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1. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

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Have anyone travel by speed boat from Phnom Phen to Siem Reap by speed boat lately? Can you tell me how much it cost, and any hotels tour driver recommended in Siem Reap would be much appreciated. I plan to visit Ankor Wat, next month, from Bangkok by air to Phnom Peng and perhaps by boat to Siem Reap.

2. Posted by Benny (Full Member 17 posts) 12y

Hi there,
I travelled from Phnom penh to Siem Reap last August, the boat took about four and a half hours and cost US$25. I would recomend the hotel I stayed in but I can't remember the name of the place!! Sorry. There are plenty of moto-taxi drivers willing to take you to Angkor Wat on every street corner but I recommend you try and use someone that your hotel provides for you. I visited the temples on four seperate occasions including a very early sunrise and took a 20km ride to a waterfall, the ride to this waterfall was extremely bumpy and dangerous so unless you are a thrill seeker I would not recommend it. All of this cost US$30. I do recommend that you climb on deck and get youre camera ready as the boat is approaching the dock at the Seam Reap end because it navigates through a floating village, some good photos to be had.

Hope this info is usefull and good luck on your trip

3. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

Thanks, Benny! I want to go there before it becomes too commercialized!

4. Posted by bigpeter (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

I went on the speed boat, It was the best journey I have EVER had. It took 5 hours and strangely I was gutted when it stopped. I feeling I've never had before! It cost $22, and $25 back.

That was about 1 month ago, and I heard some locals talking about the fact that the Port (siam Reap end) is running out of water. But hey, this is cambodia.....if the water runs out they'll find a way round it, Its all part of the fun, they always find a way.

Siem Reap is great, you'll find a moto Driver no worries. Perhaps your gest house owner in Phnom Penh can organise a good guest house for you so it'll be sorted from the moment you step off the boat.

We stayed at Cafe Freedom (or Freedom Lodge, can't remember) and thats exactly what our Guesthouse owner did for us. Cafe Freedom is $6 per night, its the last Guesthouse on the popular (for backpackers) lake. I HIGHLY reccomend it. The owner (Brian) is worth a visit alone, the guy is as mad as a hatter on acid......but such a nice helpful guy at that. and if you want to watch sunset on the lake in Peace (peace is hard to come by in Phnom Pehn) this is the only place to be. $6 is quite a lot for phnom pehn, but its secure and you never get any problems so its worth the investment.

Siem Reap is more expensive in general, it all adds up. I'd say for temple visiting $6 to $8 is fair to pay a moto driver per day. And the guest huses will try rip you off, so bargin over the price, I paid $5 a night when they asked for $15! But they are safe and once the price is agreed you'll have no problems.

I hope all this helps.

5. Posted by GelFreak (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I will also be in in Siem Reap shortly (December). Anyone know of a way to purchase the Speed Boat tickets in advance? How often and when it runs?


6. Posted by sydangkor (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

The boat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is a rip off and it is not worth the money 22$ to 25$. There is nothing to see but water most of the way. I would advise you take the bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap from 5$ to 9$ with Mekong Express being the best at 9$.
If you want to do a boat trip then the trip from Siem Reap to Battambong is better and cheaper and least then you will see more life. -snip-

Have a nice trip

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

7. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

Would agree with Sydangkor

Travel by land between PP and SR. Mekong Express is comfortable and inexpensive at $9. You can get light refreshments on board and they even show some videos from time to time to amuse the kids (who NEVER, if mine are anything to go by, take any interest at all in what is outside the window)

There is some wonderful scenery along the route 6 to Siem Reap.

If you are travelling in a small group or have the money why not go one better and hire a car (or minibus) and driver? Then you can stop whenever and wherever you like and really find some interesting things along the way and great photo ops.

To see the lake take a local tour from Siem Reap. However the closest floating village (Choing Kneas) can be a little overrun with tourists these days so take the time to plans trip a little further afield on the lake (perhaps to Prek Toal or Kompong Phluk) to see some extremely photogenic sights of floating and stilted villages.

I hope this helps
Kind Regards

8. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

By the way I would highly recommend Andy Brouwers 'Cambodia Tales' website. Andy has spent every vacation for the last 13 years travelling around Cambodia and is a mine of information. His website is not a guidebook or reference book but certainly adds colour (and itinerary ideas) through many many diary type travel essays.

You can find it by Googling "Andy Brouwer" or on

(another) Andy

9. Posted by Trvlr (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Quoting bigpeter

I went on the speed boat, It was the best journey I have EVER had. It took 5 hours and strangely I was gutted when it stopped. I feeling I've never had before! It cost $22, and $25 back.

Interesting range ... in the same thread we have one person calling it the best journey of his life, and another saying it is a rip off. I dont know quite what to make of it, and I am interested in going Siem Reap - Phnom Penh by boat.
Perhaps if we leave the cost aspect out of it, we can arrive at a consensus? Is the journey itself worth it, however, expensive it may be?
Another worry - I read on another site that the boats have stopped running. Anyone know the latest situation?

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

I have been PP-SR and SR-PP several times. The road was terrible in '99, so I would have voted to avoid the road. Now it is better, so it is a viable option. The boat is too expensive, but many do have a great time on this trip. The younger crowd get on the top with their backpacks and enjoy the wind/sun. I am your age and stayed below in my seat. It was OK while on the narrow river section, some photo ops. Then it is a bit boring as you scoot across the Tonle Sap. Nothing but water until close to Siem Reap. In low water, it can be an adventure just to get off the boat and onto dry land. Hopefully it has improved since my trip, but knowing Cambodia, I doubt it. I guess I am going to vote for the boat option if money is not a concern.

The water level will determine if the boats are running or not. 'sydangkor' lives in Siem Reap, PM him about water levels if if he does not add to the thread. I have photos of this trip in my gallery. Good Luck.