Following our announcement of international bus routes from Vietnam to Laos, we are pleased to inform that we have integrated additional routes from Cambodia to Laos as well.
In recent weeks we successfully signed a cooperation agreement with AVT – ASIA VAN TRANSFER to list their routes, display information of schedules and prices, and support online ticket booking.
With its headquarters located in Siem Reap, AVT connects many destinations along the north-west of Cambodia and south of Laos. At present it is the only transportation company allowed to operate international routes by land between the two countries.
From Cambodia to Laos
AVT runs a daily service departing from Siem Reap passing through Koh Ker (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Koh-Ker), Preah Vihear (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Preah-Vihear) and Stung Treng (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Stung-Treng) on its way to Laos.
Koh Ker is a remote archaeological site located 120 km away from Siem Reap. In the past it was an important city of the Khmer empire and briefly its capital before it was moved back to the north of Tonle Sap. Koh Ker is an attractive destination for those who wish to experience the adventure of exploring temples covered by the forest. The most notable monument is a seven‑tiered pyramid called Prang, which served as state temple and has a very different architecture than other Khmer temples.
Prasat Preah Vihear is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. It precedes Angkor Wat by 100 years, dating from the Koh Ker period. The temple has the most spectacular setting of all temples of the Khmer Empire, placed at the edge a 525-metre cliff in the Dangrek Mountain range, acting as a natural boundary between Cambodia and Thailand. Unlike most Khmer temples, the complex is constructed along a north-south axis, rather than the usual rectangular plan facing toward the east. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
Due to territorial disputes with Thailand, as of 2015 it is only possible to access Preah Vihear from Cambodia. Travelers can easily reach the temple from Preah Vihear city, where AVT stops before continuing its journey to Stung Treng. The site is located 75 km north and it takes about 2h 25m by taxi. AVT staff will be happy to assist and recommend a trusted taxi driver willing to take passengers from the city to the temple, wait for them to visit the ruins and return in the same day. The round trip costs about 40 USD.
After visiting Preah Vihear temple, travelers can resume the journey to the next step, Stung Treng, where AVT provides 3 transfer services heading south to Kratie in Kratié Province (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Kratie), east to Banlung in Ratanakiri Province (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Banlung) or north to the Cambodia Laos Border.
To cross the border passengers must clear immigration (check the requirements for Laos visa on-arrival), after which they can get back to the van and enter Champasak Province of Laos. The first destination is Si Phan Don archipelago in the Mekong River, also known as 4000 islands. AVT service includes transportation by ferry to any of the two main islands: Don Det (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Don-Det) and Don Khon (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Don-Khon).
The final destination of AVT route is Pakse (baolau.vn/s/Siem-Reap/Pakse), the capital of Champasak Province and second most populous city in the country. From here travelers can connect with domestic flights to Vientiane or Luang Prabang in the north of Laos.
From Laos to Cambodia
For the inverse route, coming from Laos to Cambodia, AVT cooperates with Green Paradise Tour and Travel company to pick up the passengers in Pakse (baolau.vn/s/Pakse/Siem-Reap) and Don Det (baolau.vn/s/Don-Det/Siem-Reap) in Si Phan Don area.
To cross the border passengers must clear immigration. According to the official website of e-Visa of the Kingdom of Cambodia (www.evisa.gov.kh), Tropaeng Kreal Border Post (Stung Treng) is a valid port of entry that supports e-Visa. Alternatively, please check the requirements for Cambodia visa on-arrival.
After crossing the border, passengers can get back to the van and enter Cambodia. The van stops in Stung Treng (baolau.vn/s/Stung-Treng/Siem-Reap), Preah Vihear (baolau.vn/s/Preah-Vihear/Siem-Reap) and Koh Ker (baolau.vn/s/Koh-Ker/Siem-Reap) on the way back to Siem Reap.
Thanks to our cooperation agreement with AVT users can book online and receive the e-tickets by email, which can be exchanged for the physical tickets at AVT offices before departure. To facilitate travel planning we list direct routes between Siem Reap and Laos and also 1-day stopover routes for those who intend to visit Preah Vihear.
AVT has a fleet of modern vans with capacity for 12 passengers equipped with A/C. The company provides an excellent service with high quality staff and professional drivers.
The service includes free pick up from hotels and guesthouses in any departure city along the route. Once the reservation is confirmed passengers can contact AVT to arrange the date time for pick up.
In order to comply with immigration procedures at the border, passengers must carry their passports meeting visa requirements for Cambodia and Laos. AVT reserves the right to deny boarding if the passenger fails to present the travel documents.
With this integration we aim to facilitate transportation between Cambodia and Laos and help travelers to reach destinations off the beaten track.