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    Boat's the best

    by richiecdisc Written May 7, 2005

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    There are many ways to get to and from Cambodia 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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    By plane

    by SirRichard Written Sep 14, 2004

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    I arrived in Cambodia by land from Thailand and left towards Vietnam in bus too, but there are international flights to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) airports too. Mainly from the former metropoli, France, but also from the neighbour countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos...)

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    Pick-up

    by bijo69 Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    Another little adventure was the trip from the Thai/Cambodian border to Siem Reap. The road was barely visible and the many bridges were just desolate. But the driver of the pick-up did an excellent job, until a vehicle in front of us broke into one of those bridges. As it was already late in the evening we had to sleep on the pick-up and wait til the morning before the crashed vehicle could be pulled out. Unfortunetely we had smelly Durians as cargo ...

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    Army helicopter

    by bijo69 Updated Aug 4, 2004

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    The guy at the reception of our hotel in Siem Reap told us that there was the possibility to go by Army helicopter to Phnom Penh if there were four of us. So after convincing two more people we went off to the airport... It was very strange to get into this old Russian built helicopter... Being the paying passengers on board we got the only seats, the others (army personnal and their families) had to sit on wooden benches. Well, despite the rather shabby looks of the helicopter, our flight was smooth and we landed safely in Phnom Penh...

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    Reliable driver! Great english and Knowlegeable

    by Homanded Written Apr 21, 2006

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    Great driver/tour guide. Charlie knew perfect english, had vast knowledge about the history and background of all the temples.
    Beautiful new car with wonderful AC! Very important after a day of touring the temples.

    Charlie was always on time (in fact, always waiting on US!).
    Was willing to drop us off and pick us back up again at a later time for additional touring.
    Best of all, by using his services, we were unable to cut back on the cost of an additional guide fee as he was knowlegeable enough to answer all our questions.

    His Email address is:

    charliechan23@hotmail.com

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    Local buses

    by SirRichard Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Public transport is not the best way to move around in Cambodia. The bad roads are too bumpy for a decent bus network. As far as I remember I didn't take any during my stay there...
    - From the border to Siem Reap I used shared taxis (pick ups).
    - From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh I used a speed boat.
    - From Phnom Penh to Vietnam I used a private minibus that my guesthouse offered me.

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    Motorbikes

    by SirRichard Written Mar 8, 2004

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    One of the best ways to move around in Cambodia is by motorbike. In fact, everyone with a motorbike around you is a potential driver who will even serve you as a guide for a little tip. You will be hailed at the streets by motorbikers offering you a ride, or a guided tour around the city.
    Bargain always BEFORE, and fix a price, or at the end you will be in trouble!

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    Arriving into Angkor Wat from Airport...

    by Homanded Written Jul 23, 2005

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    OK - so we had all the same questions about arriving into a foreign airport, how to best get to our hotels...will we be able to communicate with the people....What about money exchange, what currency, what's the best/cheapest way to do so and will we be getting ripped off...etc. that you probably have right now. I hope to be able to alleviate some of these fears.
    First off: US DOLLARS is the prefered form of currency in Cambodia.
    As SOON as you arrive into the airport and exit the doors, you will be bombarded by people vying for your attention and wanting you to go on their tuk tuk, car, taxi or even bike.
    You should go directly to the Taxi queu and await your turn.
    Once inside the taxi, (*Your driver will speak english-almost guaranteed), he will turn to you and ask which hotel or have you booked a place yet. (Hopefully you have) otherwise, he will be able to conviniently recomend a place for which he will be payed a commission. You will get better prices if you shop around through websites ahead of time. Do your research and book early.
    Next thing your driver will ask is if you are going to be needing a driver/guide for your trip and, how long you will be staying in Cambodia. We were offered the additional guide service by someone he knew and could recommend for an additional $25.00/day which we declined. We had read up on Cambodia and it's temples before hand, had purchased a good book "en-route" and one of us being a teacher, figured it couldn't be too hard. Besides, we further figured that, if by say, day 2, we thought we needed a guide, we could always ask for his friend's services. As it ended up, temples were quite "self explanatory", easy to see, and we saved $75.00! This should buy you at least one nights accomodation PLUS dinner for 2-3 people in Cambodia!

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    Motodup - Motorcycle Taxi

    by bkoon Written Feb 14, 2004

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    The most common form of transport in Cambodia's cities and towns. The moto can seat 2 persons. However, if the roads are bumpy, one will have a hard time.

    Som was the motodup driver here. We paid him USD6 for a half-day tour to as far as the killing fields. Most drivers speak English.

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    Boat Ride to Siem Reap

    by bkoon Updated Jun 29, 2005

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    Boar ride along the Tonle Sap River from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is the most common mode which travellers take. It was a great experience sitting on top of the boat, watching and observing life along the Tonle Sap River.

    Normal Boat Ticket from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap : USD25 one-way

    Boat Tickets can be booked at any hotels. New Mekong Express seems to receive favourable reviews. However, check out their weird schedule when booking.

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    Boat Ride to Battambang from Siem Reap

    by bkoon Written Feb 27, 2004

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    The easiest and most convenient way to get to Battambang from Siem Reap is by boat. The villages which you pass along the way will amaze you. The floating fishing villages scattered along Tonle Sap are worth observing as you travel along the river.

    The ride may be slow at times due to low water levels as the river gets very very narrow at times.

    Boat tickets can be booked from any guesthouse and hotel. It cost USD$15 per pax.

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    Bus from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 7, 2005

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    The road from Siem Reap To Phnom Penh is supprisingly good and is a great alternative to getting to the capital
    The trip should only take about 5 hours and provides some good scenery along the way.
    The bus is also somewhat luxurious for South East asian standards.
    I only payed $4 dollars so i though it was a great option.
    You can also take the other route to the capital on the lake tonle sap. This option is around $25 dollars

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    Speed Boat from Battambong to Siam Reap

    by peitsing Written Jan 6, 2006

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    This route, according to various guide books, contain the best scenery and I absolutely agree!!

    There is only ONE boat which leaves at approximately 7 - 7.30 each morning from Battambong! For the same price (tourists price), you can opt to sit under the shade or on the rooftops!

    The rooftops is great FUN although you may want to "reserve" yourself a seat below coz the sun sure bakes down mercilessly in the afternoon.

    A 6-hour trip can prolong to 10 or so due to numerous delays...

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    Mekong Express - Siem Reap to Phnom Penh (Coach)

    by ECYM Updated Sep 28, 2006

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    We took Mekong Express from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and v.v. Foreigner pays USD 9 while local pays USD 7 for this bus company. Some other companies costs lesser dollars. The bus has three departures from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (V.V.)0730, 0830 and 1230. The bus has a hostess serving us a bottle of water and some bread for each of us. The coach is also en suite with a restroom which is pretty well maintained.

    The route by bus takes 6 hours with a half hour stop for lunch (at Aranus Restn) at Kompong Thom. There's a market behind the restaurant where you can find some local fares. Each bowl of noodle costs 1500 riel from the local food stall.

    By the way, the air-conditioning of the new buses are pretty strong, so it is advisable to have your sweater with you, it may come in handy.

    Another point to add is that, the bus company offers free pick up from your hotel to the bus terminal. May be a plus point or a bad point for some.

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    Phnom Penh to Vietnam through Mekong Delta

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 7, 2005

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    Probabaly the more picturesque option of travelling overland into veitnam it the trip through the Mekong delta. You have to take a bus then a boat which takes you across the border. The boat then takes you to the small town of Chau Doc in the Mekong Delta. Time will probabaly not alow you to then take a bus to siagon so you stay one night in this prety river town.
    All up the trip from Phomn Penh to Chau Doc by boat then the bus to Saigon the next day should only cost you about $20

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