Hi, Can anyone help me with suggestions of best way to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and approx cost and time if poss? Thanks Jo
bus $13 and about 6 hours
And be sure to travel on one or other of the better two bus companies for reasons you should be aware of from reading this forum.
Best regards. Ian
Which are the two best companies? GiantIbis and..? I am also curious about hiring a car and driver (we are considering going from PP to SR). It would be good to be able to stop along the way. Any suggestions?
Mekong Express is the other well regarded bus company
Just came back from Cambodia. My taxi driver took me to a a bus company, Elephant Express Transportation Company, USD10 per person for a 15 seats aircon van. (Local people only paid USD8). Time schedule : SR - PP 7.30am, 8.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm. Took 5 hours to reach their office in PP. (Took a tuktuk to my hotel upon arrival). Only stopped for 15 minutes break. Be prepared for a "F1" kind of driving though....We survive, anyway. Picked us up from hotel very punctually. No regrets. I bought my ticket on my 1st day arriving SR. i.e. bought ticket 2 days before traveling.
We used buses from HCMC up to Siem Reap and back and there is no way you could make me get on a mini bus on those roads. If you end up hitting something you don't stand a chance.
As I think Angkorlad (?) stated get on the biggest heaviest thing you can!
Just done the trip from PP to SR by private car - OK, we had a guide as well. We built into the journey some breaks and made sure that the guide knew we actually wanted to see the countryside and experience some of the life. So we ended up stooping off for deep fried crickets and tarantuala, also had a stop to have some fresh palm juice (and the fruit as well, which is delicoius), sticky rice cooked in bamboo at the roadside.
As far as travelling by road is concerned (especially in a private car) there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about. Compared to car travel in northern Vietnam this journey is extremely easy. The roads were actually in pretty good condition and the driver knew we were in no rush. Very good way of travelling.
One caveat to this. The cream mini buses are a different case - these are a bit more 'hooligan'. Again, no where near as bad as Vietnam, but if you are a nervous car traveller don't use this.Edited: 08 April 2013, 17:48
Yep! Size and weight matters on the roads of Cambodia.
Basic physics really.
If kama dictates that somewhere in my life span I am to hit a cow, buffalo or other object I would rather it be in a bus than an elderly, lightweight Toyota Camry or an old van. Neither the bus, nor the camry or the van are likely to have functioning seat belts anyway. So go big and heavy.
I jest not when I occassionally post about police "vehicle graveyards" to where these sickening wrecks are dragged to.
Back on the buses of Cambodian in just over two weeks time for another six weeks of bus travel in Cambodia.
All best regards. Ian
i just returned and travelled by giant ibis
nice and comfy trip with wifi
i stopped overnight in kampong thom to break trip, interesting stopover but enjoyable
We have done this trip. 4 times with Mekong express, they are safe and on time. Take a jumper as aircon can get very cool & go check out the deep fried tarantulas at the halfway stop! Don't eat the food in the restaurant they stop at, made my daughter ill. We take snacks with us. Enjoy & keep your camera handy for the sights e route.