My entry for this week’s Outdoor Wednesday was taken in December of last year. At that time, one lovely Saturday, my husband and I ventured on an impromptu road trip to the Cambodian border town of Bavet, in Svay Rieng province.
Bavet is one of the several international border crossings of Cambodia, in the southeastern part of the country, to Vietnam. It’s counterpart is Moc Bai, in Tay Ninh province of Vietnam. Hundreds and thousands of tourists come through the gates of this border as recorded by the immigration officials. To me it is more convenient and hassle-free than in Poipet, another Cambodian border town to Thailand. Visas are available there upon arrival.
It took us four hours to reach Bavet – and that’s because of the very long queue at the Neak Loung ferry. However, we enjoyed our trip very much. It was a welcome and pleasant change of view, so to speak.
It wasn’t the first time that I’ve been at the Bavet border and, I must say I’m impressed at the huge changes that I saw. The road to Bavet is wider than before and in great condition, thanks to the road-widening project. However, it is still the same border town that I know of, where casinos, massage and karaoke parlours are prevalent.