- Martin Buber
Phnom Penh - Siem Reap is possible by land transport, by boat and with a short domestic flight. It is a very common route for both locals and travellers and generally pretty easy to do without any major hassles. Road options available to travellers are private taxis and buses.
All of the options below may be booked as part of an ABOUTAsia Private Tour of Cambodia
Reliable private cars through ABOUTAsia cost around US$80-100 although less reliable and shared taxis can be had for as little as around US$50. The journey time is around 5 hours. You should not consider travelling after dark as the road can be dangerous with cows, unlit vehicles and large pot-holes presenting risks.
The service to use is Mekong Express with modern comfortable coaches taking around 6 hours for a cost of $11-13. There is also the newer Giant Ibis with wifi and generous legroom on their buses. Both of these companies are a little more expensive that the budget tourist buses, but have higher safety standards.
Many visitors are disappointed by the tourist boat service betweeen Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The boat is often overcrowded, noisy and kicks up alot of spray as it charges along the lake at high speed. This is NOT a sightseeing boat and we recommend travelling by land as a better alternative if you choose not to fly. If you wish to travel by boat the cost is around US$30 and the journey time is 5-6 hours.
This 45 minute flight brings you along the length of Tonle Sap lake and can provide wonderful views on a good day. The service is run by Cambodia Angkor Airways with costs changing according to the season. Guide price is around US$90-110pp. NOTE: CAA are very strict on booking conditions and you must write EXACTLY the details in your passport or you will have to pay extra to be allowed to board.
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