Route Directions & Notes for Immigration posts at BAN LAEM. (Pong Nam Ron)
Set out southbound on Sukhumvit from Pattaya, to Rayong, highway 3 to Chanthaburi.
2nd Chanthaburi exit, turn left onto highway 317. Follow B/W signboards to Pong Ram Ron.
Turn left at Pong Ram Ron, to ‘Ban Pong Nam Ron’. Then an equal distance more till a wide flat valley opens out to right.
Shortly after turn right at B/W signboard onto 3255 to Ban Laem, the Thai border post, for last four KM. Park at the market. Good Thai cooked food 25 B at market restaurant. Thai Immigration post is open 7am to 8pm. Over the pedestrian bridge the first shack on right issues Visa for Cambodia, 1000 B. One photo.
On left of road is the new Cambodian Immigration post. Go to ‘In’ window and also stamp you out, immediately, when the officer asks where you are going, and you say Thailand. The immediate stamp out fee asked is 100 B.
Duty free shopping across the road through gate has spirits for half Pattaya prices for top brands, 300 B to 330 B for Ballantine’s, Bacardi, Gordon’s, Teacher’s etc.
Thai entry requires a photocopy of your passport and one photo.
Arriving in afternoon by car, there are no queues at all at Immigration, compared to morning when queues are long with groups and minibus arrivals.