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Getting Around in Cambodia
 
 
 

By Air

Internal flights operate between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap for Angkor (journey time – 45 minutes). The main domestic carriers are Siem Reap Airways International (www.siemreapairways.com) and PMT Air (www.pmtair.com). Battambang, Sihanoukville, Banlung, Sen Monorom and Stung Treng all have airports, but at the time of writing there are only flights to Banlung from Phnom Penh.

By River

Government-run ferries depart from the Psar Cha Ministry of Transport Ferry Landing between 102 and 104 Streets and go to Siem Reap, a route popular with travellers. Tickets can be bought in person at the dock or through a travel agent. Travel can be difficult in the dry season when the water level is very low and often boat services are suspended.

By Rail

There are only two lines in Cambodia from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and Battambang. Visitors are not encouraged to use the trains and as they take much longer than the buses, and only hard class is available. Currently there is only a weekly train from Phnom Penh to Battambang on Saturdays (journey time – 12 hours) and none to Sihanoukville. Tickets can only be bought in person on the day of travel.

By Road

Traffic drives on the right. Roads vary from excellent to very poor and there are numbered routes from Phnom Penh with Route 1 leading to the Vietnamese border. Care should be taken while driving as accidents are relatively frequent. Other vehicles cannot always be relied on to use headlights at night. Given the predominant use of motorcycles for urban public transportation, travellers should ensure that any insurance policies provide coverage for riding as a driver or passenger. Cattle often stray onto the roads. In Siem Reap, the local police have banned rental outlets from hiring motorcycles to tourists because of the high number of accidents. The wearing of seat belts is not compulsory.

Coach/Bus

Long-distance buses operated by Phnom Penh Sorya Transport Company travel to destinations such as Kampot, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Siem Reap.

Car Rental

It is really only possible to rent a car with a driver. Car hire can be arranged by private negotiation with a taxi waiting outside the hotels or through tour operators.

Documentation: An International Driving Permit is not recognised in Cambodia, and as car rental does not exist, visitors are advised to hire a car with a driver.

Urban Transportation

There are no public buses in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Taxis wait outside hotels and restaurants but, as they are unmetered, the fare should be negotiated before leaving. Cyclos (tricycles) or motodops (motorcycle taxis) are an efficient and inexpensive way to get around and some of the drivers, especially those found outside main hotels, speak a little French or English. Siem Reap also has motorised tuk tuks.

 

 
 

 



 


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