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Located 48 km from the provincial town of Svay Rieng, it is the international border with Vietnam. The Bavet checkpoint is the main international border crossing for people traveling between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City. Avet's main attractions are two casinos that are within walking distance of the border. These casinos are very popular among foreigners who cross the border, and people smoke a lot inside the casino, it feels like walking into an oven. There is also a market, Psar Nat, where goods are transferred between Cambodia and Vietnam.

The usual transport passing through this crossing point are specially licensed buses and vans, both Cambodian and Vietnamese operators, serving the Phnom Penh to Saigon/HCMC route.

Cambodian Bus' chosen company is Cambodia Asia Travel Co. and VN's chosen company is Mai Linh. But there are others.

Cambodian Visa-on-Arrival is available on Bavet and is quick and easy, just fill out a short application form, provide a current passport/visa type and photo size and pay $20. and it's all done right away.

The bus fare using the Mekong Express is approximately US$12/13 depending on the prevailing fuel price. The journey takes almost 3 hours, but is getting shorter as construction in Cambodia progresses.

The trip started early one morning in late November in Ho Chi Min and involved a 3 hour drive to the Cambodian border at Bavet where Prestige Duty Free has one of its border stores.

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Southeast Asia has been firmly on the “backpacker trail” for years, thanks to its great food, diverse cultures, and budget-friendly prices. And while Thailand is often the first country travelers think of when considering visiting this stunning part of the world, neighboring Cambodia has grown in popularity in recent years. Visit and you will see why.

Even though it is a small country, Cambodia's history is rich and its places are unique. You could easily spend weeks exploring this.

Our experience in Cambodia taught us that we can be happy with so little.

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