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Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchay Province in North-western Cambodia.
Samraong is a regional hub that travellers in hinterland North-western Cambodia will pass through or use as a base. It is the Cambodian town nearest the O'Smach/Chong Chom border crossing with Thailand. The town in small and nondescript. Notable reference points are the Acleda Bank building on the main street and, to its south, the market.
Highway 68 is now paved and heads south, linking the town with Kralanh on National Highway 6 and hence Siem Reap.
Unpaved highway 56 runs west, to Sisophon via the temples of Banteay Chhmar. The ride is pretty good in the dry season and respectable speed can be obtained. In the wet season, travelling may be much slower, particularly closer to Samraong.
There is also a road heading east to Anlong Veng.
Shared taxis to any of the nearby towns can be arranged near the market.
There is a border crossing with Chong Chom in Thailand's Surin Province at O'Smach, about 35 km north of Samraong.
See the town on foot. Motodops are willing to drive to the border.
The town offers little except a glimpse of provincial Cambodian life.
Recover from or prepare for the onslaught of back-country travel: laundry, internet and ATM are available.
Acleda Bank has an ATM in the big, grey office building which dominates the town.
The usual Khmer stuff. Try the market.
There are several guesthouses and hotels on the main street near Acleda Bank. Quality is good and prices are low.
There is an internet cafe on the main street next to the bus office. $0.75 /hr.