- Martin Buber
Chau Doc - Phnom Penh itself is actually a journey which is done by a very pleasant boat trip up the Mekong river. Most travellers will have come to Chau Doc from Saigon by land transport, and also there is a short bus journey once inside Cambodia to reach central Phnom Penh.
This is usually a more expensive option than the bus, but involves some beautiful scenery through the Mekong Delta and the feeling of being in the open air which is often unbeatable in Southeast Asia. There are everything from luxury 3 day itineraries which allow you to take in sights and attractions while aboard an upmarket boat, staying in riverside hotels along the way, to simple fast boats, which we focus on here. Outboards depart from Kaam Samnor border located near the village of Vinh Xuong, a minibus journey from Chau Doc itself (US$2). The journey takes about an hour and a half and one boat is approx US$20, or US$4 if you go on a shared boat which will leave when full. You will arrive in Neak Luong, from where you will need to catch a local bus to Psmar Thmei in Phnom Penh (US$1.5-2). As well as the various bus journeys either side of the boat itself, on the Vietnamese side of the Mekong the immigration buildings are actually quite far apart from eachother so allow a couple of bucks for moto journeys too, unless you fancy walking in the heat with your rucksack!
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