Best way to travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (Cambodia)

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1. Posted by rose_yee (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to Cambodia this Dec with my mom. Any suggestions about the best transport (budget) to travel from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap ?

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Your options are bus, boat or fly.

There are several bus companies offering several trips a day for prices between 4 and 9usd. All are much of a much-ness and no great problems. The last coach tends to leave around 2pm, and journey time is 5-6hrs.

The boat is more expensive, only leaves a once a day and still requires a bus transfer, but is popular with some. Flights are a chunk more expensive but obviously quicker.

I've only done it by coach (and once on local buses hitchhiking) and it was fine. Just be aware that there will be a mad scrmable by taxi drivers and hotel/hostel reps when you arrive all trying to get your business. If you have a plan beforehand, stuck with it and don't let anybody tell you otherwise.

3. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

i took a taxi, it was great because there is a LOT of neat stuff on the side of the road that you can stop at and buy neat stuff.

i'd definately recommend taking a good ole fashioned taxi!

4. Posted by rose_yee (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

How much does it cost by taxi ??

5. Posted by Ed83 (Budding Member 29 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I booked a flight today 15/09/06 to fly to Phnom Penh in 2 days time 17th and was only 1750 baht (25GBP/50$ approx). This will only take and hour and having travelled round thailand bus overnight bus so far I can say its definietly worth it. Bus journeys in Thailand are bad enough but I hear Cambodia is a whole new level of discomfort due to the poor roads.

Anyway you will then need to take a bus from phnom penh to siem reap but I understand this is cheap, a decent enough road only takes about 6 hours. Flights direct to from bkk to siem reap were a lot more expensive, at least double the price.

Hope this helps, Ed

6. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The road from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap is actually ok, so taking a coach or taxi is fine. You want to worry about the road from Siem Reap to Poipet, now that is a bad road.

7. Posted by sydangkor (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The best way budget wise is to go by bus and most buses leave 7.30am and 12.30pm from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. The best bus is the Mekong Express which has A/C, toilet on board and you also get a light snack. The price is 9$ per person and it takes 5-6 hrs.

There are other buses from 4$ but they are not so good but Capitol bus is probably the best known.

You can take a share taxi and it will cost 8$ for one person or you can take the whole taxi for 45$ or 40$ if you bargain hard.

The last bus is 12.30pm from PP.

8. Posted by suwannaphu (Budding Member 51 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Take the Mekong Express bus from PNH to SRP (as sydangkor suggested)! The fare is more pricey (USD9 per person), but the services are very good as the previous poster mentioned. There is a guide in a bus who will explain when the bus passes the attraction points along the way, and he/she speak good English.

Most important thing is there is a toilet on-board. The aircon works well, unlike other bus companies that it's very hot instead of cool! Mekong Express bus station is on the riverside just across the road from the speedboat dock. 3 departures per day to SRP : 7.30 and 8.30 am, and 1230 pm. You can buy the tickets at most travel agent and hotels in PNH, but make sure to buy well in advance as it is always fully booked.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 16, 2006 6:30 AM by suwannaphu ]

9. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

take a tuk tuk save some money;)

10. Posted by buzzard (Respected Member 187 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've now done it all: plane, boat, bus, taxi. Maybe one day I'll hop on a bike and pedal (but then I'd get run over by one of those crazy, horn-tooting cars). As a couple have said, the Mekong Express is a good, comfortable, reliable service. But if you have another passenger or two, you might want to splurge for a private car/taxi to take you there. As noted, you can stop whenever and wherever you want, plus it's a bit faster than the bus. The last time I did, the hotel arranged for the car and it cost me $50. I'm sure you can bargain on your own with drivers that hang around the market and get a better rate. Also, with the car/taxi, you can fix your own departure time and they can deliver you door to door. It's a nice luxury if you don't mind spending the extra money.