As for taxi's in Phnom Penh:
Taxi from airport to hotel in city centre: 7USD
Taxi from hotel in city centr to airport: 5USD
Taxi for a whole day in and around Phnom Penh including Killing Fields: 30USD
Our taxi driver drove very carefully (e.g. compared to Thailand).
(last date took the bus - July 4, 2006)
Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville via bus
Bus Fare - US$ 4.00 (bought the ticket in the OK Guest House)
Actual departure - 7:20 a.m.
Arrival time - 11:20 a.m.
Phnom Pehn to Sihanoukville
- 15,000 riels (if bought in the bus station)
Phnom Penh is easy to get around even though traffic can be very congested.
There are a couple of on call taxi services. Taxi Vantha (012 855000) is available 24hrs a day and is reliable.
Much more common are the unmetered unmarked taxis, which can be arranged through your hotel or travel agent. They can also be found in abundance along Monivong Rd and Kampuchea Krom.
A car with a driver costs about $20 - $30 per day. Shorter trips range from $2 - $3.
Four wheel drive vehicles can cost from $60 and up per day.
Motorcycle taxi (Motodup)
Motos are the most common and fastest form of public transport and probably the most dangerous. They are prone to accidents and robberies.
Motos cost from 1000R-3000R for a trip in town and $5 - $8 for the day. They are more expensive at night.
This is another popular form of transport for small groups of people. A tuk-tuk can seat up to 4 people and offers more protection from the weather. They are also everywhere and can cost from $12 - $15 for a full day.
These are hugely popular and are a version of a three wheeled bicycle with the driver sitting above and behind the passenger.
They are really only suitable for 1 person. Short trips start at around 1000R. Can be quite an experience travelling in one of these, darting in and out of traffic etc.
There is a public bus as well as tourist vans between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Some waiting time at a river ferry crossing and arrival/change of vans at the border at Bavet. Some local or foreign tourists also have visa problems and so expect that type of delays too.
The problem with some of the backpacker tourist vans is that relatively cheap transport cost is covered by the tourists to stay at their accommodation. You can always stay for one night and then move out if you cannot get out of the situation.
Dreading the bumpy overland back to Thailand via Poipet border, took a Genting Ho Bus from the main market bus station in Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, a seaport beach gambling resort, and then a daily express boat to Krong Koh Kong border. It was an easy drive across a bridge to Thailand Hat Lek border.
Note that if the seas are rough, the boat could be cancelled. It was cancelled the day before my arrival. The boat will pass through the islands which is part of a national park. So be prepared for an extra day delay if you are catching a plane out of Bangkok.
Joined a Cambodian family who have hired a van to Bangkok.
Cyclos are three wheeled bicycles with the driver sitting above and behind you, most of them have a sun shade and side flaps which can be lowered down if it rains.
The company we went with for our cyclo tours also had wet weather pants and jackets for clients in case of a huge downpour!! (Plus they had a No Smoking policy on the cyclos).
Only one person can fit comfortably on a cyclo. (Phnom Penh cyclos that is).
Tuk Tuks in Cambodia are very different to the ones in Bangkok and Phuket. Here it is a motorcycle with a cabin hitched up to the back.
Both of these forms of transport are great ways to see the city, negotiate your prices first. We hired tuk tuks for $10 a day.
General tip for getting Tuk-tuk or motorbike taxi; most of the streets in Phnm Penh just have a number, the numbers of each street don't exactly match (so 118 can be miles away from 120). The problem being is that many drivers can't count (it seems that way) or have no idea where the street is and will drive around till they find it. I've had the experience of being aimlessly driven round for twenty minutes untill realising I was passing the same place again and again (this happens alot).
The best bet is to either know where your going and direct him (most also have not got the concept of map reading together) or give the name of the bar/restaurant/hotel and make sure he knows where that is, lanmarks they know, the street they are on often is not.
We fly from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap with Siem Reap Airways Cost was US$75 one way.
Bus trip back from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh was with Mekong Express and this was US$9 per person.
You can go to Siem Reap by plane (1 hour flight), or you can take the speed boat (6 hours cruise), it coast $25.00 and leaves from Phnom Penh at 7.00 am. This cruise is beautiful and interesting. Going inside the boat can be noisy, the best thing to do is going outside. Great views. But bring water and food for the trip, there´s nothing on the boat.
I flew from Bangkok to Phnom Penh as it was much cheaper than flying to Siem Reap.
The one way flight ticket with Bangkok airways was about 90 € instead of the 160 requested to fly to Siem Reap. You can also come overland from Thailand, but if you want to do one way flying, then it's better to flyght coming and leave Cambodia overland, as, entering Thailand overland is quiker than entering Cambodia and yopu won't find the hundreds drivers waiting for you on the other side of the border as happens in Poi Pet.
Phnom Penh is a crazy city to bike around in. But a good second hand bicycle is only $20, and is a very good investment for a longer stay. The traffic takes some getting used to, but once you get used to the lack of traffic rules, you will find that biking is a fast and easy way to get around the city, and will save you the bargaining with mototaxis.
It is also possible to buy good second hand foldable bikes in Phnom Penh. I got mine for $55, but you can get them cheaper than that. You can take those along on the busses, and have your transport with you all the time.
For about $6 a day you can get your own Moped and driver. A great way to get around. You can haggle alway.
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Arrived at the hotel in the late morning via taxi from Phnom Penh International Airport at USD$9...more
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