The majority of travelers head to Cambodia from Thailand on their way to Vietnam or Laos, but we were coming the other way. We had gone from Thailand to Laos, down through Vietnam and were now making our way back to Thailand to fly home. We still had Angkor Wat as our last Cambodian stop and the best way to reach it was via the river from what we had heard. We had braved the dusty bus trip from Phnom Penh to Battambang for eight hours and four bucks so doing the same to Siem Reap was not an option we entertained long. No, the boat trip was the main reason we came here in the first place. Getting the ticket at a fair price was another thing. There seemed to be a bit of a conspiracy amongst the sellers but with some diligence and a dose of deception we managed to get it by playing one hotel against the other. Even though we had chose to stay at the more upscale (well, a buck more a night) Royal Hotel, their boat trip price was nearly twice what the Chayya Hotel was offering. Though it’s never good practice to buy outside of the place you are staying, we saved $16 and hopefully The Royal will think twice before trying the same with other travelers. Anyway, it was $16 for two from Battambang to Siem Reap. The advertised seven hour trip was closer to twelve as the river was so low, a few passengers had to get out and give the rickety wooden vessel a shove a few times! It was a beautiful trip just the same and the slow journey time was more in tune with the life we meandered pass.
You need a Tuktuk or a cab to reach Aranya Prathet. From A.P you can choose between train and bus at the station to move further in to Thailand, we took a bus and the ride takes about 5 hours to reach Bangkok
We rented Taxi for the trip between Battambang to the border at Poipet, we paid 5$ for the ride, the road was terrible and the driver believed that he was in a Fomula 1 race.
The crew at Chaya hotel helped us with the ride and we chared it with an English girl
You can catch a taxi to Pursat and/or Battambang from the Central Market in Phnom Penh. To Pursat, expect about a six hour trip and from there to Battambang about another four. Of course, this depends on the quality of the roads.
If you decide to get a taxi, I would recommend purchasing two to three seats for yourself (ask for the front seat). The taxi drivers tend to cram as many people as possible into the car and what I tend to think of as one seat, the taxi driver may view as several. One taxi I was in had about 5 people in the front of a Toyota Camry. The driver had someone sitting between him and the door.
Okay,getting to Battambang is depending on you.My family and I hired out a van and travel there costing around US$110 without any other passengers on board.For individual I dunno how much it cost. There's alway by air,leaving from Pochentong airport twice a day I think???.....Once you're in Battmbang don't be afraid to catch a ride on the taxi(motorcycle),it's the cheapest way of getting around.
This was the so called "bus-station" in middle of nowhere of Srisophon where I left the bus from Bangkok. And the pick-ups ARE the busses to Battambang. Sitting 2 1/2 hours between the driver and the bigest cambodian woman I ever saw was not fun.
When you go off the bus, go to the main road and shortly after a motorbike will stop. Just say Bus, Batdambang and it will bring you to the bus station, where a dozen of guys will fight for you to get you in their pick-up.
Prices depend if you want to sit inside or outside.
Outside you should protect somehow your breath from the dusty road.