A Cambodian tourist visa lasts 30 days and can be renewed for another month. After this the only way to stay in Cambodia is to leave and then come back. Long-term tourists and expats in Thailand, Cambodia and other countries will be familiar with the “visa run”. Basically you travel to the border, leave the country maybe for just an hour, and then return to apply for a new visa.
I had been in Cambodia, travelling slowly, for the maximum 60 days and the only option for me to stay in Cambodia was to travel from Kampot where I was staying, 50 km to the border with Vietnam. For the last third of the journey the road is unsealed and full of ruts and potholes, which when full of water are impossible to see. In a tuk tuk it made for a wet and bone jarring ride. I’m only glad I chose, so that I could more easily take pictures, not to make the journey on my rented motorbike.
Even in the rain the scenery was sublime and despite being soaked through for most of the day it was an experience not to be missed. Note to self – get one of those cheap plastic cagoules!