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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 tall, grey Acleda Bank building on the main street and, to its south, the market.
Highway 68 is now paved and runs from the O'Smach/Chong Chom border crossing, about 35 km north of Samraong, to National Highway 6 at Kralanh, which is near Siem Reap.
Unpaved highway 56 runs west to the temples of Banteay Chhmar and then continues south to Sisophon. 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.
The road east to Anlong Veng is being paved as of March 2012, at which time all-weather asphalt was in place for all but about 1 km.
Paramount Angkor Transport serves the town with buses to Phnom Penh via Sisophon, Battambang and Pursat. It also runs buses to Siem Reap and O'Smach town (less than 1 km from the border). The company's office is about 50 m north of Acleda Bank.
Shared taxis to any of the nearby towns can be arranged near the market.
See the town on foot. Motodops are willing to drive to the border for about $10 after haggling.
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.
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.