Getting there and away, Phnom Penh

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    Fast boat from Chou Duc to Phnom Penh

    by bpwarne Updated Aug 21, 2007

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    Stop for customs on way to Cambodia from Vietnam

    This leg of trip was fantastic, couldnt have been better. Small boat, held 15 people inluding captain and his mate, up the Mekong river, nice and breezy when underway, boat enclosed but lots of windows, left at 8:30 arrived before 12:30. Seats MUCH more comfortable than wooden benches on the slow boats. Border crosssing reminescent of going to Bocas, rugged but nice. Cost was $10 extra over Sinh Cafe's standard $22, two day/one night package but well worth the extra cost. much better than the slow boat which would have taken another 3-4 hours to get here.

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    Luxury bus

    by traceyspacey Written Jun 22, 2007

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    Mekong Limousine Express bus. This is the second time that I have travelled with them and they are the best (better than the buses in the UK). The buses are really comfortable, just try to avoid the front seats. Water and snack are provided and there is a toilet on board. Air con certainly works. As you pass points of interest, a commentry is given. From sihanoukville it cost $6 a person as opposed to $4 with the other comapanies.

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    Cambodian Entry Visas

    by Etoile2B Updated Mar 22, 2007

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    A month-long tourist visa to Cambodia costs $20 US and you’ll need to have an extra passport photo handy. The easiest method of payment is to have US cash handy at the border crossing. When entering Cambodia via AIR the entry process is relatively easy. At the airport head directly to the visa desk and be aware that people don’t queue up so it’s first come first serve, you may have to fight your way up to the desk. At the first desk you will have to hand over your passport and the $20US to a customs agent, then wait with the crowd surrounding the adjacent desk. Here it’s a waiting game until they process your visa. When they are finished they will hold passports to the crowd and if the picture matches claim your passport and head to baggage claim!

    IF YOU ARE CROSSING THE BORDER OVERLAND: I heard several horror stories from fellow travelers about the visa process at land crossings. The customs officials will demand more than the $20US fee and you will have to pay in either Thai Baht or US Dollars. I’ve heard stories of extorted fees from an extra $20US on up. If crossing into Cambodia overland I recommend procuring your visa beforehand to avoid the corruption at the border or be prepared to shell out some extra cash.

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    Expensive, but..

    by hez28 Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    a fisherman at tonle sap
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    Most people these days go to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap by air-conditioned bus, seeing it’s so much cheaper which is only USD $4!

    I opted to go by boat anyway as earlier on I’d experienced too much traveling by land. I bought my ticket at a guesthouse the day before my trip in Siem Reap town for USD $22. Note: Most guesthouses in Siem Reap sell this boat ticket. Just ask around.

    On your day of departure, go to the ‘port’. It is the floating village of Chong Kneas near Phnom Krom, 11km south of Siem Reap. The journey will take about 5.5 hours, from 7.30 am to 1 pm.

    It is a pleasant ride on the Tonle Sap lake, with fantastic landscape views under the sun. You can sit outside or inside the boat, your choice. You can also sit on the roof if you like the sun ;)

    Although pricey, this experience was worth it for me. Check out my travelogue for more journey pics.

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    Getting There by Plane!

    by ZENDER Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Logo of the Capital City's Major Airport
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    From Singapore, there are two regional airlines that fly into Phnom Penh's Pochentong International Airport. They are Silk Air and Jetstar Asia departing from Changi International Airport.
    From Malaysia, you can take Air Asia departing from Kuala Lumpur Low-Cost Carriers Terminal which is near the F1 Sepang Racing Circuit. So travellers must factor in the time for transit from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

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    Taxi to/from airport

    by anders1975 Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    A taxi ride to/from the airport to/from central Phnom Penh takes about 30-40 minutes depending on traffic. Fixed rate at 7USD from the airport. Some told us you can get a taxi from the town center to the airport for around USD5, but we didn't find anyone charging less than USD7. The airport is som 14 km outside Phnom Penh.
    Like everywhere else: Do agree on the price before you go.

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    Taxi to Sihanoukville

    by anders1975 Updated Dec 10, 2006

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    There are several ways getting from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville (or the other way around).
    A taxi is most convenient as you get directly to your destination without changing vehicles or taking your luggage of a bus and then find and store it all into another bus, taxi or tuk tuk.
    A taxi trip takes about 3,5 hours. It should cost from USD30-35. We paid USD35 from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh.
    Hotels also offer taxi service, but all they do is to rent from the travel agent, so why not go directly to the source? Hotel cabs are usually at least USD10 more expensive than the travel agent even though it's the same service as if you buy/order directly from the agent.
    The roads are mostly fine.
    There are a bunch of travel agents in Phnom Penh. If you don't see any, ask on the street, but don't necessarily go for the friend of the person you ask for advice...
    Like everywhere else: Do agree on the price before you go.

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    SAPACO Tourist Bus from Saigon (HCMC) to Pnom Penh

    by haydnesque Written Oct 14, 2006

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    price is about $18 round trip from pham ngu lao street (saigon) to bus terminal in Phnom Penh. It took 7 hours to travel including 30 minutes at the border and another 30 min lunch somewhere there also. They serve free 2 bottles mineral water and a bun vietnamese style. Taste g0od though. Bus is aircon. Bus conductor will collect your passports and m0ney for visa-on-arrival (if applicable).
    Schedule i took is 6:30am. Although there are other 3 m0re schedules.

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    Pristine Airport

    by thedouglas Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    The hustle of check-in - no long waits yet!
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    After the "developing" nature of Phnom Penh, and the arrival process, by boat from Siem Reap, we were quite surprised by the clean, modern, if not somewhat deserted nature of the airport when we arrived for our early afternoon flight!

    The check-in desks are completely abaondoned, and the shops also reflect the general disuse of the airport in March 2006. I guess they believe "if you build it.....they will come"!

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    Phnom Pehn to Bangkok, Thailand by bus

    by shintarojon Updated Jun 5, 2006

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    ( last date took the bus - Dec. 30, 2004)

    Capitol Tours

    Phnom Pehn to Bangkok, Thailand
    Bus fare : 14 US $

    Scheduled departure time - 6:30 a.m.
    Actual departure time - 7:00 a.m.
    Stop-over - for Lunch (10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
    Stop-over - Battambang (11:45 - 12:00 noon)

    Poipet Border (Cambodia)
    Arrived in Poipet Border - 3:00 p.m.
    Immigration - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Arayanprathet Border (waiting time - 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
    Arrived at 10:00 p.m. (Khaosan Road, Bangkok)

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    Transportes- Transports

    by elpariente Written Feb 11, 2006

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    Hasta la moto - Also the moto
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    La forma mas practica de desplazarse en Phnom Penh es en Tuk Tuk y en moto , es facil negociar con ellos pero trata de buscar uno con el que te puedas comunicar en ingles
    En cuanto te paras en una esquina se pueden ver formas de transporte de lo mas interesante

    The most practical way to movein Phnom Penh is in Tuk Tuk and in moto. It is easy negotiate with them , but try to find one with whom you may comunicate in English

    As soon as you stop in a corner you may see different ways of transport that are very interesting

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    To Siam Reap

    by currymee Written Nov 28, 2005

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    Mekong Express Company
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    You get from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by bus or by ferry.
    Bus USD 9 - Mekong Express / Others bus USD 5
    Appx 4 hours

    Ferry USD 35 - Mekong Express
    Appx 5 hours

    Mekong Express will come and pick you up from you hotel or guest house, it the morning, just make sure you tell them where you stay :-)

    Loacated need the river site, up stream. a few building from Happy Pizza.

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    Rent a taxi to get you around the city

    by richmondaldien Written Sep 6, 2005

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    First time to go to this city required me to put extra hours to search for the info on the net.

    and also I posted a question on the VT and other site to know how to get around.

    Then someone replied to my email and offering his service to take me around for a day drive for USD25. (i think this is standard price in PP).

    I accepted his offering and he picked me up in hotel and drive me around the city for a full day in his nice 2000 Toyota Camry....

    This guy name is sovan mee you can contact him at sovan_mee@hotmail.com or sms at +85512428007. or for alternative I know another guy name Kim Heng at +85512809818
    These guys speak english and know every corner of the city including the night life...

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    Tourist bus to HCMC Vietnam

    by Ritchie_Lionheart Written Apr 10, 2005

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    Cambodian bus at border eatery

    You can book it at any travel office. I paid USD 15 from Phnom Penh to HCMC with a change at the border, although the official price from HCMC to PP was published at USD 5 only (well, they all have to live). The picture shows the Cambodian bus at the border. But careful, inisist to carry your own luggage from the Cambodian coach to the Vietnamese side. Our driver said that it will be transfered to the other bus, but we had to release it against one or two bucks from "middlemen" before crossing into Vietnam. Lucky it was not stolen.

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    the boat from Saigon to Phnom Penh

    by richiecdisc Written Mar 29, 2005

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    heading for PP on the Yellow Submarine

    There are many ways to get to and from Phnom Penh but I would have to say the most pleasant way for us was doing it by boat. We did a three day/two night trip from Saigon in Vietnam that took in many sights of the Mekong Delta before arriving in Phnom Penh. It was $55 for the two of us but included two night’s accommodations, one lunch, and numerous sightseeing trips via boat and bus en route. It was great value and a fantastic way to arrive in Phnom Penh too. Views of the river life were a definite plus.

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