The old road from Koh Kong towards Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh was the only way to travel before 2008. (Today a new road has been build by the Chinese).
The old road is without asphalt paving and goes trough dense jungle, crossing three wide rivers with ferries. It took 7 hours to get from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville.
Riverboats are frequently beeing used in the rivers of Cambodia. The riverboat on Tonle Sap River, between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is a great way to explore the rivers, and also have a pleasant trip. The trip takes 6 hours. It's a lot to see.
Tra Pin, a tuk-tuk driver near the old market (Psar Chaa) in Siem Reap is delightful. He is honest and provides tips (i.e. which locations to hang on to your belongings a little tighter ;) He speaks English quite well and I told him I would send everyone to him because he was so honest and helpful.
Because of the cambodian roads which are often not very good it is still very common to travel the country by boat on the many rivers that criss cross Cambodia.
It's a great way to see the country in my opinion and you get close to the locals that way.
Just be prepared that the conditions on the boats are often not very luxurious.
It's an adventurous way to see the country so hop on your river boat and go and explore Cambodia.
When you've spent it all and woke up at 4 AM to go back to your freezing home country, expect to queue for half an hour for the privilege of contributing to the renovation of the airport through an unwelcome 25$/head departure airport tax...
read somewhere it was supposed to be included in the ticket price from september '08 onwards. Maybe it has been, but you still had to pay those 25$ when i went there (december)...
Both Lao Airlines and Vietnam Airlines offer flights between Siem Reap and Vientiane. They code-share the route with Lao Airlines being the less expensive of the two. Sometimes during late spring through the summer and even until October, Lao Airlines offers discount fares.
if you plan to take a shared taxi, think again and consider taking the bus if you're less than 4 or giving the few extra bucks for a private taxi if you're more.
when they said we'd be 8 + luggages in that toyota camry (what else...) i thought it was just to raise the price (since we'd tried to book the 2 extra seats and turn the shared taxi into a private one).
i should have known better... frankly, driving at 110 km/h on the narrow road from kampot to PP with the driver sitting on the knees of one passenger, no safety belt, no rearview mirror, no way to ask him to slow down because of the other passengers being in a hurry.
it's pretty simple: you crash, you die
My wife and I had a great Tuk Tuk driver that I would highly recommend to anyone heading to Siem Reap - great guy, very helpful, flexible and spoke good English. We e-mailed back and forth before the trip to set everything up - he set up very resonable lodging for us - picked us up from the airport - with bottled water waiting for us. Then took us all around the temples and out to Tonle Sap for a day.
I flew from HCMC to Siem Reap and then Siem Reap to Luang Prabang on Vietnam Airlines. I booked through Expedia for about $220/each. It's much easier (and cheaper) to book once in SE Asia. If you fly into Hanoi or HCMC just head over to the Vietnam Airlines office and they should be able to help you - we would have saved a couple hundred dollars.
If you need a tuk tuk driver in Siem Reap - we had one who I would highly recommend (spoke good English) - very reasonable. John - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the Trip,
We used Capitol Tour Company for our bus trip from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and they were great. Bus was in great condition with A/C - which was important as it was very wet and humid.
The bus stopped for a break at a good cafe with decent toilet facilities.
Cheap and fast - couldn't fault them
You can go from Stung Treng (by bus or boat from Phnom Penh) by boat (speed boat or slow boat) to the border Veun Kham (there is also a land border Dong Krolor, by bus). You will need to have your Laos visa allready.
You can get visas at most cambodian border posts, but if you want/need one before:
Cambodia Embassy in Thailand
No. 185 Rajdarmri Road, Lumpini Patumwan, Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
Tel.: (662) 254 6630, 253 9851
Fax: (662) 253 9859
It takes probably 2 days
There are also agencies (in Khao San rd area, easy to spot) whitch will do it for a small fee (only if you use public transport or walk there you save money)
Royal Consulate General of Cambodia Ho chi minh City, S.R.VIETNAM
No. 41, Phung Khac Khoan,
Tel : (848) 829 2751
Fax : (848) 8222773
E-mail : email@example.com
Royal Embassy of Cambodia
Thadeua Road, KM2Vientiane,
B.P. 34, LaoLAO P.D.R.
Tel : (8562) 131 4950, 131 4952, 131 5851
Fax : (8562) 131 4951
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do Siem Reap to Poipet with more than 2 people, I suggest to take taxi and the cost wont differ too much then bus. I did it with 6 friends at 2006, and the expense for one taxi (we took 2 taxi at that time) was about 40-50USD.
Surely taxi is more comfortable than bus, and faster too. The length of the journey was about 4 hours with only one stop to allow us to go to toilet.
The road was rough at that time, and at some part the road was covered by red soil. Fortunately it was clear day at that time. Maybe nowadays the condition is better.
You have to leave Siem Reap early if you want to catch a train to Bangkok at Aranyaprathet. At that time the train left at 2 pm. It was an economy class train, so it stopped at some station to collect passenger. The train was full then. Make sure to get a seat because the journey it self took 6 hours, and there was no seat number at the ticket.
Of course there are many bus from Aranyaprathet to Bangkok, so if you miss the train you can take bus.
I hope this will help you. Have a happy travel!
In November 2007 I traveled on the speedboat from PP to SP. You have to purchase tickets in advance; I was able to purchase the tickets from the hotel. The fare was approximately $25 USD per person. I believe that there were only two boat shuttles per day, the one I choose departed at approximately 07:30am. We arrived into SS at 1300.
It was a closed cabin boat that could seat approximately 60 people. During any period you could walk up front and climb out to the outside deck. It was windy as hell but a great photo opportunity, many local fishing boats along the journey. Have the camera handy then entering Siem Reap, there are amazing things to see in the channel prior to off-loading.
The restroom for this vessel was located in the rear of the boat. All I can say about the restroom was, "I am glad I'm a guy". Sitting on this contraption would be impossible and could not imagine any body attempting to squat. Females should remember to bring toilet paper….
There were beverages available (iced in a cooler) on the boat after departure, but of course the locals were soliciting us to buy their beverages and reading materials prior to boarding.
Many locals want to you arrange transportation into Siem Reap prior to offloading, but there are dozens of Tuk-Tuks waiting for you once you reach the docks. I suggest getting your gear ready to depart prior to offloading and be the first to debark and grab a Tuk-Tuk into the town of Siem Reap, about a 10 – 15 minute ride….
If your planning on traveling back to PP, take a taxi in the morning. It's a excellent experience about a 5 hour ride. I paid $70 USD in a Toyota, Camery..
Taxis are a good way to see all the sights around Cambodia. I can recommend three drivers Mr Rithy Ngin 012879731 and Mr Men Sophan 012442785
In Siem Reap we used Mr. Savoern 012944678.
All were very polite and had a good knowledge of the area.
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