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Even though I left for Siem Reap on the fast boat (which is an absolute must), I found two tourist offices with bus times which I thought would be useful for people (times/prices as of Dec 2008):
From Neak Krohom station to Siem Reap - Depart at 8am
From Rith Mony station to Siem Reap - Depart at 7.30am & 8am
From Capitol bus station to Phnom Penh - Depart at 6.30am, 7am, 7.30am, 8am, 8.30am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm & 2.30pm - US$7.
From GST bus station to Phnom Penh - Depart at 6.45am, 7.45am & 9.30am.
From Rith Mony station to Phnom Penh - Depart every 30 minutes between 6am & 3.30pm.
From Neak Krohom station to Phnom Penh - Depart at 8am.
Bus to Sihanoukville departs at 7am - US$15.
Bus to Kep City/Kampot departs at 7am - US$15.
Bus to Bangkok departs at 12pm from Neak Krohom station - US$15.
Bus to Poipet (on the Thai border) via Capitol Bus departs at 11.30am & 1.30pm
Bus to Poipet via GST bus departs at 11.30am & 12.30pm.
Written Apr 25, 2010
I came to Battambang from the Thai border at Poipet with an American couple in a taxi which cost us 1200 baht (400 baht each) which is a lot of money. According to Lonely Planet there should be a free shuttle bus from the border crossing to the "Tourist Lounge" - whatever and wherever that is. After spending quite some time and getting very frustrated about trying to find a bus to Battambang and being told that there was only one which was at 9am, we decided to take a taxi. This was hardly the best start to a new country but in the end we got here and I got the better deal as it saved me a lot of money in the end!
Written Apr 25, 2010
I was expecting to see an impressive colonial French station building in Battambang but instead there's this rather ugly concrete carbuncle of a building. Don't expect to find any trains here (at a railway station? Come on!) as they stopped running a few years ago. When they used to run, they went to Phnom Penh, with the journey taking around 14 hours but sometimes much longer, even though the distance by rail is only 275km!
Written Apr 25, 2010
It's hard to find transportation in Battambang. Of the tuk-tuk or car variety anyway.
I lucked out while in Battambang and met the totally solid Mr. Pheng. He does both tuk-tuk and car if desired, both around the town jaunts and all day excursions. Keep in mind, a car will cost about twice as much.
If going to Battambang, you need to do a little research. There's alot to see outside of town. But you'll have to prepare your own itenary. When you do, contact Mr. Pheng. He's a driver not a guide. But he's absolutely punctual, reliable and kind. He will drive and accompany you on your explorations and probably walk along with you as you hike should you desire. The man knows alot about the countryside. And he's a protective sort. He makes sure you are safe and is happy to act as the translator should you need to speak with someone or get a message across to a local, a vendor, or even children following you around at sights looking for a little money, etc..
But be aware, he speaks basic English and is currently studying to learn more. When you get to Battambang, should you decide to give him a call, speak slowly at first. From there you can arrange for him to meet up with you and then discuss your itinerary with him in person.
Mr. Pheng struck me as a man with deep character in the three days I spent with him.
I give him a high recommendation.
Mr. Pheng (pronounced "peng") 012 732965
Updated Jan 12, 2008
Phone: 012 732965
Although so slow, this was one of the most enjoyable moments of my trip to Cambodia. Didn't fancy doing the whole trip from Battambang to Phnom Penh, so just booked until Pursat. Even then it was that slow in the 5 hours it should have taken, we only made it as far as Svay Don Key, about half-way. At this point the train had indeed broken down, so we called up our mini-bus and got off. Because of the slow speed, this does make for some great interchange with the locals that live alongside the rails. We were even caught up by a "bamboo train" where I was invited to climb aboard and swap places with the kids. Price was about 4$ US. Just go to the station and book the day before. But be careful, there is only ONE train per week. Up from Phnom Penh on Saturdays and down again from Battambang on Sunday.
Written Jul 10, 2007
We had heard that a pleasant way to get from Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) to Battambang is to get the speedboat. Because it is the start of the wet season and the water is low we were expecting a small speedboat. We paid $15 to Shadow of Angkor Guesthouse to go on the Angkor Express. The posters and tickets showed speedboats. The guesthouse said that he journey would be 4-5 hours. LP says 3-8. We ended up on a local boat with hard wooden planks for seats. The journey took 9 HOURS. We left our guesthouse in Siem Reap at 6am and arrived at our hotel in Battambang at 4.45pm. Most people paid $13 with the exception of locals. I don't have a problem with taking local transport. I do have a problem with being mislead and overcharged.
Updated Jun 9, 2007
My two companions and I traveled to Battambang via Siem Reap's "power boat." It was early October (2006) and the water was still quite high. The power boat was scheduled to depart at 7am, although we left closer to 7:45am, and the trip took approximately 5.5 hours. According to the locals that I spoke to, this is quite unusual and the boat only travels this "quickly" during rainy season.
Tip: I suggest this mode of transportation if not for the ease of use, then for the opportunity to explore Tonle Sap's beautiful water landscape, floating villages, and vast wildlife.
Tip: Politely consider the hotel options provided by the boatmen. There are limited options in Battambang and what they offer, Royal Hotel and Chaya Hotel for example, provide decent rooms at reasonable prices.
Tip: A breakfast of bananas, french baguettes, and butter is sold by the local women and children; a great option for the lengthy journey. I would not suggest buying the bottled water, however, every other natural food sold is safe and helps the local community.
Updated Jan 14, 2007
Reach Siem Reap by boat from Battambang to me is the best way. The reason is that the road from the Thay border is really bad and I didn't want to land directly in Siem reap, I like to reach places slowly, as it was in the past. This way let you also see a lot of things that you wouldn't see. In this case the trip was really nice, we have seen so many little water villages, and the cambodian way of life! This is a thing you can do only in the rainy season, the boat aren't so comfortable, but it worth it!
To buy the ticket you can ask to your hotel and they will buy them for you at the same price of the agency, I don't remember exactly but I think it cost 15 USD. Is not cheap compared to the local bus prices but it is for eastern people.
Written Oct 30, 2006
Esto es un transporte muy especial , ya que utilizan las vias del ferrocarril para montar en un instante el " Tren de bambu" que se desplaza a una buena velocidad por las vias del tren
Esta formado por dos ejes con sus ruedas , una plataforma de Bambu y un motor con una polea ( a los "Guiris" nos ponen una especie de alfombra )
Si viene el tren grande esta claro quien desmonta pero si es otro Tren de Bambu tienen que negociar cual de los dos es mas facil de descargar y de desmontar
Este transporte es para la gente del lugar
This is a very spetial transport , because they use the rail ways to assembly very quickly the " Bamboo Train " that is moving at a reasonable speed by the railways .
It is made with two shafts and their wheels , a bamboo platform and a motor with a pulley ( for the tourists they put some kind of carpet )
If a big train comes it is clear who disassemble but if it is another Bamboo Train , they must discuss which of them is easier to unload and disassembly
This transport is used by thelocal people
Written Feb 27, 2006
La mejor forma de desplazarse por los alrededores de Battambang es con un motero .Hablan ingles y te ensenan toda la zona , tanto los sitios turísticos como aquellos en los que puedes ver la vida y costumbres locales
Nos llevaron Sun y Thony que nos hicieron muy agradable e interesante el tiempo que pasamos con ellos
Les puedes localizar en el Hotel Royal o en : firstname.lastname@example.org
The best way to move around Battambang is with a moto driver . They speak English , and they show you all the area , all the turistic places and also those where you may see the local life and habits
We were with Sun and Thony who made us very nice and ineresting the time we spent with them
You may contact with them in the Royal Hotel or in : email@example.com
Written Feb 23, 2006
3 Reviews and 37 Opinions I had wanted to stay at the Royal Hotel when I arrived in Battambang but they were full but luckily...