is a good representation of most corrupt border towns around the world, and Cambodia is no exception.
By now, you should know that we made it across the border to live and tell about our experience! So, how did we do?
Here's what our 13-hour travel day looked like...